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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Hi Rosanna! Nice to see another Calgarian in the course! I also look forward to learning with you!
    3 points
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
    2 points
  12. 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.
    2 points
  13. My name is Ashlyn, and I'm the founder of Mindfullyash. I'm so excited to become a certified coach, and continue my passion for teaching mindfulness! I'm also excited to connect with everyone!
    2 points
  14. I have flexibility with my schedule for a bit so please send me the info as well.
    2 points
  15. 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.
    2 points
  16. 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.
    2 points
  17. My name is Virginia Cooper. I have been a speech pathologist in skilled nursing and assisted living for 38 years. I am retiring mid September and will be starting a company offering mindfulness meditation and yoga to healthcare professionals as well as chair yoga and meditation to elders. I am looking forward to this awesome training program. I am already a certified Ananda meditation teacher, and am currently enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training. This is exactly what I have been looking for! Happy to meet all of you!
    2 points
  18. 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.
    2 points
  19. My name is Michelle and I live in Calgary, Alberta. I am excited to journey with all of you in this program!
    2 points
  20. 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
  21. Hi everyone, my name is Cassandra and 41 yrs old from Australia, I have three beautiful sons that keep me pretty busy and run my own business Mind Over Matter Therapy Solutions, specialising in Hypnotherapy, Nlp and life coaching and live to learn more and that’s how I found myself here is this fantastic group, my life passion is to help others that are suffering from Trauma due to past life experiences. This is something that is very close to my heart as I once suffered from ptsd , anxiety and depression from a past abusive relationship (domestic violence) and after quite some time and working very hard on myself have managed to get back to living and loving life again. Excluding dealing with the covid -19 issues as I’m im sure it has been taking a toll on all of us of a late . hoping you are all well and looking forward to getting to know you all . stay safe and bye for now Cassandra
    2 points
  22. 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
  23. 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
    2 points
  24. Hi Everyone, My name is Cindy and I am a new member of this community. I am a Health Coach living in Cleveland Ohio with my family. I am really looking forward to this program as my coaching practice has moved in a direction where "mindfulness" is the cornerstone. Thanks to you all
    2 points
  25. My vision that lead me to mindfulness is to release the suffering that I was feeling inside of me and help others do the same. Living with mental health issues for most of my life has hindered me living to my full potential. I was looking for deep healing last year and ready to release the pain and sadness I was feeling on a daily basis because of what has happened in my past. I felt guided to mindfulness meditation training as a tool to support my other efforts in healing myself. It has been the most effective and sustainable method to releasing the suffering I had been carrying around inside of me for most of my life. It has worked for me in profound ways that I want to teach others this tool as well so they can be free.
    2 points
  26. Hi Judy! I look forward to learning with you.
    2 points
  27. 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
  28. Hello to all: My name is Carmen Orellana and my spiritual name is Tarwe. I am a Life, Wellness and Vegan Coach and a Holistic Healer. I live in Mexico City with my husband, my son and 5 dogs. I begin to practice mindfulness since 2018 and since then, I am in love with this discipline. I am so happy so I can take my Teacher Training.
    2 points
  29. Welcome Judy, from a Transplant from Beantown!!:) I am Rick; I grew up in the Jamaica Plain District of Boston. Hope you get what you need from our program; you are amongst Friends! Gillian is a Great resource, & yet, so are we; let us know how we can help you:)
    2 points
  30. 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
    2 points
  31. 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!
    2 points
  32. Hello Patrick, Unfortunately, i wasn't able to reply much sooner... Great that you joined thus programm and that you live in Cologne. Greetings
    2 points
  33. Hi! I'm a long time social worker, and certified DBT therapist in Redmond, WA. I've had an ongoing meditation practice for a decade and have decided I want to learn skills specifically around teaching mindfulness more effectively to clients. I have seen how a dedicated mindfulness practice has changed my life, and I want to get better at teaching that to my clients who come to me with great suffering (and no mindfulness experience). Happy to be here and learn from all of you!
    2 points
  34. I'm so excited to start this course and incorporate mindfulness into my health/life coaching practice (when it's up and running). Blessings to you all and your journey through this course
    2 points
  35. 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
  36. Thanks, Lisa! It’s Awesome when you experience it inviting Curiousity!:) Observing visuals in Nature can be cool too!
    2 points
  37. I have been thinking about this and I think the biggest challenge for me is not knowing exactly what I should be studying next to move me forward on my path, while I continue to deepen my practice. There is so much to learn so I just tried to soak up everything I can, but I'm a process person so it would be nice to know a clear path. I was hoping others would respond to this as I'm really interested to hear what other people are challenged by. Great question Jillian! Thank you!
    2 points
  38. Hi Tünde, nice meeting you too. Yes, Cologne isn't that far away -- looking forward to talk to you sometime.
    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 is such an interesting discussion! I really don't have much understanding of the Vipassana tradition. I have attended a few day long retreats, and have struggled to understand some of the teachings that are very new to me. I can't say that I attend retreats to learn from the Buddhist traditions as an intention. I'm also not planning on teaching retreats any time soon! I came to meditation 15 years ago when I needed major surgery at 21. It was a very strange time, and I found a book called Healing the Self (I think it's called?) by Saki Santorelli. I then progressed to read Conversations with God, and then Jon Kabat Zinn due to his connection with Saki Santorelli. (Dr. Santorelli was the main doctor J. Kabat-Zinn worked with, to provide MBSR for medical patients in the Boston MA area). Personally, my meditation foundations lie in MBSR, and I first heard about MBSR from my surgeon (I'm from New England). These teachings are foundationally what I have taught with others (clients) in the therapist-clinical world as it is what I'm comfortable with. From what I've read here, the five precepts of Vipassana sound very much alike to the Yamas (and the Niyamas) from the Yogic traditions I am more familiar with. The first Yama being- ahimsa- basically meaning do no harm or more literally meaning "nonviolence." All other facets of the Yamas and Niyamas end up following the first tenet. So for instance, if we notice we are "stealing" or "grasping" for something, the main tenet applies- are we doing harm by this action? In most cases, yes! However, there may be instances where it would do more harm to not steal or grasp, as just a very basic sort of example. I find the same difficulties as Tony is saying here apply to teaching yoga philosophy. It feels like tricky territory in learning how to teach the Yamas and Niyamas during yoga classes, as this too may be felt as controversial with students. What I have been learning about in my yogic studies, is how to teach the 8 limbs of yoga by modeling, and by teaching through the asana and meditation practices. It then comes off as less preachy, to those who might be uncomfortable. Alike what Tony and Gillian are saying here, I think it does end up watering down the yogic practices and thus its traditions. Thank you for this thought provoking thread!
    2 points
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. Hey Gillian, Here is David Treleaven's Video from yesterday; he explains that this weekly Meetup is for any First Responders, whomever that may be and anyone else who has that Special Interest. David Treleaven’s Free Weekly Meet-up Titled: TSM Community Meet-Up | November, 2020 - Practices to support frontline workers during the pandemic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpFMP8FQtec&feature=youtu.be. It is very insightful and inspiring!!! He only has an hour, though he sets up Break out groups of about 3 for Informal chats and Intros! I met with 2 Female Coaches from Canada; we had short fruitful conversations!
    2 points
  45. This is a wonderful thing to do. Procedural memory develops nicely in a way that can make this feel and almost literally happen on something like "autopilot." The post I just released is on What To Do About Anxiety: 7 POWERFUL Tips.
    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. @AnthonyM - Thank you for sharing your TED Talk! That was a wonderful watch. I love these two questions - 'Are my thoughts useful?' and 'How do they behave?' Thank you for stating those so clearly. I am going to practice mantra meditation this afternoon
    2 points
  48. 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
  49. I found David's workshop to be helpful, not just in terms of the topic - trauma-sensitive mindfulness - but for the general utility of some of his concepts/models. In particular, I think the TSM Practice model that he shared (3 circles - safe, learning, & overwhelm) is a fabulous framework that can be applied to almost any situation. I used the model the day after the workshop in a coaching situation with a colleague who was struggling with her role on a specific project. The model provided her with a simple framework to help her determine if she was learning/feeling some discomfort, or if she was, in fact, in a state of "overwhelm". Introducing and discussing the model helped inform her next steps in a pretty major way. Another take-away for me was that using trauma-sensitive techniques to teach mindfulness is a great way to practice across the board. I liken this to how changes that were designed to include/make things easier for people with disabilities (e.g., curb cuts, alternative formats) actually end up being better for everyone! I'm grateful to have participated in the workshop. Thank you, Vanessa
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  50. Hi Gillian, Had a nice chat with Sean! He will be looking into glitches discussed. What I wanted to leave with you RE: Apple Users: If they are having problems with writing in the Notebook, they can under "File" do a "Save as" to an Icloud Folder and be able to retrieve their Work everytime!!! Thanks for all your communications! ~~Rick~~~
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