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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.
    4 points
  2. 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.
    3 points
  3. 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!
    3 points
  4. 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!
    3 points
  5. Hi Rosanna! Nice to see another Calgarian in the course! I also look forward to learning with you!
    3 points
  6. 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.
    3 points
  7. 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
    3 points
  8. Hi, my name is Vincenzia My field of interest is on how mindfulness can be used in recovery. There are many approaches to recovery and I have noticed a shift towards more eastern approaches when it comes to support groups but not much with actual recovery programs people can enroll in (in-person or online). There is the 8 steps book and support group and then Refuge Recovery as far as I know. Both being incredibly helpful but barely scraping the surface of what is needed out there. Therefor I have dedicated two years to further learning of addiction and to strengthening my mindfulness practices in order to design a Mindfulness Recovery program that deals with food, social media, technology, nicotine and other form of addictions. I, myself have been in recovery for quite some time now and most likely wouldn't have been had it not been for my introduction to buddhism and mindfulness many years ago. I am a Certified Life Coach, artist and sculptor. I spent many years working with children with special needs and have a very special and personal interest in Autism. I would love to connect with anyone that also has any of these interests in order to share resources, experience and theories. Looking forward
    3 points
  9. 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.
    3 points
  10. Sounds Cool, Anthony!! I began a Podcast too that I need to get back to; it is: https://anchor.fm/FinestCoaching-RickBarber >>my Theme: Global Mindful Meditation Education I would welcome any Mindful Guest Appearance! So check it out!!
    3 points
  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.
    2 points
  12. 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!
    2 points
  13. 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”.
    2 points
  14. 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.
    2 points
  15. My name is Michelle and I live in Calgary, Alberta. I am excited to journey with all of you in this program!
    2 points
  16. 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.
    2 points
  17. 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
    2 points
  18. 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.
    2 points
  19. 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
    2 points
  20. 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)
    2 points
  21. 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
    2 points
  22. 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
    2 points
  23. Hello Paula! I look forward to learning with you!
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  24. Hi Judy! I look forward to learning with you.
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  25. 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.
    2 points
  26. 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
    2 points
  27. Great Question, Gillian! I knew I belonged here after my Phone conversation with Sean; certainly my Passion to help others has always been a strength with me, though some of those parties were not willing clients in my early days; moving forward I want to help others in local Community and hope to expand to Local Gov't agencies as well as the Healthcare Community as well having worked in Healthcare for over 11 Years. That takes two keys: The Openness and a Willingness. And before we can teach others we have to be able to be aware of our present moments with curiosity, and having no judgements. It's all an enlightening process! There's no magic here; it all takes practice! Maulana Rumi says it all: Poem by Maulana Rumi "When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of distress and anxiety; If I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, and without any pain. From this I understand that what I want also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret in this for anyone who can grasp it".
    2 points
  28. Welcome Judy, from a Transplant from Beantown!!:) I am Rick; I grew up in the Jamaica Plain District of Boston. Hope you get what you need from our program; you are amongst Friends! Gillian is a Great resource, & yet, so are we; let us know how we can help you:)
    2 points
  29. 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
    2 points
  30. 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
    2 points
  31. Hello Patrick, Unfortunately, i wasn't able to reply much sooner... Great that you joined thus programm and that you live in Cologne. Greetings
    2 points
  32. Hello! My name is Sara. I'm making my way through the class content and I'm learning so much! Currently, I'm a therapist and I'm looking to add mindfulness training/classes/groups to my practice. When I'm not working, I'm hanging out with my family. I live with my husband, son (who is about to graduate High school!). I have 2 daughters too, ages 20 and 22 that live nearby. I love spending time outside, running, doing yoga, learning, cooking and playing with my dogs. I hope to learn, grow and connect at deeper level with myself, others and the world around me. I'm looking forward to participating on this forum more often. Hopefully I'll "see" you around! Sara
    2 points
  33. I have been thinking about this and I think the biggest challenge for me is not knowing exactly what I should be studying next to move me forward on my path, while I continue to deepen my practice. There is so much to learn so I just tried to soak up everything I can, but I'm a process person so it would be nice to know a clear path. I was hoping others would respond to this as I'm really interested to hear what other people are challenged by. Great question Jillian! Thank you!
    2 points
  34. Hi Tünde, nice meeting you too. Yes, Cologne isn't that far away -- looking forward to talk to you sometime.
    2 points
  35. 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 discover there is someone in there that is so much greater and larger than the small ego self that is working to keep us asleep at the wheel we call life. I want to share that wisdom, with anyone who has questions, anyone that wants to understand themselves better, with myself as a reminder not to go to sleep but to stay awake. Stay awake so I feel every single magnificence of life. The cool air in the morning as it kisses your cheeks, the sounds and smell of the earth, the sounds of voices, the touch of the world, the tastes of the air and food and the curiosity of my mind and soul. How beautiful is it that in every moment we have the opportunity to be a temporary agent of the divine by answering other peoples prayers by acting in our love, our being interested, our generosity and kindness. How cool is that, to be a live and actually actively participate in our lives....:) Have a wonderful evening R
    2 points
  36. Hi Lisa, I would love to connect with and being part of a small group. I'm just starting this course and it would be lovely to share and/or debrief. I'm in the UK. I love the Q.A sessions and I find Sean very calming and explaining things very well. Kind regards, Margaretha
    2 points
  37. Doing Great after our Deep Freeze, Gillian! Temp is a far cry from the Freezing Temps we had last week in TX.; believe me...I know your Winter feeling! Hope some Folks will be attending our 2PM/CDT Free Live Zoom Meditation today; here is the Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2712027508... Theme is From Compassion to a Loving Kindness-Self-Compassion; hope some come!!:)...
    2 points
  38. This was soo helpful, thank you! I agree about coaching and counseling seeming similar to many clients. I've made sure to outline what to expect in my sessions on my website, hoping that'll be good place to start making the distinction.
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  39. Thank you Amy! This is very good to know.
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  40. Here's one Texas Resource, Ladies, though they require a Masters or Doctorate Degree which I do not have: https://mindfulcounselingtexas.com/employment/
    2 points
  41. Hey Gillian: As I am beginning my Mindful Meditation Scripts; here are some of mine: (My Email is: Finestcoaching524@gmail.com My Global Mindful Meditation Education Podcast: https://anchor.fm/FinestCoaching-RickBarber >>>I would love to have a Guest on for a Mindfulness discussion & Meditation sometime. Our Facebook: Global Mindful Meditation Group: >>>https://www.facebook.com/groups/GlobalMindfulMeditationGroup Care to do a Joint Meditation sometime? 254 Members are here in our group! Our Linkedin similar Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12268868/ 69 Members are here! Feel free to join any all; support is needed at these. so let's connect:) Thanks.
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  42. The first thing that come to mind: a sense of humor! That just makes it all so much more accessible and makes me, as a student, take myself less seriously. But also: compassion. Great storytelling skills. An ability to call me and other students on our BS. An ability to tune in so well to what we're saying and where it's coming from.
    2 points
  43. One of the reasons for joining this program was to help in developing a new online initiative. (Or better said, reviving one I'd started back in 2017 but needed to put on the back burner during an international move.) I've set a goal of 52 posts within a year and it looks like this was too ambitious. That said, I managed to post the 6th of the lot today and since they've all been longer and more in-depth than originally planned, I think less will prove to be more. The site itself still needs a lot of TLC, but I'm glad it's up and running and getting a fairly regular run of new content. Anyone else blogging in this space?
    2 points
  44. Hey Gillian, Here is David Treleaven's Video from yesterday; he explains that this weekly Meetup is for any First Responders, whomever that may be and anyone else who has that Special Interest. David Treleaven’s Free Weekly Meet-up Titled: TSM Community Meet-Up | November, 2020 - Practices to support frontline workers during the pandemic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpFMP8FQtec&feature=youtu.be. It is very insightful and inspiring!!! He only has an hour, though he sets up Break out groups of about 3 for Informal chats and Intros! I met with 2 Female Coaches from Canada; we had short fruitful conversations!
    2 points
  45. @AnthonyM - Thank you for sharing your TED Talk! That was a wonderful watch. I love these two questions - 'Are my thoughts useful?' and 'How do they behave?' Thank you for stating those so clearly. I am going to practice mantra meditation this afternoon
    2 points
  46. This was beautiful One thought at a time. I read the 7 Spiritual Laws Of Yoga by Deepak Chopra and David Simon about 10 yrs ago. I wrote each law in a notebook and practiced one each day. Some were easy like " give something to everyone you meet today" others were more difficult, like "judge nothing that occurs". To practice non judgement, I started with my commute to work. No radio, just me and my judgements and my continuous dialogue with myself. What an eye opener! I judged all the other drivers, and when not judging, was creating speculative dialogue for the work day! Since then I have cultivated a more quiet mind of gratitude, servitude and awe. I am a Reiki Master now for about 6 years, yep all the woo woo! A few years ago I did A Course in Miracles, which completely transformed my life and my approach to Reiki. I tend to be more of a mystic. I am always honored and humbled when Universe opens doors that allow me to share with, learn from and guide others .
    2 points
  47. Thank you Gillian and Anthony I am new to the community. I do journal at least 4x/week. I find it very insightful. Sometimes I journal before I meditate and sometimes after. I am interested in the dream analysis. I have recently been recording my dreams. I am finding that even if I remember only a tidbit, once I write it, more follows. I have been categorizing into topics a) the probability if related to something that did happen that day b) what emotions were experienced and c) who the characters were. I will be checking out the links you provided. Peace and Clarity Nancy
    2 points
  48. David's Presentation was Awesome! I enjoyed his whole approach to Trauma! I actually got to see it twice since he presented at the Embodiement Summit! I took copious notes too! The Key take away for me was "Options" given the PTSD Person options whether with specific choices to open their eyes, leaving the meditation with another person, then coming back; giving them the choice to discern anything with the Meditator after the meeting...all quality choices. His Book sounds awesome too! My Next Read!
    2 points
  49. I found David's workshop to be helpful, not just in terms of the topic - trauma-sensitive mindfulness - but for the general utility of some of his concepts/models. In particular, I think the TSM Practice model that he shared (3 circles - safe, learning, & overwhelm) is a fabulous framework that can be applied to almost any situation. I used the model the day after the workshop in a coaching situation with a colleague who was struggling with her role on a specific project. The model provided her with a simple framework to help her determine if she was learning/feeling some discomfort, or if she was, in fact, in a state of "overwhelm". Introducing and discussing the model helped inform her next steps in a pretty major way. Another take-away for me was that using trauma-sensitive techniques to teach mindfulness is a great way to practice across the board. I liken this to how changes that were designed to include/make things easier for people with disabilities (e.g., curb cuts, alternative formats) actually end up being better for everyone! I'm grateful to have participated in the workshop. Thank you, Vanessa
    2 points
  50. Hi everyone, I'm Stacy Inness and I love in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. I recently joined Mindfulness Mastermind and I was so excited to see that is has evolved into a Teacher Training Program as well! I have had a couple different careers in my life so far, the most recent being a Pilates studio owner where I also brought in different people to host guided meditation sessions for the studio clients. This is something I have wanted to dive deeper into, and teach others mindfulness and meditations. I went on a 10-day Yoga Retreat trip to Rishikesh, India almost 4 years ago and it changed me. I am so thankful this course is here and I look forward to connecting with others to learn and grow through this journey. I had to close my studio due to COVID-19 a couple of months ago and have been looking at the different things I learned through being a studio owner as well as all the things I am truly passionate about, and what I really desire for my life moving forward. I love music of all kinds, traveling, yoga, Pilates, meditation, healthy eating...I am working on getting certified in those areas so I can present a complete package of knowledge to others and have the ability to personalize my coaching or teaching or guidance (whatever it ends up being) for each individual.
    2 points
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