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Gillian Florence

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  1. I love the title! And it's timely - Susan Kaiser Greenland recently joined the program for a session on teaching mindfulness to kids. If you haven't seen it, the replay is here: https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/09-01-21-susan-kaiser-greenland-teaching-mindfulness-to-kids/
  2. Hi Cynthia! Following up with you here as well (just responded to your email so you'll also see my name in your inbox). What a wonderful introduction. Thank you for sharing your background with us. It sounds like you have a wealth of knowledge and supportive tools already and I have no doubt that this program will enhance the work that you already do. It's also wonderful to read that you want to learn and are committed to growth. Beautiful! If you have any questions, reach out at anytime. I look forward to learning more about your insight, questions, and experiences. With gratitude, Gillian
  3. Hello Tasha! Welcome to the program and to our community - and thank you for the introduction. I love to read about all the different ways in which people want to share mindfulness with others. It sounds like you are already doing very meaningful work and I am sure that this training will support that. I'm Gillian, by the way - part of Sean's support team and moderator for the community. If you have any questions as you navigate the program, reach out at anytime. With gratitude, Gillian
  4. Hi Kelly! Welcome to the community and to the program. It's wonderful to e-meet you and great to read about your background. Many different paths have led students to teaching mindfulness and a few others have come through nursing as well. I'm Gillian - part of Sean's support team and the community moderator. If you have questions as you go through the program, let me know. With gratitude, Gillian
  5. Hi Alan! Great question. This is a mistake and the names need to be changed in the workbook. I will ask someone on the tech side of things to do this. However, the mindful eating exercises you can explore are located at the link below, starting at pg. 26: https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/course/appendix/
  6. I'll have a look into it and let you know.
  7. This week's question asks: What inner resources could you cultivate to help you to grow as a teacher? We all have room to grow as teachers, and so this week, I invite you to consider inner resources or qualities that would help you to grow as a mindfulness teacher. For example, perhaps you could focus on harnessing more self-compassion, compassion for others, wisdom, curiosity, patience, or something else entirely. What do you feel called to welcome more of into your experience (welcoming it to arise from within) based on where you are now in your teacher training journey?
  8. Hi Melissa, This is absolutely appropriate here! Thank you for sharing openly and reaching out for support. I do not know of anyone studying as a trauma therapist, but one idea I have would be to reach out to schools directly and find out if they have a practicum component for their students. I have no doubt there are many trauma therapists-in-training who don't have people to work with just yet. Schools could help you to get in touch with those who are just starting out or who need hours of practice before completing their program. I hope this is helpful. Sending you love and support! Gillian
  9. Hi Stephany, Wonderful to have you in the program! Thank you for the introduction to your work and inspiration for being here. I'm Gillian - Chief Care Officer for the program, so if you have any questions as you navigate things, reach out at any time. I look forward to hearing more about your insight and experience. With gratitude, Gillian
  10. Hi Tana, Welcome to the community and to the program! It's wonderful to have you hear. I am a fellow Ontarian from Toronto, though I live in Stockholm, Sweden now. I'm so glad you've followed the universal call to deepen your knowledge and practice and it sounds like you are doing wonderful work. This will be a complement to your existing knowledge I am sure. What have you written? I am a writer and aspiring book author With gratitude, Gillian
  11. Hey Dawna, You should be able to login to your account from your phone at: https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/login/
  12. Hello Dawna! Welcome to the program and thank you for the beautiful introduction. It sounds like very meaningful work that you are doing and I love your pursuit of bringing mindfulness to nursing students. I'm Gillian - the community moderator and part of Sean's support team. Reach out if you have question as you navigate this course. Looking forward to connecting further!
  13. Welcome Alan! Thank you for the introduction. It is great to have you in the program and it sounds like incredible, important work that you are doing. I'm Gillian - part of Sean's support team. Reach out if you have any questions as you navigate the program. With gratitude, Gillian
  14. The software updates come by surprise, so we will see what happens
  15. Hi Christina! Welcome to the program and thank you for the introduction. I'm Gillian - community moderator and a part of Sean's support team. There are a few students who have self-organized a peer support group. Check out this thread and reach out to one of the members if you're interested in joining. It looks like there will be a call on Sept. 10th. If you have any other questions as you move through things, reach out at any time.
  16. Hello Tirra! Wonderful to have you in the program and thank you for the lovely introduction. I'm Gillian - the community moderator and part of Sean's support team. If you have any questions, reach out at anytime. What have you begun exploring in the program thus far?
  17. Hi Patrice! I'm so glad you found some more resources to help you with this, and that the reflection prompts were supportive. But yes - there is a lot to take in. You'll find little nuggets of insight as you go through things, which will link back to teaching strategies and help you gain a stronger sense of how to share teach and exemplify the core principles. Keep me posted on how things go and let me know if you have any further questions
  18. Thanks for the note Rick! I will remove the link now as I can't verify it's safety since it's an external link.
  19. This week's question asks: What criteria of the MBI:TAC tool can you identify as a challenge for you? In our call this past Wednesday, we took a close look at the MBI:TAC tool and the six domains we need to consider when self-assessing. Which domain do you feel is a challenge for you, a place where there is room for growth? Or, what elements WITHIN certain domains do you struggle with? This is an opportunity to open up about where we can grow as teachers and to offer support to those that share. For more information, head to the following link and scroll down to the fourth PDF (the 8-page document) for a snapshot of what these domains are speaking to: https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/course/the-mbitac-tool/
  20. This morning I took an online yoga class through Yoga International and the teacher read a beautiful poem that relates to the topic of perfectionism (which came up in yesterday's Q&A call). I wanted to share it with you all here: Awakening Now The moment your eyes are open, seize the day. Would you hold back when the Beloved beckons? Would you deliver your litany of sins like a child’s collection of sea shells, prized and labeled? “No, I can’t step across the threshold,” you say, eyes downcast. “I’m not worthy, I’m afraid, and my motives aren’t pure. I’m not perfect, and surely I haven’t practised nearly enough. My meditation isn’t deep, and my prayers are sometimes insincere. I still chew my fingernails, and the refrigerator isn’t clean.” Do you value your reasons for staying small more than the light shining through the open door? Forgive yourself. Now is the only time you have to be whole. Now is the sole moment that exists to live in the light of your true Self. Perfection is not a prerequisite for anything but pain. Please, oh please, don’t continue to believe in your disbelief. This is the day of your awakening. by Danna Faulds https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/words-of-wonder/awakening-now/
  21. Hi Ashlyn! A warm welcome to the program. I'm Gillian - the community moderator and part of Sean's support team. If you have any questions as you navigate things, reach out at any time. With gratitude, Gillian
  22. Hi Christabelle! A warm welcome to you Thank you for the introduction. I'm Gillian - Chief Care Officer for Sean's program - so if you have any questions as you navigate the materials, let me know. It sounds like you are doing such valuable work. This program will complement all that you have already learned through previous work and studies and from your almost 20 years of personal practice. With gratitude, Gillian
  23. For anyone looking for peer support - Molley has organized a group Zoom call for today at 1pm Mountain Time. You can find the link here:
  24. Wonderful Molley! I will post an announcement about it so that more might see it and be able to join you today
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