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    • In case you missed it, here are Sean's 5 mindful musings for the week: 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 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       Share your thoughts, questions and support in our online Mindfulness Community.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for free mindfulness trainings. Wishing you safety, health, happiness and ease,    Sean Fargo - Founder, Mindfulness Exercises   - Former Buddhist Monk of 2+ Years - Instructor for the mindfulness program developed at Google - Instructor for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program P.S. - Take Our Free 100 Day Mindfulness Challenge Start each day mindful with a free mindfulness meditation, worksheet, journaling topic and infographic. Sign Up Free:  https://mindfulnessexercises.com/100-day-mindfulness-challenge/
    • What a wonderful technique. It is a good reminder to celebrate our small moments of noticing when we've become lost in negative, critical thoughts. Thanks for sharing Daniel!
    • 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! Gillian
    • Thanks to you both for your input! @Cookie, is this helpful for you?
    • Hi both, 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://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-25/edition-12/new-voices-should-we-be-more-mindful-psychosis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6436583/#:~:text=Mindfulness meditation alleviates symptoms of,5 and reduced negative symptoms. https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/visions/mindfulness-vol12/is-mindfulness-useful-or-dangerous-for-individuals-with-psychosis Many others here: https://www.google.com/search?q=mindfulness+for+paranoid+schizophrenia&rlz=1C5CHFA_enGB744GB744&oq=mindfulness+for+paranoid+sc&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j33i22i29i30l2.7544j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 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, Gareth www.alchemylifetherapy.com 
    • Hello! 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! G*
    • I’m trained as a clinical psychotherapist. I wouldn’t teach mindfulness practices to someone diagnosed with paranoid schizoaffective disorder. IMO, it is contraindicated for this population. If you don’t mind, can you share what it is in your psychology training that suggests that mindfulness practice would be appropriate for this population? 
    • My favorite technique is one I learned from David on this forum. If I fall into self criticism, I catch myself, thank myself for recognizing that and return to the present. I use TNH's statements to center myself: "breathing in, I am aware of breathing in, breathing out I am aware of breathing out". Then, I tell myself some positive affirmations and move on. For me, this works. I know I will likely be challenged again but I will use these techniques and they will help me again. Daniel
    • What are your favourite self-compassion techniques? Choose the answers that resonate most with you. If your preferred practice is not on the list, share a bit about it below.
    • Poetry lovers (and fans of David Whyte) may enjoy this chat on On Being: https://onbeing.org/programs/david-whyte-the-conversational-nature-of-reality/
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