Simplifying and amplifying
What is OurHorses?
We are a group of people who have stopped resisting what is and turned our focus to creating the world as we would like it to be for our human, equine, and other extended kin. We have created sanctuaries of our lives. Our homes have become places where we explore what it is like to choose peace and to be of service to those in need.
Part of what we’ve found is the simpler our lives are, the more energy we have available to do the work we see needs to be done. Simplifying looks like something different for each person. Often all we need is a true friend who can look through our wounds and disguises and shine a light on the next step to a peaceful life. Under the name of OurHorses we’re working together to learn how to be that sort of friend starting with befriending our horses and expanding to reverence for all of life.
Right now we are running pilot workshops and talking about what sort of foundation, non-profit or for-profit organization will help us create more places around the world where horses and humans can heal and create together. We’re trying to find the balance that feels right between traditional business and philanthropy models and new ways of bringing together the resources needed for the work we’ve chosen to do.
Please take the time to read this article by Graham Hill about what simplifying looked like for him.
If you don’t have time to read the whole article, take another minute to read this excerpt:
“Does all this endless consumption result in measurably increased happiness?
In a recent study, the Northwestern University psychologist Galen V. Bodenhausen linked consumption with aberrant, antisocial behavior. Professor Bodenhausen found that ‘Irrespective of personality, in situations that activate a consumer mind-set, people show the same sorts of problematic patterns in well-being, including negative affect and social disengagement.’ Though American consumer activity has increased substantially since the 1950s, happiness levels have flat-lined.”
Let’s take another step towards peace today. What does simplifying look like for you?