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    Thank you Amy! This is very good to know.
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    Just an idea, there are a few coaches in my school (the JRNI Coaching Intensive) who call themselves Mindfulness Coaches. The term is not necessarily specific to meditation, but it may be of interest to use. Also of note, there are no jurisdictions or required certifications for someone to call themselves a coach of any kind! Certainly, clients may want to know or check up on your schooling or coaching education, and any kind of coaching certification you may have, but usually certification comes from the agency, organization/ or school you went to for coaching. Sometimes, the certification does in fact come from a coaching-regulatory body such as the ICF (International Coaching Federation) as well as a few others out there. As a previous MSW practicing in psychotherapy, and now attending coaching school, I can say that there are quite the differences between the two, and I hope that the term 'coaching' doesn't get muddled in with the term 'counseling' too much, as there are clear distinctions between the two. Even though WE may know the differences, the general public may or may not understand the differences without some clarity.
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    I just found this job if by chance anyone who stumbles across this is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In any case, it is another example of a job in the field (admin related, but you'd be working within a mindful team I imagine!) https://www.mindful.org/administrative-assistant-3/
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    Here's one Texas Resource, Ladies, though they require a Masters or Doctorate Degree which I do not have: https://mindfulcounselingtexas.com/employment/
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    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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    Hello! I had a general question about what title people use, and what is appropriate. I'm currently a certified meditation teacher, working on my 2nd through this program, and a licensed master's of social work. I offer private sessions and don't know which is appropriate, "teacher" or "coach". I don't offer counseling or therapy because I am not certified as a clinical social worker. But feel my private sessions will be more than just a guided meditation session. I plan to provide education, explore client's specific needs, create meditations for them, help them work through any meditation struggles, and of course refer them to other services should they need counseling or something. What are people's thoughts? I don't want to say "coach" if you need to be certified specifically as a meditation coach. However, I feel coach more accurately would describe my role. Thank you for your feedback.
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    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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    Hi there, I'm wondering what happened to the first five or so workshops from this group? I really wanted to watch one of them again, but I don't remember the name of the speaker and the workshops are missing, or I'm just not seeing them. It was not Oren Jay Sofer, but a guy who talked about his experience coming to mindfulness-teaching at a young age (early 20s).
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    Hello all! I have a friend who has become interested in meditation, and has meditated a little bit on and off. However, we spoke recently and he is looking for recommendations... I think he is looking for a connection to spirituality, self-awareness, self-improvement, but new to exploring this aspect. I was thinking loving kindness meditations, breath awareness, but was wondering if anyone could recommend additional resources or meditations, or even specific meditations for a beginner... but looking to take it further. I have resources in mind, but welcome any feedback. Thank you!
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    Thank you so much! I was thinking of FitMind but wasn't sure. These are all so helpful
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    @amypandolfi@outlook.com - Kaila has added a 'Load More' button, so you should be able to access the rest of them now.
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    Hmm.. was it Cory Muscara? I just went to take a look at the Workshops page and you are not missing anything - they seem to have disappeared! I will check in with Kaila who manages the tech side of things to see if she knows why they're not viewable. I'll let you know when I hear back.
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    Thanks for sharing Amy. Yes, it makes such a difference during times of self-criticism to just ask ourselves, "Would I speak to someone else like this?" For myself, this immediately helps me to soften my tone and bring about some compassion and tenderness.
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    Great question Heather. The first thing I will point you to is the 'Beginner Basics' section on the Mindfulness Exercises site - https://mindfulnessexercises.com/mindfulness-exercises-for-beginners/ This would be a good place to send him if he wants to just browse and see what peaks his interest. As for specific meditations, I like your idea of loving-kindness practice (Tonglen could be nice as well). Breath awareness practices, body scans, and gratitude exercises could be a great start, too. Here are a few ideas: Gratitude by Oren J. Sofer Quick Body Scan by Tara Brach Tonglen by Ruth King He could also look into the FitMind meditation app. It is free here for members of the program, but I think others need to pay for the app (a free trial might be available). That would be a great way for him to explore a variety of different techniques in a nice succession.
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    I enjoyed the talk. Currently, I am learning to attend to my harsh, inner critic. I come to this practice off and on, and Christopher Germer's talk reminded me of the importance. I really resonate with the idea that a majority of us (70%+) care for others, and can extend compassion to others before caring for themselves with that same level of kindness and compassion. During a retreat over the holidays, I attended several practices of the Four Immeasurable-s. The only way I could attend to my own self-compassion was by feeling into the compassion I had for others (people who are close to me, friends, neighbors/neutral others, then myself, and then my "enemies.")
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    It’s not just touch. It’s the rewarding nature of effective movement. Dance demonstrates that, but it could be something as simple as making a checking motion with our index finger in affirmation or holding our arms wide open in a gesture of acceptance and inclusion. Try it and tell me if I’m wrong.
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    Hi. This conversation is very helpful to me as well! I would also love an outline of the process of self-study to make sure I don't miss anything and a Certification Checklist. Thank you for reaching out about this. I got a little stuck on the "journaling your thoughts and feelings about your cultural experience and identity for 20 days", as I usually don't leave the house or see people due to COVID. I thought to fully engage in this, it would be helpful to consider throughout the day while out in the world communicating and engaging with others. Maybe I'm overthinking it? I'm also wondering if there is a suggested timeframe to start teaching within the curriculum, (I've never taught), and how others may have scheduled teaching the various types of meditation three times each. I would appreciate any feedback/insight you may have.
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    Lovely reflections David. I hadn't thought about that practice we did with Chris in this particular way, but what you've said here really resonates. While we were doing that exercise with him, it reminded me a very simple gesture I sometimes do for myself - that is, if my mind is racing or I have a headache, I will gently rub my forehead the way a parent would a child's. I can't remember when I started doing this, but it is a very simple, soothing gesture that naturally overrides the thinking mind. I do think that we often forget the power of touch and yet it has a language all of its own. Another thing Chris said that exemplifies this is how we can pick up different energies and meanings in different types of touch. In other words, the body knows when something is tender, romantic, dismissive, or embodying any other type of intention really. I am also now thinking about yoga and how different types of poses stimulate different sorts of energies within the body. Standing in one of the warrior asanas makes one feel much different than child's pose/balasana or garland pose/malasana. Something as simple as our posture, too, can evoke different feelings - both conscious and unconscious I believe.
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    Thank you for the feedback! In order to comply with any rules I'm going to stick with "certified teacher" and define what occurs in my sessions as meditation coaching". I appreciate your help!
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    Thanks for this. I enjoyed the film and Campfire Stories’ website. The film’s use of the soft and warm contact with others’ eyes brought back to mind Chris Germer’s presentation for this site on Wednesday. I thought it was amazing. A few things really resonated with questions about which I have been reflecting for some time. One of the exercises that really had a big impact on me was the one that had us act out with our bodies a series of things like comforting ourselves, asserting ourselves with, “No!,” celebrating positive experience with, “Yes!,” etc. What impressed me was that it was acknowledging the primary importance of bodily experience. Chris was not demonstrating mindfulness, but a sort of basic pedagogy by which a parent or nurturing figure enthusiastically acts something out and says, “This (whatever he was having us imitate) is how we care for ourselves,” while greatly engaging us with his eyes. We don’t learn it by watching and inferring. We learn by imitating and experiencing how exhilarating and right it feels! This raises the question, how do we do that for ourselves? The answer, “By mindfulness,” really misses something. Moreover, it relocates the locus of learning from our bodies to something we imagine to be in our heads—that little controlling homunculus that we experience as running the show. Chris’ program Mindful Self Compassion does this in another basic and obvious way. It doesn’t simply say, “Cut yourself a frigging break and be kind to yourself.” It has you softly and kindly touch yourself and imagine being so touched. It takes us back to how we really learn in the first place—by our bodies experiencing what interactions feel safe and rewarding versus threatening and painful. We seem to think those feelings also have to be cognized and consciously acted upon, but that is total nonsense. A good read that seems to attempt to drive that home to us is Proffitt and Baker’s Perception, How Our Bodies Shape Our Minds. I am not knocking how helpful thinking and consciously guided mindful attention can be. There is a greater context, however, that we ignore at our peril. The Perception book demonstrates this with an account of veteran with late-onset PTSD who would not engage with therapy. After a time the patient asked if he could bring his wife to therapy but even her presence did not seem to help...until she slid her chair close to her husband and took his hand. The therapist reported, “It was like flipping on a light.” I’m no professional at these sorts of things. I would be interested in how anyone would elaborate on them.
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    Hi Heather, Welcome to the community! This is a really great question you've raised. As far as I know, you do not need any specific certification to be a meditation coach, though you of course couldn't say that you are a 'certified meditation coach'. Don't quote me on this though because there could perhaps be some jurisdictions that don't allow it, but I haven't heard of that for this particular term. If you feel that 'meditation coach' more accurately describes what you'd like to offer then it might just be the best fit.
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    It was really great to take part in the live call! It was definitely past my bedtime but some mint green tea helped me along
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    Yes, thank you for sharing! As I continue on my journey to eventually teach, it was interesting to read the job posting and what they are looking for. Thank you for posting this question Gillian!
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    Yes, Gillian, It was Awesome & I too was humbled how Christopher described his Public Speaking Anxiety and how he recovered from that; I definitely related to that! Yeah. somehow that 78% did not seem to surprise me, though for some Folks, that 78 may not apply! And it was nice to see you join us as well!
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    Hi All! Here is the link to my website, The Musing Fox. It's a blog about meditation, has free resources (meditations and printable docs), as well as a section for booking sessions. www.themusingfox.com Looking forward to connecting with more teachers! -Heather
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    I don't know of any either, other than having your own business as well. But I'm very interested in seeing what people think. Thank you!
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    Hey Gillian, Wasn't sure where to put this since we are talking about TSM: (Thought Folks would want to know...hope others come); David's Great about keeping us informed. TSM Meet-Up happening tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13th, from 9:00-10:00am PT. As a reminder, TSM Meet-Ups are free, monthly gatherings designed to support your work and practice. I’ll open the 60-minute session with a short TSM practice, share some thoughts and experiential practices, and then open up a dialogue/Q&A. Tomorrow's Meet-Up is titled, "What's Needed for the Path Ahead? Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Tools for 2021." We'll explore: How sustained adversity impacts the nervous system (and adaptations you can make to your mindfulness practice and teaching) Which TSM practices best support stabilization and regulation after a period of prolonged stress (e.g., pendulation, resourcing) Ways that the mindfulness community can mobilize in 2021 to support communities that have been most impacted by the pandemic Here are the details for tomorrow's TSM Meet-Up event: Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 Time: 9:00am PT (convert to your time zone) Location: Zoom video call Two ways to connect to the event: Option #1: Online (video or audio) https://zoom.us/j/92463555860 Option #2: Telephone (Dial by your location) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) Meeting ID: 924 6355 5860 International dial-in numbers can be found here.
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    OMG, Gillian....thanks so much; I logged the "Teach" one in my elctronic Notes, thanks.
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    This year I intend to start each day with a thought of gratitude and acknowledgement that Today is a new Day and to end each day with a thought of gratitude and acknowledgement of the day without judgement.
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    Hey Katie, You may or may not laugh or checkle here; I just emailed Gillian to see if we have a Certification Checklist!! See, every time I see you get overwelmed, it's like we are in sinc with one another...e. g. like in Lesson #6. we have a Project of 20 days to complete: "Take a few minutes to journal your thoughts and feelings about your cultural experience and identity for 20 days. Read and reflect on what you are uncovering and where you may focus your attention to increase your cultural sensitivity". Anyway, so far one day at a time...coming Wed. to Christopher Germer's Class with Sean? Do you have their Book and workbook? I just bought mineOur Certification Workbook skips around their book? I'm done for this AM...it's 1AM...time flies!!
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    Hey, Gillian, You always seem to get my back! Thanks so much! Funny you should ask about the Hospital; I just zipped off an email to this Regional Marketing Director who is completely tight-lipped and gave no reason whatsoever, as she is the Top PR Staff person for the Hospital as well, so with my observation of poor communication today at the Hospital, I filed a complaint re: some basic comunication issue today with no response from their Guest Relations Dept. It is afe to say, if Communication issues occur at the Basic level...there must Greater issues at the top, albeit, the Covid crisis ongoing. So I left her some things to think about with my Open-door policy prevailing. Anyway, anoer hard lesson to learn here... RE: Covid...the Us is struggling on numerous levels to get the Vaccine out; I have applied for the shot with None in sight as yet; we can only pray and hope!:)
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    Thank you, Gillian! Last question (I hope) . While we are meant to teach each of these practices 3 times, do we fill out each form only once? Thanks!
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    It's nice to meet you Gillian. Thank you for the email as well. No, I haven't facilitated any practices yet. I've meditated for a couple years, but really deepened my practice in 2020, participating in meditation groups and completing an MBSR course. I'm excited to see what 2021 will bring.
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    I have two reasons why I want to teach others: I lived 48+ years of my life based on certain beliefs and feelings about myself, as I grew up believing what other people thought about me, and who they said I was, was true. I have since learned so much through mindfulness and meditation practices and had many "Aha" moments, which have shifted my life. I want to share what I have learned to help others feel better about themselves, so they don't live their entire life under the identify of other people's perceptions. The second reason is because, in my opinion, so much of the world is focused on business and doing and many people live under the umbrella of constant stress and to-do's. I love that mindfulness not only allows the pause of non-doing, that it encourages it. And what a gift it is to take that pause. I want to help others who are seeking that pause in their lives, and support them on their own journey of self-discovery. My hope is to help others, while I myself continue to learn, how to notice and appreciate our lives so we don't miss out in the beauty of it. I truly feel within myself that this is my calling and I am so excited to see how it will unfold.
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    Yes, I do believe things fall into place in the right time And do share your website and offerings with us here when they are ready to be released.
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    Thank you Gillian. I am still working through where I should be. I am in transition I guess my starting point is Reiki, Those that make appointments do so for a myriad of reasons. The underlying resolution for all is to take the time to be present and become aware of your true being. It is a process, we identify,acknowledge, accept who we are in any given moment. we learn self compassion through meditation. It is a beautiful to share this space. I believe adding the Mindfulness Meditation will enhance the experience even more. I'm working on my website, & will be doing an online event with a colleague in January on Self DIscovery. I am also working on creating a Podcast for February on Self love. I guess everything will fall into place in time, Namaste Nancy
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    OMG, isn't that the Truth, Gillian!!! LOL!! Though I had a pleasant trip down Memory lane with my Brother yesterday partly testing his Memory! Some of his Memories were better than mine! And I'm the Younger!! Some days he is very sharp, othertimes not so much!:( at lease we can have a rational Mindful conversation!:) I think he gets my Loving Kind concern today! Just for today!!:)
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    Hope you enjoyed your Time Off, Gillian! My Fiance' and I shared some Gifts with our Wonderful Senior Neighbor across the Street from us, whom had a terrible Christmas whose Daughter-In-Law was in and out of the hospital; as I dropped off the Gifts she came to her doorway as I was parting across the street, and so I expressed our Gratitude for her in the form of "Loving Kindness" and she blew me a kiss, & expressed a mutual Gratitude!!! It's amazing how affective we can be when we do that!!! It's new verbage for me with "Loving Kindness" extended back to us!!! And, point being, that "Loving Kindness" can be extended to anyone!!! I have to make attempts at repairing some old family hurts long overdue!!! That will be a True test of sorts!! Not all will accept that them either!!
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    Hi The last couple of weeks I have been withdrawn, thinking on my how's and whys of what is to come next. This happens to me often during the change of seasons, this year it has been deeper. Maybe because of COVID, along with turning 60 yesterday; so this question is timely. In many informal, instinctive ways throughout my life, I have been a teacher of many things. Universe has crossed my path with many travelers. The last 5 years I have begun to understand my path. Teaching mindfulness is one of my destinations. I have learned a lot about myself. This course along with the study of Karuna Reiki has been key in continuing to work on my inner garden. Each day I feel and see how the impact of mindfulness. I feel that this course is providing the confidence and affirmation that I am ready to help others understand who they are and create awareness of our interconnectiveness. How the way we choose to be, has an impact far greater than what we usually imagine. To be able to relate on this level is how we can work for the higher good. Nancy
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    Hi Folks, I hope more Folks take advantage here: I wanted to post my Podcast before I was ever aware of our Program here; Gillian, for the benefit of others, can we have a separate Topic of Podcasts? Anyway, here is my "Global Mindful Meditation Education"? I had not done any Podcasts recently, though I will be beginning to focus more on Meditations. I did one one or more...I have to research more; here's the Link: https://anchor.fm/finestcoaching-rickbarber/episodes/Global-Mindful-Meditation-Education-e5h655 Would love to hear feedback...now there are 17 Podcasts, so just an FYI...Hope y'all enjoy, please share with others...I would love to entertain doing a Podcast with others here, call it a Dual Mindful Meditation!
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    Hi Marian, Thanks for your words! I just watched the replay and found it really inspiring, particularly the part about being present with one's emotions and honouring the small progress we make overtime. This was in follow up to Amy's question. The recording will be posted in the Workshops section of the Dashboard soon. Was anyone else present for George's session and would like to share their thoughts and reflections?
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    Hi Gillian, “As I read the first exercise, I realized I don't have a watch or clock in my home! So I'd have to skip this one... unless there was an alternative? As I write this now, I am sitting in from of my window and noticing the leaves of trees dancing in the wind. I wonder if an alternate option could be to focus on a single leaf of a tree and stay with that as it flutters - or even as it stays still. Alternatively, a candle flame could work. What do you think?” A dancing leaf or a flickering candle flame would work, but I suggest a clock / second hand to my students / clients for a couple of reasons: 1. This is a challenging practice for newbies. The wild mind slipperily resists being trained and will grasp onto any distraction (dancing, flickering), especially if it is pretty, soothing, or entertaining. For beginners (and advanced practitioners) the movement of the second hand is simple, smooth, consistent, and utilitarian, with a repetitive order and is easy to visually track. The clock / second hand can be thought of as a controlled experiment field which, by contrast, highlights / exposes the disorderliness and flightiness of mind. 2. One of the central contexts of the work I introduce students to is a conscious perceptual reintegration with the patterns and processes of the meta-environments we evolved within, are endlessly at the effect of, and that we are utterly dependent on for the sustenance and survival of the species. The cyclical pattern of the second hand subtly mirrors the scale invariant cycles of time operating in the universe, galaxy, solar system, and terrestrial systems that enable and regulate the cyclical physiological / neurological processes of all biological lifeforms (including human), that, in turn, influence perception, cognition and emotion. The rotation of the second hand around the clock serves as a non-conceptual experiential re.minding of the cyclical / seasonal nature of personal existence and all of existence. (I suggest to students that they buy a cheap clock or watch at EBay or Amazon and regarded it as a ritual tool) - - “Are your course takers already versed on three part breathing? I am guessing so but if not, that is something that could be explained.” Yes. Three part breathing is the first exercise I give to new students and I include it as the first part of most of the practices I introduce throughout the year long training. - - - - - - - RELEARNING TO BREATHE In our tension-filled culture many people, if not most, have forgotten how to breathe properly, meaning in the way that the human organism evolved to breathe. The three-part breathing that you’ll learn here should underpin the rest of the exercises in this program and re-pattern your breathing in ways that will benefit you throughout daily life. It results in the processing of up to approximately 10 times more oxygen than shallow repressed breathing allows, which benefits physical and mental health. With practice this way of breathing will become ordinary. NOTE: If you feel dizzy or lightheaded at any time during this exercise, you’re overdoing it. Gently bring your breathing back to normal and sit quietly for a few minutes before resuming. • Sit in a comfortable, cross-legged position on the floor, or on a straight-backed chair. Keep the spine and neck straight, but not strained or rigid. • Exhale slowly and fully through the nostrils. • Inhale slowly and deeply through the nostrils, in a three-part flow. First, let the lower abdomen fill and expand, starting from the bottom of the stomach. Next, let the lower lungs expand naturally. Finally, fill the upper lungs from the bottom all the way to the top, feeling the rib cage expand. This is like filling a container, from the bottom of the abdomen to the top of the lungs, in one smooth motion. Feel the collar bones slightly rise when the lungs are full. Be aware of each of the three stages when you’re beginning: one movement, three stages. It may help when first learning this way of breathing to place your hand first on the abdomen, then on the lower lungs, then on the upper chest near the collar bones to both direct and follow the flow. • Without holding the breath, notice the natural brief pause when the inhalation is complete, before exhaling slowly and fully in the reverse order, preserving an awareness of the three stages. Again, follow the flow with a hand on the body as you become familiar with the process. First let the top of the lungs empty, then the lower lungs, and finally the stomach. Pull the stomach slightly inward at the end of the exhalation to empty the container fully. Notice the natural brief pause before the next inhalation begins. Repeat this process for five cycles, in one slow, gentle, continuous flow: in and out, in and out, breathing in to capacity and exhaling fully, each time letting go of more tension and receiving breath easily. When done, bring the breath back to normal and sit quietly for a moment, feeling the effects in body and mind of this deep, full, gentle receiving and letting go. You may even involuntarily smile! With practice, you can increase this to ten gentle cycles. This is an excellent practice to start and end the day. - - - - - - - Feedback welcome from everyone, both pros and cons.
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    On watching the playback of Oren's workshop on Mindful Communication, I was really struck by the recommendation to confirm that the message sent equals the message received. When I look back on difficult conversations I've been in in the past, I'm sensing that this is where communication has often broken down - that the message sent by either party was not received in the same way on the other end. I can see how when this happens, we only move further away from true connection and understanding. I will definitely keep this in mind going forward, being mindful of where 1) I am not truly receiving the words of another, or 2) I'm not sure that my own message has been received as intended. Does anyone else have highlights from this workshop that really stood out to them?
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