Do you feel like a Zebra in a herd of Horses?

“As​ ​I​ ​grew​ ​into​ ​my​ ​stripes,​ ​and showed​ ​myself,​ ​my​ ​family​ ​frowned.​ ​They​ ​hid​ ​me.​ ​Painted​ ​me​ ​into​ ​looking​ ​and​ ​acting​ ​like​ ​them. It​ ​became​ ​a​ ​survival​ ​skill​ ​to​ ​hide​ ​my​ ​Zebra-ness,​ ​my​ ​stripes.​ ​​ ​Blending​ ​in​ ​kept​ ​me​ ​feeling​ ​safe. Showing​ ​my​ ​stripes​ ​felt​ ​dangerous.”

Everyone feels different sometimes, but for some of us, being different is our “normal”. It may have originated in our childhood as the result of an adoption, or perhaps a from a physical or spiritual difference. Maybe it stems from not meeting the expectations of someone you love and respect. You feel different and in some circles, you have to wear a disguise to fit in.

Humans naturally seek connection – a place to fit in and feel comfortable. Even when we find a place with like-minded people, we still have to function in other groups. In order to survive, we disguise our differences, hide them, or try to blend in. Our differences are like the stripes of a zebra. Living among those who fit the status quo, is like being a zebra living in a herd of horses. Same species, but with major differences.

Being different can be a source of joy and a reason to celebrate. It can also be a source of guilt or shame and can result in hiding parts of our true self. As a zebra in a herd of horses, sometimes we feel inadequate, feel like we have a target on our back or feel like we “stick out like a sore thumb.”

Do you camouflage parts of your Self?

Does your uniqueness make you feel uncomfortable?

Do you want to be supported standing unpainted for the world to see?

“I’ve often tried to convince myself that being different is a good thing. I run with a herd of strong and magnificent horses. They are successful. They are fast. Everybody loves them. So why do I feel so different when the only visible difference is my coloring? I’ve always felt different, since my parents told me that they “picked ME” out of all of the other babies when I was adopted.”

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February 9-11
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Our retreats, workshops and private coaching sessions are a safe way to explore our unique differences as well as our beliefs and self-judgements of them. We offer a safe place to mindfully examine our zebra stripes, own them, and honor them, while being fully supported and accepted as we truly are. It is an opportunity to embrace our uniqueness, grow comfortable with it, and celebrate it.

With the new awareness of how beautiful our stripes really are, we can not only learn to live more authentically but also learn to recognize other zebras and support them. Too often, when interacting with others, we seek similarities – common ground. What if we also sought out differences and supported them?

“There are days when I wish I could get rid of my stripes and be beautiful like the horses in my herd! But, when I see another zebra, my heart leaps with joy at our kinship! I see how beautiful their stripes are and how the world around them comes to life in a remarkable way.”

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