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  2. Lovely reflections David. I hadn't thought about that practice we did with Chris in this particular way, but what you've said here really resonates. While we were doing that exercise with him, it reminded me a very simple gesture I sometimes do for myself - that is, if my mind is racing or I have a headache, I will gently rub my forehead the way a parent would a child's. I can't remember when I started doing this, but it is a very simple, soothing gesture that naturally overrides the thinking mind. I do think that we often forget the power of touch and yet it has a language all of its own. Another thing Chris said that exemplifies this is how we can pick up different energies and meanings in different types of touch. In other words, the body knows when something is tender, romantic, dismissive, or embodying any other type of intention really. I am also now thinking about yoga and how different types of poses stimulate different sorts of energies within the body. Standing in one of the warrior asanas makes one feel much different than child's pose/balasana or garland pose/malasana. Something as simple as our posture, too, can evoke different feelings - both conscious and unconscious I believe.
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  4. Thank you for the feedback! In order to comply with any rules I'm going to stick with "certified teacher" and define what occurs in my sessions as meditation coaching". I appreciate your help!
  5. Thanks for this. I enjoyed the film and Campfire Stories’ website. The film’s use of the soft and warm contact with others’ eyes brought back to mind Chris Germer’s presentation for this site on Wednesday. I thought it was amazing. A few things really resonated with questions about which I have been reflecting for some time. One of the exercises that really had a big impact on me was the one that had us act out with our bodies a series of things like comforting ourselves, asserting ourselves with, “No!,” celebrating positive experience with, “Yes!,” etc. What impressed me was that it was acknowledging the primary importance of bodily experience. Chris was not demonstrating mindfulness, but a sort of basic pedagogy by which a parent or nurturing figure enthusiastically acts something out and says, “This (whatever he was having us imitate) is how we care for ourselves,” while greatly engaging us with his eyes. We don’t learn it by watching and inferring. We learn by imitating and experiencing how exhilarating and right it feels! This raises the question, how do we do that for ourselves? The answer, “By mindfulness,” really misses something. Moreover, it relocates the locus of learning from our bodies to something we imagine to be in our heads—that little controlling homunculus that we experience as running the show. Chris’ program Mindful Self Compassion does this in another basic and obvious way. It doesn’t simply say, “Cut yourself a frigging break and be kind to yourself.” It has you softly and kindly touch yourself and imagine being so touched. It takes us back to how we really learn in the first place—by our bodies experiencing what interactions feel safe and rewarding versus threatening and painful. We seem to think those feelings also have to be cognized and consciously acted upon, but that is total nonsense. A good read that seems to attempt to drive that home to us is Proffitt and Baker’s Perception, How Our Bodies Shape Our Minds. I am not knocking how helpful thinking and consciously guided mindful attention can be. There is a greater context, however, that we ignore at our peril. The Perception book demonstrates this with an account of veteran with late-onset PTSD who would not engage with therapy. After a time the patient asked if he could bring his wife to therapy but even her presence did not seem to help...until she slid her chair close to her husband and took his hand. The therapist reported, “It was like flipping on a light.” I’m no professional at these sorts of things. I would be interested in how anyone would elaborate on them.
  6. Hi Heather, Welcome to the community! This is a really great question you've raised. As far as I know, you do not need any specific certification to be a meditation coach, though you of course couldn't say that you are a 'certified meditation coach'. Don't quote me on this though because there could perhaps be some jurisdictions that don't allow it, but I haven't heard of that for this particular term. If you feel that 'meditation coach' more accurately describes what you'd like to offer then it might just be the best fit.
  7. It was really great to take part in the live call! It was definitely past my bedtime but some mint green tea helped me along
  8. I just found this job if by chance anyone who stumbles across this is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In any case, it is another example of a job in the field (admin related, but you'd be working within a mindful team I imagine!) https://www.mindful.org/administrative-assistant-3/
  9. Yes, thank you for sharing! As I continue on my journey to eventually teach, it was interesting to read the job posting and what they are looking for. Thank you for posting this question Gillian!
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    During these Covid times, we all need to take a Mindful time to "Being Still"! About this Event: Virtual Event (There is a $20.00 Fee for this event). In this class you will learn some Basic Mindfulness Terms and to realize everyone needs occasional Mindful Breaks in the day! For we Americans who are ever producing Checklists, Goals, & Missions, what better way to just Stop & Pause!So be prepared to find some quiet space, to Learn, without Judgement, yet have Curiosity & let's Meditate together! Hope to see some Folks here attend. Here is the Eventbrite Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mindful-meditation-being-still-tickets-136854420255?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing&fbclid=IwAR1TsytUO1VEPePK3VL4dmM9Cu_0unHjpCHnFUJHtGkmo4YjoT9adSzDGgQ
  11. Here's one Texas Resource, Ladies, though they require a Masters or Doctorate Degree which I do not have: https://mindfulcounselingtexas.com/employment/
  12. Yes, Gillian, It was Awesome & I too was humbled how Christopher described his Public Speaking Anxiety and how he recovered from that; I definitely related to that! Yeah. somehow that 78% did not seem to surprise me, though for some Folks, that 78 may not apply! And it was nice to see you join us as well!
  13. Hi All! Here is the link to my website, The Musing Fox. It's a blog about meditation, has free resources (meditations and printable docs), as well as a section for booking sessions. www.themusingfox.com Looking forward to connecting with more teachers! -Heather
  14. Hello! I had a general question about what title people use, and what is appropriate. I'm currently a certified meditation teacher, working on my 2nd through this program, and a licensed master's of social work. I offer private sessions and don't know which is appropriate, "teacher" or "coach". I don't offer counseling or therapy because I am not certified as a clinical social worker. But feel my private sessions will be more than just a guided meditation session. I plan to provide education, explore client's specific needs, create meditations for them, help them work through any meditation struggles, and of course refer them to other services should they need counseling or something. What are people's thoughts? I don't want to say "coach" if you need to be certified specifically as a meditation coach. However, I feel coach more accurately would describe my role. Thank you for your feedback.
  15. I don't know of any either, other than having your own business as well. But I'm very interested in seeing what people think. Thank you!
  16. Jeff, what do you think of the absence of concentration from mindfulness discussion? While I liked your piece about improving attentional focus and stability, I.e. concentration, what do you think of the distinction I was trying to make between concentration—even developed to deep absorption—and samadhi? I really enjoy and appreciate your perspective on things and am very curious about what you might add here.

  17. As noted above, the item I've chosen is a candle. It stirs in me feelings of gratitude, as well as a sense of being grounded and safe. I am mindfully aware that I tend to take these small things for granted, and so it feels quite touching to really tune in and notice something so simple. When I smell the candle, I notice a feeling of mild repulsion (it is not a lovely soy or beeswax candle but something undoubtedly made with chemicals). Just smelling it stirs a desire to recommit to buying fewer things (and using less) but opting for things that are best for myself and the planet.
  18. This week's question is a bit experimental. It asks: What comes up for you when you gaze at a single object? I'm sitting at my desk looking at a taper candle nestled into its brass holder. It got my curious about what it feels like to be really present with a single object. So for this question of the week, I invite you to choose an object in the room you're sitting in. Take a minute just to explore it with all of your senses (those that are appropriate given your object). How does this make you feel? What are you mindful of in mind, body, heart? (Feel free to share a photo of your object if you like).
  19. Hello community! Yesterday was Christopher Germer's workshop on self-compassion, which was really touching (for those that missed it, I will post the link to the replay when it is up). In the meantime, for those that joined in, feel free to share any reflections, experiences, or questions that might have arisen in regards to his teachings and the practices we explored together. One thing I found interesting (though not surprising) was that 78% of people (I think that was the number) find it easier to be compassionate towards others than to themselves. It's quite high but does seem very common (at least from my own experience and discussions with friends and family). I also really liked the short exercise where Christopher invited us to compare how we would react to someone we love who was having a hard time vs. how we would react to ourselves. In my own practice, it felt like I was 'closing in/shutting down' on myself, vs. tenderly 'leaning into' the suffering of another person. It's a really wonderful reminder to tend to ourselves the way we would a loved one.
  20. One of our lovely members reached out to me inquiring about any forums, websites, or other avenues that advertise jobs related to mindfulness and meditation. Off hand, nothing is coming to mind (though I will do a bit of research on it). However, I'm curious if anyone else here as any insight into where or how to find jobs in this field (aside from starting one's own business).
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    Path to Presence Retreat is going to take you through 5 strategies to develop a meditation practice that works for you even if you are busy or overwhelmed! Maybe you've never meditated before or maybe you have tried it but it's hard to keep it up when life gets in the way. I recognize consistency and accountability are huge issues with building a meditation practice so I created this retreat to help everyone build a meditation practice that sticks. If your meditation practice works for you then consistently show up and begin to feel more present, connected and calm. This free retreat is Jan 18-22 with some bonus days! It is self-paced and entirely virtual, there are live components on zoom and Facebook live or you can watch a replay on Facebook later when it suits you. We'll come together for just half an hour each day and I'll talk about specific strategies to integrate a meditation practice into your daily life and then I will lead us into a guided meditation and a brief period of stillness everyday. Register here: https://www.seasidefamilyacupuncture.com/path-to-presence
  22. GUEST-TEACHER WORKSHOP: CHRISTOPHER GERMER ON: TEACHING SELF-COMPASSION Wednesday, January 13 - 1pm PST / 4pm EST You can find the link to the event in the Dashboard.
  23. Hey Gillian, Wasn't sure where to put this since we are talking about TSM: (Thought Folks would want to know...hope others come); David's Great about keeping us informed. TSM Meet-Up happening tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13th, from 9:00-10:00am PT. As a reminder, TSM Meet-Ups are free, monthly gatherings designed to support your work and practice. I’ll open the 60-minute session with a short TSM practice, share some thoughts and experiential practices, and then open up a dialogue/Q&A. Tomorrow's Meet-Up is titled, "What's Needed for the Path Ahead? Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Tools for 2021." We'll explore: How sustained adversity impacts the nervous system (and adaptations you can make to your mindfulness practice and teaching) Which TSM practices best support stabilization and regulation after a period of prolonged stress (e.g., pendulation, resourcing) Ways that the mindfulness community can mobilize in 2021 to support communities that have been most impacted by the pandemic Here are the details for tomorrow's TSM Meet-Up event: Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 Time: 9:00am PT (convert to your time zone) Location: Zoom video call Two ways to connect to the event: Option #1: Online (video or audio) https://zoom.us/j/92463555860 Option #2: Telephone (Dial by your location) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) Meeting ID: 924 6355 5860 International dial-in numbers can be found here.
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