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Gillian Florence

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  1. That's wonderful Leo. You must have such a wealth of knowledge and insight. I look forward to learning more about your practice.
  2. This reminds me a lot of an Alan Watts recording I listened to just the other week. I tried to find it but haven't yet come across it. I will share here if I stumble upon it again! Thank you for your insight.
  3. Thanks so much Anthony! I am going to look into the self-authoring to begin with - but the dream work sounds great as well!
  4. I have actually been thinking about this myself recently - this sense that our modern cultures have lost touch with the inevitability of death. I was reflecting on this as I thought about North American Halloween as compared with Sweden's All Saint's Day traditions (I live in Stockholm). Perhaps, now that the world is largely influenced by distant cultures via social media and the news, some children here in Sweden trick-or-treat, but one thing I really love about the celebration at this time of year here in Sweden is the practice of remembering and honouring the dead. On the 31st, my partner and I will be going to a beautiful forest cemetery called Skogskyrkogården where thousands upon thousands of candles will be lit to honour those who have passed. It is truly a soul-touching experience. I will attach a photo of it from two years ago (though of course the photo does not nearly do it justice).
  5. Wonderful share - thanks Anthony! I was actually just listening to Deva Premal this morning. I agree that there is something lovely about committing long mantras to memory. When I studied hatha yoga, we sung a 14-line invocation of the goddess each morning. By the end, it was second nature. I still come back to that and find a deep sense of peace after going through it a few times.
  6. Oh thank you for this Anthony! I will check out that book - I haven't heard of it until now. And do you know if Peterson's resources for this are in a book or available online somewhere?
  7. I hope you have a great practice! 9:30pm is pretty close to my bedtime (early riser, early sleeper here) so I likely won't make it. And no snow here in Stockholm yet... but they've definitely had snow up in the north!
  8. Hey Rick, Thanks for the tip! I have never heard of Diana Winston but will check her out. The timing is a bit too late for me here in Stockholm, but you are welcome to share the link for anyone else who may be interested. And members are absolutely welcome to start there own practice groups I know Sean is holding a weekly group, but I am not sure if it includes practice still or is more support and Q&A. Have you been to one of his weekly sessions recently?
  9. Hello Leo! Welcome to the program and the community. I'm Gillian - the Chief Care Officer and Community Moderator. If you have any questions as you navigate the resources or forum, feel free to reach out at any time. I look forward to learning more about your experience and insights. How long have you been studying/practicing Buddhist teachings and techniques?
  10. Hello Keith! It is wonderful to read your introduction and to connect. I'm Gillian - the Chief Care Officer and Forum Moderator. If you have any questions or concerns as you go through the program, feel free to reach out at anytime. It sounds like you have an incredible wealth of experience - both personally and as a teacher. It is wonderful to have you here in the program and community. If you feel drawn to share any of your favourite practices or resources elsewhere in the forum, I'd love to read about them. I hope you have a lovely day!
  11. 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
  12. Thanks for sharing Rick! I think there is something really nice about putting to words what it is we are minding. When I wrote my own observations yesterday, it helped me to really tune in more to what I was perceiving. As you mention, there is much to examine! From the weather to our inner workings and biases. It is an inquiry that again as you say offers ever-deepening insights.
  13. This week's question asks: What are you mindful of today? When you tune in with mindfulness today, what do you notice? Are there certain emotions or bodily sensations present? Are certain senses activated? What colours, sounds, textures, aromas, tastes, and sights filter through your awareness? What subtle energies or virtues are you aware of? For myself, here on day 12 of a 14 day quarantine in Canada, I am aware of the warmth of this home. I am aware of the sounds of people chatting as they walk past the front of the house. I can hear the whistling leaves in the wind and see the shadow of those leaves on the building across the road. This morning I was mindful of a feeling of being unsettled. It manifested as a slight vibration in my body. I listened to Alan Watts to become more mindful of the present moment and the feeling slowly melted.
  14. Hey Rick, Here is Mindfulness Exercises Facebook page. It is for Mindfulness Exercises as a whole - https://www.facebook.com/exercising.mindfulness/ And here is the Linkedin page - https://www.linkedin.com/company/mindfulness-exercises?trk=public_profile_topcard_current_company
  15. @finestcoaching524@gmail.com Hey Rick, No need to worry about the questions! That is what I am here for. Tech things can be tricky and have glitches... and discrepancies! How strange that yours doesn't have a box for you to type your answer in. I will send you the workbook for lesson 1 now in any case and then you can chat with Sean as well.
  16. Hey Rick, Is this the question you are referring to? I just downloaded the workbook for lesson 1 and on my copy there is a blank space for answering that question. Here is a screenshot. Let me know if this is what you are referring to, and if needed I can definitely send you this copy via email if it differs from what you have.
  17. Hey Rick, Okay, I just double checked with Sean and he said yes, you can send directly to him. Sorry for the confusion!
  18. Once all documents are ready to submit, you can send them for review to Support@MindfulnessExercises.com
  19. Reposting this here for Rick @finestcoaching524@gmail.com: Ok, Gillian, I report "Issue resolved"! OMG, what a difference a day makes!! Hope others are reading this! I resolved my Typing in the Doc by Saving to Icloud; when I did that, my Typing in the Workbook worked. Then as a test I sent it it to my Fiancee and myself separately! Bingo! It worked!Being Mindful and letting it go worked! Having the presence of Mind to Just Let Go, worked!!If other are not reading this, feel free to Copy & Paste, ok? Thanks so much for your Patience! Namaste! Have an Awesome Day!
  20. Hi @finestcoaching524@gmail.com, I will send you a private message to discuss some of this. Keep your eye out in a few mins!
  21. Okay so make sure when you are typing into it, you have opened the file from your computer wherever it is saved. Then you can save it as any name that makes sense to you. When you need to send it, you don't need to send it from Adobe. You'll just attach the file to an email and send to the recipient as usual. Does that make sense? Enjoy the mindful break!
  22. Hi Rick, I am sorry that this is not working on your end! Let me do my best to answer and for what I need help with, I will reach out to those who have the answers and get back to you. So first, when you go to lesson 1 for instance, are you trying to type directly into the worksheet on the webpage or have you downloaded it? You won't be able to type into the fields until it is downloaded and you are working with the PDF file on your computer. Let me know if you've downloaded it and if you have and the issue is still there, I will check with Kaila. Regarding the second concern. Yes, I can absolutely see how this is confusing. I am going to pass this on to Sean to get the names changed, but you are right that these are the two exercises to be working with. Let me know about the first concern, if you have the PDF downloaded, and we'll go from there!
  23. Thanks for sharing this Tony! It reminded me of something I hadn't thought about when posing this question, so here it goes: All throughout my teens and early 20s, I struggled with painful, uncomfortable cystic acne. I tried everything to 'get rid' of it, including rounds of antibiotics, which worked for a short period of time while also undoubtedly destroying my healthy gut flora as well. Nothing really seemed to work, which led me into a diploma program for Holistic Nutrition (I was growing increasingly interested in alternative methods for managing this symptom, along with other things I was experiencing such as depression and fatigue). At the time, I certainly would not have been able to see my acne as a blessing, but now I see it as a clear cry from my inner world to pay attention and to develop a new relationship with myself. It was something I could not ignore and so I started on a journey of learning more about how to truly nourish myself - both through food and through thought.
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