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    Hi everyone, I'm Stacy Inness and I love in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. I recently joined Mindfulness Mastermind and I was so excited to see that is has evolved into a Teacher Training Program as well! I have had a couple different careers in my life so far, the most recent being a Pilates studio owner where I also brought in different people to host guided meditation sessions for the studio clients. This is something I have wanted to dive deeper into, and teach others mindfulness and meditations. I went on a 10-day Yoga Retreat trip to Rishikesh, India almost 4 years ago and it changed me. I am so thankful this course is here and I look forward to connecting with others to learn and grow through this journey. I had to close my studio due to COVID-19 a couple of months ago and have been looking at the different things I learned through being a studio owner as well as all the things I am truly passionate about, and what I really desire for my life moving forward. I love music of all kinds, traveling, yoga, Pilates, meditation, healthy eating...I am working on getting certified in those areas so I can present a complete package of knowledge to others and have the ability to personalize my coaching or teaching or guidance (whatever it ends up being) for each individual.
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    For me mindfulness has helped me be more aware of my emotions and how they affect me. I don’t have to get wrapped up in all my emotions anymore. I realize that I am not my emotions. Mindfulness helps me to understand them by taking a step back and asking questions and observing. If I’m having a down day or feeling angry about something I can sit down and ask what is the source. Is the anger necessary and can I let the anger go. If I’m just feeling down mindfulness can help me see if there is some thing that is causing me to have a more blue mood. Maybe I just sit with the mood and be there or maybe I need to go out for a walk. Mindfulness helps me to know what I need to do to take care of myself.
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    The greatest gift mindfulness has given me is the deeper awareness of my connection to all things. Before mindfulness I was obsessed with finding that one special secret that I could adopt that would miraculously change my life. Whilst the journey has been interesting, in the end it has been regular mindfulness practice that has ultimately changed my world. It is now the foundation of my coaching practice. There is not a day goes by where I don't discover something knew about myself or the world around me - mindfulness has opened that door.
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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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    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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    So this is directed to anyone in the community who might have useful insights. I have some clients at the moment who have become increasingly anxious due to covid. I plan to suggest some mindfulness practice to help but I was wondering what specific mindfulness exercises people have used and found to be effective when it comes to helping with anxiety. Thanks in advance for your sharing.
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    Hello Everyone, Reyhan is here, greetings from Sydney. Looking forward deeping my knowledge and experience in this platform, Stay blessed
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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, I am Jas and I live in NJ, USA. I am so glad to have found this site. I am grateful for the program and resources. I am a long time meditator and have practiced & taught various techniques. The current times started to have a negative affect on me so I was looking for a way to deal with times and give back. I found the practice of reading a positive quote, writing an affirmation, then reflecting on them helpful. I have created a site ReflectandRespond ( https://reflectandrespond.com ) and with my daughter share quotes/affirmations almost daily. I plan to bring practices like Mindfulness in corporate as there is lot of interest. Looking for everyone's support and best wishes. Thanks Jas
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    Hi All, A big win for me following the Tony Robbins UPW Virtual was the decision to go public with my side passion project. It's been moving in the background where I've been sharing material, ideas and posts. I felt I had to be careful, afterall, I have a full-time job. But I have 'outside business approval' so I thought why not I have 45 guided meditations on YouTube. I will upload to InsightTimer soon enough. I also share daily my insights on key topics with quotes. On my main LinkedIn I also share several great articles I've found each day before summarising at the end of each week. Sean's material has also helped me I have a Big Hairy Ambitious Goal for Tranquil Led. I see a lot of pain in the Corporate Space and know from my experiences that Mindfulness-based Leadership Development can have a significant impact. My own programmes have been rated the best available in Salesforce, and we have some great programmes at Salesforce. I do feel they aren't taking it seriously though hence switching focus to my own brand. Anyway, the BHAG: - We have a scarcity of retreat centres in the North of England. Tranquil Led will be a retreat centre in the North of England. We will cater for primarily corporate clients (another gap) but also individuals too - In building towards the BHAG, I'm working on a Masters of Psychology and Neuroscience, an ICF Coaching Cert and MMTCP run by Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. These are my foundations - Building on the foundations, I'll be launching an online curriculum along with more engaging materials. I'm just REALLY struggling to get this done right now given all the focuses and full-time job - I'm exploring new roles. I'd like them to be more aligned to my passion but fear that my current expertise in Business Advisory (Technology) is what attracts companies interests. I'm working on this I'm open to any further ideas of how I take tranquil led forward in this exciting journey
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    When I read this it caused me to pause. I realize that I don’t really have a specific long-term vision at this point in my life. My general vision is to bring people into my life that I truly feel I connect with. I’m in somewhat of a dry spell. I’m looking to be inspired to head down new pads. I enjoy my friends I currently have but feel that they don’t bring out my full personality. My vision for the world is that people would be able to pause to look inside and to be honest about who they are. Sometimes the world feels too busy and when things get busy it seems to deaden our soul. I’m glad I discovered Mindfulness because for me it has helped me to go inside and to be honest with myself. I see how beneficial it is to me and want to see others discover that same richness. I also think some people are afraid to go in and look at themselves. And that’s not crazy because it can be scary. Being scared is OK. Sometimes we find things within our self that we wish weren’t there. The best thing we can do is friend them and understand them. It’s hard to think 10 20 or 30 years From now. With these uncertain times for me I’m just seeing what the next few months spring. My hope is that we can start to resolve the racial injustice in America and have a country that truly cares about all of its citizens. My vision I would also say is that we would look to science and reason and not fall into politics and scare tactics to create the world.
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    Hi Gillian! Yes I have read this book. The main takeaways I discovered are that we must acknowledge what our window of tolerance is in our day to day life in addition to tracking this during meditation as well as the following: Here are some helpful tips when someone is in a state of disregulated arousal: Muscle tone extremely slack (collapsed, noticeably flat affect) • Muscle tone extremely rigid • Hyperventilation • Exaggerated startle response • Excessive sweating • Noticeable dissociation (person appears highly disconnected from their body) • Noticeably pale skin tone • Emotional volatility (enraged, excessive crying, terror) Also, it’s suggested to “apply the brakes” when any hypoarousal (anxiety, panic, traumatic memories) occurs. For example: Open one’s eyes during meditation practice. • Take structured breaks from mindfulness practice (e.g., walking, stretching, unstructured time). • Take a few slow, deep breaths. • Engage in a soothing form of self-touch (e.g., hand on heart). • Focus on a resourceful, external object in one’s environment. • Engage in shorter practice periods. Unfortunately I have one client that reaches her window of tolerance unexpectedly and these tips only slightly help. For example, she will meditate and feel profoundly quiet inside and relaxed but then seemingly out of nowhere she will experience extreme nausea and experiences a panic attack. I am a mental health therapist so I am also helping this client reprocess old trauma with EMDR and TRE in a safe way but she really enjoys mindfulness meditation too. If anyone has any resources on this it would be so appreciative! So far we have “put on the brakes” when needed and shortened practice sessions. I would love to learn about new tools in situations like this if you have any to offer. Thank you!
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    Hey Mark, So first of all, your question reminds me of something that was put up on Mindfulness Exercises a few months ago. It's a simple guide for dealing with anxiety during covid times, so it might be a good resource to consider: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/dealing-with-covid-19/ There are so many different practices one could explore, but two that stand out are 1) breathing practices that ease the stress response, and 2) those that increase our sense of community. The first (such as diaphragmatic breathing) can help us to manage the physiological effect of heightened stress, whereas the second is so important given that I think many people are feeling isolated and alone right now. Online meditation groups could be helpful for those want to feel some connection but aren't ready or able to connect in person with groups. There's also a resources on ME from a while back that features some online groups. I'm not sure how many are still running, but it could be something for your clients to check out: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/online-mindfulness-meditation-groups-to-join-during-covid-19/
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    A few tips I wish I would have known when starting: - chill ... its a practice and practice takes a lifetime. - there is no destination ... we don’t at some point arrive at a finish line to be forever and fully mindful from that point on. We can minimize distraction and reactivity but they come with the experience of existing in a human body with a mind that tends toward wild in an insane culture that exploits the mindlessness it purposefully manufactures. - when mindlessness is dominating the personal experience of existing, pause and direct the attention to the edge of the nostrils and the sensations caused by the river of air rhythmically ebbing and flowing thru them. Just sense the ebb and flow until the mind quiets and then return awareness to the practice.
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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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    Hi! Im Mario Gonzalez Lam. I’m currently based in Miami, Fl. Traveling in the Midwest for now. Grateful for this work and this community.
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    Patty Gates Northampton Ma. More about me on theartofinnerpeace.com Always happy to learn more! Thank you Sean and community for all that you offer!
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    Hi Gillian. I am a person who really struggles with the reality of death. Whilst I love the thought of past life and an afterlife the reality is that we only really know one life - the one we're in right now. So we've got to really make the most of the one we've got, right? That's my mission at least. I have been fortunate to not yet experienced the passing of someone really close to me yet, so I cannot fully appreciate the depths of bereavement. However, literally in the last week someone reached out to me for support relating to the bereavement of their father. She hasn't ever been able to move on and get over it. I'd love to help her with some guided meditation so if you have any tips or can point me in the direction of resources you are aware of that can help her, I would be grateful. Stay safe and well in the meantime Paul
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    Hello everyone! My name is Gillian and I'm a writer and yoga & meditation teacher based in Stockholm. I'm from Toronto originally and only just moved to Stockholm in May 2019 to live with my Swedish partner. I have two dogs and live a pretty low-key life (especially at the moment given the pandemic we're experiencing). I look forward to connecting with you all!
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    Hello, I'm Jermaine from Toronto (like you, Gillian!) and I just joined this mastermind. I've practiced yoga and meditation off and on for over 20 years, and I got certified to teach yoga last year. My YTT program included a meditation module and I was reminded how much sitting quietly with myself means to me. I'll always be grateful that I've been able to re-establish my daily meditation practice during this pandemic. I work in corporate (executive support and communications) and started teaching chair yoga at work after becoming certified. Recently, while working from home, I launched a wellness program with chair yoga videos, meditations and breathing exercises to support our employees and help them to calm, connect and relieve stress. Eventually I want to increase my focus on teaching meditation/mindfulness in corporate environments, and I thought this mastermind was a perfect resource for doing that. Looking forward to chatting and connecting
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    That sounds great @finestcoaching524@gmail.com! And @TonyB - I can really see a need for mindful support and guidance in these categories. I resonate a lot with your third category as mindfulness became a big part of my life when I was working in the hospitality industry. I knew it was in alignment with what I wanted in life, but I wasn't sure where to go. Overtime, mindfulness and meditation were a big part of what led me into the next phase as a freelance writer and yoga + meditation practitioner.
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    Just want to say thank you for the call with Spring Washam. Unfortunately my internet konked out part way though.. so sorry to abruptly leave like that. Looking forward to watching the rest of it later.
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    Thanks very much for letting me know Gillian! I have time set aside later this week to watch and I will let you know my reflections. I really appreciate you sharing yours, I am really looking forward to watching this and taking in all the goodness and inspiration! I relate to your share of finding our own unique and beautiful ways of being and the importance of sharing our own gifts...its a process and practice to get there, but so important to share what only we can, thank you for that reminder!
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    This week's question asks: What is your longterm vision? You can interpret this however you'd like to - perhaps your longterm vision for the world and collective at large or for your own life and the contributions you'd like to make. Where do you see yourself in 10, 20, or 30 years time? Or, where do you hope the world will be then?
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    Hey Jeff, I absolutely agree that mindfulness can be brought to both hope and hopelessness, and to do so effectively means not to push away one and grasp for the other. To just be with whatever is present, even if what is present is heavy and painful, is indeed a beautiful practice and something we can gently surrender to. For myself, I don't know that hope is something I would actively 'teach' or invite people to consciously cultivate in mindfulness teachings per se (at least, I haven't yet done so). But in my own journey, hope has arisen naturally as I've moved more and more out of a place of fear and anxiety about the world (I definitely still feel the latter from time to time however!). It's not a state I grasp at, but it is something I see arise within me each time someone or something surprises me in a certain way (i.e. when someone who had previously been closed off to their inner realm expresses their interest in learning more about who they really are). I'm also currently taking a course called Political Hope with Charles Eisenstein. It's not mindfulness-related per se, but I credit my mindfulness journey for opening up to Charles' words and teachings. One of the benefits for me of this course is connecting with other people who share a certain vision of the world and believe in a new paradigm of organizing ourselves (politically in this sense). In this way, hope inspires me to continue on the path I am on and to realize I am not alone in it. I'm just going to share the introduction to the course here as I liked this invitation: "I want to welcome all of these different voices that are inside of you, especially that part of you that has brought you to venture into this exploration. The part of you that is always hopeful and has never lost faith in the possibility of what I call the more beautiful world our hearts know as possible. That part can sit alongside all of the cynicism and all of the doubt. Maybe in a mirror of the world we see outside of ourselves, where sometimes it seems that everything is spiraling down into a descent into hell. That there is no hope for peace or ecological healing, social healing, racial healing, political healing, et cetera in this world." Charles Eisenstein, Political Hope, Day 1
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    I begin some classes / therapy sessions with a simple short breathing awareness exercise that does just that. The bones of it are: - sit up straight - inhale a full deep breath - exhale fully and deeply - return breathing to normal. - keeping the mind still, bring the attention to the tip of the nostrils and just note the sensations caused by air entering and leaving, without opening up a chat session in the head about it. - do this for five minutes (or longer). - close the exercise by inhaling a full deep breath, exhaling slowly and fully and then return breathing to normal.
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    Yes, I am in the US. There are state organizations but I don't want to be certified state by state. I'm still researching and hope to find out something soon. Thanks Gillian!
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    Hi I'm Mark and I hang out in Melbourne, Australia. Currently I am working through a quiet transition from corporate life into the world of personal coaching. I enjoy studying Eastern philosophy such as Buddhism and Taoism along with Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, Sociology and I guess any of the other "ologies" that help shine a light on what makes us tick. Mindfulness sits at the core of my coaching philosophy and so this is a great place for me to expand my awareness and practice so that I can further develop ways to help others. When I'm not buried in the topics above I attempt to play my guitar and uke, cook great meals with my wife, dance in the kitchen, sing in the shower, travel and write. I am extremely grateful to Sean and the team for the quality of content available here and look forward to touching base with you all at some point in the journey. Peace and love, Mark
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    One of my practices when engaging in social media is to not respond on the spot when I read friends’ posts or comments in groups. I generally go back and respond the next day so that I’ve had time to really think about what was said rather than just reacting to it.
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    Thanks. I'm in the process of building out the site and getting closer to launch. As soon as it does I'll definitely share.
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    Hi Bryon. Looking forward to hearing about how you vision practical and everyday application of mindful awareness.
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    I think this is an ongoing conversation we need to have regularly. I’m not sure if I have any specific tools but For me mindfulness can help me understand my own feelings around an issue. I also am more aware of my triggers by practicing mindfulness. For me when I understand my emotions and my triggers I can better understand others. My biggest challenge is helping others to see their triggers and their emotions when things become charged.
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    Hi Gillian, Sorry for the slow response, I had a technical glitch. I think I'd probably be as keen to cater for the teachers. Teaching in the UK is not a pleasant experience at the moment, sadly. For online, probably more general, so that I could do it from either location and not be tied down to a specific place. We'll see how it all goes. Who knows, how it will all pan out!
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    My thoughts today around it connected to Mindfulness. As we grow in being more mindful we know when we need to take time to process emotions and when it’s time to be grateful. As we grow even more in Mindfulness we can start to be more understanding of where others are at and support them and their needs as well as where they are at in the process of dealing with emotions. For me mindfulness helps me take a step back and take a breath before responding to others in need.
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    Hello everyone, I'm wondering if anyone has any specific pranayama techniques they like to teach? In my classes I tend to teach bee breath, diaphragmatic breathing, 4-7-8 breathing, and box breathing - though I am looking to branch out! Your suggestions are most welcome.
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    Hello Steph! Lovely to meet you. I, too, have found an opportunity during this pandemic to reflect more. I am grateful for the chance to slow down. Those are wonderful aspirations! I also feel the importance of bringing mindfulness to school settings. Would an online program be catered towards teachers/students as well or be more general in nature? Looking forward to connecting again!
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    Hello everyone, My name is Matt Stewart and I have today the Mindfulness Mastermind community. My company works in education with senior school pupils around financial education and Positive Mindset mentoring, we are currently looking to develop a Mindfulness process for young people to happen once per week for 6 weeks. I look forward to connecting with you, meeting new friends and learning. Kind regards Matt @mindfulnessscot
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    Hello Friends! My name is Alisa Wissell and I am so happy to be a part of this group! I grew up in Westchester County NY, a suburb 40 minutes out of NYC. However, I moved over the border to Connecticut 21 years ago with my husband. We have a daughter who is currently a High School Junior. In NY, I was a grades 5/6/7/ teacher of ELA and SS. I resigned when I had my daughter to stay home with her but went back to the district several times over the years to cover temporary leave positions. It was during this time of return that I noticed a sharp increase in the amount of stress, focus, and lack of behavior compared to my students in the late 90s to 2003. It was also a time of adjusting to the new Common Core curriculum, smartphones, etc. which I strongly feel added to student stress emotionally, socially, academically and physically. As someone who discovered yoga 17 years ago and saw the huge impact it had on my life, I thought that it was something I could have benefited from when I was growing up. This sparked my passion of sharing the amazing benefits of yoga and mindfulness with kids. I created a mobile yoga company called, One Love Yoga, where I teach adult yoga workshops and classes as well as yoga and mindfulness for kids. Several years ago I taught after school at the elementary schools, but this past year I have taught yoga and mindfulness as part of my daughter's high school's gym program for juniors and seniors. I was also asked to be the yoga teacher for the Varsity football team this fall so it is exciting to see it being embraced by the schools! I recently completed mindfulness training through, Mindful Schools, which is a leading organization integrating mindfulness in grades k-12 schools. I was asked by the high school's principal to teach at the faculty meeting what mindfulness is (and isn't) as well as self care strategies in mindfulness for teachers. It was an experience that took me WAY out of my comfort zone being in front of 120 staff members. However, when I presented, I felt like I was in such "flow" and ease and I loved it! In addition, I was going into the high school classrooms to support teachers who wanted me to introduce mindfulness to their students. I just created a new "branch" of my yoga business called, The Pearl Within, where I will offer presentations and training to school faculty, as well as bringing mindfulness to their classrooms. I do not want to pigeon hole myself to just schools and would really love to offer mindfulness to adults privately. I was excited to see this offering because it was more "in reach" for my current tight budget and in a time of job uncertainty. This is why I am so grateful for this Mindfulness Master Mind Option which allows me to immerse myself a bit more so I can deepen my training. I want people to discover the power of mindfulness so they may attain a wonderful ripple effect in all areas of their life, as well as discovering their true power, which is always found WITHIN. I also LOVE going to the coast where I always find inner peace. I love animals, walking in nature and learning about all things spiritual and how we are all truly connected! I look forward to meeting all of you! ~Alisa Wissell
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    Nice to meet you, Gillian!
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