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I hope this finds each of you doing well under difficult times --- even though for many, things seem to be getting a little bit better. I am in the early stages of establishing a mindfulness meditation business
providing services, workshops and trainings to individuals, organizations and businesses. My website is "under construction" and I've started a social media presence.
As I start down this road, I find myself questioning and doubting my decision to do this, and also doubting the steps that I've currently taken so far. In thinking through this, as a new small business entrepreneur I have realized that what I am missing is a business mentor. I can't pay anything, but would love to talk through options, steps, business structure, etc with anyone who's been down this road already!
If there's anyone out there interested in this, please let me know. My business is http://blueskymindfulness.works and email is email@example.com.
Although I haven't posted much within this forum, it's been incredibly valuable to me. Thank you Gillian and to everyone who's a part of this community!
I'd like to know where I can download # 5 - Breath Focus A FINAL. I've been getting bonus meditations on the 100 day meditation challenge. I'm up to 109 which I believe is number 9 in the 30 day fitmind program. I didn't receive the 105 bonus meditation email so I haven't been able to download it. I have found it on the site so I am able to listen to it, but I would enjoy downloading it as I have with all the meditations so far. Any help would be appreciated.
In case you missed it, 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 I'm Offering
Guided Meditation For Creating Mental Space. This guided audio meditation is designed to increase calm, clarity and spaciousness in the mind. We've received a lot of great feedback about it. I hope you like it!
What I Am Experimenting With
The Four Buddhist Mantras for Turning Fear Into Love. "We have a great, habitual fear inside ourselves. We’re afraid of many things — of our own death, of losing our loved ones, of change, of being alone. The practice of mindfulness helps us to touch nonfear. It’s only here and now that we can experience total relief, total happiness… In the practice of Buddhism, we see that all mental formations — including compassion, love, fear, sorrow, and despair — are organic in nature. We don’t need to be afraid of any of them, because transformation is always possible." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness Exercises We Just Shared Freely
How to Teach Mindfulness With Less Fear, Doubt, and Uncertainty
If mindfulness has changed your life, it is natural to want to share it with others. Some people will share mindfulness informally with their loved ones. Others, however, will feel a deeper call to share mindfulness in a more formal way by becoming a mindfulness meditation teacher.
What I Am Happy To Support
Rise Up Against Racism. This non-profit enriches children’s minds with stories from diverse voices and provides communities with a collection of antiracist books. Please consider learning more about them, donating to their cause, or starting your own RUAR project in your own neighborhood.
A Quote That I Love
"The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."
― Frank Herbert
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Hello Gareth! Thank you for the lovely introduction - and for your input on the question re: schizophrenia. It seems like you have a wealth of experience and knowledge.
I'm Gillian - part of the support team for Sean's teacher training program and the community moderator of this forum. If you have any question, feel free to ask. In the meantime, if you'd like to share any thoughts or reflections elsewhere in the forum, it would be great to hear more about your expertise.
Wishing you a peaceful Thursday!
An interesting question.
I've worked with Paranoid Schizophrenics in a Forensic Mental Health Care Home setting here in the UK.
I was allowed to offer them Mindfulness, but NOT Hypnotherapy / Self Hypnosis...
I could have applied for permission to work with hypnosis with these individuals as long as they weren't in a florid state. But I didn't get around to that as felt the Mindfulness would be enough for now.
I don't know where you are in the World or what the regulations are there, but here are some interesting readings:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6436583/#:~:text=Mindfulness meditation alleviates symptoms of,5 and reduced negative symptoms.
Many others here:
My rule of thumb has always been to check with the person prescribing the anti psychotics (and make sure there is a paper trail).
The results to date have varied from indifferent (with permission) to enthusiastic.
With the greatest respect, I would add that I would NOT advise this to people who have no psych-brain training other than Mindfulness.
Hope this helps,
Please allow me to introduce myself as a Consultant Medical Hypnotherapist, Solution Focused Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher.
Oh and by the way, I still write as a journalist and make broadcast and online content as I spent 30 years in multimedia journalism and communications.
I've been thoroughly enjoying Sean's Mindfulness scripts. I get just as much out of them as my students and customer-patients do!
I've just purchased the 300+ Mindfulness Exercises and I look forward to integrating them into my practice and teaching.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has used these with classes.
Peace and power to you all!