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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!
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  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.
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  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!
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  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. My name is Tana and I am very grateful for this opportunity. I feel like I lead a double life. By day I am a supervisor in social services and at night an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Reiki Practitioner and Meditation Teacher. I am also a published author. I am getting close to retiring and I want to do more meaningful work. My spirit and soul are fuelled by helping women heal and step into their power. Meditation has played a huge role in my health and wellness journey as well as helping others. Sharing all the benefits that meditation has to offer is so exciting to me. I enrolled in this program because I want to deepen my practice and I have sensed a pull/push from the universe to increase my knowledge and skills, so here I am. I am honoured to be in a space with so many lovely, talented people. I look forward to learning with all of you and spreading some love and creating inner peace. Tana
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  13. I'm really looking forward to this class, although I have taken one virtually before (and use it), I know there's much more than I learned. The ability to talk with people going through the same material will be invaluable. If anyone is looking for an accountability partner, I'd really appreciate it. I do coach on the side but want to really scale what I do and gaining more in depth knowledge particularly on Mindset and Mindset will be a critical goal in my next group coaching session in October.. Very glad to be here and look forward to some terrific interactions.
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  14. Thank you all for the welcome. I wrote, Wings To Soar: A Mindful Guide to Parenting. I am thoroughly enjoying this course already. It was definitely a sign to join and become a part of this. I am very grateful and looking forward to "meeting". more people. Hope you are all having a lovely day. Tana
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  15. 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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  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
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  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. Hello everyone, I am sharing the zoom link here for the session rick and I planned on the 26th at 2:30 mountain time USA. Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to attend Hope to see you there Molley Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87061285598?pwd=eURLRWQxb3p1QUszK3dLN01NSjRnUT09
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  21. Hi Patrice! I'm so glad you found some more resources to help you with this, and that the reflection prompts were supportive. But yes - there is a lot to take in. You'll find little nuggets of insight as you go through things, which will link back to teaching strategies and help you gain a stronger sense of how to share teach and exemplify the core principles. Keep me posted on how things go and let me know if you have any further questions
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  22. 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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  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. My name is Leigh and I am a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in the Atlanta area. I have had a mindfulness practice (in one form or another!) since I was in high school, but it really took almost 30 years before it became a consistent, daily, and fully integral part of how I move through life. Although my undergrad degree was in Mental Health and Human Services, I spent decades managing, coaching and mentoring individuals and teams in the corporate world. I always kept one foot firmly planted in the social services field though, and finally took the leap into graduate school where I received my MSW and became a licensed master social worker (LMSW). In my work with clients, I practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is deeply rooted in mindfulness and present moment practices. I love facilitating guided meditations with my clients, and I find that mindfulness exercises, including meditation, are by far the most effective tools I can offer my clients to help them heal and move towards the things that are truly meaningful to them, instead of just pushing away their pain and suffering. A big "thank you" to mindfulnessexercises.com for supplying me with so many of those tools! So, here I am. I am excited to further my knowledge and skills in this program so that I am better able to both walk and talk my passion in the practice of mindfulness meditation.
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  25. Hello everyone, I'm Wayde and I'm most interested in learning techniques related to teaching mindfulness and meditation in a corporate environment.
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  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. Thank you all for allowing me the space to be here with you. I'm Tajia- Taj is just fine. I work with Mono County Behavioral Health and am able to bring trauma sensitive mindfulness to our clients to work with in accompaniment to mental therapy. The community members also benefit from this shared work in group meditations, trauma informed yoga, and tai-chi. My hope is that I will be able to help people on their journey in the ways that I have been helped. In doing so I would love if I could become a part of this community. with love.
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Hi Rosanna! Nice to see another Calgarian in the course! I also look forward to learning with you!
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  32. Hi everyone - I’m Lauren and I am very grateful for the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of mindfulness and techniques around guiding meditations and practices. I have been meditating for over ten years, but I am constantly learning more myself because of this practice. It seems funny to claim a number of years when it really is a new experience every time. My spouse and I are also getting ready to step forward and offer guidance and energetic support to others which is scary and overwhelming at times. I am grateful that I found this program as I am learning a lot about teaching these techniques which will be an integral component to our work. The practices themselves are actually helping me as I prepare to start this new chapter - pretty cool. I hope this finds you all well, Lauren (Des Moines, IA)
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  33. Hi everyone! I'm Rachel and I live in a small village in the Cotswolds, England close to Chipping Norton and Oxford. My meditation journey and in some respects my Mindfulness of sorts journey, started way back in the 80's when I suffered a nervous breakdown. My GP introduced me to a new technique where I would just focus on the now. Through his suggestions I took up meditation and walking. It took time. There were many ups and downs but whatever it was - worked! And I still use it today. I have taught my son (who is autistic) and many students and colleagues along the way, to mindfully meditate. And after receiving an inheritance, it felt like the right time to do this. Like everyone, the past year has given me a new perspective on life and what my place in all of this is. Well this is my place! I am taking that next step and starting up full time as a Reiki Practitioner and Spiritual Guide. I have been dabbling for years but found every excuse to not take the plunge. Now is the time and I feel excited, empowered and a sense of peace at finding my place. This is going to be such an exciting journey but great to know that I have this community to accompany me along the way x
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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. Hi Rosanna! I look forward to learning with you. I'm in Southern Ontario.
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  37. 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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  38. Hello Paula! I look forward to learning with you!
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  39. Hello, everyone! My name is Judy and I am diving head first into this training program. I am 55 years old and previously worked in the corporate world in Human Resources and then opened my own family daycare which I ran for 24 years. I found it very difficult to reopen my daycare after COVID so I am now unemployed and have been meditating and asking the Universe to guide me down a path which will lead me to the place I am meant to be planted and bloom. Although I am very excited for this opportunity, I am also petrified. I do not have the brain of a young person and I am worried I will not be able to comprehend all this information but I am determined and committed to see it through to the end! Sending you all love and light.
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  40. My name is Ellen LaRocca, born and raised in New Orleans. I recently retired from over 40 years of Massage Therapy. I integrated several offerings in my practice and wellness center. Meditation, Macrobiotics, Ayurvedic support. Certified with Dr. Deepak Chopra as a Meditation Instructor, and created many 4/day retreats. Studied at the Kushi Institute. Currently, I am leading meditations for cancer patients for a local hospital and meditations for a local insurance company. I was looking to build on my meditation instructions and saw the need for certification to help move me in that direction, as I am retired from my massage practice. I believe that this program is the right fit for me, so here I am to learn and grow into this next chapter of my life. Thank you and I can hardly wait to get started. Love and light, Ellen
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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  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. I first had an introduction to Mindfulness in UCLA’s spinal rehabilitation center in 2016 while recuperating from my 9th surgery on my spine in eight years. I had HAD it with pain, operations, physical limitations, never-ending Physical Therapy and being asked – yet again – to “dig deep” and find a way to cope with the intrusion of serious chronic health challenges. So when I was sitting across from a doctor who looked fresh as a daisy, hair perfectly mussed, and young (I’m talking his white doctor’s coat looked overly-ironed-and-right-off-the-showroom-floor young), I had all I could do to not roll the eyes right out of my head when he told me that pain was temporary and to accept it. If I had the strength, I probably would have tossed him out of my room right there. Then he began to tell me about Mindfulness. I went along with this. I figured that it was still an hour before lunch, and I was a captive audience in a carefully positioned articulated bed in a rehab unit. He talked about pain being all in my head (REALLY? Because I was sure it was in my spine next to the metal they’d put in there 4 days before), and that if I controlled my perception of the pain it would reduce my suffering. He may have sensed my impatience with the topic and left me with some reading to do and a few links to UCLA’s Ted Talks on the subject. That night, while up at 3am and staring at the ceiling of my rehab room, I started to watch the Ted Talks and read the handouts and articles he’s left me with. Over the next 10 days, I attended daily sessions to create modulation of my pain sensations, and I was really enjoying the calm guided meditations that truly seemed to help with my stress and anxiety levels, and didn't feel like crying all the time. The next year I was in the same rehab unit after my next spinal fusion and redux, this time on my thoracic spine. On day two, in walked Dr. Young-and-New, now more seasoned and a touch less fresh, ready to start in again on Mindfulness therapy. This time, however, I was MUCH more open to the teaching, meditations, affirmations, and mind-framing that really and truly seemed to be lessening my pain and suffering. It worked particularly well on the emotional and traumatic side of the sense of victimhood and PTSD you get when your body turns against you (and in my case, tosses you under a cross-town bus!). This time, after I left rehab, I joined the UCLA Mindfulness Training group and learned far more about what the practice of Mindfulness could do for my suffering and loss, and to ameliorate my (yes, temporary) episodes of pain. I found that with the practice of Mindfulness, the pain happened, but I saw it as a transient state. I had taken away its power over me, and saw myself less and less as the victim of an assault, but rather the Tour Director on the Lido Deck of my own life’s journey who did not let pain take up residence in my life any more. By the time I had my last stint in rehab two years ago, I was excited to see my old friend the once-young doctor. He was someone who had patience and compassion for me at a time when I truly needed it. And he was actually right about Mindfulness after all. Much to his credit, he never said “I told you so,” and was genuinely happy or my journey within. Now I negotiate the landscape of my good and bad days as a Health Coach, empowering women to achieve lifelong, optimized health and wellness, even with chronic health challenges. I have found that mindfulness and self-compassion are invaluable tools to have in my toolbox in my own - and my clients' - journeys to wellness. Thank you for accepting me into your community. I am so excited to be able to partake in this course as a next logical step in my journey within.
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  47. Hi Banu, I'm quite close to you, also in Germany, close to Trier. Just to let you know maybe we could even meet one day, corona permitting. Tünde
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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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