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Here are Sean's 5 mindful musings for the week:
enhancing non-judgmental moment-to-moment awareness
Here is your weekly dose of "5 Mindful Musings", a brief list of what's helping me live a more mindful life.
What Brings Me Joy
Elmo Learns How To Belly Breathe. I love Elmo, which is why I was so happy that he learned how to use this belly breathing strategy for keeping calm. No one wants to see a stressed out Elmo! 🙂
What I Am Interested In
XPT Performance Breathing Certification. Two of my heroes, professional athletes Laird Hamilton and Gabrielle Reece, created this comprehensive guide to breathwork. They've been utilizing powerful breathing exercises to help them heal, perform and thrive in many areas of their legendary lives. I'm really looking forward to this.
Something Valuable I Learned
How Trauma Can Affect Your Window of Tolerance
People with trauma are best able to cope with stressors and triggers when they’re operating within their window of tolerance. But a traumatic experience can narrow our clients’ window of tolerance, leading to states of either hyper- or hypo-arousal.
So the NICABM created this infographic as a tool you can share with your clients. It can help you explain what’s going on when they’re feeling dysregulated. Plus, this will help to support the exercises and work you do together as an important part of healing.
Mindfulness Exercises I Just Shared Freely
- 8 Quotes & Videos To Help You Awaken Joy
(Because we could all use a little more joy.)
- How To Practice Mindfulness of Death and Why It's Important
(The Buddha said this is the most powerful mindfulness practice there is. It's not talked about much, so we thought this may be useful for those of you who feel comfortable with this. Please do not practice if you're prone to depression, suicidal tendencies, or nihilism.)
A Quote I Am Pondering
"If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else."
- Chinese Proverb
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I ALWAYS come back to my roots, @Gillian Sanger!
In Ayurveda, I am dominant in Vata, which is comprised of air and space, meaning, I need to ground in order to feel more balanced. Doing things like your pottery work, or anything that stimulates that connectedness, can bring us what we need.
Enjoy your class! Be well.
My name is Jack I am pretty new to meditation but i have noticed how much it has helped me for the past few weeks. my interests include animals and music if you would to know which music i listen to while i medidate you can go here http://bit.ly/3sroe7S.
I would appreciate techniques or guides who guys use to meditate.
Lovely reflections as always Rachel. I am glad this question brought you relief.
For myself, I feel called to tune into the earth - just to ground myself. We talked about the root chakra recently, and I still feel a strong call and need to reconnect with this grounding element. The past couple of weeks have been a bit challenging for me; my mind is more active than usual (which is saying something because it is usually quite active 😄).
Today I am going to a pottery workshop (class 6 out of 8). I have found this craft to be hugely beneficial for my state of mind. When I am working with the clay, I am not thinking about anything else. So in a sense, this is a way for me to connect with the earth.
@helenea - No need to apologize for rambling! That's what the forum is here for. And these are certainly challenging times. We are here to support!
@Cookie - Very cool! Do you have any interest still in flying?
@Feelgoodfloozie - Ah yes, how our desires change 😄 I also wanted to be a grown up when I was a child. I remember asking my parents if I could watch 'real people movies' instead of animations.
In reading this week's prompt, I felt a tangible sigh of relief. Like I was grateful for the gift of the question- to slow down and check in with myself. Thank you, @Gillian Sanger.
I am working through a week of study with my teacher on clearing vishuddha chakra- the throat chakra, bridge between heart and mind. Within this work is a call to use aspects of right speech- are my words true, kind, necessary? Also embedded here is the invitation to explore one's truth, and to speak, listen, and act from a place of truth.
It feels like I am working on attending to this in a subtle way while navigating a few challenges: with relationships and with work. So I am sitting in meditations that support this opening, this truth between my heart and mind, and bringing extra attention to the words I am choosing in my interactions as well as the thoughts that give rise to them. Of course, it is ongoing work- this listening for one's truth, and then speaking/acting it into being in a way that vibrates with compassion for all, including myself.
Be well, everyone.
hi Gillian I would say that TM was the begining of my search for something inside rather than waiting for something to come along which would make it ok I always felt that it was a need within that I was searching for so the start of many years of learning different methods, alternate and complimentary practices and techniques, I am reluctant to say that I have never found it? because I have been fortunate in every other area of my life.I have a long and happy marrage , good close relationships with my children who also have fairly well balanced lives, and 7 beautiful grand children, I am gratefull that i have been able to learn how much my thoughts influence my feelings and behaviour. and after 30 odd years working in the care sector I was in the position to change career when i should have been planning for retirement and join my son in building a new business, especially in these difficult times when many are having to deal with problems that none could have foreseen, yet there is one problem which i dont seem to be able to overcome and could ruin everything for me. I am so sorry for rambling on. To answer your question, most of our meditation attempts are usually the guided ones by Tara Brach,Joe Dispenza and other positive people,but I still remember my mantra.