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Gillian Florence

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  1. A photo from a recent stay in nature. The natural world never fails at settling my soul.
  2. Hello Mario! Nice to meet you in this community. As you may have seen in another thread, I am the community moderator, so if you have any questions feel free to ask. If you're looking for a place to start, the Dashboard contains all the past workshops that you've missed, so you're welcome to have a peak at those. As for within the community section, there are various threads you are welcome to share your thoughts on. The current Question of the Week (for instance) asks: What techniques, traditions, or mindfulness applications do you wish to learn more about? I will be adding another question in this section shortly as well. I look forward to connecting further!
  3. Hello Jennifer! Lovely to hear from you. My name is Gillian - I am the community moderator here. If you have any questions or concerns about the community, let me know. I greatly resonate with what you've said here - about finding ways to bring people together who hold different views and about creating a sustainable world. I myself have a strong interest in mindful communication, which I think can greatly help us to bridge the gaps that appear to divide us. Have you watched the replay of Oren J. Sofer's workshop on Mindful Communication? https://mindfulnessmastermind.com/oren-sofer-workshop/ I look forward to hearing more about your experience, insights, and questions. Have a wonderful weekend!
  4. Hello Patty! Thanks for the introduction. I will check out your webpage. I look forward to connecting with you more in this space! I hope you have a lovely weekend.
  5. Hello Marnie! Looks like your post indeed made it into the 'Introduce Yourself' section. Lovely to meet you in this virtual community. My name's Gillian and I'm the community moderator for the forum. My apologies for the delay in responding - I've been on a mini (local) vacation this week. As a writer and aspiring novelist, your business sounds very interesting. Are you a writer, artist, or other creative yourself? Feel free to share any thoughts or questions anywhere you feel drawn to in the forum. And if you have any questions, feel free to let me know. Have a lovely day!
  6. Hello David! Wonderful to meet you here. I'm Gillian - the community moderator - so if you have any questions or concerns, reach out to me at anytime. What interesting work you have done. I look forward to learning more! I'm curious how you introduce mindfulness into hypnotherapy. It seems quite intuitive of course, but if you'd like to share any details with us, I'd love to hear. Feel free to also share anywhere else in the forum - or start your own thread as you feel called to. Have a lovely day!
  7. Thanks for your response Sandra! I agree - mindfulness is becoming increasingly more essential as we navigate these times. Like you, I find inspiration and influence from many teachers, teachings, and practices. My very first introduction to mindfulness came from reading Jon Kabat-Zinn's 'Wherever You Go, There You Are'. It blew me away in my early 20s as I had never encountered these types of concepts before. That was the beginning of my journey. Now I find inspiration in people including (but certainly not limited to) Amoda Maa, Rupert Spira, Charles Eisenstein, and Tara Brach. But again, these names are just the tip of the iceberg!
  8. Hello Crystal! It is wonderful to connect with you here. I'm the community moderator here so will be around to answer any of your questions. Your work sounds so nourishing. As someone who worked in the service industry for a long time, I can say that this type of service is crucial. I could certainly have benefited from it all those years back. If you'd like to jump in on any discussion we have going (or start your own), I'd love to hear whats on your mind and in your heart. You might also like to check out our Question of the Week: Who inspires your mindfulness practice or professional work? I look forward to connecting here further! All the best, Gillian
  9. Hello Mitzi! So wonderful to connect with you here. I am glad you have found us and are excited about the Mastermind. I'm Gillian, the community moderator, so I can help with any questions you might have. If you'd like to get share some of your insights or reflections in the forum, jump in anywhere that calls to you. We also hold a weekly Question of the Week. This week's is asking: Who inspires your mindfulness practice and professional work? I would love to hear your thoughts! Have a lovely day!
  10. Welcome to our weekly questions! Each week I will pose a new question to the community to get some fresh dialogue going. This week's question asks: Who inspires your mindfulness practice and professional work? Share the names of any people that inspire you to live and teach mindfulness, along with any books, resources, or additional teachings that have inspired your personal practice or professional work.
  11. Hello Andrew! Wonderful to meet you here in the community. London is one of my favourite cities. My boyfriend and I had a trip planned to visit during the end of March but as you can imagine it was cancelled. I look forward to learning from you in this community. Feel free to share your thoughts, insights, or questions in any forum topic or start your own if you'd like. All the best!
  12. Thank you for sharing Tameeka! Your site is beautiful. I love the mandala image on the home page. I recall the first time I ever coloured-in printed mandalas. It was such a quiet, soothing, reflective process for me.
  13. What are your favourite affirmations or mantras to use - either while teaching or during personal practice? A very grounding phrase for me is, "I am here." Its simplicity helps me to effortlessly come back to this present moment, without expecting myself to be or to feel in any particular way.
  14. Does anyone gravitate towards nature-based mindfulness practices? I would love to hear about how nature inspires your work or personal practice. Speaking for myself, I think part of what brought me to mindfulness in the beginning was respect for and reverence of the natural world. It has so much to teach us and I find a lot of peace in reflecting upon its various elements and its innate flow.
  15. Has anyone read the book 'Trauma-Sensitive MIndfulness' by David A. Treleaven? I have not yet read it but have heard a lot about it and I think this topic is really important. Alternatively, if you haven't read the book but have insights or questions about how to share mindfulness with others while being aware of and sensitive to trauma, I would love to hear what is on your mind.
  16. Hi everyone, I just wanted to start a thread as a place for everyone to share their website links. I think this can be of benefit to all of us to explore what others are doing and how they are sharing this work. Feel free to share a link to your professional website or service offerings for us to gain insight and inspiration from.
  17. Hello Rebecca! Wonderful to meet you here. I'm Gillian - I help to moderate the community here. As for where to start, you are welcome to explore the Mastermind content in any way you like. Some suggestions: 1. Mindfulness Teaching Fundamentals will take you through the course. You can find the workbook beneath the first presentation here. 2. Get started with the next live workshop with Sean on June 9th. The times and link to the meeting are here. 3. And I'd also recommend going through some of the past workshops - there are wonderful teachings and insights to explore! If you have any other questions, let us know. Have a lovely day!
  18. Hi Andrea! Wonderful to meet you in this space. I'm from Toronto, so not far of from you (living in Stockholm now though). What a wonderful offering to launch - a social media unwind. It feels like that is needed now more than ever. I look forward to connecting more with you in this space and hope you have a beautiful day.
  19. How this will all pan out is a big question mark, you are absolutely right! At least we know we are all in it together
  20. Thank you for sharing your reflections on the practice of gratitude Sandra. Like anything, I do think there are practices better suited for particular moments than others. So for instance, sometimes being present with the emotions we are experiencing (i.e. anger, grief, jealousy, etc.) is more called for than to move straight to gratitude practice. It reminds me of the classic scenario when someone is feeling down and another person (often with good intentions!!) jumps in to express all the positives or bright side of the situation. While this person is not wrong, this suggestion to quickly change the lens might not be helpful in allowing the person who is suffering to process their experience.
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