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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

When is a Compromise a Compromise? 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:49:00 AM Categories: #1 S Be in the now #2 S Gather information #5 S Re-evaluate

I usually don’t feel my life is compromised because I have animals.
Well, occasionally, on a bitter cold winter day or when a huge rainstorm is hitting the neighborhood, I envy people that don’t need to go out to feed horses.
But, in general, I am very happy about my animal driven lifestyle.
Yet, last week I was twice tempted to compromise

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Horses in Transition 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Monday, May 18, 2015 11:53:00 AM
Feeding timeAs I am gearing up for our move to Vermont ... yes,  we believe our beautiful farm has finally found a new owner ... I want to revisit an article I wrote for Massachusetts Horse a few years back. 

Relating to the Horse in Transition
Horses, more than any other domesticated animal, go through many transitions during their lifetime ... read more

 
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Labels Schnabels 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Friday, May 15, 2015 9:25:00 AM

Over the last few days, I noticed a lot of labeling.

The kind when we describe an animal – or ourselves – through negative character labeling.

Here are some examples from recent conversations:

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Present, Open and Curious 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Tuesday, May 12, 2015 4:00:00 AM Categories: #1 S Be in the now #2 S Gather information 4. P Be student & teacher
A few years back, during a guided visualization I went – in my mind - back to my childhood. I found myself back at the age when I was still fully connected to my inner wisdom.. In the weeks following the visualization I tried to re-connect to that feeling through meditation and writing ... without success. ... read more
 
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What role do we fill? 

Posted by Nicole Birkholzer Monday, May 11, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Yesterday, I got a call from a neighbor here in town. I wished her a happy mothers-day and she wished me one back. I responded with a nervous laughter to which she replied “You have animals, right? So, happy Mother’s-Day.”

I believe my nervous laughter was due to ... read more

 
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