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  1. Hello everyone, I've been participating for a few weeks, but haven't done an introduction. My name is Melissa Loyer, and I'm from southern Ontario, Canada. I'm a 500 hour certified meditation coach, and I am so excited to be participating in this program. I've joined because while meditation coaching is good, and does good, my focus is teaching mindfulness meditation for mental health. Before learning to meditate, I wasn't able to cope with day-to-day life, as there was childhood trauma that ended up leading to anorexia nervosa, alcohol abuse, and a scary amount of self-injury. I remember vividly the moment I was told that the brain secretes thoughts in the same way the mouth secretes saliva, and that I am not my thoughts - I felt hope and bawled like a baby. I joined "The Power of Awareness", led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach and my life hasn't been the same since. I'm loving every moment of this course.
    4 points
  2. 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.
    3 points
  3. 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.
    3 points
  4. 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!
    3 points
  5. 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!
    3 points
  6. Hi Rosanna! Nice to see another Calgarian in the course! I also look forward to learning with you!
    3 points
  7. 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.
    3 points
  8. Hey Banu, I just joined the community. I'm looking forward to start with the program. I'm also living in Cologne, Germany. Maybe we can catch up some day and have a nice talk about mindfulness. Cheers, Patrick
    3 points
  9. Hi, my name is Vincenzia My field of interest is on how mindfulness can be used in recovery. There are many approaches to recovery and I have noticed a shift towards more eastern approaches when it comes to support groups but not much with actual recovery programs people can enroll in (in-person or online). There is the 8 steps book and support group and then Refuge Recovery as far as I know. Both being incredibly helpful but barely scraping the surface of what is needed out there. Therefor I have dedicated two years to further learning of addiction and to strengthening my mindfulness practices in order to design a Mindfulness Recovery program that deals with food, social media, technology, nicotine and other form of addictions. I, myself have been in recovery for quite some time now and most likely wouldn't have been had it not been for my introduction to buddhism and mindfulness many years ago. I am a Certified Life Coach, artist and sculptor. I spent many years working with children with special needs and have a very special and personal interest in Autism. I would love to connect with anyone that also has any of these interests in order to share resources, experience and theories. Looking forward
    3 points
  10. Yes, it was the conversation about belonging. For me it was almost a little startling when Sean stood up and started saying I belong here over and over again. I actually got emotional as it is relevant to something I'm going through right now and I thought it was so powerful. I agree I can't imagine what it would have been like live. I just wanted to hug people! LOL Thanks for sharing the info.
    3 points
  11. 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.
    3 points
  12. Sounds Cool, Anthony!! I began a Podcast too that I need to get back to; it is: https://anchor.fm/FinestCoaching-RickBarber >>my Theme: Global Mindful Meditation Education I would welcome any Mindful Guest Appearance! So check it out!!
    3 points
  13. 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.
    3 points
  14. 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!
    3 points
  15. 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.
    3 points
  16. 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.
    3 points
  17. Hi everyone, I am LeAnne Dolce and I am a self-care strategist. I have been in the wellness arts for about 15 years and am looking to expand my offering to include more self-discovery and self-love experiences. I look forward to connecting with you more on this journey.
    2 points
  18. I realized I hadn't done this yet officially, I think. I'm Emil. I live in Northern California. Close to San Francisco. I am a writer who has discovered mindfulness and would like to help those who are like me. Not clinically in need. But in need just the same of something. Now that clinicians acknowledge self-help actually works, I figure there are still folks who need someone to help guide and heal. Hence, teaching seems to be a way that could help and serve a lot of people who think they're OK, but are not. Or at least, they could be better. I also have some experience with race issues and would like to help those in BIPOC communities deal with personal and historical narratives. My unique style is a sense of humor and play. Like Mary Poppins said, "A spoonful of sugar..." Glad to meet you all.
    2 points
  19. 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
    2 points
  20. 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.
    2 points
  21. Hello! A technical question but when will the workshop be available to watch? I couldn't join live due to time zones. Thank you I'm so grateful to have Dr. Mate as part of this course.
    2 points
  22. 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
    2 points
  23. 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!
    2 points
  24. 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
    2 points
  25. 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!
    2 points
  26. Hi Everyone, I live on the East Coast and due to my work schedule, am unable to attend the weekly Mentoring/Q&A Sessions on Wednesdays with Sean. I LOVE listening to the recordings; however, this past week was extremely powerful for me and left me wishing that I could not only share what I was feeling with the group, but wishing I could let others know that I was supporting them as well. I'm wondering if anyone else is in the same situation and would be interested in connecting as a group once in awhile to share and/or debrief? To give you a little context about where I am in my journey, I have never taught. I started this course almost two months ago and am loving every minute of it! I did pose the idea to Sean and he was supportive of it. I only say that, as that would be a question I would have, out of respect for him and ALL that he brings to his mentoring sessions. I look forward to hearing from people!
    2 points
  27. 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.
    2 points
  28. My name is Michelle and I live in Calgary, Alberta. I am excited to journey with all of you in this program!
    2 points
  29. I am a physical therapist, and educator, a dreamer, and excited to learn more to be able to share mindfulness with others in a variety of settings.
    2 points
  30. Aloha Gillian! Thanks so much for the welcome. I believe it was you who sent me an email asking how I was doing. I accidentally sent it to trash before I could read it and haven't been back here since I wrote the introduction. I'm really enjoying the training, have supplemented it with Mindfulness for Dummies, as well as all of the supplemental info you guys are providing. The weekly email from Sean is especially informative. I'm still getting my feet wet and look forward to taking a closer look at the forum. I'm sure I'll find invaluable information and support there as well. Mahalo nui loa ("A very big thank you"), Patrice
    2 points
  31. Thank you both for sharing. Relief of suffering and mental health concerns is certainly a common thread. I, too, came to mindfulness through mental health concerns – depression (and some anxiety as well). I first encountered mindfulness through Jon Kabat-Zinn's 'Wherever You Go, There You Are' and a lightbulb went off. I couldn't believe I'd never heard of the concept before! There is so much potential for healing. Thank you both for being here.
    2 points
  32. Hello Paula! I look forward to learning with you!
    2 points
  33. 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.
    2 points
  34. Hello everyone! My name is Kelly Yonston and I am so happy to be a part of this community. Sean, thank you for creating this space. I am a school psychologist, yoga teacher and mindfulness practicioner. I did a year-long Mindful Educator program with Mindful Schools when I was working in the school system and did many trainings for staff as well. I am now living in Panama and I work with students online. I'd love to expand my teachings to adults as well, and stay involved in the mindfulness community, which is why I am here.
    2 points
  35. Hey everyone, I'm Carol. I come from Kenya. I'm a teacher who has recently transitioned into the behavioral science world. Looking to teach mindfulness to as many people and hoping in my country people can adapt to practicing mindfulness.
    2 points
  36. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on this website. I live in Minneapolis and my apartment is blocks away from some of the violence and fires after George Floyd was murdered. I ended up pulling back from the idea of teaching mindfulness because I really just needed to take care of myself. I was also struggling with even meditating and finding my peace. I feel like I’m finally finding that peace again and that focus. The stress of the pandemic and not being involved with my regular social activities piled on top of seeing my neighborhood go up in flames and many of my neighbors businesses being destroyed. I was also upset about the January 6 invasion of the capital. With all those things piling up in my life I just needed to focus on me and take care of myself. I’m just starting to really realize The impact of my feelings and the situation around me. Until you’ve seen your city boarded up and me and many of my neighbors and friends are afraid to go out after dark because of the fear of violence due to George Floyd’s murder and rising unemployment. I think if I did not have the practice of mindfulness that I had prior to all of this I’m not sure how I would’ve done. I not gonna say that I flew through it with flying colors by any means. But what mindfulness did give me a sense of awareness of what was going on inside of me. I recognize the emotions, feelings and fears and I was able to see them as what they were. Some definitely were genuine fears and concerns that I needed to address and I could work with them as they were and not let them take over my life in unhealthy ways. I could allow myself to be angry but not let it consume me. Mindfulness also help me live in the moment and deal with the current issues in front of me. It also help me not go in to any extreme prejudice him or hatred. I was able to catch those thought patterns early and put them in a better perspective. I feel like I’m just starting to come back to normal Whatever that means. I’m calling at the new normal. I think this next year is a time where I’m going to sort many of us out and learn a lot about myself and I plan to use it as an opportunity to better who I am as a human being and to learn from it. I think I’m at that stage now instead of just surviving I can now look back and start learning and growing. I’m looking forward to get getting more involved with the program again and continuing with the study of mindfulness and hopefully starting to teach others and help others become more mindful and have a more fulfilled life.
    2 points
  37. 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
    2 points
  38. Hello Banu, Looks like we are newbies together. I actually joined last fall sometime but only in the last few days have I found my way around this site and I attended the Davidson talk yesterday. This is my first post. I am in Austin, Texas and we may never meet, but indeed I look forward to the journey with you.
    2 points
  39. 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
    2 points
  40. This was soo helpful, thank you! I agree about coaching and counseling seeming similar to many clients. I've made sure to outline what to expect in my sessions on my website, hoping that'll be good place to start making the distinction.
    2 points
  41. I just found this job if by chance anyone who stumbles across this is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In any case, it is another example of a job in the field (admin related, but you'd be working within a mindful team I imagine!) https://www.mindful.org/administrative-assistant-3/
    2 points
  42. Here's one Texas Resource, Ladies, though they require a Masters or Doctorate Degree which I do not have: https://mindfulcounselingtexas.com/employment/
    2 points
  43. This year I intend to start each day with a thought of gratitude and acknowledgement that Today is a new Day and to end each day with a thought of gratitude and acknowledgement of the day without judgement.
    2 points
  44. Hey Gillian: As I am beginning my Mindful Meditation Scripts; here are some of mine: (My Email is: Finestcoaching524@gmail.com My Global Mindful Meditation Education Podcast: https://anchor.fm/FinestCoaching-RickBarber >>>I would love to have a Guest on for a Mindfulness discussion & Meditation sometime. Our Facebook: Global Mindful Meditation Group: >>>https://www.facebook.com/groups/GlobalMindfulMeditationGroup Care to do a Joint Meditation sometime? 254 Members are here in our group! Our Linkedin similar Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12268868/ 69 Members are here! Feel free to join any all; support is needed at these. so let's connect:) Thanks.
    2 points
  45. The first thing that come to mind: a sense of humor! That just makes it all so much more accessible and makes me, as a student, take myself less seriously. But also: compassion. Great storytelling skills. An ability to call me and other students on our BS. An ability to tune in so well to what we're saying and where it's coming from.
    2 points
  46. That's wonderful Anthony! Is there a link to your blog or website? I am a freelance writer though I haven't been writing too much of my own content lately (aside from in my journal). However, it is interesting you bring this up because I have set an intention to write an article this week to post on my own website or Medium account. I plan to start working that muscle again, just letting things free flow according to whatever is moving through my heart and mind at the moment.
    2 points
  47. David's Presentation was Awesome! I enjoyed his whole approach to Trauma! I actually got to see it twice since he presented at the Embodiement Summit! I took copious notes too! The Key take away for me was "Options" given the PTSD Person options whether with specific choices to open their eyes, leaving the meditation with another person, then coming back; giving them the choice to discern anything with the Meditator after the meeting...all quality choices. His Book sounds awesome too! My Next Read!
    2 points
  48. 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.
    2 points
  49. 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!
    2 points
  50. 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
    2 points
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