Do you love conversations with healthcare colleagues that are inspiring? How about learning about hopeful work going on in our world? I get very excited b/c despite these troubling times, there are signs of a more joyful world out there too. Recently, I had a conversation with my physical therapist whilst getting some skilled and compassionate care to my shoulder and she told me about “The Compassionate Equestrian” book, blog, and website.
The book’s full title is “The Compassionate Equestrian: 25 Principles to Live By When Caring for or Working with Horses” and it was written by Veterinarian, Allen Schoen and horse trainer, Susan Gordon. I’ve found some excellent blog articles and will eventually read the book. If any of these are true for you, I suspect you’ll be psyched to know about these resources:
- You work with horses
- You love animals in general
- You practice meditation
- You believe compassion for self and others is vital for safe, quality care
- You know someone else who does any of the above
Do you suppose that the 25 principles have relevance to us in healthcare? I bet they are in sync with Margaret Wheatley’s work on “Warriors for the Human Spirit“, Elizabeth Scala’s work on the “Art of Nursing“, SK Puri’s comments on the human dimension in medicine, my own efforts in developing medical improv programs, and many colleagues out there doing great stuff. Here’s an older post about a animal assisted therapy too! And please feel free to share your related work!
It’s all related, right?
Thanks Pam Neff Montembeau, DPT for being such a skilled and compassionate physical therapist and encouraging me to be compassionate to my shoulder/arm! 🙂