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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!

Blog Post List

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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Is Your Therapy Horse Overwhelmed? 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Saturday, June 18, 2016 9:36:00 AM
Is your therapy horse overwhelmed?
How would you know if he is?

When I give workshops or do equine assessments at therapeutic riding centers the answer is always in clear sight. A happy therapy horse has  ... read more

 
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A New Perspective On Herd Dynamic 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Tuesday, June 14, 2016 8:00:00 PM
This article was first published in Massachusetts Horse magazine.. In the last issue I’ve explored a simple way to connect with our horses, through breath. When we consciously breathe (remember, inhale through the nose, expanding your abdomen, ... read more
 
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Is Your Pet special? 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Wednesday, June 08, 2016 6:48:00 PM Categories: Dogs

ScoutThe other day I thought of all the stories I hear about special ‘human-animal bonds’. Might have been triggered by an e-mail video I’d received about a guy and his dog. 

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Seeing The Purpose - Meeting Our Cat In The Now 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:23:00 PM Categories: 4. P Be student & teacher Cats Flitzer Pet Logic pets as therapy Practicing Mindfulness Video

I love learning from animals.  And, over the years, I have realized ... 
our pets always do things with a purpose.    The moves they make, they actions they take ... it's all purposeful. They bark to protect us, they plop onto our keyboard to remind us to take a break. 
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