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  1. 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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  2. HI Kelly, I think that is a great idea. Let's connect!!! tanatalk@outlook.com is my email address. I look forward to learning together. Have a beautiful day Tana
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  3. Hello all, I am brand new to the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program and am very excited to be here and learn! Among many other things, I am a certified Life Coach - technically a Love and Authenticity Practitioner.. My practice is called "The Lavender Moon" and I focus on mindful wellness of the mind (meditations) , body (fitness) and spirit/soul (intuitive life coaching). Helping others is my purpose work and and happiest when I am helping others heal, let go of their limiting beliefs and programming and shift to living their true authentic self. I was an athlete most of my life so total wellness has always been a strong part of my life. Not just the physical part but the mental and emotional part as well. Really understanding, being completely aware of and connecting with your whole self - from the food you put in your body, the thoughts you choose, the people you surround yourself with, and the movement way you choose to exercise and physically move. And most importantly, being here now. Being present; not letting life just happen to you. I have meditated most of my life in various ways and early on, I didn't know that the deep breaths and repetitive phrases I would say to myself to focus and prepare myself to do my best in an important gymnastics meet, was meditation. The amount of focus and concentration that is needed is incredible, and my form of meditation was always what worked for me. Skip ahead a few decades, and I have been drawn to serve and share this all with others. I have recorded several meditations already and shared them with others and am beginning to create them for meditation platforms. But I want to learn so much more. Growth is a critical part of who I am and when I saw this program, I couldn't join fast enough. I love how the Universe unfolds. So I am excited to explore mindfulness like never before- learning and growing and then being able to not only share this with others but teach others as well. Looking forward to connecting with you all. I am indeed grateful.
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  4. Hi, I am Stephany and I live right outside of Atlanta. I am looking forward to this training. I have tentatively set a date for a two day at home retreat to get some of the course work done. I am the health promotion manager for an insurance carrier for the state of Georgia. My masters thesis was on resiliency in the workplace and that is what has peaked my interest in becoming certified as a mindfulness instructor. The past 18 months I have done a lot of work around building resiliency with different employer groups and mindfulness is always one of the topics I cover. Cheers!
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Hey Christina, Welcome from another Bostonian; I'm originally from Jamaica Plain, a District in Boston; so nice to have another Boston Patriot here!
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  8. Hello to you all! I am Tirra pronounced TYRA from near Nashville TN. I am so excited to be here as I love mindfulness and want to lead mindfulness groups and sessions for women in my coaching program and through the non-profit, where I work called the Global Education Center. I mention this non-profit because they invested in me to get this training to help train teachers as well as lead community members in much needed mindfulness practices. I adore mindfulness because what it has done for me in my life and I look forward to growing personally and professionally through this training. So nice to meet you all!
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Hi from a fellow Texan! Glad you’re here
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  12. Hello all, I am Kelly. I am thrilled to be here with you all. It feels like perfect timing. I was a professor in nursing at Xavier University for 11 years after being a practicing nurse for 20 years. I left the university to take my mindset and executive coaching business full time. I use mindfulness techniques every day, personally and professionally. I'm looking forward to taking my own mindfulness practice to a deeper level and to learn how to teach mindfulness meditation. I'd love to work through the material with someone to go deeper into the material and to stay accountable to doing the work. Let me know if you are interested in working together. XOXO, Kelly
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  13. My name is Tana and I am very grateful for this opportunity. I feel like I lead a double life. By day I am a supervisor in social services and at night an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Reiki Practitioner and Meditation Teacher. I am also a published author. I am getting close to retiring and I want to do more meaningful work. My spirit and soul are fuelled by helping women heal and step into their power. Meditation has played a huge role in my health and wellness journey as well as helping others. Sharing all the benefits that meditation has to offer is so exciting to me. I enrolled in this program because I want to deepen my practice and I have sensed a pull/push from the universe to increase my knowledge and skills, so here I am. I am honoured to be in a space with so many lovely, talented people. I look forward to learning with all of you and spreading some love and creating inner peace. Tana
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  14. I'm really looking forward to this class, although I have taken one virtually before (and use it), I know there's much more than I learned. The ability to talk with people going through the same material will be invaluable. If anyone is looking for an accountability partner, I'd really appreciate it. I do coach on the side but want to really scale what I do and gaining more in depth knowledge particularly on Mindset and Mindset will be a critical goal in my next group coaching session in October.. Very glad to be here and look forward to some terrific interactions.
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  15. Thank you all for the welcome. I wrote, Wings To Soar: A Mindful Guide to Parenting. I am thoroughly enjoying this course already. It was definitely a sign to join and become a part of this. I am very grateful and looking forward to "meeting". more people. Hope you are all having a lovely day. Tana
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  16. Hi Tana, I am happy to meet you. I have just joined as well. Looking forward to learning and deepening our mindfulness practice together. XOXO, Kelly
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  17. I have been interested in Mindfulness for a few years now. I am self-educated, however did take a 6 week class last spring with the Koru Mindfulness group. I am a full-time nursing instructor and lead a Pre-Test Mindfulness Class (PTMC) that is an optional 10 minute elective that our nursing students can do prior to their nursing exams. I love doing it and the students that attend really get usefulness out of it. I am also a nursing student in my Doctor of Nursing (DNP) Practice. It is a four year program, and I am in year two. My doctoral dissertation will be on (hopefully) the mindfulness class I teach for my nursing students and how it is effective to decrease the nursing student's anxiety, thus increase test scores. Part of the program is that I have to do X amount of, what is called, "clinical hours." I sought approval from my academic advisors to have this mindfulness course be used as some of my clinical hours. Yea! I can "kill two birds with one stone," so to speak. This course will give me increased knowledge and credibility to teach mindfulness at my school of nursing and, personally advance my educational career. I have a lot of balls up in the air, but I am sure that we all do. I am so very happy to be here and become friends with you all. Dawna
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  18. Hi Christina! Welcome to the program and thank you for the introduction. I'm Gillian - community moderator and a part of Sean's support team. There are a few students who have self-organized a peer support group. Check out this thread and reach out to one of the members if you're interested in joining. It looks like there will be a call on Sept. 10th. If you have any other questions as you move through things, reach out at any time.
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  19. Hi All, (In attendance yesterday was: Molley, Jane, & myself; we meet for 1 hour). Thank you Molley & Jane! So nice to see you back, Jane! RE: Peer Support; thought I would provide you with a brief report: We agreed that our Purpose is to 1. Connect with each other; we gave individual updates today. 2. Hold ourselves accountable having no judgements. 3. Taking turns Practicing with one another & provide Peer Support, again having no judgements. Our Next Peer Support, though it was proposed we change our name; our next Zoom meeting will be Sept. 10 at 10AM/CDT; Molley will provie the Zoom Link here; it would be nice to have email addresses to link us in a common thread. if anyone is interested, Molley will provide the Zoom link here; come join us; we are all in different stages of progress and we emphasized we are not in competition with one another:) Thanks again, Molley & Jane. May You Be Well. May you Be Safe & Free from Suffering. May You Be Healthy. May You Be Happy. May You Live Your Life With Ease. If I left anything off, Molley & Jane, let me know.
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  20. Gillian, Apple tells me RE: that website, the Certificate for that website is not secure; I cant risk damaging my PC....FYI...
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  21. Hi Gillian, I just remembered that I purchased the brandable curriculum, so I am reviewing that now; it looks like it has what I was looking for with respect to strategies. I also purchased A Clinician's Guide to Teaching Mindfulness. I'm finding it extremely helpful. But I did follow your suggestions and actually came up with some "strategies" for teaching the attitudes. So thanks for those prompts. I have so many resources at my disposal through this training program, and I find I have to slow down a bit more to take it all in and organize it. My practicing a little more patience would probably come in handy right about now
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  22. Hello All my name is Christabelle and I am so grateful to be here. I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for nearly 20 years now and the practice has literally saved my life. I work full-time at the University of Oregon with college students who are first-generation, low-income, and in an underrepresented minority group. I am also a PhD candidate in Prevention Science with a focus on community wellness and equity promotion. From my research and personal experience, I believe we can reduce some of the negative impact of mental illness and perhaps even prevent the onset or at least, the escalation of illness. I have wanted to become a certified mindfulness meditation teacher for a long time so I can share this amazing set of tools I have learned and benefitted from. I’m so happy to be here and share this journey with you!
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  23. My name is Leigh and I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in the Atlanta area. I have had a mindfulness practice (in one form or another!) since I was in high school, but it really took almost 30 years before it became a consistent, daily, and fully integral part of how I move through life. Although my undergrad degree was in Mental Health and Human Services, I spent decades managing, coaching and mentoring individuals and teams in the corporate world. I always kept one foot firmly planted in the social services field though, and finally took the leap into graduate school where I received my MSW and became a licensed master social worker (LMSW). In my work with clients, I practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is deeply rooted in mindfulness and present moment practices. I love facilitating guided meditations with my clients, and I find that mindfulness exercises, including meditation, are by far the most effective tools I can offer my clients to help them heal and move towards the things that are truly meaningful to them, instead of just pushing away their pain and suffering. A big "thank you" to mindfulnessexercises.com for supplying me with so many of those tools! So, here I am. I am excited to further my knowledge and skills in this program so that I am better able to both walk and talk my passion in the practice of mindfulness meditation.
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  24. Hello from Westport CT. My name is Abby, I am a former middle school teacher who left teaching to raise my twin boys. Now that the boys are heading in the high school I am looking to get back to work. I have been in a mediation mindfulness group for the last 5 years, it changed me significantly. I no longer have severe anxiety. I am seen hearing about rampant anxiety particularly among middle school girls. My vision is to hard mindfulness mediation groups for girls in grades 6-9. I am looking forward to embarking on this new journey.
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  25. Thank you all for allowing me the space to be here with you. I'm Tajia- Taj is just fine. I work with Mono County Behavioral Health and am able to bring trauma sensitive mindfulness to our clients to work with in accompaniment to mental therapy. The community members also benefit from this shared work in group meditations, trauma informed yoga, and tai-chi. My hope is that I will be able to help people on their journey in the ways that I have been helped. In doing so I would love if I could become a part of this community. with love.
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  26. Pretty Shot, Rosanna, Welcome, I learnt a new Definition of Photography called : Mindful Photography (Unsure of this source.) "Photography as Meditation: How so? Neuroscience has determined that multi-tasking is a myth. Your brain actually cannot do two things at once, which is why focusing on your breath in meditation has such a profound effect and is the core tenet of that practice. The same thing applies to photography. If you’ve shifted your brain’s focus to the steps necessary to take a photo, at that very moment your brain isn’t engaged in all the thoughts (good, bad, and ugly) that preceded it. Even for a nanosecond, by placing your Attentional Aperture on something you find interesting and then composing and capturing an image, you’ve pulled your brain out of its usual routine and into a more mindful state". I never considered this like thinking before, till now...
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  27. 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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  28. Hi Rosanna! Nice to see another Calgarian in the course! I also look forward to learning with you!
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  29. 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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  30. I am Tony Bassett, a hypnotherapist from Utah. I am so excited to be a part of this awesome community.
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  31. 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)
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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. Hi Rosanna! I look forward to learning with you. I'm in Southern Ontario.
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  35. 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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  36. Hello Paula! I look forward to learning with you!
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  37. Hello Everyone - It feels wonderful to be embarking on this experience. I am a Zen Buddhist and a student of Roshi Joan Halifax with Upaya Institute, and I've also worked as a hospital chaplain. Most recently I'm working with our active military teaching integrated resilience and suicide reduction. I'm looking forward to learning so much from this course and hope to use it to deepen my own practice, but also help others use mindfulness as a tool. From a personal prospective I'm a Mom and Wife and in true Colorado form a lover of nature and the outdoors! Excited to meet others and share this experience as we each travel our own path! In Kindness - Paula Ekai
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  38. I am so excited to be here! I am an executive assistant by day and a life and leadership coach part time. Looking forward to deepen my meditation practice and learning new techniques that I can teach and use with coaching others. I have been practicing meditation for two years and it has been a work in progress, so far I enjoy it very much and I find myself drawn to it more and more I practice it and incorporate it daily turning it into a habit that is part of my everyday life.
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  39. Hello, everyone! My name is Judy and I am diving head first into this training program. I am 55 years old and previously worked in the corporate world in Human Resources and then opened my own family daycare which I ran for 24 years. I found it very difficult to reopen my daycare after COVID so I am now unemployed and have been meditating and asking the Universe to guide me down a path which will lead me to the place I am meant to be planted and bloom. Although I am very excited for this opportunity, I am also petrified. I do not have the brain of a young person and I am worried I will not be able to comprehend all this information but I am determined and committed to see it through to the end! Sending you all love and light.
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  40. My name is Ellen LaRocca, born and raised in New Orleans. I recently retired from over 40 years of Massage Therapy. I integrated several offerings in my practice and wellness center. Meditation, Macrobiotics, Ayurvedic support. Certified with Dr. Deepak Chopra as a Meditation Instructor, and created many 4/day retreats. Studied at the Kushi Institute. Currently, I am leading meditations for cancer patients for a local hospital and meditations for a local insurance company. I was looking to build on my meditation instructions and saw the need for certification to help move me in that direction, as I am retired from my massage practice. I believe that this program is the right fit for me, so here I am to learn and grow into this next chapter of my life. Thank you and I can hardly wait to get started. Love and light, Ellen
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  41. Hi everyone! I'm Marygrace Lomboy, a Nurse Practitioner (wound care specialist), working in hospice and palliative care. (I've been in nursing for the past 36 years!) I went through a teacher training for MBSR 9 years ago after my father died and I was having alot of issues with grief and anxiety. It has changed my life! I am now teaching mindfulness and anxiety reduction and yoga at my hospice, local hospitals and cancer centers. So happy to be here and learning new material to share with my patients and clients. I have a website www.marygracemindfulness.com that I would like to share with you! Thank you! Marygrace
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  42. Hello everyone! My name is Kelly Yonston and I am so happy to be a part of this community. Sean, thank you for creating this space. I am a school psychologist, yoga teacher and mindfulness practicioner. I did a year-long Mindful Educator program with Mindful Schools when I was working in the school system and did many trainings for staff as well. I am now living in Panama and I work with students online. I'd love to expand my teachings to adults as well, and stay involved in the mindfulness community, which is why I am here.
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  43. Hello Every body , I am an aspiring certfied Mindfulness Teacher , a coach and Facilitator currently based in India . Pleasure to meet all of you . My website is MindfulMudit.com Happy to connect
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  44. I'm so excited to start this course and incorporate mindfulness into my health/life coaching practice (when it's up and running). Blessings to you all and your journey through this course
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  45. Hey everyone, I'm Carol. I come from Kenya. I'm a teacher who has recently transitioned into the behavioral science world. Looking to teach mindfulness to as many people and hoping in my country people can adapt to practicing mindfulness.
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  46. I first had an introduction to Mindfulness in UCLA’s spinal rehabilitation center in 2016 while recuperating from my 9th surgery on my spine in eight years. I had HAD it with pain, operations, physical limitations, never-ending Physical Therapy and being asked – yet again – to “dig deep” and find a way to cope with the intrusion of serious chronic health challenges. So when I was sitting across from a doctor who looked fresh as a daisy, hair perfectly mussed, and young (I’m talking his white doctor’s coat looked overly-ironed-and-right-off-the-showroom-floor young), I had all I could do to not roll the eyes right out of my head when he told me that pain was temporary and to accept it. If I had the strength, I probably would have tossed him out of my room right there. Then he began to tell me about Mindfulness. I went along with this. I figured that it was still an hour before lunch, and I was a captive audience in a carefully positioned articulated bed in a rehab unit. He talked about pain being all in my head (REALLY? Because I was sure it was in my spine next to the metal they’d put in there 4 days before), and that if I controlled my perception of the pain it would reduce my suffering. He may have sensed my impatience with the topic and left me with some reading to do and a few links to UCLA’s Ted Talks on the subject. That night, while up at 3am and staring at the ceiling of my rehab room, I started to watch the Ted Talks and read the handouts and articles he’s left me with. Over the next 10 days, I attended daily sessions to create modulation of my pain sensations, and I was really enjoying the calm guided meditations that truly seemed to help with my stress and anxiety levels, and didn't feel like crying all the time. The next year I was in the same rehab unit after my next spinal fusion and redux, this time on my thoracic spine. On day two, in walked Dr. Young-and-New, now more seasoned and a touch less fresh, ready to start in again on Mindfulness therapy. This time, however, I was MUCH more open to the teaching, meditations, affirmations, and mind-framing that really and truly seemed to be lessening my pain and suffering. It worked particularly well on the emotional and traumatic side of the sense of victimhood and PTSD you get when your body turns against you (and in my case, tosses you under a cross-town bus!). This time, after I left rehab, I joined the UCLA Mindfulness Training group and learned far more about what the practice of Mindfulness could do for my suffering and loss, and to ameliorate my (yes, temporary) episodes of pain. I found that with the practice of Mindfulness, the pain happened, but I saw it as a transient state. I had taken away its power over me, and saw myself less and less as the victim of an assault, but rather the Tour Director on the Lido Deck of my own life’s journey who did not let pain take up residence in my life any more. By the time I had my last stint in rehab two years ago, I was excited to see my old friend the once-young doctor. He was someone who had patience and compassion for me at a time when I truly needed it. And he was actually right about Mindfulness after all. Much to his credit, he never said “I told you so,” and was genuinely happy or my journey within. Now I negotiate the landscape of my good and bad days as a Health Coach, empowering women to achieve lifelong, optimized health and wellness, even with chronic health challenges. I have found that mindfulness and self-compassion are invaluable tools to have in my toolbox in my own - and my clients' - journeys to wellness. Thank you for accepting me into your community. I am so excited to be able to partake in this course as a next logical step in my journey within.
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  47. Hey Banu, I just joined the community. I'm looking forward to start with the program. I'm also living in Cologne, Germany. Maybe we can catch up some day and have a nice talk about mindfulness. Cheers, Patrick
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  48. 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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  49. 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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