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Gillian Florence

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  1. This week's question asks: What area of your life is calling for mindfulness? Take a moment to reflect on the different areas or interests of your life - work, leisure, nature time, self-care, technology, lifestyle, relationships of all sorts, and so on. Is there a certain area of your life that is quietly asking you to be more mindful of it?
  2. I thought it would be nice to create a thread for us to share any interesting science-based mindfulness studies or scientific reviews we come across. If we are writing mindfulness articles, planning talks, or preparing presentations, it can be helpful to have some pieces of research to turn to. I will start by sharing a link to an article called 'The Mindful Brain and Emotion Regulation in Mood Disorders', which explores how mindfulness regulates emotions. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3303604/ If there are certain applications or benefits of mindfulness you are int
  3. I'm glad to see a connection has been made! And yes, I do believe that last week's will be posted. I will let you know when it's up in case I see it before you.
  4. Hello Tünde! Wonderful to hear from you and welcome! I'm Gillian - community moderator and support person for the program. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message or post here in the community. Have you explored the resources yet or checked out any of our past workshops? I am in Stockholm so I know that the live sessions may be late for you as well, but they are a wonderful way to further connect with the group. Let me know if there is anything you need!
  5. Oh I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Marian. Sending warmth your way. How has your practice for him been going?
  6. Lovely! Thank you for sharing Rick. When I ponder this question myself, I realize that I often judge certain thoughts to be 'wrong', believing that to be mindful I must be completely 'pure' in thought. However, to be mindful of our thoughts is to welcome whatever is here (not to condone what is here, just to accept its presence). When I remember this, it is easy for me to witness my thoughts and say, 'It's okay that you are here', without resisting and without attaching.
  7. Thank you for sharing these words Marian! I am so glad to hear you've been enjoying the calls How is the course work going for you?
  8. This week's question asks: What is a something about mindfulness you often need to remind yourself of? When we practice mindfulness, it is easy to forget some of the basic underpinnings of what it means to be mindful. For instance, we might forget that there is nothing we need to 'achieve' or that our emotions are not 'bad' or 'wrong'. Think about what you tend to forget about mindfulness. Or, consider something that you used to misunderstand that you now grasp more clearly. Share your reflections with us here.
  9. Sounds like a perfect birthday! Enjoy the rest of it - the massage and the silent retreat
  10. What a lovely introduction Lisa! Thank you - and happy birthday! Do you have any plans for it? This I really resonate with. This past year has really stirred things for me and I am finding much more courage to be my authentic self. I am glad to read that you are feeling something similar
  11. Lovely to hear from you both! Rick, it seems like such a fluctuation there in Texas! A friend of mine made social media posts just a few days apart - the first she was making snow angels, the second she was sitting bare sleeved in the sun! I am glad you are out of the deep freeze now. And Lisa - it is the same weather here now! I had to convert from F to C, but then I realized that our mild temperatures are comparable. It is going up to 10 C (50 F) today! Foggy, but my body rejoices in the thaw. Just a few days ago it was below zero, but it is changing quickly. I think there might be more
  12. Hi Lisa, Lovely to read these words! Was it the session on belonging that you were referring to? I watched it afterwards as well (being in Stockholm, my timezone is not conducive to joining in live very often). What a powerful and touching call it was. I can only imagine what it would have been like to be present for it live. I will keep you posted if I hear any plans from Sean on this (I think he was considering doing a second weekly call, though I am not certain). I will also include this in next month's email to members to let people know of your aspirations for connecting!
  13. Oh it is too bad this connection was missed! Next time hopefully. Rick, I am not always online to redirect people so just make sure to include the link to the calendar or event page next time
  14. Who here was present for the live recording of David's workshop? I just watched the replay (which will be posted soon) and would love to hear your thoughts about the session. I really loved all the questions asked (they were all exceptional!), as well as this concept of resourcing. I also resonated with what he said about our windows of tolerance growing narrower during the pandemic. I certainly find myself becoming overwhelmed quicker than I normally do.
  15. Hey community, I just wanted to check in to see how everyone is doing. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we're deep into winter, and while spring is just around the corner, I imagine this was a very hard winter for a lot of us. I certainly felt the weight of this winter much more than I usually do. So, let me know how you are doing - either personally or with the course materials. I'd love to hear from you!
  16. Hello Paris! Thank you for the introduction, and welcome to the community and to the program The age of COVID is truly a unique one, one that requires much self-care. In our most recent guest workshop (which will be posted soon), David Treleaven shared how our Window of Tolerance is (individually and collectively) much narrower than it was before due to the pandemic. Overwhelm comes to us much more easily, so it is very beneficial work that you are doing. Feel free to jump in on any of the other conversations here in the community. I'd love to hear more about your work, insights, a
  17. For those interested in exploring mindfulness of death, there is a new blog post up on the ME blog that explores the topic and includes some practices: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/how-to-practice-mindfulness-of-death-and-why-its-important/ I really enjoyed the conversation on this subject in Sean's Q&A call from a couple of weeks ago. If you missed it, you can find it here: https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/02-03-21-sean-fargo-mindfulness-of-death/
  18. Thanks for sharing your reflections Amy! Yes, I can certainly see how this lines up with the Yamas and Niyamas (in fact, I have my YTT training manual beside me now and have flipped it open for reference). What comes to mind now is something I remember a yoga teacher saying once to a class, which was something along the lines of: "So today we are practicing yoga asana, which isn't the whole of yoga. Asana is just one part of the 8-limbed philosophy of yoga". She didn't go into details about the other limbs at all, but it certainly planted a seed for my own exploration. I was quite k
  19. Yes mindfulness of death is a really powerful practice! When I find myself caught up in worried thoughts at night, I am blessed when I remember to consider that each new morning is not a guarantee. That helps to soften my worries right away and to become more grateful for and attuned to the present moment. Wishing you a peaceful Monday!
  20. Hello Rick! I just watched the replay of last week's Q&A (it's not up in the dashboard yet but it will be soon for those who want to watch it). And indeed, what a touching call that seems to have been. This topic of belonging is such an important one. I think that for a long time there has been a great need for meaningful community and belonging. This pandemic seems only to have increased that need. I hope you are keeping well amidst that winter weather! Stay safe.
  21. Hi Natalie! So you have some of the materials completed already but will complete the rest at a later date? I think that it will be easiest to assess all at the end, unless you want feedback on the initial parts you've completed. If so, you can send those to Kaila at support@mindfulnessexercises.com. If the files are too large (like if you have a video recording), I suggested to someone else that you could upload all your documents into Google Drive. Then you could share this folder with Kaila at the email above and send her an email to let her know you are completed or in the process.
  22. Hi Lisa! I'm not sure if you've seen it, but the Feb 3rd call has been uploaded. Feb 10th is coming soon Here's the link to the first: https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/02-03-21-sean-fargo-mindfulness-of-death/
  23. Thank you Lisa! I do try to make regular check-ins I try to take weekends off, but sometimes I am still able to pop in if there is something urgent. Also, Sean said that 90% of the weekly Q&As should be uploaded. I'm still keeping my eye out for the Feb. 3rd one, which I know is coming... Rick, I hope the call was helpful yesterday! Wishing you both well.
  24. This week's question asks: Who inspires you to practice mindfulness? Whether known or unknown, real or mythical, where do you find inspiration to practice and/or to teach mindfulness? You might also note animals or elements of nature that inspire you to deepen your embodiment of presence and non-judgment.
  25. Hey Rick, Here is the link to the article I had shared in a separate thread - https://yogainternational.com/article/view/marketing-tips-for-teachers-how-to-reach-more-students-and-stay-true-to-you I will certainly pass on the request to Sean for a talk on how to market mindfulness services. In terms of inviting others to share here in the community, I try to make a note of it in our monthly newsletters (which are sent out typically just before a guest speaker joins us, so early next week). I would absolutely love it if more people joined us here in the community, so here's hoping!
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