Episode 56: The Therapeutic Energy of Horses with Lisa Whalen

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Lisa Whalen

Episode description:

Lisa Whalen, PhD, is the writer of Steady Weight: A Memoir of Horses, Starvation, and Hope. Her writing has additionally appeared in An Introvert in an Extrovert World, The Simpsons’ Beloved Springfield, Introvert, Pricey, and Adanna, amongst different publications. Lisa teaches writing and literature at North Hennepin Neighborhood Faculty and is an equestrian and volunteer for the Animal Humane Society.

On this episode of Peace Meal, Lisa describes two key parts of her consuming dysfunction restoration: writing and horseback driving. Underscoring the multifaceted nature of the therapeutic course of, she displays on how writing and driving every supplied distinctive classes for her thoughts and physique. Writing, she explains, supported and prolonged her remedy classes, whereas driving supplied an area to place the teachings into observe. Lisa introduces us to some of the horses that served as mentors all through her restoration, highlighting the teachings they may educate us all about staying current, taking on area, and being imperfect. She then interprets how these and different restoration “nuggets”—the knowledge realized from horses, writing, and remedy—proceed to serve her life and profession.

We cowl:

  • The psychological well being advantages of writing, even when we by no means share our writing with others
  • What horses can educate us about taking on area and proudly owning our imperfections
  • The facility of physique language in each animals and other people
  • How traits like perfectionism, excessive sensitivity, and introversion might be harnessed for good
  • Why restoration—like all progress and studying—is finest taken one step at a time

In Lisa’s phrases:

  • On the therapeutic function of horses: “For me, driving horses felt like a remedy practicum… I realized all these items whereas I used to be in remedy, and the horses had been forcing me to observe it again and again.”
  • On embracing imperfection: “There’s no finish to the educational. There’s no excellent. You’re all the time working towards it, however it’s by no means a typical as a result of the horses aren’t excellent—and so they don’t care in the event that they’re excellent or not.”
  • On the assist of remedy: “It began off for me as a protected area. It was this place I might go and I might discuss all of the worst stuff about myself and there was no judgment. She was solely rooting for me. She solely wished me to succeed and to be glad and wholesome, and she or he had the instruments and the abilities to assist me do it.”

Be taught extra about Lisa on her web site and observe her on social media @LisaIrishWhalen. Discover her ebook, Steady Weight: A Memoir of Horses, Starvation, and Hope, at Hopewell Publications and on Amazon.

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