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  1. When we truly belong, we can meet our 3 intrinsic needs (Daniel Pink) - to bring value, to be valued, and to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Love that.
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  2. Hi Tünde, nice meeting you too. Yes, Cologne isn't that far away -- looking forward to talk to you sometime.
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  3. Hi Everyone, Gillian - thanks so much for reaching out. What does it mean to belong? For me, this is really important to understand and I don't know that I have the answer. I do know how I feel. When I was young, late 60's / early to mid 70's I reflect back on never feeling that I belonged. My mother was white and British and all her family lived in England. My dad was Sikh (not practicing) and was from India (all his family was in India). They moved to Canada just before I was born - I did not belong to the white's and I did not ever see any Indians. So, I over lo
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  4. Wow, Ladies, You dont know how coincidental this Topic is! I had just finished emailing my High School Alma Mater after making a Donation to their school; as I was emailing the Head of the School. I recall trying to fit in while I was there, which was tough in those days...I have always wanted to go back to Boston & speak at my former High School; as I was thinking about themes, this is what I suggested to the Head of the School: From Shy Boy to Very Confident Clinical Social Worker/Management Consultant to a Professional Photographer to Mindfulness Meditation Teacher now
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  5. Hi Gillian. I love that you are bringing this topic up for further discussion. Although I love so many things about this program, Sean standing up talking about belonging in the session has been the most powerful for me, possibly because I went through something for a long time recently where I felt I didn't belong. The strong reaction I had made me realize that it's something I really want to focus on. I have thought and written about worthiness and unworthiness a lot this past year, as conversations stemmed from a meditation group I was in. I will admit, worthiness and belonging are extremel
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  6. On a related note: Has anyone watched the 'Mindfulness' episode on the Netflix series, 'The Mind, Explained'? It features the work of none other than Richie Davidson.
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  7. For me, first, there needs to be an openness to Mindful Meditation; even, if not Meditation at first, then, at least an openness to an attitude of Mindfulness; ultimately, it's not one or the other, it's both! One has to question, what is a Student's Motivation? I was always seeking a meaningful Coaching/ Teaching Certification program to suit my needs, that hopefully will be attractive to others, where learning is on an Equal basis...to be a Student of Life, so to speak, and Sean has demonstrated that! Second, his guiding Principles of Loving Kindness & Compassion for others & a
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  8. Hi everyone! I just wanted to share one of the things I run for free a few times a year that's starting next week: my Path to Presence Retreat. It's a free 5-day virtual meditation retreat that is focused on building a sustainable meditation practice that sticks. It intends to get folks working ON their practice and seeing it as a habit that can grow with them as life shifts. One and all are welcome, we meet each day over zoom and Facebook live April 12-16 9 am EST. There are replays and watch parties available from inside the Facebook group for the whole week as well. For
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  9. Thank you for posting those links too; I sometimes have a hard time figuring where all those Resource links I need to keep track of, so I decided to file those in my E-Notes under your name!! Just an FYI... "May You All Be Well. May You Be Free from All Suffering. May you Be Healthy. May You All Be Happy. May You All Live your Lives with Ease".
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  10. Wonderfully, said, Gillian.
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  11. Hey Gillian, These are Great Topics; i listened to this one: "How to Teach Mindfulness With Less Fear, Doubt, and Insecurity", only actually the last term was "Uncertainty", though when I saw your last term, 'Insecurity', Gillian, I identified with the that the most, "FDI", years ago was how I termed the anancronym. I learned that one many years ago having survived an Alcoholic Marriage, so I use to believe I was not worth it and I was being punished for what I did not know, my confidence was shattered and always compared myself to others; I did the same in High school being around the Br
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  12. Thanks, Gillian, I will spare most details; I was recovering from my 2nd Covid shot as well; you might say my Body has felt unbalanced, now still; it has taken some time, so I spent last night in a Meditation from Healthy Minds App= "A Tour of the Senses" since mine are very prevalent; they shot me up with Fetanyl and Dilaudid in the Recovery Room 2X's, as was needed then have been taking a Muscle Relaxant for pain, tho with little effects, so taking it in stride and cannot do any major lifting or exercize for another 5 weeks or so... Anyway, hope all had a Nice Easter, t
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  13. Actually, I have been slightly out of touch of the Community, though Meditating, though; I had Minor Surgery this past Monday and still recovering; it felt like my Insides got torn inside out, so I've been hurting, so when I get all tight I am drawn to my Breath and has helped. Yesterday, my Fiancé & I had our 2nd Covid Vaccine shot; we left with no side effects, however this AM was another story...so now dealing with other Body aches, so taking it in stride...when Stressed my anchor has become my Breath...so my Body felt a little unbalanced yesterday, & first time using a C
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  14. I would love to join a group. I live in South Africa. Where do I find a link to the recording? Regards Vincenzia
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  15. I look forward to belonging with you all. In the early 70's I took 3 college classes with Jeffery Hopkins, a principal translator for the Dali Lama, and been a dharma boy ever since. Many retreats in the DC area with Insight Meditation community leaders, moved to Austin in 2010, dabbled in Shambhala and sit with the Austin Zen Center now and then as well as time with local IM groups. Have taught Mindfulness in Health Clubs, Yoga Studios, and a Meetup Group. Bhante Rahula was my first monastic teacher in 2003 and I sat with Bhante G about a year later, and returned several times. If
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  16. Hello community, Hello community administrators, Hello Sean, My name is Banu. I've been in the program for six days and was a bit overwhelmed at first: So many files, so much material, and so many posts – where do I begin? Too many options and choices can also be quite intimidating ; ) But since yesterday's Q&A time I can see through it better. It was very nice to meet Sean and get to know some community members. Thanks again for the kind welcome. I live with my spouse and our 11-year-old son in Cologne, Germany. I got to know meditation about 12 years ago (before t
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  17. Hello William, nice meeting you -- greetings to Austin, TX
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  18. Hi Banu, I'm quite close to you, also in Germany, close to Trier. Just to let you know maybe we could even meet one day, corona permitting. Tünde
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  19. Hello Banu, Looks like we are newbies together. I actually joined last fall sometime but only in the last few days have I found my way around this site and I attended the Davidson talk yesterday. This is my first post. I am in Austin, Texas and we may never meet, but indeed I look forward to the journey with you.
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  20. Awareness is our Super Power - it allows us to determine how we want to show up in the next moment, how we will honor our greatness in the next moment. Mindfulness, is the key that allows, through training and practice, to be more aware of what we are feeling, how we are thinking. That we are often being dragged along throughout the day with actually being 'alive'.....operating in an automated state of almost nothingness (in general terms). Mindfulness, is the spotlight to finding the keyhole to unlock our ability to be aware and conscious. And with that ability, we discover being alive. We di
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  21. Hi everyone, Thank you for commenting on this topic, I have read all the comments with interest. I just wanted to let you know that I included a basic teaching of the 5 precepts in a Foundation in Mindfulness course I recently delivered. I took care to emphasise that these are not commandments but recommendations. The feedback I received on including a discussion about this was overwhelmingly positive; of course it might be the case that I just 'got lucky' with a group who are naturally ethically minded but nevertheless it was good to get positive feedback. Here are some of the commen
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  22. My week has been good as well, although busy! Thanks for asking. We have been seeing some warmer temperatures here as well, which has me feeling like I want to start organizing things around the house. It's that it's too cold, for me anyway, to want to hang outside, but my energy is definitely getting excited for spring and summer!
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  23. Absolutely, thank you for your reply
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  24. I like to share something with you. After I been ill, I went for a walk after about 10 days, and it was so strange, but everything looked so fresh, green and new. This was an amazing experience. It made me realise that so often I walk without seeing the beauty all there is and ever since I'm far more aware of my surrounding. Has anyone of you had such an experience?
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  25. Hi Gillian! No I hadn't, so thank you for sharing. I usually listen to these when I'm driving. I was able to listen to part of it today and will finish it tomorrow. I haven't practiced the meditation yet, but will do that soon as well, obviously outside of the car. Hope you're having a great week!
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  26. Yes, it was the conversation about belonging. For me it was almost a little startling when Sean stood up and started saying I belong here over and over again. I actually got emotional as it is relevant to something I'm going through right now and I thought it was so powerful. I agree I can't imagine what it would have been like live. I just wanted to hug people! LOL Thanks for sharing the info.
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  27. Thanks for sharing your reflections Amy! Yes, I can certainly see how this lines up with the Yamas and Niyamas (in fact, I have my YTT training manual beside me now and have flipped it open for reference). What comes to mind now is something I remember a yoga teacher saying once to a class, which was something along the lines of: "So today we are practicing yoga asana, which isn't the whole of yoga. Asana is just one part of the 8-limbed philosophy of yoga". She didn't go into details about the other limbs at all, but it certainly planted a seed for my own exploration. I was quite k
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  28. This is such an interesting discussion! I really don't have much understanding of the Vipassana tradition. I have attended a few day long retreats, and have struggled to understand some of the teachings that are very new to me. I can't say that I attend retreats to learn from the Buddhist traditions as an intention. I'm also not planning on teaching retreats any time soon! I came to meditation 15 years ago when I needed major surgery at 21. It was a very strange time, and I found a book called Healing the Self (I think it's called?) by Saki Santorelli. I then progressed to read Conversations w
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  29. Thank you for these reflections Tony! I really value your thoughtfulness on this subject matter and it is great to hear that you are going to include them in your course. Let us know how it goes. I agree with everything you've said here and will add a few comments/additions: 1) Regarding complexity - I definitely think that despite the complexity and potential nuance we might interpret of the five precepts, it is worth the discussion. I think emphasizing non-judgment and curiosity would be crucial here given that we live in a very strange and disconnected world. So for instance, we m
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  30. Dear Gillian, Thank you for your response and for sharing the link to the article in the Inquiring Mind. Thank you also for deleting the second posting, much better to keep the conversation streamlined. I have read the article with much interest and there is much that stands out to me! First of all the finding that 'these precepts have been, I think, curiously under stressed by the vipassana community'. This is certainly not my experience, I have attended Vipassana retreats in the tradition of S.N.Goenka in Australia and the UK over the past 20 years, so maybe in this artic
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  31. Orrrr,... Ladies...may my day be filled with, first, Self-Compassion, then, Compassion for others, the Equalizer of Humanity!:) Namaste!!!
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