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  1. Let's take a moment to dream big - to share our visions for teaching mindfulness. Do you wish to hold retreats one day? Do you wish to have your own meditation studio? Do you wish to write a book on mindfulness? Do you wish to make a powerful difference in someone's life? Do you wish to work one-to-one or with groups? All or some of the above? Something else? Let me know what comes up for you as you sit with this question: What is your mindfulness teaching vision? Paint it out in as much detail as you like.
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  2. I am glad to hear that I am not alone in the floating thoughts, Gillian. I currently do some 1:1 mindfulness work and have presented some of the principles of mindfulness to groups. I plan to hone in on creating a mindfulness group program and to create day long retreats that may expand to weekend retreats. Thank you for the question - it inspired me as well to put into writing what I really want to do with what I am learning rather than just taking another course for the heck of it.
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  3. Hi, My name is Kathryn, Katie to friends and community. I live in Richmond, Virginia, where I currently have a small outpatient practice as a licensed clinical social worker. I am very interested in focusing more on teaching mindfulness and meditation and doing less trauma-focused work. I started practicing meditation about three years ago and found it very beneficial in my life and practice. I have three wonderful adult children and eight beautiful grand-children. I love to kayak and have traveled across the country twice in the last 4 years with my tow-behind 13' "scamp" camper. I look forward to our interactions and this wonderful opportunity!!
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  4. Hello everyone, My name is Nhu. My backgrounds Vietnamese. I am a Parenting Coach and a yogi. I’m living with my son, 8 years old in Brisbane, Australia. I am working as an Assistant teacher in Samford Valley Steiner school. I am still learning English at the moment. I choose this process to support for my spiritual practice and my clients in parenting courses. I am happy to be in our community. Hope to get to know more about you. Blessings on our journey !!!
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  5. My dreams start with one-to-one training, then group guiding and teaching, and then lead retreats. I particularly would like to lead wellness retreats that also include healthy eating and yoga! Your question inspires me to map out a vision!
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  6. Hey there everyone! I'm Peter from Germany. I've started my meditation journey 3 years ago, while I was living through hard times. It was easy to start, because I immediately noticed the calming effects it had on me. But like everything, it got challenging keeping my meditation practice going, after a few months. I tried a few things and read a few book and stayed consistent, because it was important to me. But it also was a struggle sometimes to meditate and I didn't know if I was making any progress. I was focussed on the outcome... But things changed over the past one and a half years. Besides of my meditation practice I'm also working on my personal development. And the combination of my meditation practice and my personal development helped me to understand more about living a happy and fulfilled life, which also took away the pressure of having to achieve something in the shortest amount of time. Having an insight doesn't automatically mean that your life will change by 180 degree in an instance. You also have to act on it and 'mould' your life according to your 'insights'. My meditation practice again was my best companion to understand all of this and to help me stay patient, calm and happy. So, I am on my journey towards a 'better' life and I am so very grateful for having found the 'art' of meditation And this journey of personal mastery, spirituality and meditation somehow brought me here I can't wait to get started with this program and learn more about mindfulness meditation. And one of my goals is to help others find their way to a more mindful and peaceful life. That's why I would like to believe that this program found me...even though I know, it was good marketing on social media Anyways, I'm glad to be here and I am looking forward to learning with and from you!
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  7. Love this question...I am finally at a point in my life, where I can really believe in myself and my vision. I am compiling a list of possible holistic venues, expos, & festivals for retreats. I currently work out of a Wellness Center and plan on offering one on one & group meditations there as well as expand to other centers in nearby towns. I was invited to a local university to talk with Freshman about breathwork and meditation in September and they have asked me back to speak with 2 other classes. I would love to be able to teach Mindfulness Meditation as part of First Year Seminar classes in local Universities. My vision is to reach as many people as possible and plant the seeds for spiritual growth. I am fortunate to have the time and freedom to be open to wherever Universe guides me.
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  8. I was inspired to do this program after coming across a job posting for a mindfulness teacher working with high school students that sounded amazing to me, but I didn't have any credentials I could show that exemplifies "I know how to do this". I would absolutely love to teach mindfulness as my full-time job. I don't know if that will come to pass or not, but I know that doing this course will be so helpful! In the meantime, mindfulness is what has sustained me through some very difficult times in my life, and it continues to sustain me and enrich my life. Even if I don't end up being a full-time mindfulness teacher, I have the idea that I want to lead a meditation group in whatever workplace I find myself next. We had a meditation group in my previous workplace, and I so appreciated having that opportunity at work to step away from my computer and just sit with some of my coworkers. It was so good for my spirit, and I think it was so good for fostering a sense of community and mutual support at work.
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  9. I'm very glad to hear the question inspired you! I am trying to do more of this visioning myself lately. Sometimes there's a lot of ideas just floating around that could be fine-tuned and put into words.
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  10. Hello all. My name is Michaela (pronounced mee-kah-ay-la). I am in Texas, US. I am an ND, Energy Healer and Medical Intuitive, in addition to some other things. I joined because I am always looking for ways to center and calm myself and raise my vibration. I would also love to be able to bring something additional to my clients as part of their quest for total body, mind and spirit wellness. I believe this will be a good fit. I am looking forward to the journey and learning more as I go.
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  11. Hi my name is kirsten and I am super excited to be a part of this growing community of folks. I can’t wait to get started.
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  12. Hi, @Gillian Florence I was wondering, on each of the worksheets Ive seen, there is the "warm up" To begin this Meditation, please bring kind awareness to ➤ why you chose this topic ➤ how your belly, chest, and head each feel when you reflect on this topic ➤ the emotions that you can associate with these visceral feelings ➤ the positive or negative impact of any stories you believe in regarding this topic ➤ the fact that many others are feeling similarly about this topic as you ➤ how you might feel with increased awareness around this topic ➤ when you can apply increased mindfulness to this topic in your day-to-day life I was how we can give guidance to our students using this worksheets, forgive me if this is addressed later in the course as I'm only on lesson 6. Many thanks
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  13. I am an energy healer, I cannot wait to dice into this and get to know myself better and hopefully a few of you! xx
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  14. Hello Everyone! My name is Marshalyn but you can call me Marsha. I look forward to growing with you all.
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  15. Welcome MArshalyn, I joined the course about about month and am enjoying learning so much.
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  16. Hey Daniel, sorry for the delay in responding. I only get to the community a few times a month. All good questions for which I don't have specific answers at this time. For now, I am focusing on understanding and experiencing mindfulness and mindfulness meditation for myself. Currently on Lesson 7 (altho still working on the lesson 6 journal exercise). If there are workbook questions in Lessons 1-10 about teaching, I'm taking Gillian's advice and seeing what arises intuitively. Once I get into Lessons 11-20, I'll focus more on teaching. Way less stress for me this way. I want a SOLID foundation in mindfulness before I even think about teaching it. I also purchased the brandable curriculum as a way of making teaching easier (i.e. less stressful). Hope this helps. Aloha, Patrice
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  17. I started Lesson 3 today, and one of the workbook exercises is to come up with "teaching strategies" for teaching the 9 mindfulness attitudes (e.g., beginner's mind, trust, acceptance). Is there somewhere in the course where information on "teaching strategies" is presented, i.e. what they are, how to use them in the classroom? There is a resource called "Training Deep Dives." Would info on strategies be found there? I'm thinking that we have to be introduced to teaching strategies that are available, especially if we don't have much teaching experience, before we can talk about how we plan to use them to teach these concepts. Thanks in advance. Patrice
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  18. Hi - I'm Angie and I am from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. I am taking this course not only to help myself but to create impact in the world around me. I am currently a Relationship and Empowerment Coach for Women, especially those coming out of a relationship. I am finishing up my Financial Advisor licensing. And I am also a co-founder of the Elevation Mentoring Academy which is for Coaches and Entrepreneurs. This course will help me maintain my centre and provide the same for students who attend. I am excited to learn and expand my consciousness. Thank you!
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  19. Daniel, I'm finding the book, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English, by Bhante Gunaratana to be very helpful in understanding the four foundations. Patrice
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  20. Marketing seems to be most challenging for me. I am Teaching an Introductory Intentional Mindful Meditation at our Public Library on Nov. 22, 2021- this is a first City agency for me. I am attempting to do the same at a Citywide Gym Program; I’m trying to get a Sit-Down with the Asst. Mgr. next week. So time will tell.
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  21. I've contemplated creating a checklist for myself to keep on track with the course--perhaps a daily or weekly checklist, and then a more zoomed out checklist, like what I want to accomplish each month. There's something so satisfying about checking off that to-do list, and it helps me stay on track.
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  22. Oh. I’m sorry. I found it on the dashboard! Thanks.
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  23. @Gillian Florence I see that there is a list of links to meditations on the practice log from which we can use to practice and record on our log. Is this a list of "you can only use these meditations"? In other words, is this saying I cannot record the meditations I do in insight timer that aren't Sharon Salzberg's on my daily practice log? Or is the list of sites to find meditations a suggested list and we can record the meditations we do outside of the list provided? Last question, can we record the meditations we do within the modules. For instance, I've done the body scan meditation multiple times now - outside of the lesson. Can I record those? Thanks much!!
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  24. 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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  25. Sounds wonderful Kelly! I am so glad the question was helpful for you.
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  26. Hey Paul, Glad you found my org. tips helpful! And sorry for the delay in responding. I come by the community only occasionally at this point. Now that I have a system for moving through the program, I hope to participate more in the community. Good luck in your studies. Aloha, Patrice
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  27. I am Staci Lee Kennelly and I am a spiritual director in Pasadena, CA. I am taking this course to strengthen my tools for my work with others and reinforce my own practice. I am looking forward to learning and growing with you all.
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  28. In general, I would say their Loving-Kindnesses and Compassion as Healers!
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  29. But is the process of Compassionate Inquiry itself Psychotherapy though? I know each State defines psychotherapy differently and in Kansas' statute #65-5802 article B defines it as "...assisting an individual or group for a fee, monetary or otherwise, through counseling, assessment, consultation and referral and includes the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders..." and of those activities listed (as defined by that statute) only part of the activity of the "referral" process (that means the evaluation of information to identify problems) happens in Compassionate Inquiry. Not saying that we as Mindfulness Teachers should do this process (I do not advocate mixing disciplines - especially any that is a State licensed process). Just asking the question in a way that more clearly identifies boundaries by first mapping the territory to stay out of first. P.S. for reference of this discussion: https://www.ksrevisor.org/statutes/chapters/ch65/065_058_0002.html AND if I have not identified the professional activity of Psychotherapy as "Professional Counseling" here too is the link to Statutes in Kansas that govern Behavioral Sciences: https://ksbsrb.ks.gov/reg-stats/ksbsrb-statutes P.S.S. Not attachment to the answer just seeking an exploration. Thanks in advance for the mindful discourse.
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  30. Beautiful reflection Melissa. Thank you! As I reflect on this question myself, two words that come to mind are authenticity and equanimity.
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  31. Hi Everyone, it was definitely a special session. For me it was very late, so I'm looking forward to the recording with a bit more fresh mind. I also noticed some difficult emotions coming up, a learning possibility to all participants. It might be also due to Gábor's directness. He looks like a very free, straightforward, humble person with a very sharp mind, not much in favor of sugarcoating, seeing himself and everyone very clearly. I checked out some of his Hungarian language interviews as well, on Youtube. Apart from obviously noticing his rusty Hungarian and excellent command of English, you can see the same easy-going way of speaking and sharing, also his private things. I just finished his book When the Body Say No, highly recommended. Warm thanks for bringing him to us. Tünde
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  32. Lisa, Thank you for this beautiful share. I resonate with much of what you said, and specifically want to comment on practicing 'What happened'. I found it so powerful when Gabor redirected to what had actually happened rather than any sort of analysis or commentary on what happened. It was such an experience to watch those three hours unfold and I am very grateful for all those who shared during the session. I also know what you mean when you say it's difficult to articulate what type of education you are receiving. I have felt the very same way during different training courses - it is hard to put words to the INNER 'education' that takes place. And Natalie, regarding your question about when the workshop will be available to watch: I am not quite sure, but I will post here when I get a better sense.
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  33. I am also so grateful for Dr. Mate's workshop. The conversations with those who shared were so raw and real and had so much emotion, and the last share reached me to my core. I found myself posting support to the person sharing in the chat as I related so much to what she was saying. I wanted her to know she wasn't alone and then I realized that by typing, I had also somewhat distracted myself from the last part of the conversation as a slight coping mechanism to what it was stirring in me. I am so ready to start peeling back the layers of suffering I have been carrying all my life and am really looking forward to not only listening to the recording again, but practicing "What happened". I was thinking about how these skills will also be beneficial for my professional life in the HR realm. This course is beyond amazing and I am in awe and am so humbled to be a part of it. It's difficult for me to articulate to others the level of education I'm receiving and the beautiful impact it's having on my life. Sean was so right when he commented that people sign up for this course and then realize how much it impacts them personally (sorry, I know this isn't exactly what he said, but hopefully it shares the meaning). Sean's rawness in this workshop was also extremely powerful to me. Everyone who opened their hearts showed me that I don't have to be perfect to be able to help others. We're all still trying to figure out our own stuff and I think there is beauty in sharing that. To me, that's when the real teaching can begin. There are no words for the amount of gratitude I have.
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  34. I started listening to In The Realms of Hungry Ghosts today. Wow. Thank you Marian and Gillian for the referral.
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  35. Hi Patrice, Thank you for sharing your organization tips. I love using electronic notebooks and appreciate the way you set yours up. I'm just beginning the program so your thoughts and recommendations will prove very helpful. Thanks, Paul
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  36. Marian and Nan, thank you both for sharing your reflections on Gabor Maté's workshop. I was so deeply touched by this session - it was so authentic and so deeply human. I started reading In The Realms of Hungry Ghosts many years ago but never finished. Perhaps I will get back to it. I also find the topic of Compassionate Inquiry very interesting and powerful. I am training in Depth Hypnosis at the moment and we practice what is called Insight Inquiry, which seems to have some similarities. Another interesting thing that came up for me, as you refer to Nan: this idea of 'fawn' as a fourth way that the stress response manifests. The word 'fawn' in this context just came into my awareness when I was reading something a few weeks ago. It was great to see this brought up. Nan, I also completely resonate with that inclination to smile, to nod, to 'lean in' to soothe so-to-speak in the face of another's suffering. In my training in Depth Hypnosis, I became aware of this pattern in myself (so many of us have it - it's very natural). What I am practicing now is rather than leaning in to fix or to soothe, just trying to really hold with compassion. To hold that space with care without trying to change the reality of what is present for someone. It's difficult work for me, but I am feeling into it as I go. Much gratitude for this session and for everyone who shared and showed up.
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  37. Hi Patrice! I love to hear you are using Evernote. I find it very user-friendly once you navigate the basic features. It's also great to hear about your breakdown - the different notebooks you've created. I am sure this will be helpful to others who are trying to get organized. Thanks for sharing.
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  38. It was amazing, however, I was unprepared for how triggered I would be. I didn't realize how much I fawn when difficult conversations are being had. When people were sharing the feeling of wanting to sooth other people with a smile and nodding my head in hopes that if they saw me, they felt understood. About half way though I stopped the urge to "fix" anything and just allowed the deep personal pain that was shared to just arise in my own system. Every single person that shared - shared something I too had experienced at some point or with some person. I am very interested in learning/delving more into the mirror concept that Dr. Mate spoke of. I think I have a completely different understanding of that teaching after the deep shares. I have a tremendous gratitude for Sean to have given us this incredible opportunity. I will be mindfully working with these feelings and become more aware of their origin for quite some time.
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  39. Hi Gillian, Here's what I've done to get organized. I'm using Evernote to organize all of the information I'll need to complete the program. So I have a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification "notebook stack" that includes the following notebooks - - Certification - Getting Started - Lesson Notes - Journal - Online Sleep Course (because I've been having issues with insomnia) Within each notebook are relevant "notes," e.g. I have a note for each Lesson in the Fundamentals course. The Journal notebook lets me record thoughts and ideas that may arise day to day as I'm moving through the program. In the Certification notebook, I have all of the info related to teaching mindfulness (e.g., Training Deep Dives, self-assessment tools). I also have a MMTC folder in Google Drive where I store the Workbook, the Daily Meditation log, and other documents that I have downloaded from the program. Within the MMTC folder, I have folders for the Certification Requirement documents, the brandable curriculum, the lessons, and supplemental material where I store docs on mindfulness that I've found online (I can convert web pages into pdfs). It took a couple of months to figure this out, but it's working pretty well now. Hope it helps. Patrice
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  40. In last Wednesday's call, the question came up about whether or not any practices one leads during the new Tuesday support calls can count towards the certification requirements. It's been decided that one teaching per type of meditation can be led during the support calls. In other words, of the 21 meditations you need to lead before submitting for certification, up to seven can be from the support calls - one per type of meditation. Let me know if you have any questions about this.
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  41. This morning I took an online yoga class through Yoga International and the teacher read a beautiful poem that relates to the topic of perfectionism (which came up in yesterday's Q&A call). I wanted to share it with you all here: Awakening Now The moment your eyes are open, seize the day. Would you hold back when the Beloved beckons? Would you deliver your litany of sins like a child’s collection of sea shells, prized and labeled? “No, I can’t step across the threshold,” you say, eyes downcast. “I’m not worthy, I’m afraid, and my motives aren’t pure. I’m not perfect, and surely I haven’t practised nearly enough. My meditation isn’t deep, and my prayers are sometimes insincere. I still chew my fingernails, and the refrigerator isn’t clean.” Do you value your reasons for staying small more than the light shining through the open door? Forgive yourself. Now is the only time you have to be whole. Now is the sole moment that exists to live in the light of your true Self. Perfection is not a prerequisite for anything but pain. Please, oh please, don’t continue to believe in your disbelief. This is the day of your awakening. by Danna Faulds https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/words-of-wonder/awakening-now/
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  42. Hi Ashlyn, I'm in Scottsdale and recently started the course as well! Would love to connect with you!
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  43. Yes, it helps. Thanks Gillian. I may have to come back to this exercise once I have a better handle what's involved in teaching mindfulness. I want to first understand and practice mindfulness for myself before I can think about how to teach it.
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  44. Hello! I'm not a Torontonian, but I'm in the GTA! I look forward to learning with you.
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  45. Hi everyone, I just wanted to start a thread as a place for everyone to share their website links. I think this can be of benefit to all of us to explore what others are doing and how they are sharing this work. Feel free to share a link to your professional website or service offerings for us to gain insight and inspiration from.
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