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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!
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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!
    2 points
  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. 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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  10. Thank you! I will definitely be reaching out.
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Hello community, I hope this is the appropriate place for this post. Admins, please contact me if it is not! In my practice recently, I think that stored trauma is surfacing. After spending the last month trying to work through it with RAIN, which is the most effective tool I have, I have come to think I may need to work with a trauma therapist. The catch is, I’m wondering if I could work with a student who needs experience and hours, as I cannot afford much. Does anyone have any contacts or ideas? And just to be clear- I am not asking for money, nor do I want it . Most warmly to you all, Melissa
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  14. 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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  15. Welcome, Tana, You are amongst Friends & Colleagues!! I am Rick in McKinney, TX. Gillian is a Community Moderator; she'll check in, I'm sure! Anyway, Welcome! Let us know how we may assist you:) BTW, I spent 10 years in Social Services myself as well as Management Consulting & 11+ years working in an Alcohol/Drug Treatment program.
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  16. 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
    1 point
  17. Hi! I’m new here also and am a physician looking for a possible alternate path via coaching as well. I’m really excited about this training and happy to see another physician here
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  18. OMG, No Christina, That's Amazing; I know the area very well; I use to have Friends from JP who lived there off of the VFW and Baker St.; I dont know if they are still there, though...in High School we use to go to dances at Catholic Memorial (CM as we called it back in the day). I got my License at the Registry in Rosie!:) That's a story in of itself...would love to chat sometime. I don't know your age, nor shall I ask out of courtesy, at New Years every year, we use to go to Ho-Sa-Gai for Chineses Food, then buy a Rum Cake from áBoschetto's on Washington St.; they had the best Rum Cake ever!.:) A lot of transparency here!:) No, I moved to RI after many years growing up in JP around 1990, then from RI, I met my Soulmate online on a Singles site, then she convinced me to move to McKinney, TX where I began my Business as a Professional Photographer at www.FinestFotos.com....long story there...:) Would you like to be part of Peer Support group as Gillian pointed out? I do not know your email; if you want to be apart of a Group email; just email me at my Email addy, ok? No pressure, though. It's totally optional. Welcome aboard:) You are amongst Friends:) ~~~Rick~~~
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  19. It's a very small world!! I'm in Roslindale along the West Roxbury Parkway! Small world we live in!!! Are you still living here?
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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. Hello Heather, If I can add to Gillian's response: "...you might want to check with a doctor about it just to be on the safe side...." we cannot determine your situation, even with the best of Mindful insights; if your Dr. does not have a clue, then, maybe you need a second opinion, if not, an Ear, Nose, & Throat Doctor, esp having a Tinnitus issue; when Physical symptoms show up, it is always best to rule out Medical issues, then work it from there; I am not a Dr. yet have a Medical background...so be Safe, that's what I would do...... Best Wishes, & May You Be Well. ~~~Rick~~~
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  22. My name is Ashlyn, and I'm the founder of Mindfullyash. I'm so excited to become a certified coach, and continue my passion for teaching mindfulness! I'm also excited to connect with everyone!
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  23. 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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  24. Hello everyone, I'm Wayde and I'm most interested in learning techniques related to teaching mindfulness and meditation in a corporate environment.
    1 point
  25. 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”.
    1 point
  26. Friends, I am so happy to be a part of this community! I am learning a little bit each day and practicing. I work in community mental health (administration) in Arizona and and want to bring more opportunities for mindfulness in every situation. Next week I have two groups to lead with mindfulness, young mothers of new babies. I look forward to learning and growth, as well as being of service to all of you. All the best! Sukey D.
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  27. Absolutely. You can definitely skip over and return to sections of the book as feels right for you.
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  28. My name is Virginia Cooper. I have been a speech pathologist in skilled nursing and assisted living for 38 years. I am retiring mid September and will be starting a company offering mindfulness meditation and yoga to healthcare professionals as well as chair yoga and meditation to elders. I am looking forward to this awesome training program. I am already a certified Ananda meditation teacher, and am currently enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training. This is exactly what I have been looking for! Happy to meet all of you!
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  29. KNOW THYSELF – these are the words on which my siblings and I were raised. I’m Deann (DeANN) Burch from Southern California. I thrived in the higher education environment for nearly 40-years as a Career Center Coordinator managing a supportive and engaging Career Planning Center team which guided students to KNOW THYSELF as they elevated their self-awareness, defined their goals, made decisions, prepared for the job search process, and strengthened their workplace skills. ⁠ During this same time in my personal life, I served as an empathic lightworker, intuitive astrologer, spiritual development teacher, psychic investigator, and metaphysical group leader. Upon retirement in November 2019, I began to integrate the two worlds of my previous profession in higher education and my lifelong vocation in the spiritual development community by starting a passion-project called SylvanWise Integrated Journeys. I connect with spiritual wanderers, mindful explorers, and mystical seekers to KNOW THYSELF through classes, intuitive readings, astrological insights, and connections with the energies of nature to simplify, demystify, and de-myth-ify “stuck-points” to gain a deeper awareness of their life’s purpose, patterns, and influences which explain past events, inform current decisions, and inspire future choices.
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  30. 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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  31. My name is Michelle and I live in Calgary, Alberta. I am excited to journey with all of you in this program!
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  32. Hi Rosanna! Nice to see another Calgarian in the course! I also look forward to learning with you!
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  33. 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.
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  34. 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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  35. 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
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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. Hello to all: My name is Carmen Orellana and my spiritual name is Tarwe. I am a Life, Wellness and Vegan Coach and a Holistic Healer. I live in Mexico City with my husband, my son and 5 dogs. I begin to practice mindfulness since 2018 and since then, I am in love with this discipline. I am so happy so I can take my Teacher Training.
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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  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 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
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