JENNY R. SUSSER, PH.D.

POWER & PERFORMANCE SPORT PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES

Boston Marathon

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013

The Boston Marathon events yesterday will impact us all, some more than others. How do we make sense of these tragedies in our culture now? This is not a country where these things happen so “getting our heads around it” is a distinct challenge. Try to be mindful of how you feel and how you react, especially to how others react. The young man who delivered my room service last night in the hotel in Orlando went on a bit of a rant about our government as he waited for me to sign the bill. He couldn't have been 25 and had such set, angry feelings already and was a bit too willing to share them. He had zero responsibility for himself and his feelings, they were the government's fault. I asked him if the things he said made him feel better or if they were intended to make me feel worse? My energy was passive, not at all like his, which was very strong. H generic propecia e had no idea how to answer that question because his relationship to his feelings and opinion were the most important thing and very powerful. I like the color blue. Maybe you like red. Am I right and you're wrong? Are you right and I'm wrong? It seems like everyone is so busy being “right” about how they feel about anything that we have turned into a culture of opposition and in-fighting. Blue and red together make purple, a beautiful color that wouldn't exist on it's own… Have your opinion and your strong feelings, that can't be avoided. But be aware that the person you are fighting or arguing with, disagreeing with, accusing, and diminishing also has powerful feelings and opinions. Are you so sure you're right? Because they are sure they are right, too? And if I like blue and you hate it, can't you still like red?...

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Dr. Jenny R. Susser’s story on the Windfall Farm “Riding with Confidence Clinic”3/2/2013

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013

Small but Mighty would have to be the theme for this clinic. There were the few souls who braved the cold temps to watch, listen, share, experience, and learn about Riding With Confidence at Windfall Farm in NJ a couple of weeks ago. Jennifer A. Allen’s farm is remarkable. The horses live like horses there so the health and happiness of every animal, dogs and cats and chickens included, is highly v order bulk flowers online isible. Jennifer is an over-achiever in the best of ways. She loves to push and strive to get the best out of everything, herself included. That is how we met and cultivated a very powerful working relationship. Every time I do this clinic, it takes on a life of its own and is highly dependent upon the group and especially the trainer. It is not that one is better than another, it’s just that it’s always different and that always amazes me. Jennifer’s high intensity created a high intensity atmosphere which her students were already swimming in when I got there. I love the learning process. As a “teacher” of this process, I have to stand in the future and lure people there. Being this stand can be challenging at times and there were a few this weekend that were so committed to change that I had to up my game to get them all the way through. This metamorphosis reminds us that process does not look anything like product. And that is hard for all of us, me included! It’s a great metaphor for riding and training, however, because while we want it all to look perfect all the time, that is not reality. When we can be patient enough to endure the struggle, when we get through to the other side, it is almost magical. And that is what this weekend was really like, magical. The trust this group put in me because of Jennifer’s passion for growth and change was tremendous. And the results we produced were also tremendous. I have gotten so many emails filled with fabulous goals from this group, the show season in NJ is going to be off the hook! Thank you to Robert Zwaap for the beautiful images!...

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OCALA! at the Parelli Ocala Campus!

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013

I am in Ocala, FL at the Parelli Ranch spending time with Pat & Linda. Mette Larsen, her 3 horses, and I were invited for some cherished personal time with these special horsemen. The experience is proving to be as powerful as expected. First of all, every person here is great…great attitude, motivated by purpose, and actions just seem to flow from everyone with ease. I have not heard one complaint, period. There is a lot of work to do but because it is so attached to purpose, it fails to occur like work, it is just what is next to do…really making it more like play. Making everything a game creates a learning (growth) mindset and the results, no matter how significant, all contribute. It is truly an “unnatural experience” that comes from all the natural here and is completely addicting. This subtle power needs to be available to everyone. 

Pat challenges me daily (hourly actually) to use my brain in ways I don’t always spend the energy to do. Everything is an opportunity to learn and grow from and his vast depth of education (he is really brilliant and has read more books than a cowboy ought to have), experience, and passion combines to create an ability editing essays to use everything in his path. The foundation of his philosophy is evident in everything here. There is a roping clinic going on this week and the clinician, Martin Black, has this foundation of feel and relationship in his teaching, too. I sat on a horse for 4 hours (which was its own experience) and watched him teach cowboys to feel their horse and cow. When it happened, it was extraordinary and wonderfully surprising to experience. I think Pat is the most patient and generous teacher I have ever encountered. Nothing is ever “wrong” there is just discovery and what else is possible. Pat’s relationship to focus is so complete that mine feels like that of a toddler. The layers of learning are endless here and I go to bed each night with a very full mind and soul. 

Linda is a perpetual student, looking at every situation with the inquiry, “what can I learn from this, what can the horse learn from this?” It is the most refreshing attitude I have ever encountered and it keeps possibility alive constantly. Where I would get frustrated, she gets curious. I want...

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