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Sitting with Myself

I’ve been in the process of Sitting with Myself since early March. I didn’t start it willingly. In fact, I spent the first four to six weeks kicking and screaming about it. Thrashing. Flailing. Protesting. Looking for things to do, projects to start, trips to take, closets to clean, barns to remodel. Just a whole…

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Twists and Turns

Dear lovely humans, Nature gives us so many generous lessons of how things move, progress, develop, and evolve no matter what. We need these examples so we can see the fierce resilience around us and connect to how it is within us. We also need to see and know how messy, unpredictable, and even chaotic…

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Lessons in Expressing Vulnerability and Circling Up Our Herds

I took a page out of my own book! The Human Herd: Awakening Our Natural Leadership was released into the wild April 12. It was terrifying! First writing a book is very hard, but even harder than the writing itself was all the time and angst spent NOT writing the book when you are supposed to be…

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Springing Forth

Fruit trees are budding and blooming. Horses are shedding. Dogs are shedding. A pair of ducks are inhabiting our creek and appear to be ready for some babies. The daylight is more insistent. We hear a lot of messaging about how to feel about the seasons. Spring is here! Have a bounce in your step!…

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Growth and Gutters

I look for interesting places of growth, for the ways that nature replenishes and flourishes in odd locations. My most recent discovery was in the gutter of an old shed. As usual, it was just the practice of a walkabout, looking around, looking up, slowing down, and there it was, a whole ecosystem blooming in…

A Different Kind of New Year--What If We Just Let Ourselves Be? - Beth Anstandig

A Different Kind of New Year–What If We Just Let Ourselves Be?

It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of January. But maybe that’s a good thing. The pressure we put on ourselves and each other at this time of the year! What a way to — maybe not — start things off! It’s an arbitrary transition but it is one whether we like it…

Coping with Workplace Grief - Beth Anstandig

Coping with Workplace Grief

Even before COVID-19 subtracted so much from our lives, workplace grief was a corporate crisis. Now, as we have faced the loss of loved ones, missed occasions and celebrations, and isolation from family, friends and colleagues, the losses in our professional lives compounded with the effects of the global pandemic have become much more traumatic.…

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Crossing to Join the Herd: Psychological Safety and Relationship

Photo by Carla Richardson I spend time outside with our herd in the horse pasture a few times a day. It’s a nervous system reset for me and a way to find my way back to the most stable parts of myself.  Recently, I’d had one of those days where all the machinery around me…

Broadening the Concept of Mindfulness with the Four Channels of Natural Leadership Awareness - Beth Killough

Broadening the Concept of Mindfulness with the Four Channels of Natural Leadership Awareness

We’re used to thinking about mindfulness in terms of what’s going on in our thinking. But, the thing about awareness, which we can learn from being with animals, is that by tapping into our Natural Leadership Awareness, we can broaden the scope of mindfulness to include what’s happening within our bodies, spirits, and emotions. And…

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Hardship and Herdship: We Need Each Other

By now, you might feel like a caged animal. Well, you kind of are. We are human animals in captivity. COVID-19 has put most of the world in this surreal lock-down experience, and our lives have slowed down beyond recognition. I’ve been referring to it as The New Abnormal. I use these words to remind…

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