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Everything posted by amypandolfi@outlook.com

  1. 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. Hi all, just wondering/hoping there is a resource somewhere available that has ALL of the scripts in one file/PDF document? It looks like you have to download each individual one. This is quite tedious and time consuming, as I'm trying to find a way to download them all at once and then send them off to my "local" printer. (Local in VT is likely not what most people consider local.) Really hoping to streamline this process, with a ganglian cyst in my wrist to boot!
  3. Hey all, I just watched this workshop. I loved it! I'm so excited to be present for his next workshop in the next few weeks. I am also wondering about all of the resources touched upon in this workshop. I'm curious about the slides, his contact info, as well as the links to the Dark Nights study. Also, he mentioned something about the Dalai Lama...something about an interview we could watch online? I'm curious about this too.
  4. Just an idea, there are a few coaches in my school (the JRNI Coaching Intensive) who call themselves Mindfulness Coaches. The term is not necessarily specific to meditation, but it may be of interest to use. Also of note, there are no jurisdictions or required certifications for someone to call themselves a coach of any kind! Certainly, clients may want to know or check up on your schooling or coaching education, and any kind of coaching certification you may have, but usually certification comes from the agency, organization/ or school you went to for coaching. Sometimes, the certification does in fact come from a coaching-regulatory body such as the ICF (International Coaching Federation) as well as a few others out there. As a previous MSW practicing in psychotherapy, and now attending coaching school, I can say that there are quite the differences between the two, and I hope that the term 'coaching' doesn't get muddled in with the term 'counseling' too much, as there are clear distinctions between the two. Even though WE may know the differences, the general public may or may not understand the differences without some clarity.
  5. Hi there, I'm wondering what happened to the first five or so workshops from this group? I really wanted to watch one of them again, but I don't remember the name of the speaker and the workshops are missing, or I'm just not seeing them. It was not Oren Jay Sofer, but a guy who talked about his experience coming to mindfulness-teaching at a young age (early 20s).
  6. I enjoyed the talk. Currently, I am learning to attend to my harsh, inner critic. I come to this practice off and on, and Christopher Germer's talk reminded me of the importance. I really resonate with the idea that a majority of us (70%+) care for others, and can extend compassion to others before caring for themselves with that same level of kindness and compassion. During a retreat over the holidays, I attended several practices of the Four Immeasurable-s. The only way I could attend to my own self-compassion was by feeling into the compassion I had for others (people who are close to me, friends, neighbors/neutral others, then myself, and then my "enemies.")
  7. Wow, Spirit Rock has a lot of events! I feel like I've hit gold, thank you. I also found this on the east coast: https://www.dharma.org/retreats/retreat-center/ims-online/ (Insight Meditation Society)
  8. Hi there, I'm looking for any resources anyone might have of places that currently hold online meditation retreats, especially during the holiday season. Anybody have any good resources or favorite retreats that have moved online?
  9. Hi Gillian and Rick, thank you. I see that now (about the edit button) and thanks Gillian; it makes sense to blend. I like the idea of preparing a session with an outline; having the major points of a meditation practice, and then going with the flow of how things turn out. I tend to get anxious using a script, or anything in front of me at all. I think this is why I initially began "winging it" because it seemed to really take the pressure off. Now I'm thinking, I'd like to try typing an outline with script pointers and not have it present with me during the session. I think just writing it out will help.
  10. I can't figure out how to edit my post, so I'll just add on here- that my intuition is saying there is much for me to expand on, in terms of refreshing old meditative practice habits, and when 1:1 with clients or others. I suppose I've come to a question as well, in that I'm wondering how others do this but I don't know if this question is appropriate in this thread. -Amy
  11. This is a great question. And I'm enjoying the responses so far. As a clinical practitioner prior to sinking my feet into this Mindfulness Meditation training, I find the same challenge comes up again. My challenge is in regards to using a script vs "winging it." As a clinician I began using scripts which I modified as I read with my clients. Nowadays, when I'm practicing with peers in my MindBody Therapy program I have become very comfortable to "wing it" but end up missing out on other ideas to refresh how I lead someone in a meditative practice. I wonder how to integrate this "winging it" with using/reading a script. I wonder about blending them somehow, kind of like what I did before as a newbie clinician, though I found this challenging for me to stay in the moment while also relying on a script AND using my intuition to guide someone in their mindfulness meditation practice.
  12. Hello, finestcoaching! Once a New Englander, always a New Englander! Texas must be quite different from MA I imagine...
  13. Katie, I am always up for more community! Whereabouts in MA are you located? I'm about 30 minutes north of Brattleboro. On FB, sometimes IG, messenger, and email. (amypandolfi@outlook.com or Amy Ostara Pandolfi on FB/Messenger).
  14. Hi there- I am Amy from beautiful Vermont (albeit a bit chilly here nowadays). I signed up to this community and teacher training a few days ago, and have been watching the webinars (which I love!) My backgrounds are in family mental health, medical case management, and more recently psychotherapy. Working within "the system" as I did- was not a great fit for me, so now I'm using this strange time to study and engage in Life & Wellness Coaching, MindBody Therapy, Yoga and Functional Nutrition training. My dream is to open my own practice where I can integrate all of my passions into one place, and where I help people with integrative mind-body therapy for healing. I've had a long relationship with meditation and especially mindfulness practices. I won't go into details about my most recent experiences, but I will say that without mindfulness meditation, I don't know where I'd be! It is such a blessing to have all of these materials and teachings online at our fingertips. I'm looking forward to attending Wednesday sessions and webinars, and meeting/learning with everyone here!
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