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  1. I will reach out if I have some questions. This last year has offered many opportunities of introspection. I know I’ve changed. I’m not sure how the changes will manifest. One thing I’m currently Evaluating is what groups I want to still keep in my life and what new ones I want to bring in. I’m feeling like I need to make some changes in my social life. Thinking back there may be some groups that I really feel were not feeding me and I may let them rest for a while longer. I’m also interested in bringing new things into my life so I’m going to explore that as well.
  2. It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on this website. I live in Minneapolis and my apartment is blocks away from some of the violence and fires after George Floyd was murdered. I ended up pulling back from the idea of teaching mindfulness because I really just needed to take care of myself. I was also struggling with even meditating and finding my peace. I feel like I’m finally finding that peace again and that focus. The stress of the pandemic and not being involved with my regular social activities piled on top of seeing my neighborhood go up in flames and many of my neighbors businesses being destroyed. I was also upset about the January 6 invasion of the capital. With all those things piling up in my life I just needed to focus on me and take care of myself. I’m just starting to really realize The impact of my feelings and the situation around me. Until you’ve seen your city boarded up and me and many of my neighbors and friends are afraid to go out after dark because of the fear of violence due to George Floyd’s murder and rising unemployment. I think if I did not have the practice of mindfulness that I had prior to all of this I’m not sure how I would’ve done. I not gonna say that I flew through it with flying colors by any means. But what mindfulness did give me a sense of awareness of what was going on inside of me. I recognize the emotions, feelings and fears and I was able to see them as what they were. Some definitely were genuine fears and concerns that I needed to address and I could work with them as they were and not let them take over my life in unhealthy ways. I could allow myself to be angry but not let it consume me. Mindfulness also help me live in the moment and deal with the current issues in front of me. It also help me not go in to any extreme prejudice him or hatred. I was able to catch those thought patterns early and put them in a better perspective. I feel like I’m just starting to come back to normal Whatever that means. I’m calling at the new normal. I think this next year is a time where I’m going to sort many of us out and learn a lot about myself and I plan to use it as an opportunity to better who I am as a human being and to learn from it. I think I’m at that stage now instead of just surviving I can now look back and start learning and growing. I’m looking forward to get getting more involved with the program again and continuing with the study of mindfulness and hopefully starting to teach others and help others become more mindful and have a more fulfilled life.
  3. When I read this it caused me to pause. I realize that I don’t really have a specific long-term vision at this point in my life. My general vision is to bring people into my life that I truly feel I connect with. I’m in somewhat of a dry spell. I’m looking to be inspired to head down new pads. I enjoy my friends I currently have but feel that they don’t bring out my full personality. My vision for the world is that people would be able to pause to look inside and to be honest about who they are. Sometimes the world feels too busy and when things get busy it seems to deaden our soul. I’m glad I discovered Mindfulness because for me it has helped me to go inside and to be honest with myself. I see how beneficial it is to me and want to see others discover that same richness. I also think some people are afraid to go in and look at themselves. And that’s not crazy because it can be scary. Being scared is OK. Sometimes we find things within our self that we wish weren’t there. The best thing we can do is friend them and understand them. It’s hard to think 10 20 or 30 years From now. With these uncertain times for me I’m just seeing what the next few months spring. My hope is that we can start to resolve the racial injustice in America and have a country that truly cares about all of its citizens. My vision I would also say is that we would look to science and reason and not fall into politics and scare tactics to create the world.
  4. For me mindfulness has helped me be more aware of my emotions and how they affect me. I don’t have to get wrapped up in all my emotions anymore. I realize that I am not my emotions. Mindfulness helps me to understand them by taking a step back and asking questions and observing. If I’m having a down day or feeling angry about something I can sit down and ask what is the source. Is the anger necessary and can I let the anger go. If I’m just feeling down mindfulness can help me see if there is some thing that is causing me to have a more blue mood. Maybe I just sit with the mood and be there or maybe I need to go out for a walk. Mindfulness helps me to know what I need to do to take care of myself.
  5. Right now they’re all in one document. I wrote the question and then added the answer after the question. I was hoping to cut and paste the page into the document but it didn’t work very well. Right now I’m using Pages but I’m pondering trying other wordprocessing programs. Maybe Google docs or investing in word 360. Let me know if you find one that you can cut and paste the pages in could success are that you come up with a good method. If I find something I like I will let you know as well.
  6. I’m having the same problem. I like to work on my iPad. I contacted the helpdesk and they basically told me I had to save and make a new copy every time I added something. I’ve started with a separate document putting my answers on that document. I wish I could just work right into the workbook. I want to add more thoughts if they come up for more ideas. I don’t want to have to Save and make a whole new copy each time I add a sentence. If you figure out how you can work in the workbook and be more flexible just leave a post. I want to know also.
  7. It’s evening right now for me. I just got done meditating and I’m feeling quite peaceful and relaxed. I am happy because I bought a new outfit for yoga today. I had the day off and did a little shopping.
  8. Thank you for that list. It will be helpful in my practice. It’s always good to reflect on what need I am trying to fill during a reaction to something. It’s also good to be aware of others’ needs as well. The more I thought about your response I think it is more important than ever to start exploring the underlying needs I am trying to meet with my reactions. It’s another way for Mindfulness can help us better understand who we are. I know many times I get frustrated in conversations when I’m not feeling heard. I start to get upset if I feel the person doesn’t hear me. I need to find a way where I can step back in the conversation and communicate that better to the person.
  9. Social media is great to keep up with acquaintances and groups that were in and special interests. I also like it for keeping in contact with friends is who have moved away. I do agree I don’t find much intimacy with people on social media. It’s more like a playground where we go to have fun and meet up with people we haven’t seen in a while. We could also find a fun event. As far as intimacy goes I can’t see it happening for myself. I need that personal interaction. It’s good to know how to use a resource wisely. I think social media is a great way to connect with people to create opportunities to meet new friends and connect with old ones. I think mindfulness can help us to understand what is good about the different tools we have to use in life. Mindfulness can Help us see when were using them incorrectly or another way to say it unproductively are even damaging.
  10. Thanks for bringing this up. I’m equally as frustrated and limit my time on these social media networks. My purpose for going on them is to connect with friends. I choose my news networks and rarely stray from them. I would rather trust my new source. I too would love a platform where people could freely discuss things and not have to worry about bullies. For me less is more. If I had a recommendation it would be be mindful about what you consume, how it affects you and most importantly is it factual is it true.
  11. I think this is an ongoing conversation we need to have regularly. I’m not sure if I have any specific tools but For me mindfulness can help me understand my own feelings around an issue. I also am more aware of my triggers by practicing mindfulness. For me when I understand my emotions and my triggers I can better understand others. My biggest challenge is helping others to see their triggers and their emotions when things become charged.
  12. I was on the call last week. Thanks for reminding me about the meditation. I want to do that one again. I’m not sure if I ever did that meditation but I found it really valuable. I would like to do it a few more times because sometimes the first time you do I Meditation you don’t feel the full benefits of it.
  13. I wish I could be more specific on who inspired me to start exploring mindfulness. For me it was just getting a little nuggets of information and starting to put those little nuggets together. I just found that I started to enjoy the mindfulness practices and found great benefit from it. Some thing that I do for myself is on occasion reflect on my reaction to things and ask myself what is the motive behind my response and why did I react in such away. I contribute that practice to being my discovery of mindfulness. I started this at a Young age. I also found myself attracted to the mind body exercises of yoga and Pilates. So for me I would have to say it was a gradual concept that as I grow older becomes more and more important. With all the recent events happening around COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd mindfulness is going to become even more and more essential to survive these times.
  14. My thoughts today around it connected to Mindfulness. As we grow in being more mindful we know when we need to take time to process emotions and when it’s time to be grateful. As we grow even more in Mindfulness we can start to be more understanding of where others are at and support them and their needs as well as where they are at in the process of dealing with emotions. For me mindfulness helps me take a step back and take a breath before responding to others in need.
  15. I felt extremely drawn to the gratitude workshop. I’m just at the beginning but had an interesting revolution and insight about myself. A concern about gratitude came up evolving around miss use or dysfunctional use of gratitude in my past. Thought of being pressured into being grateful before I was ready to when dealing with things that concerns me or that I was upset about. I felt that many times in my life I was forced to go to being grateful rather than being honored for where I was presently at in my emotional state. I generally am a positive person that looks on the bright side of situations. I achieve that by personally allowing myself to be angry and sad and feel the emotions and letting them be there as they are. When I do that I can let them go when they’re done and then move to seeing the positive. Times when I was forced to be grateful and moved to gratitude before I was done with the less desirable emotions will say I felt devalued and not heard. I did not realize the emotions were attached to gratitude. My other concern about gratitude is that sometimes I have except situation where the presenter being sappy or unauthentic when presenting gratitude as a practice. I would be interested to hear if others have a similar experience around gratitude.
  16. I have been doing the Fit Mind program on this website. I’m finding it’s exactly what I need. There is some breath work there if you haven’t explored Fit Mind. I like the way it slowly progresses.
  17. Welcome Alisa. I am glad you joined us. I joined about two weeks ago. 

    1. alisawissell71@gmail.com


      Hi Sandra! Thank you! I hope you are doing well and I look forward to learning together. 🙂



  18. Hello Jermaine. I just joined also. Welcome. I am enjoying the meditations.
  19. Hello Gillian. I teach Hatha and a slow flow yoga. I like to explore the pose and spend time in it. I like to allow my students to feel the pose in their body. You could also say I teach mindful yoga as well. One of the instructors that inspired me to teach yoga type mindful yoga. I incorporated a lot of her style of teaching into my yoga.
  20. Hello everyone. My name is Sandra. I just joined so I’m still finding my way around the website. I have been practicing mindfulness and other meditations of various forms for a long time. I am a yoga instructor by trade. I enjoy yoga because of the mind body connection. The concept of mindfulness has gradually crept into my life. I’ve gone to a few workshops and mindfulness meditation and find it valuable in all areas of my life. I am looking forward to deepening my practice and understanding of mindfulness and eventually sharing it with others. I believe it will benefit everyone no matter where they are in life. I want to share mindfulness with everyone. I look forward to meeting others in this community.
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