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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 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Hi from a fellow Texan! Glad you’re here
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  7. Thank you! I will definitely be reaching out.
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Hi Kelly! Welcome to the community and to the program. It's wonderful to e-meet you and great to read about your background. Many different paths have led students to teaching mindfulness and a few others have come through nursing as well. I'm Gillian - part of Sean's support team and the community moderator. If you have questions as you go through the program, let me know. With gratitude, Gillian
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  11. Hi Tana, Welcome to the community and to the program! It's wonderful to have you hear. I am a fellow Ontarian from Toronto, though I live in Stockholm, Sweden now. I'm so glad you've followed the universal call to deepen your knowledge and practice and it sounds like you are doing wonderful work. This will be a complement to your existing knowledge I am sure. What have you written? I am a writer and aspiring book author With gratitude, Gillian
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  12. Hello! My name is Roopali. I am a mom of 2 kids and I live in Virginia. I have practiced meditation on and off for many, many years. Last year, after my mother passed away from COVID, I found healing in a mindfulness meditation course. I have been practicing mindfulness and mindfulness meditation since. I would like to teach the ideas, tools,and practices of mindfulness because I feel I will be able to help others on their journey, and I feel I will be able to deepen my own practice and stay connected to this wonderful world. I am excited to be here. Thank you! Roopali
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  13. 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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  14. Hello Cindy! I am new here as well. I am curious: what do you do in your work as a health and wellness coach? Kind Regards, Roopali
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  15. Hi All, My name is Cindy McDonough and I am new to this community. I am a health and wellness coach living in Cleveland, Ohio. After several years of coaching, I came to the realization that mindfulness is the key to behavior change and that's why I'm here!
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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 that it was always a mini part in my yoga practice). My father – a blue collar, hard working man – had a CD lying around that he had once received as a gift, entitled "The Healing Power of Mindfulness" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He couldn't do anything with it, but I could. Since then, meditation or mindfulness (or both) has been accompanying me in various ways: e.g in stressful situations at work, during the birth of our child, when I had a burn-out, and of course now in the pandemic. I did not meditate constantly. It was always in phases. But in recent years I began to "sit" more regularly. Mindfulness has become a faithful friend. And yet, every time – especially since I started this course – I feel like I'm starting from scratch. Well, that's how it is: every moment is new : D Last year I completed my training as a healer. That was an incredibly blissful moment because I realized that I am a soul activist. It sounds super idealistic, but I know that with my healing skills and meditation, I can make the world a little bit better. Starting with myself. I am grateful to have found my way to this course and look forward to the journey with you. Love, Banu
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  17. Hi! I'm a long time social worker, and certified DBT therapist in Redmond, WA. I've had an ongoing meditation practice for a decade and have decided I want to learn skills specifically around teaching mindfulness more effectively to clients. I have seen how a dedicated mindfulness practice has changed my life, and I want to get better at teaching that to my clients who come to me with great suffering (and no mindfulness experience). Happy to be here and learn from all of you!
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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