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  1. Good morning (or Good Day), I'm Paul and I'm from Houston, Texas. I'm a lifelong Houstonian except for my time in the service (Army). I'm very excited to participate in this training, both for my personal benefit and to eventually help others. My professional career revolved around working with business teams and individuals to help them improve their performance. From a work perspective I enjoy coaching, teaching, and facilitating. Personally, I enjoy reading, writing, landscape gardening, and the walking in outdoors. I look forward to meeting others, learning from you, and contributing to the group.
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  2. The Gabor Maté workshop was amazing!! Thank you so much to everyone for arranging it and being there, and of course Dr. Maté. Thank you to all who shared their interactions. I learned so much from the dialogues about my own processing and emotional life. Am listening to In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts which has really been thought provoking. Wondering how the work shop was for others, and thank you again to those who shared their processing.
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  3. I am currently in the beautiful country side of Maryland. From California beach side. Where I sure miss. I am so excited to take part in this training at your own pace, mindfulness certification program. As an esthetician I naturally put clients into a meditation state. Now I have an opportunity to be certified where I can just focus on the mindfulness meditation coaching. Staying tuned into other influencers and coaches is a great motivating knowledge to continue to walk the walk and talk the talk. Mental wellness & nutritional wellness is my personal passion. I am a thyroid cancer survivor. I rise and smile each and everyday life is an adventure. I love learning & sharing.
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  4. It was amazing, however, I was unprepared for how triggered I would be. I didn't realize how much I fawn when difficult conversations are being had. When people were sharing the feeling of wanting to sooth other people with a smile and nodding my head in hopes that if they saw me, they felt understood. About half way though I stopped the urge to "fix" anything and just allowed the deep personal pain that was shared to just arise in my own system. Every single person that shared - shared something I too had experienced at some point or with some person. I am very interested in learning/delving more into the mirror concept that Dr. Mate spoke of. I think I have a completely different understanding of that teaching after the deep shares. I have a tremendous gratitude for Sean to have given us this incredible opportunity. I will be mindfully working with these feelings and become more aware of their origin for quite some time.
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  5. Hi Gillian, Here's what I've done to get organized. I'm using Evernote to organize all of the information I'll need to complete the program. So I have a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification "notebook stack" that includes the following notebooks - - Certification - Getting Started - Lesson Notes - Journal - Online Sleep Course (because I've been having issues with insomnia) Within each notebook are relevant "notes," e.g. I have a note for each Lesson in the Fundamentals course. The Journal notebook lets me record thoughts and ideas that may arise day to day as I'm moving through the program. In the Certification notebook, I have all of the info related to teaching mindfulness (e.g., Training Deep Dives, self-assessment tools). I also have a MMTC folder in Google Drive where I store the Workbook, the Daily Meditation log, and other documents that I have downloaded from the program. Within the MMTC folder, I have folders for the Certification Requirement documents, the brandable curriculum, the lessons, and supplemental material where I store docs on mindfulness that I've found online (I can convert web pages into pdfs). It took a couple of months to figure this out, but it's working pretty well now. Hope it helps. Patrice
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  6. Hello everyone.I'm Sreemanth Desai from India.I'm a certified Fitness Trainer and a Nutritionist.I'm excited to be part of this community and want to learn Mindfulness and help my clients be the "BEST VERSION OF THEMSELVES" and of-course evolve myself in this process as well.So HAPPY to be part of this community. KNOWN IS A DROP,UNKNOWN IS AN OCEAN.
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  7. I realized I hadn't done this yet officially, I think. I'm Emil. I live in Northern California. Close to San Francisco. I am a writer who has discovered mindfulness and would like to help those who are like me. Not clinically in need. But in need just the same of something. Now that clinicians acknowledge self-help actually works, I figure there are still folks who need someone to help guide and heal. Hence, teaching seems to be a way that could help and serve a lot of people who think they're OK, but are not. Or at least, they could be better. I also have some experience with race issues and would like to help those in BIPOC communities deal with personal and historical narratives. My unique style is a sense of humor and play. Like Mary Poppins said, "A spoonful of sugar..." Glad to meet you all.
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  8. Hi everyone, I am LeAnne Dolce and I am a self-care strategist. I have been in the wellness arts for about 15 years and am looking to expand my offering to include more self-discovery and self-love experiences. I look forward to connecting with you more on this journey.
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  9. Hi everyone! I am Tan, originally from Vietnam, I live in Marseille, south of France. I have some experience in meditation while a siddha yoga teacher in 1976-81. I also help introducing Thich Nhat Hanh to the French public in 1990. Although living in Plum village at that time, he was almost unknown to the French people. I also helped Tarab tulku rinpoché setting his workshops in France. I have been using meditation in the context of my therapeutic practice since 1984. I practice psychosynthesis which is a spiritual psychology created by Dr Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974), an Italian psychiatrist, contemporary and friend of Jung. Approaching the 80's, I am still practicing, while having also an artistic activity. Why did I register in this teachers training? I was curious about mindfulness which I consider a non-religious practice. Also, Sean seems a man with a good heart and dedicated person. I will certainly be inspired by his teaching and the community's presence.
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  10. Marian and Nan, thank you both for sharing your reflections on Gabor Maté's workshop. I was so deeply touched by this session - it was so authentic and so deeply human. I started reading In The Realms of Hungry Ghosts many years ago but never finished. Perhaps I will get back to it. I also find the topic of Compassionate Inquiry very interesting and powerful. I am training in Depth Hypnosis at the moment and we practice what is called Insight Inquiry, which seems to have some similarities. Another interesting thing that came up for me, as you refer to Nan: this idea of 'fawn' as a fourth way that the stress response manifests. The word 'fawn' in this context just came into my awareness when I was reading something a few weeks ago. It was great to see this brought up. Nan, I also completely resonate with that inclination to smile, to nod, to 'lean in' to soothe so-to-speak in the face of another's suffering. In my training in Depth Hypnosis, I became aware of this pattern in myself (so many of us have it - it's very natural). What I am practicing now is rather than leaning in to fix or to soothe, just trying to really hold with compassion. To hold that space with care without trying to change the reality of what is present for someone. It's difficult work for me, but I am feeling into it as I go. Much gratitude for this session and for everyone who shared and showed up.
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  11. Hi! I am excited to be in this course and to learn and develop. For the past 20+ years, I have been a coach and guide people through all sorts of relationship and work issues. In addition to one-one coaching, I lead a men's group, The Surround: The purpose of The Surround is to activate you to explore your life by connecting with, trusting with, and listening with men so that you experience greater freedom, power, love, and peace in relationship. I am an ordained interfaith minister and arden cyclist. This course will augment my meditation practice and fulfill a calling I have had to teach meditation as part of my coaching practice. I welcome connection with you all and look forward to peer collaboration and support.
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  12. Fantastic question. Thank you! I will pass this on.
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  13. Hi Gillian: Today I read an excerpt from The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche explaining the causes and remedies of samsara, or suffering. Central to Buddhism, as I understand it, is that feeding the concept or the "self" (the "I"/"mine" delusion) is one of the main causes of distorted realities, desires, and attachments, all of which lead to suffering (this much I understand and agree with). He then proposes that in order to stop the suffering, among other things, we must understand that the "self" is a mere concept and that we must examine the non-existence of the self. I would love to learn more about how we can learn to examine/understand the "non-existence" of the self, what does it really mean?
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  14. Hello Sreemanth! Welcome to our program and the community. It's lovely to see your introduction here. I'm Gillian - the community moderator and part of Sean's support team. Reach out if you have any questions as you navigate the material and feel free to share any questions or insights you have elsewhere in the forum. With gratitude, Gillian
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  15. Hello Gillian, Thank you for posting this. I too really liked the poem. Dr. Germer’s talk was fascinating. The concept that avoidance of shame is the problem and that shame itself isn’t was fascinating. The thought that people who feel shame feel as though they aren’t lovable because of it was also interesting. “Love reveals everything unlike itself. “ When thinking about self compassion asking what else over and over were tools I intend to use. The different types of self-compassion: tender vs Fierce.
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  17. Yes, Gillan, You know those unexpected questions (?????'s)
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  18. Hi Gillian, Here are a few of mine: 1. The Simplest shortest ways to explain the Neuro-Scientific benefits of Mindfulness & Meditation-e.g. Use of Metaphors, etc. 2. What are some difficult questions we could be asked, not that we have all the answers either? 3. How does one balance paying attention to the group's Awareness vs. plugging into your own practice during Meditation? Hope this will help with possible topics.
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  19. Hi everyone, looking forward to diving deeper in the Mindfulness world...love meditation, Pilates, cold exposure, I am also a certified IIN Health Coach... I hold monthly health/wellness meetings for women in Scottsdale area where we can connect with likeminded individuals!
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  20. Hi Ashlyn, I'm in Scottsdale and recently started the course as well! Would love to connect with you!
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  21. Hi Folks, There are so many Meditation Apps. out there & Meditate before bed can be helpful; taking Mindful Pauses help as well. And if you want a sleep analysis of your sleep, try wearing a Fitbit, which measures, Deep Sleep, Light Sleep, as well as measures your Awake time too. Here is a Health Article I read that has various Sleep postures depending on your overall Health issues: https://www.healthline.com/health/best-sleeping-position Now, other things to consider, how many pillows do you use at night? And how high or low is your Pillow at night?; what Temperature do you keep at night? Also, regarding eating at night, if we have any snacks, we tend to be finished by 9PM if we are going to bed by Midnight or slightly before. Just a few suggestions to consider. Hope that helps, ~~~Rick~~~
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  22. hello everyone my name is laura gentile i am very excited to become a sincere part of the mindfulness community. i am looking forward to gain insight and knowledge to help myself, my family, my friends and community be more present in daily living i enjoy writing books, poetry and embrace new creative ways to experience and express life to the fullest
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  23. Not sure if this is still happening to you Gillian, but I seem to be doing the exact opposite. I used to be famous for going to bed as late as midnight or 1 am. Now I try to get into bed no later than 11:30 pm and get up around 7:30 am. But my stress levels must be high because getting 6 hours of sleep during those hours has been very difficult. My blood pressure has even gone up. I will say that being sedentary doesn't help so am trying to be more active during the day. I almost need to wear myself out in order to sleep well.
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  24. Hi community - I just wanted to let you know that I will be away from work for a few days on a yoga retreat. Please contact support@mindfulnessexercises.com with any questions you have between and including Wed. Sept. 22nd and Sun. Sept. 26th.
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  25. My name is Tasha and I am a bilingual & bicultural therapist. I so excited to embark on this journey of mindfulness with hopes to make it more accessible to BIPOC communities.
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  26. Hi from a fellow Texan! Glad you’re here
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  27. Thank you! I will definitely be reaching out.
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  28. Great Question, Gillian: Being more confident in general; setting my Intention for the day; of the Chapter Videos, of which I am behind; my Intention to complete 2 Chapters today; hope that is realistic for me with all to work on! Wish me well!
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  29. Hi Cynthia! Following up with you here as well (just responded to your email so you'll also see my name in your inbox). What a wonderful introduction. Thank you for sharing your background with us. It sounds like you have a wealth of knowledge and supportive tools already and I have no doubt that this program will enhance the work that you already do. It's also wonderful to read that you want to learn and are committed to growth. Beautiful! If you have any questions, reach out at anytime. I look forward to learning more about your insight, questions, and experiences. With gratitude, Gillian
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