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- Creating one Mindful Connection at a Time -

Through stories from the field (and lessons from the heart) I’ll share practical ways to
 return to the present moment — in the pasture, in the barn, and in our everyday lives.
Here's to . . .  active listening + mindful communication!

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Animals Speak English 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Monday, October 17, 2016 6:36:00 PM Categories: 2. P Ask for what you need Dogs

Turns out, animals speak English, and German, and any other language that you choose to talk in.

Every day, David and I are amazed, a-mazed, how much English our animals understand. 
This morning, Scout, our 18 months old dog took an empty can of cat food from the garbage can (!) and brought it onto the bed to 'finish it up'. 
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PET LOGIC 5 Star Review & Illustration Award Winner 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Thursday, September 01, 2016 4:41:00 PM Categories: Pet Logic


Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Pet Logic
There was the Percheron horse, Jesse, retired from pulling logs and carriages, who  resisted human or, for that matter, any other form of contact, preferring to stick to himself. Then there were the snuggling orphaned baby raccoons. READ MORE

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Facing My Annual Nightmare 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Sunday, August 14, 2016 8:06:00 PM Categories: 1. P Accept Reality how to stay happy Practicing Mindfulness
Every year around this time, I'm challenged to face my biggest nightmare: mowing the sloping hillsides of our property in Vermont to reveal some last summer grass for the horses.
The crazy thing is ... I love driving my tractor! And yet, I'm mortified to drive the tractor on - what feels to me - steep angles in fear the tractor and I will tip over.
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Unexpected Helper 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Wednesday, August 10, 2016 2:55:00 PM Categories: 2. P Ask for what you need Dogs Scout
Unexpected HelperHere in Vermont, we spend part of our summer to stack wood so we have fuel for our wood stove in the winter.
Stacking wood is one of those meditative exercises I love. Taking piece after piece, trying to fit it 'just so'. Focused, yet repetitive. Work like that really frees my mind. 
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