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  1. It went really well and I am excited about the opportunities arising from it! I am going to be partnering with a body positive/inclusive yoga teacher on a workshop of welcome where we will make space for every body and all of that body's experiences with a combination of restorative yoga and trauma sensitive mindfulness meditation. Two other participants have reached out to learn more, one around my work with children and the other for herself and her colleagues. Super exciting for my passion for sharing mindfulness to be generating some enthusiasm! Thanks for the suppor
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  2. A bit about me? Great-Grandma - Fairy Garden Caretaker - StarGazer - GhostBuster - Bean Counter - Mystic - Ordained Minister
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  3. Great idea! As a kid, I wanted to be like Indiana Jones. In my 20's, I wanted to be like Yoda. Now I want to be like both.
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  4. I try to go for a walk everyday. I look into the sky & watch the clouds go by.sometimes I pretend that I'am sitting on the clouds & they are taking me along the sky for a ride.I know that Iam part of the air I breathe which is part of the clouds & the sky.
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  5. Thank you for the beautiful reflections James and Rachel. Coming back to nature is perhaps the most expansive practice for me. Depending upon what I tune into while out in nature (or depending on what the season is), there are infinite lessons to be learned. Today, as I look out my window, I am very aware of the impermanence of all things. Mild winter temperatures have arrived in Stockholm, which means the thick blanket of snow that once was is now seeping into the earth as water, preparing for spring. Nature today reminds me that all things come and go, stirring up a bittersweet feeling
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  6. Thank you David for your kind words and also for sharing your thoughts on the importance of letting go of rigid views, this was very important for me to hear right now.
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  7. Sometimes I feel very connected to a tree ,the sky ,the water in the lake.My cells have oxygen that's come from nature.I feel more calm & comfortable when I sit by a lake or go for walk outdoors.I think that I'm part of this plannet.It's so beautiful to look at the stars & out ro the endless galaxies above ,We are all part of that.
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  8. Well Rachel, your blog was so beautiful, authentic and powerful it has left me without more words! For me, you shared truth in ways I have never put together like this. All I can say is please keep being who you are and please keep sharing that with us. Daniel
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  9. Your description of happiness really rang true Rachel. I especially loved hearing your enjoyment of your daughter dancing. Beautiful! I have a granddaughter who dances and I share your sentiment. I am very happy when I laugh. My wife and I had our two grandchildren for a weekend recently and we played a hysterical board game in which each player choses a totally inappropriate response to a life situation described on a card. We all laughed until we cried. It was fun to share a slight "breaking of the rules of social interaction" with them in a safe situation. Because none of us would EVER say
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  10. Rachel, thank you sooo much for reminding me about David Treleaven‘s work. I watched some videos by him last year and couldn’t remember his name! I will check his work out further. Best wishes to you on your teaching!
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  11. Anger for me presents itself in the form of 'confusion', my mind goes foggy, i can't think straight, i find myself questioning the emotion a lot as i rarely am truly angry, but when i am i often have sadness or hurt deep inside my chest that quickly follows the angry sensation.
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  12. In Classical Chinese Five Element medical philosophy, the seat of anger in the body is identified as the liver. The liver is referred to as the ‘Little General’ or ‘Little Tyrant”. The liver activates in Early Spring ... some of you are experiencing symptoms / expressions of this right now as Spring is rapidly ascending. If we observe other people carefully we see that these aren’t limited to just this specific individual biological organism that modern people regard as a self-existing and exempt from cause / effect natural laws. During this seasonal transition and throughout Spring
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  13. Ok so I'd like to share my biggest fear. I'm sure it's the same for a lot of people. I'm petrified of ending up alone although it is inevitable. We come into the world alone and we exit it alone. Right now I'm happy with a great hubby and 3 beautiful kids. I wish I could freeze time and keep it this way, but we age everyday. We get closer and closer to the end. That's why I'm grateful for learning and practicing mindfulness. So I can just enjoy right now.
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  14. As a child, some of the people I wanted to be like (at various stages) were: Posh Spice, Shania Twain, and Sandra Bullock. Now, the people I admire and whose energy and wisdom I would love to embody include: Mary Oliver and Rupert Spira.
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  15. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here Rachel. It is definitely a tricky subject as I personally feel it comes with both great benefit and detriment to wellbeing. I resonate with much of what you have said. One thing I'd like to add is a reflection I've often had when I see arguments unfolding on social media. It really makes me ponder how differently certain discussions would be if we had to communicate with people we disagree with face to face. I have seen many online disagreements evoke the quality of a bully-run schoolyard playground, which saddens me because I do not think
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  16. This week's question asks: What is calling for your attention this week? Take a moment to tune in, asking yourself: 'What is calling for my attention this week?' Listen quietly, noticing if different aspects of your life are yearning for your non-judgmental, compassionate attention. Perhaps your mental health, your physical body, a certain relationship, or the quiet whispers of your soul are asking you to tune into them. Share what you discover with us.
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  17. Share a little more about yourself and let us know something that most people don't know about you. For instance... What did your childhood self yearn to be when he/she/they grew up? When was the last time you laughed until you cried? What was your biggest mistake turned lesson? What are you afraid of, big or small? What unique quirks do you have? This list of questions is by no means exhaustive of where this can go. Use your imagination to dig for something wild/surprising/unusual or share something totally 'normal' (whatever normal is) and relatable.
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  18. Hi my name is Susan I am from Ontario Canada. I’m brand new and would like to learn more about mindfulness especially in regards to bringing calm instead of stress and to reduce migraines. I’m excited to begin this new journey.
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  19. Most people think I am an extrovert... however I am very much an introvert
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  20. I've battled anxiety now I swear by mindfulness. I believe in faeries, gnomes and all things magical. I believe nature should be protected, without nature, we are nothing. I love the vibrant greens of spring and the dark omnibus grey of storm clouds. I'm a photographer...
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  21. The ability to learn is one of the most overlooked of God's great gifts. So, use it wisely and use it profoundly! D. Reiss
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  22. This week's question asks: What wisdom can you find in the natural world around you? Take a look out your window, or better yet, take a long walk outside. What lessons can you find there? What wisdom wants to be transmitted to you? For this question, it might be easier to consider, "What does this tree what to tell me? What does the wind want to tell me?" Tune into the natural world as you inquire about what wisdom is held there.
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  23. A Mixed bag: Oldies, Classical, Top 40's, some Rhythm and Blues...Pop songs too! Al;l depends on my mood! In addition I love listening to old Gregorian Chants!
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  24. This was really helpful, Gillian. Mindfulness regulates attention moment by moment. Compassion gives a caring connection to others and to the self. For the self it involves learning from the ways others have regulated our emotions up until this time. Then, we can find a way to do emotional regulating for ourselves. It also teaches us to ask the question of or about others "what do you need right now?" When we have information we can decide what we might do for another that is helpful and caring. He is a clear communicator and I like these ideas. Daniel
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  25. Absolutely beautiful Rachel! I love the imagery of the North Star and how you came back to it at the end to remind us that it is always there. I felt very moved by your words. As Daniel said, they were powerful and authentic to read, deeply human and true. Reading the words 'Pay attention to the ground beneath you' reminded me of words of wisdom someone recently gave to me, which was just to come back to the root chakra. Lately I have felt caught up in the upper chakras and this reminder to come back to the Earth was wonderfully grounding. Thank you for reinforcing that message.
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  26. Hello! I have a couple years of meditation experience under my belt. In the beginning I used to forcibly push away my thoughts because my view on meditation was that of being in a state of bliss. As time went on I came to the realization that by not accepting my thoughts I only make things worse. I am new to thoughts and would like to learn more about it. My question is: How do you use meditation for mindful constructive and analytical thinking and how do you apply it in your relationships, work and in life overall? Thank you!
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  27. My go to is to listen to lengthy tracks of ambient nature sounds, specifically rain falling.
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  28. Gillian, I liked your observation about contentment. At some times in my own life, contentment follows the elation of a happy experience. As I recall it, savor it and integrate it, contentment arises.
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  29. Thanks to you both, Rachel and Daniel, for your lovely reflections. When I feel happy or content, my body feels light and unencumbered. My mind feels clear and I sense a deep connectedness to life's flow. Still, there is a slight difference for me between being happy and content. Happiness feels like elation whereas contentment feels quieter and more peaceful. Both are beautiful. Laughter and dance are two ways of connecting with these feelings (specifically happiness), as you two have mentioned. I have also experienced deep joy and happiness during kirtan while I was studying yoga.
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  30. What a beautiful sharing Jillian. Your words stirred something in me - this idea that perhaps when we are trying to escape the literal winter, there is something else that we do not want to sit with. Your words also exemplify the power of internal seasons. Even if we physically position ourselves in such a way that winter does not touch us, there is a change of season within. I can understand that struggle to fully allow or accept this turning inward - this period of rest. In one moment, we can feel as if we have surrendered fully. In the next, the mind creeps in to tell us that it's not
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  31. RAIN can be quite profound, especially if we feel we are in a slump, especially in these Covid times...sometimes, the "I" may feel quite preculiar. I caught myself listening to Katherine May's "How Wintering Replenishes" Podcast...and inquiring, what does that feel like to me? I need to complete listening to that...she is diagnosd with Adult Autism...how can that be I thought...she has a College degree! It's almost like a form of Cognitive dissonance...to be explored more as I continue her Podcast.:)
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  32. I can resonate with this as well. Anger comes up for different reasons, but the times when I have experienced an undercurrent of anger have been when I feel disconnected from myself and the world around me. Out of alignment. Loving-kindness practices have been very helpful in this regard. Anger still comes up, but it is no longer an underpinning energy.
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  33. Amy, what a beautiful read this was. This question is such an interesting one - 'How do I notice the difference between fear and intuition?' @JillianZ - I am tagging you here as I think Amy's words might touch on something you had asked a while ago.
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  34. I am whole as I am I meet myself with kind words and kind actions I am healing I have the skills and resilience to move through this difficult moment
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  35. I have gone through angry stages throughout my life, but usually don’t get too hyped up very often. I have noticed that those phases were when I felt overwhelmed with life, ungrounded, probably struggling with my self worth/love. Mindfulness has helped counter all of those feelings, allowing love to flow from within...last year, I committed to be my own best friend, instead of relying on external relationships to fill any voids. What a difference that made for me!
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  36. The first thing that popped into my head is that I have a secret desire to be a sheep herder... it became clear when I visited my relatives in Ireland 20 years ago and one family raised sheep/lambs, whom I call “Baby Baas”. I had hoped to go back and try it out, but they passed away shortly thereafter. I am moving this summer and realized that there is a sheep farm that will be a mile down the road from my new house...can’t wait to meet those neighbors! Thanks—it was fun writing about this
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  37. Hi Gillian! I'm Alba and I'm new Great question and I'm super interested in this reflection. Although I can see why many people think that living a mindful life means being aware of the present moment, personally, I feel that practising mindfulness is a way to getting to know ourselves better. Time ago, when I hadn't still known anything about mindfulness I felt rather stuck in my life. Thankfully, today I'm getting used to looking into my emotions and focus on my own happiness. Now I boast how good my life is! So grateful for your inspiring posts. Wishing you all
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  38. Yes offcourse!! Thanks for welcome me
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  39. Thank you for your reflections @Rachel and @steveh. Anger for me is often experienced in my throat and chin - a burning lump in the throat and heat around my jawline. Sometimes, it also rises as a trembling, like a wave coursing through my entire body. When anger arises, it could lead me to do one of many things. Depending on the situation, it could call for anything from reaffirming boundaries to practicing self-love to grounding into the earth to walking or shaking to writing (often multiple of the above).
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  40. What does anger feel like? It feels like a big drain of energy and puts you in a state that you often regret but its how you respond to it when it arises is what matters. For some it takes time to control it but once its controlled you find happiness at a level you thought you would never find.
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  41. Thanks for sharing Priyanka! I hope you are well.
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  43. I really like the box breathing and alternate nostril breathing as well. Thanks for sharing!
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  44. Once when I entered a store to shop, a monk stopped me. Without a word, he administered a blessing to me while onlookers stared! Wordlessly, he left extreme peace in my soul & lifted my burden! I went into to shop after about 2 hours, I checked out. There this man stood, bowing slightly to me & began his wordless ministration to me....for about 30 minutes he continued to minister to me! A spiritual & physical change was wrought in me! I am Christian yet his spiritual ministrations to me & for me, I felt to the core of my being! I had been chronically ill for sometime before thi
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  45. Hello Mindfulness Exercises Community I wanted to drop by and say hello. I’m a British Army veteran who now works for Rolls-Royce aerospace. I have recently created a website to help others using meditation and mindfulness techniques. I have used the all natural practices of Mindfulness and Meditation to help with my symptoms of PTSD. These techniques have enabled me to live a happy and abundant life once again. I’m excited to discuss topics with like minded people.
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  46. Hello My name is Elda, I recently joined Sean Fargo’s program. The one thing most people don’t know about me is that I have this weird gift Of pregnancy premonitions for my friends, family, and myself. I have a dream where I see them eating fish. A year or some years later they are pregnant. I had a friend where she was told that she could not have kids. I told her that I dreamt she ate two fish. About five years later she had twins.
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  47. When I was young, I really didn't have an aspiration to grow up and do or be something. I was honestly just happy to be a kid. I think it was because the future was terrifying and I didn't want any responsibilities, or the burden to have to live up to a dream. Little known fact about me is that I can roller skate really well, I went with my Dad 3 times a week for over 10 years. Also, I can dance my butt off on skates, but am terrified to dance on a dancefloor. Great topic, and it makes me happy to share this...but also scary because it's a part of myself that hasn't really ever bee
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  48. I taught a mindful self compassion meditation at a yoga studio today. I was way outside my comfort zone as I am pretty much an introvert and have never taken a public speaking class. Mindful meditation has changed my life and I so want to share it with others. So today was a win/win.
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  49. What a soothing view this is. I've never been to Victoria but I once took a trip to Vancouver and Salt Spring Island and absolutely loved the energy there.
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