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  1. Home is where I can feel peace and have no stresses about it. That is not what I have right now. Home will be where I can stay and know that I lay my head down and not have to think about where I belong.
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  2. It's been a long time since I've logged in... and just as I read the welcome message, I realized I felt "at home" immediately. Home is where there is unconditional acceptance and love, non-judgment, and comfort. It is less about the physical location and material aspects of what we may consider a "home". When I feel at home, I feel a sense of peace and ease regardless of what may be happening around me or circumstances. Did I just type a meditation?
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  3. Home to me is an intangible sense of being at ease. It is less about place or company, and more about ease within my own heart, mind, and body. One of my very favorite passages from Brigid Anna McNeill says- "Make a loving home within yourself. One that feels beautiful to dwell in when all else falls away." There is more to this meaningful passage, but you get the idea. Be well- Rachel
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  4. Home to me is a sense of belonging. I can feel at home in my body. I can feel at home in a place. I can feel at home on this earth. I can feel at home when with certain people. Home provides a sense of warmth, love, and acceptance. It is a trusting place - a feeling of being at one with what is.
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  5. I was fortunate to be introduced to Rebirthing-Breathwork when I was 19 y/o, and that was 30 years ago. It changed my life, I was starting to drink excessively, and it was either keep drinking or Breathwork. I glad I chose the second. Over the year, I practiced and got certified in different Breathwork modalities, Holotropic Breathwork, Rebirthing, Transformational, Vivation, etc. They all have something in common, and that is Conscious Connected Breathing, connecting the inhale and the exhale without a pause. It’s very powerful, it’s active, and it’s safe. It’s allowing the life
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  6. See this You tube Link! It's pretty bizzare!: Who's controlling you??!!!
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  7. I listened to a very interesting podcast today on belonging and othering. I thought it might be of interest around this topic of home...here is the link. https://resources.soundstrue.com/podcast/building-belonging-being-an-ambassador-to-the-earth/
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  8. Had to add another I came across just this week! I was given an interview with the author, Dr. Clint Smith, who just blew me away. After that interview, I listened to two others (including the one linked below with Terry Gross on Fresh Air) and then I ordered the book! The book is called How the Word is Passed and here is the Fresh Air interview as a suitable introduction to Dr. Smith and his writing: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/01/1001243385/slavery-wasnt-long-ago-writer-exposes-the-disconnect-in-how-we-tell-history
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  9. The thing that most people don't know about me is that I have a tremendous fascination/admiration for the older, not so modern/ conventional motivational speakers like Earl Nightingale and Napoleon Hill.
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  10. Hi, my name is Billy Hall. I’m new to this forum. I’m curious to see what current exercises or links you guys are using and finding success with! Thanks in advance, guys!
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  11. Beautiful. Thank you Rachel. Your sharing of that passage prompted me to remember a related poem that I love. It is one of my favourites (Sean shared it in one of his weekly musings). It is 'The House of Belonging' by David Whyte, which ends with: There is no house like the house of belonging. https://onbeing.org/poetry/the-house-of-belonging/
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  12. Hey Rick, Thanks for sharing. I haven't watched this by I listened to a podcast featuring Tristan Harris - and also watched a documentary he is in called The Social Dilemma. Have you seen it? He talks a lot about how these companies are fighting over our attention (and isn't that what mindfulness is all about?!) I'm very grateful for his work!
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  13. Hi Crew! My name is Peter Schupp from Perth Western Australia. I started my wellness journey in 2012 learning and facilitating Laughter Yoga. It was such an amazing journey with so many epic experiences but it is a hard sell. I have also been a tradesperson for 20 plus years so i didnt need to rely on the wellness biz i started to make ends meet but it would be nice to do what i love and share positive wellness instead of the long days of my trade work. I have decided to focus on more digestible forms of wellness and this course will help me with credibity in this space. As an ice
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  14. Hey Gillian, I just found this resource that could be helpful to others: https://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-for-kids/ <<<Mindful.org is very Resourceful! Hope that helps!:)
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  15. This week's question asks: What is something that you've learned about yourself recently? Have you had any 'aha' moments of self-awareness recently? If so, share what you discovered. This flash of insight might have come during meditation, during a conversation with someone else, or at any other moment of any regular day.
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  16. Ah yes, I recognize that in myself as well - particularly when I feel bored. I think boredom is my primary trigger for less-than-mindful eating. Thank you for sharing. I can also resonate with these mini 'aha' moments. One that I had recently was the recognition that I often try to put myself into a neat box, like 'I am this kind of person' or 'I am like that'. However, it dawned on me that I am really multi-dimensional, and any label I might give myself may be true in one moment, but it is not representative of my totality. I like that you followed this awareness with a question. I
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  17. I recently finished The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende- incredible! Currently reading Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright. Enjoying his quippy writing style and interesting crossover of ideas rooted in both Buddhism and evolutionary psychology. Next up- Grounded by Dr. Erin Yu-Juin McMorrow, about healing the literal earth (soil) and the divine feminine and how they are one and the same. Braiding Sweetgrass in one of my own teacher's favorites... and though I haven't read it myself, I am familiar with many passages. Be well!
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  18. Hi everyone- This is an interesting weekly query. I think I tend to have mini aha moments in cycles- and recently I have recognized that when I am stressed or tired or down, I tend to instinctively seek something outside of myself for distraction- like company (even from a former lover- no bueno) or too many bowls of Frosted Flakes. The awareness leads to a pause, a momentary inquiry of: What else is here? How can I acknowledge it without fear of the discomfort? Mindful indeed. Hope you are well... Rachel
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  19. I was thinking of you as I was walking by the pond today and I think that like you I do notice more things. We are very lucky to have such beauty to look at and spend time in.
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  20. I have been walking very early in the morning when it is most quiet for many years. For a long time I walked in an Arboretum and over time I came to know what flora would bloom when, the redwings would return and other subtle changes. It gave me delight and a sense of closeness to be able to know what was going to happen. I do that here now too. It gives a sense of familiarity with nature and one's surroundings i think. How nice for you, Gillian, to feel closer to the birds, trees, and all that nature gives you. I do like your picture of the elm. I have never seen one like that. Such interesti
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  21. Hey Gillian, I just found this link at Mindful.org: https://www.mindful.org/teaching-mindfulness-to-children-and-teens/ Hope that helps ya!!
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  22. Good morning to everyone. My name is Beth and I am new to this group. I am creating mini lessons for my school to implement at the start of every morning and much of this resonates with me and has long been something I've wanted to incorporate into my young ones' minds. I'm just starting with this simple but sometimes elusive quote from Thich Nhat Hanh. Thank you for having me.
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  23. Good Evening , its 20.40 here on a wet Sunday evening. I am Irish and live in Northern Ireland near the Mourne Mountains and 4 miles from the Irish Sea. Looking forward to exploring Mindfulness and applying in life. Are there any other Irish on the site? Regards , Martin
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  24. I've actually never had a set mindset to what I wanted to be when I grew up actually. I've always said a doctor but I think it was because it was common to say when your a kid. As an adult now I'm a firm believer in trying things out when you're young before your older. I'm actually easily squirmy and grossed out. I'm afraid of not going for all of my dreams before my time.
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  25. Hi Gillian, I used to do a lot of mindful moments, belly breathing and yoga movement. My main goal is to first help my littles recognize feelings in their bodies. So often I find out later from my students, they've gotten stomach aches for years, or headaches, tingly hands, etc. I'd like for them to feel what they are feeling, recognize it and then begin to learn what are things we can do with those feelings? A great number of my students do not know how to self-regulate. Between mindfulness and yoga movement I think it will greatly benefit them academically and socially.
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  26. Hi Rachel, Thank you for your heartfelt reflections. I, too, feel very concerned for the natural world. I know that most of us long to protect it, but I worry about the economic and political forces that make it evermore difficult to honour the earth. Here are my reflections on this photo: What was the first thing to draw your attention in this photo? The first thing that I noticed about this photo was the labyrinth. The formation was immediately captivating. My eyes traced the circles of it before expanding outwards. What emotions were you aware of while lookin
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  27. I have been exploring Local Art Exhibits in Dallas, when I stumbled across this Video; it appears to be a sort-of Guided Imagery of a soothing description of an ArtWork called: "Stargazing in Texas"; the Woman describing the Work of art asks us to be curious about this ArtWork by taking a 1 minute Mindful pause...it is pretty Amazing. As Dr. Richie Davidson suggests, Mindful experiences are all around us...we just have be curiously aware! Here is the Video Youtube link: I am asking you to be curious about it...and express that!
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  28. It is nice to have something external to reflect on for a question of the week. Thank you, Rick and Gillian. 1. My eye was first drawn to the sunrise...I am naturally an early riser and one of the most sacred pauses in a day is to be with the sun as it makes its' appearance. 2. The emotion that was most predominant for me was restlessness...a desire to get away, perhaps to a place where I could be with this scene without distraction, 3. The labyrinth reminds me of a mountaintop path I like to hike to when I go on retreat. In fact, the whole image reminds me of the serene g
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  29. I am definitely interested in learning more about the breathwork practices as well, @Benicio Any information or guidance you can share would be wonderful. Always grateful to be here, to learn and to grow. Rachel
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  30. @Gillian Sanger Aren't you the sweetest thing ever? You are so full of compassion and kindness
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  31. Hello ^_^ Well, Today I was meditating and during the meditation, Gillian came to my mind and I wanted to express my gratitude to her since I have been very inactive lately. It has been more than 9 months (285 days to be exact) since I started my self-healing journey and I can't put my journey into words as it is a holistic experience that started with quitting porn and sticking to a healthy diet to quitting Religion & ego-based forms and being conscious, eating vegan for animals & environment, living as a quality skillful person, doing in an expression of love and wisdom.
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  32. Oh thank you for sharing this Benicio! I have only practiced one style of this active breathwork (beyond pranayama). I'm not sure what it's called, but our teacher was trained by David Elliott. Have you heard of him and his practice? I'm very interested in learning more about these types of breathwork. Is there a particular style you gravitate towards the most, whether that be rebirthing, holotropic, or something else? And if you have any recommended training programs (in Europe or online), I'm also open to hearing about that
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  33. @Rachel - thank you for sharing your blog. I read it and much of it resonated with me - from the blend of emotions that arise in response to the world to our fundamental interconnectedness and in-between. A couple of things that I'd like to share more about in response to your words: You wrote, "Perhaps it will come in the form of my own children and their awareness and contributions," which touches on something I often reflect on. That is, we cannot know the downstream consequences of our actions, and children are a wonderful example of this. Let's say we raise a child and through our te
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  34. Gillian I hear you! When we become more mindfully aware, we stop trying to fix the inside (which is really already whole and complete) by manipulating and controlling the outside. I am doing the 100 day mindfulness challenge and it stopped Saturday at day 48. Nothing Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday or today. I checked the junk folders, etc. Do you know if it will resume for the last 52 days. I have sent 2 emails to ask. I have purchased the scripts previously. Thank you!
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  35. Yeah....there are so many aspects of this and the intersection of all the angles!! And that aside of the Mindfulness aspects!! Pretty Amazing!!
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  36. I shared a new blog today on my site, and I think it sort of speaks to this week's question, which I believe can be interpreted in several ways. Here is the link and I would love to hear your thoughts as related to the question of the week, as well as the contents of the blog itself. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ObevCPyzpLrHBcZ7mJ_dtjctcKwD0_N7y_zkpa3K48s/edit?usp=sharing Be well- Rachel
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  37. @Gillian Sanger. Thank you. It worked. Grin.
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  38. It is a wonderful show. They are obviously sentient.
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  39. When a person looks at pictures of the gray matter, it doesn't look like it could do anything. It's amazing.
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  40. Gillian - Thank you for your kind words. When a person finds herself in the middle of a turbulent river, she can either swim or sink. I had to help my loving parents through it. I had to teach myself not to be terrified every minute. He shot the neighbors with his deer hunting rifle, four people in two houses. We knew two of them. They were good people. I had thought my large extended religious family would be supportive. None of them called me. Not one. My husband at the time forbid me to tell his wealthy parents. He was cold about it, ashamed of me. I switched my career goals and
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  41. Hi Gillian, Thank you for the welcome. Yes, mindfulness does help. Before I learned of the term I called it staring, then meditation and now moved to the mindfulness term. I've found following someone else's prescription does not necessarily work for me, but I'm willing to try. I just clear my mind and let myself be in the moment. I do this regularly what ever I'm doing, especially if I find I am too caught up in worry about things. I noticed after the fact that I had made a bunch of errors in my first post and learned there was no edit function. Sheepish grin..
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  42. I'll start by sharing a few reflections... The primary way that I see mindfulness impacting the collective is through its natural ability to enhance self and world awareness. It is very difficult, if we are committed to deepening self-understanding through mindfulness, to continue acting in hurtful ways. While we all have room to grow, mindfulness helps us to become more responsible for our actions and to behave in ways that are in alignment with the greater good. For instance, mindfulness has helped me to better understand that happiness does not come from mindless consumption. To b
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  43. Thanks @Karen for the question and Jo for your reflections. I don't have much experience with teenagers, but I like what Jo has shared. I think creating a container of confidentiality is definitely important, and also letting them know you are aware of the challenges that come with being a teenager. With children, I've used nature visualizations as well. There's so much potential with that because life themes present themselves so effortlessly in nature (i.e. going with the flow - water, feeling grounded - standing tall as a tree, etc.) I'm not sure if you've seen this resource yet,
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  44. 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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