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    • That's inspiring, Gillian. My Intention today, is to take a Mindful Pause before I react to a situation; reacting will only place me in an Amygdala Hi-Jack. Not that that is my usual style, just that I am more aware today. Sometimes, I will saunter to my backyard and just view the clouds in the sky or just listen to the birds...there are many mindful moments about communing in Nature that awaits us if we just stop and be present.  
    • Lovely reflection Jan! Thank you for sharing this.
    • Guest Jan Ejsymontt
      Today is day 66 of my 100 day meditation  challenge. Today the audio was on Tenderness, what a beautiful word. I would like to express my gratitude  for this wonderful challenge and I do believe that meditation leads to a tenderness. The analogy to the tenderisation of meat is apt. The more we meditate, the more ' tender' we become and recognise that love is the ingredient.  Namaskara.  
    • I was looking through old topics and was drawn to this one in particular. Then, I noticed it's been exactly two years to the day that this conversation was started! An appropriate time to come back to it I think. The theme of vulnerability has been recurring (not constant, but recurring) for me over the past two years. It's been a time of learning to trust my gut and to speak my truth - and learning how to do so with wisdom and compassion.  It's been a time of difficult listening, of being willing to lose things in order to expand, of taking the risk of stepping into new expressions of myself. It brings to mind the quote: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anais Nin. I'm curious to hear other people's reflections and experiences with vulnerability these two years. Share your thoughts below if you're interested in discussing.
    • The other night my partner and I watched 'Chasing the Present' on Gaia TV. Recommended for those that have access to it! Here's the trailer:  
    • I've started this discussion in the section for 'breath and body awareness', but it really expands beyond that. A few weeks ago during our online mindfulness & meditation retreat, Sean invited participants to reflect on what part of our experience could use more awareness: body, emotions, intellect, or spirit. I find this to be a really valuable practice, one that can help us to tune in with care and act with wisdom. As I check in with this today, I think the primary aspect of my own being that could use more awareness is my spirit. As I recognize this, I am guided to consider what my spirit needs from me today. The answer that arises is 'nature and expression.' I feel called to write creatively today, and to dance (which will nourish my body as well).  I'd love to know what this reflection prompt brings up for you. If you want to here Sean talk about it, you can listen to this highlight from the retreat:     
    • enhancing non-judgmental moment-to-moment awareness Hi All! 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 Celebrating Today is Summer Solstice! In honor of the longest day of the year (for those of us in the northern hemisphere), I'd like to share 6 Mindful Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice. Most people want to live closer with nature and to celebrate the earth’s rhythms. In today's blog post, we explore the following topics and questions:   What Is the Summer Solstice? What Does the Summer Solstice Have to Teach Us? 6 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice A Guided Meditation for the Summer Solstice What I'm Drinking "Beers" from Athletic Brewing Co. These non-alcoholic beers taste like the real thing, which is helpful since I don't really like getting drunk. They range from light to dark, and the label designs are what young folk might call "fire". If you like beer but don't like alcohol, you may want to give them a whirl. What I'm Fascinated By Reveri Self-Hypnosis Sessions. This popular app includes evidence-based audio 'meditations' to help people reduce stress, enhance focus, improve sleep, eat well, manage pain, or quit smoking. I just downloaded the app on my phone and will try it tonight when I'm laying in bed. I may never be the same. 🙂 What I'm Practicing Breath Awareness Meditation. This is a simple guided meditation that helps us to calm our minds and unwind our stress. Listen to a simple breath awareness meditation here: Spotify / Apple / Audible / iHeart A Quote I Love "Slump? I ain’t in no slump …  I just ain’t hitting.." — Yogi Berra       Want to connect? Text "hello" to me at (510) 800-7422 and I'll personally text my latest mindfulness thoughts and practices to you from time to time, and you can reply with thoughts and questions if you'd like. Wishing you well,   - Founder, Mindfulness Exercises   - Former Buddhist Monk - Instructor for the mindfulness program developed at Google - Mindfulness Teacher for the E.P.A., Kaiser Permanente, Tesla, Facebook, Ernst & Young, Solano Prison, Spirit Rock Family Program Sean's Trainings & Resources   300 Mindfulness Worksheets Download Step-By-Step Trainings To Learn & Practice Mindfulness 200 Guided Meditation Scripts Download Categorized PDF's To Guide Meditations For Others 365 Brandable Social Media Templates Enhance Your Social Media Influence with our Customizable Mindfulness Social Media Posts Brandable Mindfulness Teaching Curriculum Teach Your Own Mindfulness Programs with Word-For-Word Mindfulness Trainings & Slides Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program Become a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with our Accredited Online Program Mindfulness Exercises Podcast Deepen Your Mindfulness Practice and Enhance Your Ability to Share It With Others. Follow Sean on Social Media               About Mindfulness Exercises     Mindfulness Exercises is an online platform which shares resources and trainings for mindfulness practitioners and teachers alike. Our intention is to encourage mindfulness and meditation practice around the world, regardless of religion, race or socio-economic background. Our Values   Generosity is our primary practice. We offer over 2,000 online resources to support individuals, teachers and organizations - and we add new content every day. Compassion is empathy in action. Mindfulness has the power to free us from our pain, for a life of happiness and ease - and it’s our wish that all beings everywhere realize this potential. Community is our reason for being. We exist because of you, and we’re here for you. Together, we’ll create the world we long to live in.   By 2025, we hope to have shared mindfulness practices with over 200 million people in the following ways:   By supporting individuals in their pursuit of a consistent and meaningful mindfulness practice. By training mindfulness teachers to skillfully and compassionately share mindfulness with others. By bringing mindfulness to organizations and governmental agencies to inspire more conscious service.   Find out more at MindfulnessExercises.com
    • I am grateful for the abundance of greenery.  I am grateful for the warmth of the sun against my skin. I am grateful for days spent sitting outside. I am grateful for fresh, local fruit. I am grateful for the lightness this time of year brings to my spirit and to the spirit in others.
    • Since today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, I invite you to consider the question: What aspects of the current season are you grateful for? It is the longest day of the year, and here in Sweden there is A LOT of light because of it. Others in the world will be experiencing the shortest day of the year. Both provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the season we're in. Share your reflections below. And for more insight into the summer solstice, check out this blog post: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/6-mindful-ways-to-celebrate-the-summer-solstice/
    • This is not related to Imbolc, but it is very much about the seasons. A guide on mindfully honouring the summer solstice: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/6-mindful-ways-to-celebrate-the-summer-solstice/
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