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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


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

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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