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    Great idea, Tribal! We all need self-compassion. Here are some free self-compassion resources here at Mindfulness Exercises: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/free-self-compassion-exercises/ I also appreciate what Kristin Neff states:
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    Does anyone have a favourite mantra they use for meditation? I really love the Om Asatoma mantra - plus this beautiful rendition:
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    INTRODUCE MYSELF Hello, everyone, My name is Mafalda. Corporate Mindfulness & Mindfulness for Inclusion Translator (for the English, French and Spanish languages, with 30 years' experience in multinational environment. In 2008, I fell in love with the mind potential and became a Meditation Facilitator that same year and a Mindfulness Facilitator since 2013 with Adults, Pregnant and Teens. In 2015, I founded and launched bloom Focus on the Good, a program for Corporate Mindfulness (Mondelez Electrolux, McDonald's, NOS, Unilever, Publicis Noesis are some of my clients and in paralell I develop social responsibility activities working with meditation in a seclusion environment (Linhó, Sintra and Tires State Prisons and in mental health with Alzheimer Portugal Caregivers for Alzheimer's Dementia patients in an advanced state. I have training in Meditation (Upaya Center and Budhadharma; Group dynamics in prison settings (Sapana org); Training in MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction under the method of Prof Mark Williams (Oxford University); Training in support and End of life patients (Breathing Techniques Jivana Yoga); Certified Trainer by IEFP CCP No F 647997 2016 and Humanistic Professional Coach IHCOS® nº 6423 BF 7404 D.
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    Thank you, I am glad you appreciated this video. I am participating in Path to Freedom, to bring mindfulness teaching to prisoners. I believe it can make such a difference, and that is has been such a disservice to prisoners that they have not been exposed to rehabilitative programs such as this. I also plan to teach yoga in women's prisons. Best, Jo
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    I had a 5-minute breathing meditation on an iPod I carried in my shoulder briefcase last week. I took the time to listen and meditate before a charged conversation with someone. I chose a quiet spot inside a building with a window which looked out onto a sunny harbor. That view alone "set the stage." Then, basking in the warmth of the sun and listening, I let my concerns about the upcoming talk dissolve. After the meditation ended, I simply sat and watched seagulls soaring above the building outside. The combination of guided meditation, sunshine, and peaceful view were very helpful in being able to engage the conversation which followed shortly thereafter with grace, patience, and appropriate assertiveness. The "fears" I carried about "what might happen" never manifested. Instead, I was heard and a healing connection was formed. I am so relieved and grateful! A think a key lesson in this is to not delay meditation when things feel charged. I had carried the stress of the event up until the hour before, when I could have chosen to meditate the moment things felt dicey -- which was an entire week before! Lesson learned. Tempus
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    I love everything Deva Premal does, but really love this. I love doing mantra meditation. Imagine sitting comfortably in the sun, your whole body warm and relaxed, while listening to this music. Divine.
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    Hi there, My name is Alain Dumonceaux. I and the founder of www.theawakenedman.net. My passion is to help men regain their mojo so they can live happier, richer and fuller lives by living consciously. The mindfulness exercises are excellent. I am excited to learn and practice mindfulness with this group. Thanks for creating such a great space. Alain
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    I am grateful for my amazing wife who gave birth to our beautiful daughter recently.
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    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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    I'm going to quote my favorite Sufi poet Rumi: "What you are seeking, is seeking you." "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." I believe the key to mindfulness is being gentle with yourself and not having expectations. Allowing whatever happens to happen. Continuing to come back to your breath, believing that breath is all-sustaining, and understanding the miracle of breath- that we breathe without effort, that the universe wants us to live even if we don't want to. The evidence is simple- try to hold your breath. You simply can't, your body breathes for you. The easiest way for me to meditate or calm myself is counting my breath. I inhale to a count of 4 or 6, breathing down into my belly, and exhale slowly to a count of 8 or 12.
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    I wasn't sure which category to post this in, and choose trauma since it relates to disassociation, which I know can be a pitfall of certain mindfulness teachings. I want to bring up the topic of how becoming a "passive observer" of one's life and oneself can lead to constant self-monitoring, disconnection and withdrawl, and the question of how to avoid this, mitigate this? Running a google search will bring up countless accounts of those who have been harmed by mindfulness (in my opinion, by the way mindfulness was presented to them) in serious ways, such as disassociation, depersonalization, excessive self-monitoring, and feeling less engaged in life and more of a bystander watching themselves and life from the sidelines. I really want to address this pitfall of certain mindfulness teachings, of language used, and how it is presented, and I'm hoping to open up a conversation here about this importance and how best to go about it so that mindfulness is less likely to trigger or lead to disassociation/dis-connection, and so that it does what I believe it should, which is to make us more intimate with ourselves (which means relating to our experience, not disconnecting from it) and lead to engaging in the world in a freer way, coming more into direct contact with what IS, and being less separated from the world by over attachment to mental activity, and transforming how relate to our experience of reality by loosening resistance to what IS by cultivating acceptance, grace, befriending, and self-compassion. Here is a quote that I found very relevant: "It is possible for someone who goes overboard with mindfulness to end up becoming isolated from other people because they up being just a passive observer who has totally lost the ability to "lose themselves" in what they are doing." This has been my experience at times and I am passionate about asking the question - how can we teach mindfulness in a way that is less likely to lead to this outcome?
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    I have been wandering around the last few years because the first 50 years of my life were done witnessing, making mistakes and learning. Finally, I have reached accomplished. 30 years of journals with struggles and progress now can be put out. With 3 courses and 3 websites, I feel very comfortable with helping others. I use to have this itch. This itch to do something with what I have lived. Not knowing how, when, where and what is a daunting task. FIRST progress is in 2020. Thank you for being here. Projects are completed, now to learn what else to do with it. Very slow going for me. https://soul-fitness-life-alliance.teachable.com/purchase?product_id=1148266 Embrace Your Joy free 4 videos Worksheet bonus https://soul-fitness-life-alliance.teachable.com/purchase?product_id=1384677 Embrace Joy Without Fear $10 minicourse videos, charts, bonus's
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    I think this is an important topic as well. As a psychologist, I specialized in working with individuals with trauma, and many were on the spectrum of dissociative disorders. I learned various grounding techniques when I saw that they were dissociating, such as asking them to name 5 things they saw, 3 scents in the air, 5 sounds they could hear, the taste in their mouth, 3 things they could feel, and getting them in their body. I did use mindfulness with these clients, but was very aware of their body language and level of awareness. Some people with dissociative identity disorder can benefit more from guided meditation that is very direct, where you go along with them, because silence can be an invitation for other parts to take over. For others on the dissociation spectrum, I found it helpful to explain that mediation is not about quieting the mind or stopping thoughts, but rather about creating space between the thoughts- not to get lost, but to provide some quite so they can be more in tune with their bodies. I always told clients to raise their hand or give me some kind of signal if they felt uncomfortable or became anxious and we could stop at any time. I didn't do longer meditations, which helped, although sometimes they were able to build up to longer meditations and found it extremely helpful. Progressive muscle relaxation meditation was very helpful too. Yoga is a great technique because it gets a person in their body and increases body-mind-spirit connection. Thanks for raising this issue!
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    Hi! I am focusing on taking care of my whole self by starting every day with prayer, tea, and gratitude. I’m staying off anything electronic during my first and last 1 1/2 hours of each day.
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    My go to is the Wayne Dyer, and through Chinese medicine with the Buddha brought me to mindfulness also. The Dalai Lama book, "The Art of Happiness" spoke much of mindfulness. Various other influencers along the way.
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    I'm not a Zen Buddhist but I always appreciated the political and spiritual engagement of many Zen Buddhists like Thich Nhat Hanh. I feel like dealing with inner peace and actively participating in political and social life and standing up to injustice is not exclusive - it's actually one and the same thing. I think if we look at the noble eight-fold path, it includes right action, and that's not just "inner" action. Unless our morality translates into our lives and if we don't stand up for what's right then we aren't really living our values and I then see them as pretty devoid of meaning. At least that's how I see it.
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    I am grateful for this compassionate community on the internet.
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    May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you have peace
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    I discovered Mindful Art Journaling by Rachel Rose on her website or on vimeo under Workshop Muse, yesterday evening and today my first experience : the freedom to mix medium watercolors, a charcoal crayon and color crayons and back to watercolors , energizing effect now about 20 min later ( the picture shows it) also surprising how the « rational » mind at moments wanted to interfere, where the aim of the exercise / practice is to let things emerge as they unfold, letting the impulse bubble up and follow the movement of the hand for me like letting express what is there even if I don’t have words for it, let myself be surprised and go with the process, no results ( ie a production / picture which I might put up on the wall or offer to someone) requested … just let it unfold … Who knows maybe it will talk to you too ?
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    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 been out in the open. More happy than scary, which is why I'm posting.
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    @Tempus Hi, I do have challenges with to integrate mindfulness into my daily life , seem like sometimes / many times just goes out of the window and I'm mindless ... I meaning I`m on auto pilot, but I`m really happy when I notice that I wandered away and then I just stop for a moment and enjoy that I noticed that I noticed. I would say small steps. I also noticed that consistency is very important to my practice, I only do 10 min meditation mornings and 15 min evenings as I`m a beginner too , I feel its not about the minute its about a real quality I spend being mindful, I will be always able to increase the meditation time when I have a good foundation. May you be safe, healthy and live your life with ease. Helga
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    Awareness and integration. By this I mean -- adjusting my daily awareness to encompass more than just the routine "to do's" of life; but being aware that I will benefit by giving myself the gift of even 5 minutes of breathing meditation. Of course, for me, increasing my awareness is still a challenge, as I've only been practicing a few months. Integrating, or perhaps "weaving in" might be a better term, the discipline of practicing meditation is another aspect, though it seems to go hand-in-glove with awareness. I'm still exploring the subtle nuances of what this is for me.
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    Thanks, Gillian! My childhood self wanted to be a teacher and/or a singer. I am a teacher of sorts, and becoming more of one, and I would call myself an amateur singer. Something else ... I'm certified by the AMC/Appalachian Mountain Club as a "local hikes" leader. I'm also kind of a spelling geek ...
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    I was able to sit in conversation with four women and we had such a respectful and loving time together, everything flowed beautifully I’m feeling so blessed
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    I often sip cacao in the morning as I breathe and tune into whatever is flowing through me. This is the space I often do it from.
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    I am strong and will take each hour with acceptance
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    Today my affirmation is: I am purpose. I was created with great intentions. I am focused. I can and I will.
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    Nice to meet you too, Mel. I also teach yoga, Vinyasa, Hatha, and what I call "free-form" since I taught individually to my psychology clients. I also love yoga nidra. Currently I am in a course called Path to Freedom which is about teaching mindfulness to prisoners. It's fascinating. Love it! Thanks, you too!
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    Today I am grateful for: -The roof over my head -The opportunities (and challenges!) that have gotten me to where I am today -The view outside my window -My health! -Raw vegan chocolate birthday cake -Electricity
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    Happy Earth Day to all...and especially to Mama Gaia. May we walk lightly upon her. I am new to the community and am so grateful to be here. For me, this pandemic and the sheltering in place has given me pause...literally and figuratively. I am someone who usually is on 'go' most of the day (save for my sacred early morning meditation and exercise). I am a single mom, with a demanding career in urban education, and in the usual day to day, time seems to fly by without many moments for reflection. Since I now am teaching remotely, as well as homeschooling my two kids, the days are still busy...but there is a certain slower rhythm I have uncovered. No where to rush off to..which allows for more space to slow down and pay attention. To linger with my daughter's morning hugs, to smell the fresh brewed coffee, to listen to the birds outside since without so much city noise, their song is more prominent in the soundscape. I am very grateful for this slowing down. It is the very thing that gave me the time and space to come to this place of learning, growth, and community. May all being know peace, ease, safety, and good health. Rachel
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    It was great to stumble on this group, looking forward to hanging out, learning and sharing.
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    I love your insights into this Jo! I too find the prompt to locate and name a number of things occurring in the present moment, especially sensations within the body to be super helpful. I do it with myself often, and I'm always surprised how simple yet effective it is for coming back into the body and gaining a stronger sense of solidity. I also really appreciate how you say it's about increasing space between thoughts rather than attempting to distance from thoughts. I like how this emphasizes a slowing down of frantic, high-paced thoughts, (which no one is exempt from) rather than getting rid of them. I sometimes like to say that meditation is really about returning to what's already here, and learning to be with our experience more and more, i.e. re-associating. And that eventually it helps us to find that middle way place between dissociation and drowning in our experience. And of course this increased ability to be with ourselves, rather than cut off or fused with what's arising, is transformative for all of us, not just those who are clinically dissociative! Thanks again for your wisdom!
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    This week's question asks: What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation? And, how do you practice each of these? Sometimes these two separate terms are used interchangeably; at other times, they are indeed one and the same. Sometimes meditation is mindfulness (and vice versa), though they can also stand alone. How do you understand these two terms to be different? Do you practice both mindfulness and meditation? Together or separately? Which (if one more than the other) do you feel more drawn towards? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!
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    "Bittersweet" for sure. The first release was the most difficult, because it was a job I took and thought was my "dream job." I was so puzzled as to why it could not work for me and came to realized that I was out of alignment with my values. The remaining "BIG" releases came in gentle timing and I was quite willing and ready, even anticipating the Goodness that would flow from those releases. Letting go of the toughest one first worked for me, I felt myself in so much suffering and recognized I was choosing to suffer because I was not willing to let go. When I did, the breath of freedom that ensued was immediate; the grief quite palpable - I could feel them simultaneously and it was okay. I was amazed to notice every step and not bypass any of it. I credit that to my mindfulness practices. They supported me through major transitions and allowed me to peacefully experience letting it all go and allow each moment to be what it is. Focusing on the life and freedom in those moments. I am still moving slowly into 2020. Listening deeper. Allowing myself to be organically transformed by the things I love most (mindfulness practices, yoga, and conscious community). Financially, I am finding ways to use my resources creatively and feel Life supporting me.
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    Mindfulness has granted me the gift of hope. Hope that there is more to the world that I have always known. Sometimes our world can be bleak, redundant, and almost torturous. Mindfulness helps to shine a new light and really see your world in true color. I look forward to being able to really see the world in this new light. Redundancy turned to opportunity. I am thankful for this hope, and look forward to the experiences through ever-changing lenses.
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    @luma your note fills me with joy and hope! Many blessings to you and your daughter!
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    Hi Gill Challenging emotions, are challenging. I have a thought that comes up and create a strong emotion , it is the thought that " I'm not good enough " usually create a thingness in my throat area and upper chest, I feel it creeping up. It's dark , heavy , and dry feeling . I have noticed that the feeling this very uncomfortable. FEELING IT and explore the middle of it is the only way to easy it up , and resolve it. So usually I try to remove myself from everything and go to a quiet place, where ever that is. I Close my eyes and stop for a moment , take slow breaths and focus my attention around the area , as I would stop time so I can shine the light of my awareness to this area so I can see it better . I try to separate myself from the feeling/ emotion and and I tell myself that I'm not this feeling/ emotion it is not true. More I more look into this feeling I realize that it is NOT true just a trick of my mind. It takes couple minutes to go through it but I can feel that it resolving so I can go back what I was doing with knowing that this was just a disturbance in my mind and build on a false believe so the feeling can't sustain it self for long if I'm mindful and curious about . I'm practicing this since awhile I do feel that with times it becomes less, still coming up but is not so strong anymore because I see it much faster that is NOT TRUE . Even times when I feeling it to coming up I say.. oh here you are , bring it on , I`m ready . More I look , more I see.
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    More so garden snakes are but if you head West you can see a rattler snake. But I'm thankful for winters then I don't see them at all
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    Thanks for all your well wishes this is a great forum amanda xx
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    Last winter in Greece. We'd often go for early morning walks to the ocean just before the sun rose.
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    When it comes to self-compassion, I find that exploring the subtle, judgmental thoughts I carry to be a really powerful practice. Tara Brach talks about judgment in this recording: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/downloads/letting-go-of-judgment/


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