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  2. Hello all! I am drawing attention to this poll once again (it was originally posted a year ago). I think it offers a wonderful pause for reflection. Add your response as you please
  3. Hello to all in this thread and to those joining in! It's been a while since I've heard from some of you here. Are you well during these times? I just wanted to share a new blog post I've just seen is up on Mindfulness Exercises. It's related to anxiety so I thought it would be fitting to share here: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/8-facts-about-anxiety-and-their-mindful-solutions/
  4. Thank you for sharing @joanahopkins! These past 11 days I have been in quarantining (mandatory 14 days upon entering Canada). I am grateful to have outdoor space to enjoy, but not being permitted to walk through nature has been difficult. I am finding balance between stillness and movement these days by stretching, dancing, and practicing yoga asana.
  5. This is wonderful to hear @maureen bojko! What day are you on now?
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  7. It is very important to get sound sleep every night on order to feel fresh and fit the next morning. We all know how it feel in case we don’t get a good sleep. Legathry, irritation, and dullness ruins the next day. Many people struggle to get a sound sleep and experience insomnia. While there is meducal help available for insomnia, many people have also benfitted from the daily practice of yoga asanas that help treat insomnia. Some of these yoga poses are: • Ujjayi Pranayam: This breathing technique is great for calming the mind, and warming up the bpdy. It is a popular breathing technique practiced in Ashtanga and Vinyasa style of yoga. It promotes quality sleep, helps prevent snoring, and boosts the immune system. • Nadi Shodhan Pranayam: This alternate nostril breathing technique helps getting a good sleep. It also relieves stress and exhaustion, and calms the mind.
  8. Although I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for several years, I never looked forward to it with such enthusiasm, anxious to contemplate the questions or suggestions at the end of each day's practice. Also, I find myself engaged in mindfulness throughout the day! It is a much fuller experience for me.
  9. Hello Joanna! Wonderful to connect with you here. I'm Gillian - the community moderator. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know. Is there anything you are interested in learning more about or any resources you are looking for?
  10. Thanks for this video. I have to say I have avoided information about technology hacking the mind because I don’t trust that approach. Mikey was very refreshing and seemed to reflect very noble values. He probably is right that technology is going to move in this direction, for good or otherwise. It is lovely to have a sense of shortcuts to wholeness, but I fear the aspect of subjecting the brain to manipulation and control by outside engineering invites really dystopian results, because part of the movement toward wholeness is surrendering the egoistic urge to be in control. As he pointed out, the experience of wholeness was the very opposite of acquiring and manipulating data within conceptual frameworks to exert our will. The desire to have things one’s way and to be able to control one’s subjective experience might fuel dangerous self-absorption. Yes, I believe a mature mind might work beneficial wonders with technology, but what about the brilliant but immature ones?
  11. I use CBD oil by https://berkshirecbd.com/shop/cbd-hemp-flower/. My doc suggested do this twice per day for mental health balance.
  12. Nice to be a part of this community!
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  14. Hello @Melanie from Canada! I'm Gillian - the community moderator - and I am also from Canada! I'm in Toronto at the moment, though I now live in Stockholm. Nice to meet you here! That's wonderful you are able to reach your group despite the restrictions of covid. Zoom and related tech has really helped to navigate accessibility concerns. I am also a big fan of yoga in pajamas!
  15. I recently watch this Tedx on "Enlightenment engineering". I have my own opinions on it, but would love to hear what others think before sharing. Certainly an interesting concept ...
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  17. Greetings Everyone, My name is Melanie and I am in Canada, in a small town just outside Calgary, Alberta. I am a yoga teacher specializing in teaching people who are 55+. I was teaching in a studio until CoVid and now I am teaching via Zoom and my students are really loving it. They can practice in their pajamas, they don't have to comb their hair and they don't have to go out into a cold car during the winter to drive to yoga.
  18. I'm happy to hear that Ali! It is truly a pleasure and a gift to read about your journey that you share with such openness and honesty.
  19. Gillian, your comments always makes me heart joyous! Thank you so much for your presence ♥ honestly, I share these topics periodically just to say hello to you ^_^
  20. Hi Ali! Wonderful to hear from you. Thank you for this update and for sharing all these insights you have uncovered in these last few days. First thing I want to say - I love the Hermione/Harry image! I actually just watched this movie the other day You bring up so many really great points and insights. The one that stands out to me the most is the power and beauty of softening the expectations we set for ourselves. Often, we think that 'healing' or 'mindfulness' means not having any of those emotions or feelings we deem to be negative, but this just isn't the case. I think it is so important to be able to bring compassion and patience to ourselves no matter what we are experiencing. And, paring that with wisdom is a wonderful practice as well! It's also very touching to hear the story you've shared about your conversation with your sister. So often we share our opinions when what another person really wants is simply to be seen and heard. I'm definitely guilty of this myself! It's beautiful to hear you were mindful of this during your interaction with her and were able to shift gears. Congrats on this new milestone and I look forward to your next update!
  21. That sounds so beautiful Priyanka! It must be so nice to have lots of space and nature around you
  22. Thanks to all for your answers! Paul, you bring up a really important point which is that, in different ways, we embody and express different seasons at the same time. Perhaps in one area of life, we feel the blossoming of spring and summer... and yet in another, we can feel still, contemplative, and inward-oriented. The seasons for me also change rapidly. I haven't read too much about it yet, but I know that the female menstrual cycle can be broken down into different energies and seasons that affects us accordingly. So that is something I am always working with as well!
  23. Thanks Paul! Yes, perspective is a great one. It is easy to become so wrapped up in single lenses, but when we expand out, we often realize that there is so much more to the picture. One thing I am trying to be more mindful of now is putting my energy towards the things I DO want to see in the world, rather than fighting against what I DON'T want. Perhaps this is an oversimplification of things, but I do think that (at least for myself) it's a really important shift to make. And yes, the long arc of history. Just thinking about this makes me exhale more completely with a sigh...
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  25. This topic is improvised and not organized, I just wrote whatever came to my mind. P.S: Hey Gillian ^_^ ♥ I've came so far thanks to the prayers of my beloved ones and to the angel sent by God to guide me through this journey. Today I am celebrating my great milestone! I never imagined in my life I would come this far and if you have read my first topic you would know how miserable I was and I felt hopeless about any changes or to have the will to move past addiction and depression. for the past 50 days I had few flaws, some days I broke my diet and some days I experienced deep grief and sobbed the entire day in despair, I had also two days where I dipped down and relapsed back to addiction, but the only thing I was committed to was 20 min of meditation everyday and if I wasn't overwhelmed by tiredness and busy schedule I practiced yoga everyday. I feel like I've grown into something wiser and much more mature, I don't concern myself much now with wanting but with serving instead. Today I was reading chapter ten of the power of now, the meaning of surrender, and I did notice that during this journey I didn't let my ego have any expectations of what it should be like: " I must lose this amount of weight in 2 months" "I must make no mistakes at all" "I must wake up everyday at 4 am and be productive" "I must only eat healthy food" I started to practice "Non judgement" and "Self-compassion", just two days ago I was binge eating on pizza and cakes, but I didn't consider it as a "failure", just kept going and went with the flow of life instead of resisting. at one day I got really overwhelmed by grief and instead of telling myself "I must work today and do that or that" I just went back to bed and started sobbing the entire day and barely did anything and I am proud of myself for doing that. at some days I've dropped my guard down and enjoyed some pizza with family, later my ego would scold me for doing that "WE WON'T LOSE WEIGHT" and other ego drama stories, but I just shut this voice and I tell him "go pound sand". one of the most important lessons I did learn is to limit compassion with wisdom, sometimes I would take responsibility for others' suffering and I would sacrifice my own happiness and comfort to please them, but came this person who played a dirty trick that taught me this lesson that I should prioritize myself first and to be compassionate with myself. also other aspect is to be compassionate toward myself that there are things I can't do or control, I can't expect myself to work hard everyday and I can't expect myself to feel happy all the time, but to apply wisdom is to set a minimum amount of effort not to fall beyond it. last thing I started to appreciate it's value is listening and silence, yesterday my sister started to vent about all her life situations and in the beginning I started to point to her some flaws and negative beliefs in her speech I saw that she started to get bothered by me interrupting her and also she didn't appreciate my advices, so I started to practice bringing presence to dissolve her pain body by listening and "helping her relieve her suffering", at final, I did discover that she didn't actually have any problems at all but she just wanted someone to listen to her and to release this built up negativity, in the end I just told her very simple words and she appreciated them so much and felt so much joy. also I found so much peace in not being driven by the incessant urge to share my opinion and to speak, also ironically I was at my English club and the instructor asked a question: "What does dread mean ?", I answered: "Heavy feeling", he said "No, it means heavy fear". instead of being bothered by him not giving me appreciation or credits, I just said "I guess they are the same" and shrugged. I started to enjoy not being like Hermione and to give others space to speak and answer questions, fortunately I know all the answers but I just like to be compassionate and let others enjoy learning
  26. completely understandable - enjoy with your friends and family - love midland .... our house sits on an acre and surrounded by trees more or less ...am working on gardening so i can plant flowers next season
  27. My small group meets on Zoom due to the pandemic here in Utah. We only meet once each week for an hour. Zoom has worked well for us.
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