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  1. Hello everyone, I've been participating for a few weeks, but haven't done an introduction. My name is Melissa Loyer, and I'm from southern Ontario, Canada. I'm a 500 hour certified meditation coach, and I am so excited to be participating in this program. I've joined because while meditation coaching is good, and does good, my focus is teaching mindfulness meditation for mental health. Before learning to meditate, I wasn't able to cope with day-to-day life, as there was childhood trauma that ended up leading to anorexia nervosa, alcohol abuse, and a scary amount of self-injury. I remember vividly the moment I was told that the brain secretes thoughts in the same way the mouth secretes saliva, and that I am not my thoughts - I felt hope and bawled like a baby. I joined "The Power of Awareness", led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach and my life hasn't been the same since. I'm loving every moment of this course.
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  2. I am a first generation Canadian born and raised in Cowtown (Calgary)! I began my spiritual journey over 20 years ago and have been meditating for more than 10 years. I feel so grateful to have come across mindfulness meditation over a year ago when the pandemic began and it has inspired me to want to teach this practice to others. I found this teacher training program recently which has inspired me even more to share mindfulness with others. My passions are nature photography and writing. Here's a pic of one of my favorite parks in Calgary. We have amazing walking trails and rivers where I walk and meditate every week. Give me a shout if you ever want to visit Calgary!
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  3. Hi Rosanna! Nice to see another Calgarian in the course! I also look forward to learning with you!
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  4. Thank you both for sharing. Relief of suffering and mental health concerns is certainly a common thread. I, too, came to mindfulness through mental health concerns – depression (and some anxiety as well). I first encountered mindfulness through Jon Kabat-Zinn's 'Wherever You Go, There You Are' and a lightbulb went off. I couldn't believe I'd never heard of the concept before! There is so much potential for healing. Thank you both for being here.
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  5. My vision that lead me to mindfulness is to release the suffering that I was feeling inside of me and help others do the same. Living with mental health issues for most of my life has hindered me living to my full potential. I was looking for deep healing last year and ready to release the pain and sadness I was feeling on a daily basis because of what has happened in my past. I felt guided to mindfulness meditation training as a tool to support my other efforts in healing myself. It has been the most effective and sustainable method to releasing the suffering I had been carrying around inside of me for most of my life. It has worked for me in profound ways that I want to teach others this tool as well so they can be free.
    2 points
  6. My name is Michelle and I live in Calgary, Alberta. I am excited to journey with all of you in this program!
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  7. My Calm composure, my wisdom, & my Loving-Kindness attitude, along with my flexibility to encorporate new learned skills in a Praxctice.
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  8. My vision that lead me to this program is that teaching mindfulness I can help people to have a better quality of life, without severe memory issues and without dementia early in their life (at 50's or sometimes at 40's as I unfortunately see in my activity) or without memory problems at all. There is no cure for dementia or at least a treatment to help stop memory decline in early stages, so that the disease won't progress to more severe stages. And as a clinical psychologist the best thing I can do is to help people to prevent memory problems by various means and mindfulness is one of the best known ways to do that because of the structural and functional modifications shown in the mindful brain. Happy and grateful to be here wishing to learn than give as much as possible.
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  9. I am Maria from Sibiu, Romania (...in the middle of Transilvania). I am a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist and The President of the Sibiu Branch of The Alzheimer Romanian Association. My interest in mindfulness started about 7 years ago and my first training in mindfulness was about 4 years ago. Use mindfulness exercises for myself and also in individual psychotherapy. Also the last years I had presentations at National Alzheimer Congresses about ”Mindfulness in preventing Alzheimer Disease” and also ”Mindfulness in Mild Cognitive Impairment”.
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  10. I am a physical therapist, and educator, a dreamer, and excited to learn more to be able to share mindfulness with others in a variety of settings.
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  11. Hi, My name is Mica (Me-ka) Mitchell. Looking forward to working through this program and will reach out as needed. Thank you. -Mica (Me-ka) Mitchell
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  12. Hi everyone, my name is Cassandra and 41 yrs old from Australia, I have three beautiful sons that keep me pretty busy and run my own business Mind Over Matter Therapy Solutions, specialising in Hypnotherapy, Nlp and life coaching and live to learn more and that’s how I found myself here is this fantastic group, my life passion is to help others that are suffering from Trauma due to past life experiences. This is something that is very close to my heart as I once suffered from ptsd , anxiety and depression from a past abusive relationship (domestic violence) and after quite some time and working very hard on myself have managed to get back to living and loving life again. Excluding dealing with the covid -19 issues as I’m im sure it has been taking a toll on all of us of a late . hoping you are all well and looking forward to getting to know you all . stay safe and bye for now Cassandra
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  13. Hey Everyone, I purchased the certification program a week and a half ago, right before I took a short vacay on the Big Island to visit friends. What an experience that was! Now, I'm ready to start the program and am introducing myself as a first ... well, second step. One of the other things I did was establish a structure on Evernote and in Google Drive to keep all of the info I know I'm going to accumulate organized. A semi-retired boomer originally from Washington, DC, I have been living in Hawaii for 14 years. My daughter came to Oahu to go to college and decided to stay. So of course, what's a mother to do for her only child but to join her? I'm also a long-time meditator, having first learned TM in the 70s when it was all the rage. My meditation journey has grown and evolved over the years, and now I'm ready to share it and mindfulness with others. I figured this program is the perfect opportunity for me to combine my passion for meditation with my experience as a trainer to help planetary consciousness evolve. evolve. Looking forward to sharing the journey with you. Patrice p.s. photo was taken at the beach near the North Shore of Oahu.
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  14. Hi Patrice! Yes, that was me I just sent an email back. We can communicate here or via email - whatever is best for you. I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying the training so far. Reach out if you have any specific questions as you navigate things. Enjoy your weekend! Gillian
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  15. Aloha Gillian! Thanks so much for the welcome? I believe it was you who sent me an email asking how I was doing. I accidentally sent it to trash before I could read it and haven't been back here since I wrote the introduction. I'm really enjoying the training, have supplemented it with Mindfulness for Dummies, as well as all of the supplemental info you guys are providing. The weekly email from Sean is especially informative. I'm still getting my feet wet and look forward to taking a closer look at the forum. I'm sure I'll find invaluable information and support there as well. Mahalo nui loa ("A very big thank you"), Patrice
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  16. I'd like to share the experience I had since from March 2020 till May 1st of 2021 I felt the unprecedented pressures and stress of work from home due to the pandemic and because of that I quit my job as I felt I'm missing out on many experiences I ought to be enjoying with my wife and sons. The silver lining is that I learned a new skill at the start of this pandemic. I learned to be a podcaster. I have since, March 2020, launched 4 podcasts. The latest of which is entitled, Find Your Daily Calm (on Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/3yBgDHZ and on Spotify https://spoti.fi/3vjAw40). Find Your Daily Calm is a podcast that allows you to retreat to your place of peace and calm. I am grateful to the kindness of Sean Fargo for allowing us to record on the podcast the beautiful guided meditation scripts he wrote and shared. I launched the podcast on the 1st of May 2021. Truth be told, I was inspired to launch it after I read the meditation scripts of Sean in Mindfulnessexercises.com. A few weeks after, I decided to undergo certification of Mindfulness Teacher training. I have loved every minute of the the journey since. Also, the podcast has been ranked #1 and #23 on Podstatus and Spotify Philippines charts. I hope you guys like it. I am grateful and excited to be part of this teacher training community and I look forward to learning many great things from all of you. May peace be upon you.
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  17. Lovely reflections! Thank you for sharing. As I was reading this I had an image of you sending little ripples of mindfulness into the world. Those ripples have a large impact on people and how they show up in the world. Thank you for doing what you do.
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  18. Thanks, Gillian! What first steps to take was the most challenging aspect. One can be overwhelmed by the What and the How-To of doing things. I had to ask myself WHY do I want to do this. Well, I looked within and asked how many folks are out there going through the same stress and anxiety of thinking of an uncertain future especially under unprecedented circumstances. They needed help. Since podcasting is a new skill I learned, I realized that I learned it for a bigger reason and not just listen to an online recording of myself speaking. Being able to help people find their calm as a mission made everything relatively easier. Even small wins (like comments of thanks from all over) felt like a rewarding victory since I know people will be affected in more ways than one. Finally, the simple and seemingly mundane process of creation and getting it out there per episode is such a wonderful feeling. The beauty of it is that when I record, it is also a meditative practice for me. It's been amazing.
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  19. Congrats, Sel! It sounds like this year was a big transition for you work-wise. I'm so glad that the scripts inspired you to share mindfulness in this way. What was the most challenging aspect of getting into podcasting? What do you enjoy the most? I'd love to hear more.
    1 point
  20. I am Tony Bassett, a hypnotherapist from Utah. I am so excited to be a part of this awesome community.
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  21. Hi everyone - I’m Lauren and I am very grateful for the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of mindfulness and techniques around guiding meditations and practices. I have been meditating for over ten years, but I am constantly learning more myself because of this practice. It seems funny to claim a number of years when it really is a new experience every time. My spouse and I are also getting ready to step forward and offer guidance and energetic support to others which is scary and overwhelming at times. I am grateful that I found this program as I am learning a lot about teaching these techniques which will be an integral component to our work. The practices themselves are actually helping me as I prepare to start this new chapter - pretty cool. I hope this finds you all well, Lauren (Des Moines, IA)
    1 point
  22. Hi everyone! I'm Rachel and I live in a small village in the Cotswolds, England close to Chipping Norton and Oxford. My meditation journey and in some respects my Mindfulness of sorts journey, started way back in the 80's when I suffered a nervous breakdown. My GP introduced me to a new technique where I would just focus on the now. Through his suggestions I took up meditation and walking. It took time. There were many ups and downs but whatever it was - worked! And I still use it today. I have taught my son (who is autistic) and many students and colleagues along the way, to mindfully meditate. And after receiving an inheritance, it felt like the right time to do this. Like everyone, the past year has given me a new perspective on life and what my place in all of this is. Well this is my place! I am taking that next step and starting up full time as a Reiki Practitioner and Spiritual Guide. I have been dabbling for years but found every excuse to not take the plunge. Now is the time and I feel excited, empowered and a sense of peace at finding my place. This is going to be such an exciting journey but great to know that I have this community to accompany me along the way x
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  23. Hi Rachel - Thanks for posting this. I am in a similar position of feeling compelled (after years of avoiding a calling) to finally face my fears and step forward with my spouse to start offering energetic and spiritual guidance for those interested. It is nice to hear when others are doing the same - it inspires me. Best wishes on your journey, Lauren
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  24. Hello Patrice! What a lovely introduction. Thank you for sharing and it is wonderful to have you in the program. I'm Gillian - Chief Care Officer for the program. If you have any questions, reach out at anytime. I look forward to learning more about your experience and insights! Feel free to jump in on any other conversation in the forum that speaks to you. With gratitude, Gillian
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  25. Hi Tarwe, Another great subject! In fact, some of this was brought up in last week's group call with Sean. You can watch the replay here (the discussion around mindfulness for suffering and injustice begins at 59:52 and goes on for quite some time. You can see the timestamps for more specific topics covered) - https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/06-30-21-sean-fargo-on-suffering/ Somewhere during this talk, Sean mentions Sharon Salzberg's book 'Real Change' - could be something you're interested in! https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/realchange/ He also mentions a talk he recently had with her on compassion. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHBBWqyAAj4 I know that's a lot, but maybe something in there will be helpful for you!
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  26. Hi Everyone, My name is Cindy and I am a new member of this community. I am a Health Coach living in Cleveland Ohio with my family. I am really looking forward to this program as my coaching practice has moved in a direction where "mindfulness" is the cornerstone. Thanks to you all
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  27. Thank you for checking out my post, Victor! Yes, the dreams felt exceptional. The most vivid dreams I have ever had. It is interesting how that awareness of being in a dark room really carried into the sleep state. Glad to hear you liked the unedited scribbles I also formatted them the same way that I wrote them in the book. Since it was completely dark, my sense of the page was a bit off... so they were very short lines!
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  28. Hello Gillian: Compassion for me is very intrincated and complex thing. I know it is simple, but I want to understand better how to manage compassion with injustice, bad and cruel people, or people that doesn't follow the laws or doesn't even care about compassion
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  29. Hi Mark, I am a Health Coach and most of my clients use the "Unwinding Anxiety" app that was developed by Dr. Judson Brewer. It's extremely user friendly and has been a huge help to my clients. Dr. Brewer just came out with a new book with the same title. Good luck
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  30. Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be here. I'm a physician in California who recently launched my life coaching practice empowering women to look within and quiet their inner critic to confidently live their best life. I have been practicing and sharing/leading mindfulness for over 8 years and want to go deeper so joined this program. Thank you for the opportunity to learn and connect!
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  31. Hi to all of you, Excited to be here and starting this course. I am Gitika from Mumbai, India and a Yoga teacher, health coach and a sound healer. Really looking forward to enhancing my practice and learn from all of you.
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  32. Thanks Gillian. Good to connect. Looking forward to the journey.
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  33. Hey Gillian, Here's a good one: How would you know someone may be having a meltdown in front of you eyes & what is the best way to handle that? As a previous LCSW, I would know individually & Professionally, how to handle that, however as Teachers, what can we do to manage that type of situation? Let's say they are having PTSD issues from the past...sounds like I need to check in with David Treleavens group again...here David's Webinar: https://davidtreleaven.com/webinar/
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  34. Hi Rosanna! I look forward to learning with you. I'm in Southern Ontario.
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  35. Hi Rosanna! So lovely to read your introduction. Thank you for sharing. It seems there have been quite a few new members from Canada recently. I myself am from Toronto but live in Stockholm, Sweden currently. I'm part of Sean's support team for this program, so if you have any questions as you navigate the resources, reach out at anytime. With gratitude, Gillian
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  36. Severe mental health issues led me here, in a roundabout way, and I remember the daily suffering. Mindfulness meditation "saved" me (and trauma work) and I can't stand to think of others being trapped in their brains the way I was. There are so many opportunities for joy in this world, and we all have a choice - we just don't always know it! So I guess I want to ease suffering. Melissa
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  37. Hello Paula! I look forward to learning with you!
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  38. Hello! I'm not a Torontonian, but I'm in the GTA! I look forward to learning with you.
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  39. Hi Judy! I look forward to learning with you.
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  40. Hi Ellen! I look forward to learning with you! Melissa
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  41. Hi! I look forward to learning with you. Melissa
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  42. Thank you! I will
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  43. Hi community, At least one of you inquired about whether I would share my retreat experience with the community. It took me some time to sit with how it went, but I have since written a blog about the experience. I hadn't mentioned before here, but the type of retreat I did was a dark retreat (or dark room retreat). It was just me in a dark room for 6 nights/5 days. Food and tea was delivered through a double-doored food box so that no light entered into the room. It was a very interesting experience with some ups and downs, but certainly a lot of peace and ease. It felt deeply restorative and insightful. If you'd like to read more about this experience, you can find the blog post here. It feels easier to share this than to write it out in the forum as I wouldn't know where to begin! https://www.gillianflorence.com/blog/five-days-in-darkness
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  44. Thank you Rick and Victor! I am slowly coming back to clean out some emails so that my full return on Monday is more manageable Hope you are both doing well!
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  45. Elaine, hello and welcome! It was such a pleasure to read your introduction. It's always nice to get a feel for the background of people in this community. I'm Gillian - part of Sean's support team and the moderator for this community. I'm a meditation teacher, women's circle facilitator, and freelance writer. I'm also certified in hatha yoga, though I haven't been teaching recently. If questions arise as you navigate the program, let me know Have you had a chance to check out some of our past workshops? There is a wealth of information there and some sessions really hone in on the science behind mindfulness (such as Dr. Richie Davidson's session). Looking forward to hearing more about your experience and insights here in the community, With gratitude, Gillian
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  46. Hello to you all The list for the requisites to get certified are listed here: https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/mindfulness-meditation-teacher-certification/ You could make a mini checklist from the points listed. I use a website called Evernote to make lists of tasks to complete. It might helpful for those wanting to make an official checklist and to keep notes of things: https://evernote.com/ As for lesson 6 where you are asked to journal for 20 days about your cultural experience and identity: I would say you can do this whether you step out into the physical world or not. Culture is presented to us and impacts us through social media, news, and even the sheer presence of technology being in our lives constantly. So some days your reflections might be stirred due to in-person interactions you have and at other times it might be online encounters. You might also simply recall certain memories or insights about where and how you grew up. But all in all, don't overthink or worry about this too much. Whatever comes to you naturally is perfect As for a suggested time frame to start teaching - I think it depends a lot on the individual. If you have never taught but your personal practice is strong, you could start by leading one session, opening it up to friends and family. I would say that if you are new to practicing, create some space between your teachings so that you have time to reflect upon how each session runs and to gain new tools and insights for the next. Someone who is already guiding sessions might go through the teaching requirements more quickly, but there is no standard. I hope this helps!
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  47. Yes, I have that sheet. However, With all the information, personal practices, leading/teaching and more, I was hoping maybe somebody had their calendar schedule of how they got it done. As the old Coaching Academy Lead Coach for a company, we had everything step by step listed out for them to get done. With this, there are so many areas to dive into. I want to make sure I am building upon the right steps and practices in the best and most helpful time frame. It is a bit overwhelming for me to grasp how it is presented. And that is very much so my brain and how it works. Not the program. I just hoped someone maybe was a type a and made a structure I could tap into. If they saw value in supporting a mind that works differently . I am open to receiving any and all advice/support
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  48. Beautfiful!! Looks so peaceful!
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