Dirt crept like an animal through the streets of the Eternal City. Even in Rome, ageless nostalgia was accompanied by the filth and neglect of the modern. Salve walked with desultory interest passed the venders and their antique merchandise. Her nose caught the scent of olive oil wafting from open doors, snaking through the winding roads and soaking into her skin and hair. Reaching up with her hand, she imagined massaging the lubricant into her hair, brushing a loose strand behind her ear.
Since Christianity was introduced by Patrick in the mid to late 5th century, Ireland struggled adapting to its new religion without completely severing the ties with its ancient culture. Even though the Catholic Church demonstrated a no-tolerance for the “Irish faeriës”, individuals within the community had difficulty drawing defining lines between religious fact and what the Church defined as myth. Despite these attempts by the clergy, Irish in the 20th century and even into the 21st continued to harbor a certain belief in the “faeriës” and refrained from desecrating any monuments, which served as relics of their ancient pagan religion.
**Disclaimer: This article was written in response to the notion of "Toxic Masculinity," presented by the new Gillette commercial that came out in January of 2019. The contents however are relevant for any age. I have both a BA and a Masters in English, so yes, I believe that words and how we use them matter! A simple phrase or a misunderstanding of a crucial term can make or break our society.**
In my last blog post, I touched on the basics of horse communication and what they can teach us about relationships. In this article, I will analyze how humans can become more attuned and sensitive to each other through understanding horses’ primary mode of communication: body language.
While horses do use some vocals – neighing to seek out nearby horses, nickering to literally ask something to “come over here,” snorting to express agitation or fear, and squealing when angry – their primary source of communication is body language. While one could say the same for dogs or other animals, horses’ signals are particularly subtle. When they are happy, the signs are not quite as easy to recognize as a dog’s tail wag. As such, the human seeking to communicate with the horse must learn to look for these signals and attune themselves to them, much like any other language.
I know, it sounds surprising.
After all, horses aren’t even as expressive as dogs! They don’t wag their tails or anything. What can they possibly teach me about relationships?
I’ve heard statements like these too many times to let it slide. Just like it takes skill and practice to learn a different language, it takes all that PLUS lots of patience to learn how to communicate – regardless of who (or what) you are communicating with. Horses are no exception, and over the years, they have taught me so much about how to engage in upfront, trusting, strong relationships.