Hi Everyone -
Okay, this is awkward... I've been ignoring emails, and am just now sitting down to look at this site and what it offers! Since achieving my certification (thanks Sean!), I've been very busy growing my practice in my small community. I'm operating out of two locations at the moment, and just completed presenting several mindfulness meditation presentations at a half day wellness fair my former employer offered yesterday (I retired a few months ago). During each 45 min session, I conducted 3 short meditations, and a presentation about mindfulness and meditation. One of the meditations was mindfulness of laughter, which proved to be quite energizing for people going back to work after meditating for the first time.
Interest in mindfulness and meditation is growing, and I'm happy to be contributing to a new not-for-profit mindfulness and yoga center in Chatham, called Sati Hall (www.satihall.com). We offer meditation of various types, yoga, mindful art, as well as a whole variety of workshops and retreats. Looking forward to getting to know others in this community. I meet with Yvonne from NY regularly. We met on the Facebook group, and have been each others' accountability partners for the past several months. I'm sure she'll finish the certification requirements soon.
Hi all! I'm Kate Cone, a writer living in Waterville, Maine, USA.
I have been studying Buddhism, took my Buddhist vows and meditate every morning. But I am not an expert, by any means. So
I was delighted to find Mindfulness Exercises and have completed the Mindfulness Made Easy course with Jeremy. It's fantastic!
It's pretty lonely up here so I'm happy to be part of this community and hope I can get together with others in Maine or New England.
I find the calm within meditation to help considerably when "monkey mind" takes over, or worry about the future looms large. So glad to be here!
I love what you've said - especially in reference to the human tendency to justify or defend. I think once we start witnessing this behaviour within ourselves, our awareness of it grows and we start to gain greater clarity in all situations.
I really try to own my own experience, be extremely transparent, a clear mirror. and I try to always have the intentions of being of benefit to others..... I Breathe...Always the Breathe....this keeps my focus and my calm. It also helps me effectively offer the same to others....I have really learned well to be in the moment if I stay in my calmness....owning the experience.... Its become quite an awesome part of my lifestyle personally and a sharing with my clients as well. My experience is to also most important to have a balanced view for sure
Also as a recipient of feedback. Ive learned that I should keep an open mind, always be aware of my own state of mind and dont justify or be defensive. All of that is so important.
These things have caused me to have great experiences personally and with others.
@Kimberly That's so wonderful! I'm really glad you are finding this group inspiring. What are some of your 'best practices', or the ones that work best for you?
And, as it relates to this topic, how can those practices be used when we are giving or receiving feedback?
Hi @Ro H. Nice to meet you! Sure I'd love to share! Some of the activities I had as part of my challenge were:
1 minute equal breathing practice
Doing 1 activity without multitasking
I designed it so that it would promote greater awareness, presence and increased self-compassion. Hope that helps!
Hi @Nancy - welcome to the community! If there is any way we can support your experience here, please let us know.
In the meantime, we'd love to get your input in any of our threads. Here are some topics you might consider exploring as a starting point:
Returning to clarity when anxiety arises
How can I practice mindfulness during feedback?
Holding space for grief
POLL: What is your favourite mindfulness practice?