Over the past few decades, people across the world have increasingly chosen to train their companion animals with compassion and cooperation in mind. We know that committing to Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA; also known as The Humane Hierarchy) strategies helps us build trusting relationships with animals while effectively meeting our training goals. We’ve seen such positive training work with dogs, horses, cats, birds, and countless other species. And yet we often have a hard time applying these principles in our relationships with humans--including ourselves.
A LIMA being is a member of our community of learners who seeks to apply the power of environmental changes to shape behavior in ways that are both compassionate and effective. LIMA beings are committed to building a world in which all are valued, and in which we celebrate diversity and work to counter oppression. Black lives matter. Diversity of genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, religions, abilities, and more are to be cherished, not merely tolerated. We know that there will be times when we fail to meet our aspirations in the complicated work of unlearning systems of oppression, but we are committed to learning and growing and listening.
All of the founders, in addition to being experienced dog trainers and behavior consultants who have devoted years to studying the art and science of positive training, are people who feel a deep calling toward building more functional, creative and respectful relationships between people: one-on-one, as communities and as societies. We are grounded in a variety of spiritual and wisdom traditions and some of us have studied Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication. All of us think the world would just work better if we could apply the things we know about shaping positive behavior change to...pretty much anything. Maybe you feel the same way and would like to explore together with us?
If you’re curious about LIMA beings and want to check out how the concepts of Antecedents, Behaviors and Consequences might inform our relationships with the humans in our lives, we encourage you to check out the ABCs of Everything course. In three 90-minute sessions the founders explore how we might apply these basic—but complicated—principles of behavior in our daily lives.
It isn’t easy to live in this world as a LIMA being, and having a community of exploration and support can make all the difference. Members who subscribe to the community receive a monthly recorded conversation between the founders, and then participate in a monthly live Zoom call to further explore the topic together.
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