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Gillian Florence

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  1. Update: you can find the session now posted in the Workshops section - https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/workshops/
  2. Just a note to all: I believe the Gabor Maté workshop will be up in a couple of days. I'll post again here once I see it's there in the Workshops tab.
  3. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing all of this! I am so glad to hear you are entering into a new chapter and that the pandemic has served as a catalyst for more self-listening. Wishing you much love and care on your journey, and if any questions arise as you work through the materials, reach out at any time.
  4. Welcome to the community space Sara! And thanks for the introduction here. I, too, am a nature lover. I have always found such insight, inspiration, and solace in the natural world. As you work through the material, let me know if any questions arise. Wishing you a beautiful day, Gillian
  5. Beautiful reflection Melissa. Thank you! As I reflect on this question myself, two words that come to mind are authenticity and equanimity.
  6. Hi Melissa, Welcome to the community! Thank you for your introduction and for your engagement with other members of the program. I have not read your other posts, but I will check them out now. I'm also so glad to hear that meditation has had a strong impact on you and that you want to share these practices with others. I'm Gillian, by the way - the community moderator and part of Sean's support team. If you have any questions as you navigate the materials, reach out at any time. With gratitude, Gillian
  7. Lisa, Thank you for this beautiful share. I resonate with much of what you said, and specifically want to comment on practicing 'What happened'. I found it so powerful when Gabor redirected to what had actually happened rather than any sort of analysis or commentary on what happened. It was such an experience to watch those three hours unfold and I am very grateful for all those who shared during the session. I also know what you mean when you say it's difficult to articulate what type of education you are receiving. I have felt the very same way during different training courses - it is hard to put words to the INNER 'education' that takes place. And Natalie, regarding your question about when the workshop will be available to watch: I am not quite sure, but I will post here when I get a better sense.
  8. Hi Paul! Welcome to the program and to the community. I'm Gillian - the community moderator and part of Sean's support team. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Though this program is certainly a teacher training program, many have commented on the depth of personal growth they are getting from it as well. So you are in the right place I look forward to connecting more with you. Feel free to share comments, questions, or reflections anywhere in the forum you feel drawn to. With gratitude, Gillian
  9. Marian and Nan, thank you both for sharing your reflections on Gabor Maté's workshop. I was so deeply touched by this session - it was so authentic and so deeply human. I started reading In The Realms of Hungry Ghosts many years ago but never finished. Perhaps I will get back to it. I also find the topic of Compassionate Inquiry very interesting and powerful. I am training in Depth Hypnosis at the moment and we practice what is called Insight Inquiry, which seems to have some similarities. Another interesting thing that came up for me, as you refer to Nan: this idea of 'fawn' as a fourth way that the stress response manifests. The word 'fawn' in this context just came into my awareness when I was reading something a few weeks ago. It was great to see this brought up. Nan, I also completely resonate with that inclination to smile, to nod, to 'lean in' to soothe so-to-speak in the face of another's suffering. In my training in Depth Hypnosis, I became aware of this pattern in myself (so many of us have it - it's very natural). What I am practicing now is rather than leaning in to fix or to soothe, just trying to really hold with compassion. To hold that space with care without trying to change the reality of what is present for someone. It's difficult work for me, but I am feeling into it as I go. Much gratitude for this session and for everyone who shared and showed up.
  10. Hi Patrice! I love to hear you are using Evernote. I find it very user-friendly once you navigate the basic features. It's also great to hear about your breakdown - the different notebooks you've created. I am sure this will be helpful to others who are trying to get organized. Thanks for sharing.
  11. Hello Jaclyn! Welcome to the community. Thank you for sharing about your passions and backgrounds. I cannot imagine what it would be like to go through cancer, but I am so happy to hear you are now a cancer survivor. If you don't mind me asking, how did that experience impact your mindfulness interest and practice and any of the other work that you do in wellness?
  12. The call with Gabor is coming up soon (1pm Pacific), but you are right - the link does not seem to be working in any case. I will send Sean a note to fix that. But you can also copy and paste that link into your browser and it should work.
  13. Fantastic question. Thank you! I will pass this on.
  14. In last Wednesday's call, the question came up about whether or not any practices one leads during the new Tuesday support calls can count towards the certification requirements. It's been decided that one teaching per type of meditation can be led during the support calls. In other words, of the 21 meditations you need to lead before submitting for certification, up to seven can be from the support calls - one per type of meditation. Let me know if you have any questions about this.
  15. Thanks for your comments Lucia! I also really like that differentiation between tender and fierce compassion. Fierce compassion is something I feel called to lately (in various areas of my life) and so I am going to further explore how to practice this. I struggle at times to know when the 'fierce' loses its compassion and when the compassion needs more 'fierce'. A learning journey for sure!
  16. Hello Sreemanth! Welcome to our program and the community. It's lovely to see your introduction here. I'm Gillian - the community moderator and part of Sean's support team. Reach out if you have any questions as you navigate the material and feel free to share any questions or insights you have elsewhere in the forum. With gratitude, Gillian
  17. Hi everyone, I thought I'd start a thread dedicated to any tips you might like to share for moving through this program. Maybe you have a great way of organizing your documents, or maybe you use some type of technique to stay focused and moving through the lessons. Also, if you have a question about how to organize things or how to work on any particular certification requirement, share it in this thread. Let's support one another in reaching our goals for this course.
  18. This week's question asks: What do you admire about your favourite teachers? Think about one or two of your favourite teachers. These can be mindfulness teachers or any other important teachers you've encountered in life. What is it that you admire about them? What draws you to this person or these people?
  19. Thank you for sharing more about your work, Emil. As for certification questions, reach out at anytime
  20. Thank you for your input Rick. This is great. Just to clarify around your second question - do you mean what sorts of difficult questions could you as a teacher be asked by your students?
  21. Hi Emil! Thank you for the introduction here - and nice to see a fellow writer! What sorts of things do you write? I love the sounds of your vision for supporting others. As you move through the program, let me know if any questions arise. I am here to help. With gratitude, Gillian
  22. Hi LeAnne! Welcome to the program and to our community. Thanks for the introduction. Your work sounds wonderful and I have no doubt that mindfulness training will support what you are already doing. Feel free to jump in on any other conversation in this forum that draws you. And if you have any questions as you navigate the material, reach out at anytime. With gratitude, Gillian
  23. Hi everyone! I've recently learned that there is an upcoming Mindfulness Exercises Podcast in the works, and we are curious: What mindfulness-related topics are you interested in learning more about? What would you hope to gain or learn through listening to a podcast dedicated to mindfulness? These can be questions or curiosities related to your personal mindfulness practice or to your experience as a teacher (or teacher in training). Share any thoughts with us here and I'll make sure to pass them on. With gratitude, Gillian
  24. Hello Tan! Thank you for this rich introduction and welcome to our program and the community. Your background and experience with meditation is fascinating. I am sure that your journey through this program will enhance all of what you already hold inside of you. It is interesting you mention psychosynthesis. I don't know much about it, but someone did mention it not long ago. I am curious to learn more and so will do a Google search; however, what is your take on it? What are the main principles or practices? Oh, and I'm Gillian by the way - part of Sean's support team. If you have any program-related questions, reach out at any time.
  25. Hi Katie! Wonderful to e-meet you. I'm Gillian - the community moderator and part of Sean's support team. Let me know if you have any questions as you move through the material. It sounds like you are doing wonderful work. I also lead monthly gatherings for women (though online) to increase a sense of community and connection. It feels so important during this time especially! I look forward to learning more about you and your work. Feel free to share more anywhere in the forum you feel drawn to.
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