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    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
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    Hello all! I was emailing with one of our members who shared that she is looking to share mindfulness with mums to help them cope with all that comes with parenting. I shared with her some of the worksheets and scripts in the program that are parenting-specific (as well as some that are geared towards witnessing and navigating difficult emotions), but I'm curious if anyone else has suggestions or recommended resources and readings for someone looking to work with this group. For those interested, some of the resources I shared were: Under the Mindfulness Worksheets section - the categories 'Family', 'Relationships', and 'Emotions' Under the Mindfulness Scripts section - 'Focusing on Pregnancy and Motherhood', 'Gratitude for Pregnancy', 'Using RAIN for Difficult Emotions', 'Recognizing Your Resilience to Difficulty', 'Build Resilience to Your Response to Anger' Is there anything else (within or outside the program) to support parents using mindfulness?
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    Yes I can see where confabulation could easily occur. I think if the right intention is set for dream interpretation, inner wisdom will speak. I am in the midst of some pretty deep self growth and awareness, which encourages me to take pause and listen. I will have to learn more about Memory Palaces. Thank you... and you never know , that rainy day could be closer than you think
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    Hello everyone, I'm Megan Moyer from Santa Barbara, California. I've been an off and on meditator for quite a few years now and have realized just how important a regular practice is for me and my clients. I'm a Life Coach and a Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. I use labyrinths as a form of mindful meditation but not everyone has access to them and since I always recommend mindfulness meditation as a tool for staying in the present, this course will build my confidence and allow me to use meditations with my clients and provide me with many resources when working with others. I'm looking forward to connecting with all of you.
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    Oh very nice! Sweden is indeed beautiful. I am in Stockholm in a south suburb, though we have plans to move to the countryside. We're not sure where yet but are open to whatever presents itself.
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    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!
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    Yes, it is truly a blessing to have that kind of support. Over the years I have learned to be that for others. I have always wanted to help others, and though I meant well, it wasn't always what was needed at the time. Learning to listen without speaking says so much! Where in Sweden are you? Many many years ago, my sophomore year in High School I spent a year as an exchange student in Hudiskvall. It si a beautiful country. Peace and Light Nancy
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    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
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    Thanks for sharing this Nancy! It is beautiful and touching to hear about your bonds with your family. I, too, am very grateful for mine. I live in Sweden and my family (parents and sister) live back home in Canada. It is difficult being away from them, but I know that their love and support is always, always there. To share another expression of gratitude, last night I felt an immense wave of appreciation for my partner. I was experiencing some difficult emotions and he was (as he usually is) such a rock. He is able to hold me without trying to change or fix my experience. I am truly blessed with his presence.
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    Hello, My name is Saundra Archuleta and I am exciting about learning to be a teacher of mindfulness. I started with the practice of mindfulness about 4 years ago when I became extremely ill. I had a list of complaints a mile long and every physician I saw told me nothing was wrong... that I was depressed and they prescribed a boatload of medications. I kept searching until I found a Functional Medicine physician who knew exactly what was going on and confirmed auto-immune disease and other issues. She takes a holistic approach to well-being and she suggested I try mindfulness. I was very skeptical at first, but after a short while I began to notice significant changes not just with my physical health, but with my overall emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. I now want to be able to share this knowledge with others to help them begin to listen to their own soul so they can heal. I can't wait to begin this journey!
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    Hi I am grateful for my family. My parents have both passed on, however their support surrounds me everyday. I have 3 sisters and we live all across the states, but we are in constant conversation thanks t o today's technology. We are closer now than we were growing up. We all have had our share of life changes, and are fortunate to overcome differences. I truly believe that it is because of our parents that we have such a great bond. Nancy
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    Hi Gillian! Sorry, my name is Nancy. Yes it has been a very interesting year. I am looking forward to this course and adding this to my new or rediscovered life
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    Hi all! My name is Leo and I'm grateful to be here. I recently retired from the work-force after spending many years as a psychotherapist (LMFT). I lead a weekly mindfulness meditation group at my Buddhist temple, doing so as a lay volunteer. I look forward to learning from the various resources found here, including the training materials, the seminars, and the community.
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    Hello Sean, Gillian and everyone - I'm really enjoying the course, and learning so much. I work with individuals and families who are recovering from substance use disorders. I specialize in working with families, I also specialize in relapse prevention and trauma. I have an company called Fostering Resilience that provides online resources, I have a private practice and I also work as the Family Program Director for a small residential treatment center in Delray Beach, Florida. I have been practicing mindfulness meditation since my own early recovery from an alcohol use disorder over 12 years ago. Based on the personal benefits I myself have experienced, and what I know and believe to be critical benefits to the population I work with in achieiving successful recovery (individuals and family members), I have included mindfulness meditation in all of my work. I did receive a certificaiton in mindfulness about 5 years ago, but it was basically based on reading materials and was nothing like this course. I am learning so much and I can already see how much my skills have improved. I'm looking forward to sharing what I'm learning with others. Thanks so much for providing this incredible resource! With gratitude, KJ
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    Hi I'm am a now working part time due to COVID, so I have more time to expand on self growth and purpose. I am also a Reiki Master and currently offer Reiki as well as Guided Meditation. I am looking forward to enhancing my service to others.
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    Watts indeed remains the master at explaining such things!
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    Hello Gillian. I have been practicing Buddhism seriously for approximately 14 years. I currently devote one to two hours daily to my formal practice, including meditation and study. Two of my favorite teachings are the Satipatthana Sutta and the Anapanasati Sutta wherein Sakyamuni Buddha provides guidance on meditative practices. I deeply appreciate how these teachings can be applied to our present-day challenges during these chaotic times.
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    I would love to see this some day. Sweden is amazing. I've only been there twice, but lived in Germany for nearly a decade. I have the impression that it's a bit more connected with this phase of life overall. My own feeling since deepening with meditation took place in 2017 and my death anxiety seems to have disappeared, is that death does not actually exist. Or rather, from a non dual perspective, the only place it exists is in the now - which means it is life or only in life can it be conceived or experienced. One would need to be very sensitive with such potentially triggering philosophical noodling, but it seems mathematically impossible for the state of no-thing to exist in the minds of individuals that are experiencing their own consciousness 100%... even if they're not paying attention.
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    What are your favourite affirmations or mantras to use - either while teaching or during personal practice? A very grounding phrase for me is, "I am here." Its simplicity helps me to effortlessly come back to this present moment, without expecting myself to be or to feel in any particular way.
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    Wonderful share - thanks Anthony! I was actually just listening to Deva Premal this morning. I agree that there is something lovely about committing long mantras to memory. When I studied hatha yoga, we sung a 14-line invocation of the goddess each morning. By the end, it was second nature. I still come back to that and find a deep sense of peace after going through it a few times.
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    I am definitely an Ocean Guy, though I am here in Texas!! Growing up in MA, then moving to Rhode Island brought me even closer to the Ocean! There's something mystical about the Ocean & it's unpredictability, yet soothing ocean waves crashing on the Shore! I could listen to that sound all night!
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    Does anyone gravitate towards nature-based mindfulness practices? I would love to hear about how nature inspires your work or personal practice. Speaking for myself, I think part of what brought me to mindfulness in the beginning was respect for and reverence of the natural world. It has so much to teach us and I find a lot of peace in reflecting upon its various elements and its innate flow.
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    I committed this to memory a few years ago and sing it almost every day: I like the more robust memory challenges for creating presence with memory itself. But I guess "neti neti" as short form would also do. Often this is translated as "not this, not this," but a variation I heard recently was "cancel, cancel." I think that's great too, but it has a slightly different tone, as when battling thoughts away or something like that.
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    I'm very mindful today of my teachers. Even before checking out the posts on death awareness meditation, I'd met with my business mentor. He's back at work after a near-death hospitalization - and I'm so grateful to see him back in action. The more I meditate, the more I think of the many teachers I've had over the years. It's amazing when you focus on each and every one as much as you can. Even the smallest memory creates a spark.
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    This week's question asks: What are you mindful of today? When you tune in with mindfulness today, what do you notice? Are there certain emotions or bodily sensations present? Are certain senses activated? What colours, sounds, textures, aromas, tastes, and sights filter through your awareness? What subtle energies or virtues are you aware of? For myself, here on day 12 of a 14 day quarantine in Canada, I am aware of the warmth of this home. I am aware of the sounds of people chatting as they walk past the front of the house. I can hear the whistling leaves in the wind and see the shadow of those leaves on the building across the road. This morning I was mindful of a feeling of being unsettled. It manifested as a slight vibration in my body. I listened to Alan Watts to become more mindful of the present moment and the feeling slowly melted.
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    I've done something like this for many years based on some research Richard Wiseman presents in 59 Seconds (a really great book). Jordan Peterson has a variation on this that uses some hero's journey elements that are worth looking at too. It works wonders, especially when combined with gratitude journaling, as the article suggests.
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    The momento mori seems to have been lost in our contemporary cultures. A friend of mine was an artist and had Mr. Death in a lot of his art. He once made this pin which says, "Catch you later." I always have it on my desk along with a brain cell pin and the Amor Fati coin. I'm mostly a minimalist, but these physical reminders have been great for ongoing mindfulness practice.
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    Yes, Gillian, I was present for one Q & A...I was hoping for a Presentation, yet the Q & A was a different approach... Here is Diana Winston's link at the Hammer Museum; you have to Register for Free each week: https://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2014/05/mindful-awareness-meditation Hope y'all can join us...for us it is 2:30PM in Texas; for you would be 9:30PM in Stockholm...hope to see you there! You have Snow today? We are 68 Degrees right now... Our Facebook and Linkedin Global Mindful Meditation Groups: Both groups are growing...I am introducing the Groups to our Tools here. https://www.facebook.com/groups/GlobalMindfulMeditationGroup/ https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12268868/
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    Hi. I'm very happy to be joining the club! I'm 77 years old. I retired 6 years ago from a career as a symphony musician (percussionist) and since then have pretty much devoted myself to Dharma practice. I've spent about 35 weeks on retreats, mostly at Spirit Rock. I've been leading a small sangha here in Salt Lake City for about a year, and am eager to expand my teaching of mindfulness. I'm really excited about this course. It seems to offer unlimited possibilities for personal growth, in addition to learning how to teach mindfulness effectively. It will also be very nice to have a community of like minded/hearted people to communicate with. Very much looking forward to communicating with you. Just a couple of personal items: I love hiking the mountains around here, reading (obsessed with neuroscience and geology and other sciences). I'm married to a wonderful woman who shares my interests. How lucky can a guy get? Peace, Keith
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    Hi Alexaraye! It is lovely to connect with you. Thank you for sharing your work. It is very inspiring and your website is beautiful. I read a bit about your background and it seems that you have a wealth of experience with children and are able to really cater mindfulness to a defined niche. I will send you a note to chat more
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    Love it Gillian! Thank you for creating this! I hear students feedback in the classes that I teach they love the "I", "You" and "we" mantras. May I be happy May I be safe May I live in peace and May I live fully present. Wishing all of this for you Gillian. Have a great day!
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    Hello! How are you? Thank you for creating this group! I am happy to support in whatever way I can. I am a certified Mindfulness pre-school teacher as well as a certified Adult and Childrens Yoga Teacher. I have created The Mindful Care Collective and The Mindful Nanny Collective. I train caregivers of children through in- person consulting, coaching and virtual platforms to embody and model behaviors to children to improve executive functions in the brain including cognitive control, working memory, social emotional skills and cognitive flexibility. With the goal to help the next generation adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world. Happy to help in whatever way I can. Here is a link to my site for more info. If anyone is interested when you sign up for my newsletter on my site you will be given access to my FREE subsciber hub that supports famili's in mindfulness practices. I have just launched the subscriber hub and I add new content monthly. You can find the website here The Mindful Care Collective. I hope you have a lovely day! I would love to connect with you Gillian as well! Take care! Warmly, Alexaraye Vallejo Email Me Here To Contact
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    Thanks, Gillian, Here is the Facebook one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GlobalMindfulMeditationGroup/ (Seeking Global Leaders to actively participate and asking for assistance as we now have 242 Members [I began in in May 2019--we are the only Global Mindful Meditation Group]. —-There are 3 questions to answer to get into the “ Global Mindful Meditation Group”. Please scroll down to see all 3- thank you. Our Linkedin Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12268868/ >>We have 62 Members and growing; I also plug the www.MindfulnessExercises.com Group as well. I have a McKinney, TX Neighborhood local similar group as well. If anyone would like to join me on my Global Mindful Meditation Education Podcast, send me an email @finestcoaching524@gmail.com See the Podcast link: https://anchor.fm/finestcoaching-rickbarber Hope that was ok:).
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    Hi Rick, aah yes, the Gemini trait! I can be pretty inconsistent... I have had to bring more routine into my life, which is not something I like at all as I am more spontaneous and like to be 'easy going' about things, but it helps me to build habits more effectively... I also schedule things into my calender and set reminders, which works most of the time. I have so many things on the go at the moment that I have to be organised but there are days when I just can't get anything done. I think meditation has helped a lot with this though... Nice to meet you and let me know about the group
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    Hello Lisa, Welcome, though I'm a relative Newbie myself; I'm Rick in McKinney, TX. USA; I see we are both Geminis; I bought a Journal Called: "Make It Happen", so when I fall back from it, It calls ou to me as it did today! Being a Gemini, do we share being inconsistent tendencies? What do you do when you start to feel overwhelmed? Just curious...Again, welcome aboard! Gillian, is ok I tell Lisa about Global Mindful group I began in Social Media?
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    I liked everything you had to say, Gillian! The noises in my head are the ringing in my ears, ( for a slight Medical reason), the vibrations of hearing traffic..apparent construction off in the distance, etc. The unsettled Covid situation and taking extra care Not to get infected are obvious, yet not so obvious! Mindfulness is bringing my Awareness to the forefront; I have always been aware of Nature; though Self-Awareness goes Deeper; my Meditation in the HM App. themed this AM, "The Unexamined" aspects of our lives indicated: Socrates once said sometime before his poisonous death for speaking his mind, "The Unexamined mind is not worth living"! Hence seeking inward to examine our own beliefs is Healthy...so, for me, I examine the clouds today, good and bad weather, the noises in my neighborhood, and even check on my own biases to examine their validity...there is so much Beauty in the World today as it gets destroyed by the consuming fires, ect. My neighbor once said to me in a philosophical text regarding discouraging rabbits from eating our grass by spraying Mint & water on it; my own response was, "It's called managing our environment" and Kathy's response was, "Our Environment is managing us"! See, that is even suggestive that we are left to examine our motives, I suppose...food for thought, though Not for Rabbits! LOL! The more we examine our world around us begs us to gain insight into our motives and beliefs..Gillian, you triggered my inner thoughts this morning, if not you, my daily Meditations do! thanks for sharing with us!!
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    Thank you so much for sharing this insight! I can really resonate with this. Last winter I held yoga and mindfulness sessions for an entire school during their wellbeing week and you're right, laughter was the most common reaction. I can also totally relate to the feeling of being out of control of the situation and wanting to find a way to control it again. Your reflections are a really powerful reminder that even this laughter can be embraced. One thing I found a bit challenging and also sweet was when, in the middle of guiding a simple yoga flow for one class, a young girl (maybe 8 years old or so) came up to me and whispered about a couple of boys behind her that were laughing and being disruptive. Her sincerity was so touching and sweet, and so I whispered back that I'd go talk to them and also suggested that their laughter didn't have to interrupt her practice but that we could move her mat if she wanted. It was a very interesting experience because in the middle of a practice guiding 20 students, it was difficult to continue leading the group, check in with the two boys, and also tend to her concerns. I'm curious if you have any insights on this or suggestions for navigating this.
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    My partner is a teacher at a large college in London and we have hosted some awesomely powerful and transformational mindfulness sessions there and we have also hosted some not-so successful mindfulness sessions there. Looking back at what made the more successful ones successful vs the unsuccessful ones, we have learned a lot when delivering mindfulness to younger people and children. I had always seen it as a control thing, the more I was in control, the better the teaching experience was for me. Children have the ability to be disruptive and struggle to take things seriously sometimes. It can be hard for an adult to close their eyes and be left to manage their thoughts, let alone a child. We have experienced all kinds of reactions from storming off to crying but the most common one is, you guessed it... laughing. When I first started my journey with younger people, I would find the laughing disruptive and I would also see laughter (uncontrolled by an individual or group) in the session as my inability to control the group or control the situation. Feeling out of control in a situation can often make you feel like you want to control the individual so that you can take control again and bring the learning experience back to what you had planned. I have discovered that letting that control go and making the laughter, jokes and disruption a part of the process (to a degree) can help you let go of the control element. Behaviours, what ever they may be, are a part of the process for children. I am not saying that we condone negative and disruptive behaviour but what I am saying is that we need to identify the behaviours that are reflected as an outcome of a difficult process for a child and use that as part of their experience. I have found this to be a powerful tool when supporting younger people. If they want to laugh, then lets laugh and lets be explore that with an open mind, lets discuss why we laughed and talk about how we deal with things as a group before giving it another go. Once you have broken through this barrier, you can explore anything in your meditations, from compassion to gratitude with a much more attentive group. Letting go of my expectations and wanting to be in control has been a massive learning process for me but it has facilitated a much more explorative process for the kids- this is where the magic happens. As they discover their feelings and thoughts in a less controlled environment, they come up with these gems of insight that end up teaching us.
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    I have recently been trying out this meditation where not only are you using all of your senses but you are actively trying to expand them and I have found this to be very helpful in increasing my reaction time and being more aware, not only of the immediate things around me but also of things in the distance. It has made me much more reactive to my environment and interactive with my environment. Sitting in a comfortable position, bring your attention to your breath. Breathing deeply, allow your mind and body to relax. Coupled with the body scan, you can really focus on relaxing the body first. Spend some time clearing your thoughts so that you have the ability to process the experience deeper with a less active mind. Bring your attention to what you hear, listen to the room around you, what can you hear? then increase the range, can you hear anything outside the room? out side your window? and expand further and further until you can imagine what the world sounds like. Once you have done this, do the same with what you feel, scan your body and feel the position your body is in, feel the air around you, feel the clothes on your body, now imagine different textures, at this point you can open your eyes and look around you, imagine what things around you feel like, if you are outside or in nature, really connect with the feeling of water, cold, heat, roughness of bark, smoothness of leaves, etc. Can you connect to what it may feel like touching something around you? Lastly, with your eyes open, what do you see, what colours stand out? what objects are immediately around you, take your time and observe the world around you, now look out the window or if in nature, look further, at what point does your vision blur? at what point do objects become colour? expand your awareness to what those objects might be and imagine standing right there next to them. Imagine you could see that far and you could bring your awareness to anything regardless of how far. Once you are done with this, take note of your sense of connectedness, sense of oneness and how much more easily one can connect and interact with the world around.
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    Hello Gillian, great to meet you! I'm a fellow airy person, gemini Also love journalling.... Look forward to connecting more, Lisa
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