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  1. I just finished the 30 day FitMind program which started at the end of 100 days of Mindfulness. I really want to thank Sean for including this program. I was ready for it and benefitted immensely. Having been a therapist, self awareness has been part of my life's work. With prior experience in that arena, experience in guided meditation, past work on relaxation and stress reduction, this program worked for me after the 100 days of preparation. I re-discovered and am re-discovering past succeses that had slipped out of my awareness. It feels good to have them back! Daniel
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  2. Hello Everyone. Started the 100 Day Challenge and the 14 Day intro to mindfulness.
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  3. Happy to be part of the Mindfulness Community. It all started for me when I was introduced to Thich Nhat Hahn and his book Miracle of Mindfulness. No looking back after that.
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  4. Here’s a link to my music video page if you’re interested in seeing how I sublimate my various issues : https://www.bitchute.com/channel/xkjX0dGc0B38/ Cooking and baking are my other hobbies; here’s a quiche and some honey oatmeal bread:
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  5. Hello, I'm Alexandra and I am new to this group. I recently received my certification to teach Mindful Meditations. I have taught one intro workshop and this coming week I will lead a Mindful Self Compassion Meditation. This is stepping outside of my comfort zone and I am somewhat of an introvert. Hope to learn from this group of likeminded people.
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  6. Hi, I am Mihaela and I am looking forward to learn or better say practice more about Mindfulness since I am trying this for few years. By the way I am living in Cluj-Napoca, Romania Nice to meet you
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  7. Hello dear ones! I am so excited to be a part of this mindfulness supportive community.
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  8. Hi @Ro H. Nice to meet you! Sure I'd love to share! Some of the activities I had as part of my challenge were: 1 minute equal breathing practice Mindful Listening Gratitude Journal Doing 1 activity without multitasking I designed it so that it would promote greater awareness, presence and increased self-compassion. Hope that helps!
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  9. Hi everyone. I'm very glad to share experiences in Mindfulness. This is a gift for everyone. I'm a corporate and Mindfulness Coach and my mission is to help and facilitate leaders to ispire the community to be authentic and be at the service of a deep and high purpose. I live in Italy, in the beautiful Verona.
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  10. Ata Marie I am from New Zealand and work with traumatised children so very keen to learn as much about mindfulness as I can as I believe this will help the children I work with.
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  11. Good morning everyone. I've just found this page after searching for guided meditations by Joseph Goldstein. I've been meditating every morning for several years using Headspace as a recommendation from my therapist, and branching out to Insight Meditation, and others. In the process, I've found some teachers I really like, so I find myself each morning searching out one of them.
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  13. I recently watched a dialogue between Swami Sarvapriananda of Adveita Vedanta and Rupert Spira who practices the Direct Approach to Adveita Vedanta. Both speakers and their moderator were always kind and respectful. However, as a life long reader of body language the only thing that kept hitting me was the sense of pain and disappointment on Swami S's face. It seemed clear to me that taking elements of Adveita Vedanta outside of their monastic origins was a difficult thing for Swami to endure. When Swami addresses a group, he talks with consumate knowledge of the origins of Adveita Vedanta thr
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  14. I teach mostly to seniors. Since many facilities are still closed, I've been offering classes through zoom. I make my classes fun and lively.
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  15. Hi Gillian and forum members, I did pause and reflect more on Adveita Vedanta and Swami S. Just recently I watched a few more of his youtube videos. There is no doubt about it, I like everything about this good Monk. He has a beautiful heart, a masterful intellect and a good sense of humor. That is not going to change. However, as I listened more I did learn that Swami S. and those in his branch of Adveita Vedanta believe in reincarnation. I uphold their right to that belief but it just doesn't work for me. Also, despite all of his presentations, the question i always have remains unanswered:
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  16. I live in the Capital of Iceland Reykjavik but the site did not valid that name so Keflavik it is
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  17. I am so Happy to be part of this delighted group
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  18. I read through a couple books last night and I am hooked as well as captivated and motivated... Thank you all for the suggestions and kindness May you have a great and adventures day
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  19. Hi Gillian, During an interview of Rupert Spira, Depak Chopra mentioned the Advaita Vedenta on which Rupert's work is based. I found a 6 part series on you tube explaining those concepts. After the first one, I could understand the basic concept that Rupert is using and the mode of teaching he uses. The Swami, an older American man, said that the self inquiry is the method of learning recommended by the ":Rishies" either the people who wrote these ideas or the writtem ideas themselves, who or which developed these ideas. The Swami is a plain spoken man and I found it fairly easy to follow him
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  20. If there was just one thing I could say to someone I loved today it would be "I'm listening". Really listening means I am open to my loved one and willing to understand. It means I can stop talking and let my love one be and feel heard. Itis relationship nourishing.
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  21. The question I am responding to is what season describes me and my life. At age 73 I wo uld say Autumn. That season is often warm, sunny and filled with blue skies. The leaves which turn color here in Illinois are always beautiful. They have an earthy smell when piled up and a nice curnch when you walk on them. Later, the month grows colder. There are days which darken sooner and things turn colder towards winter. Indoor activities heighten with warm good, cider and mulled wine shared with friends. My life is in the stage of Autumn. I have plenty of good and warm relationships. Walking in th
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  22. If I were a role model for millions of children I would not change my behavior. I would let children know that I live a real life. For the most part I am happy but I feel all the feelings which most other people have. I would let them know that I am not perfect and don't expect myself to be. I would encourage them to understand that just like they all behave well towards others most of the time but not all of the time, I live that same way. I would also let the children know that I do not like to live my whole life as if a camera is following me just like they wouldn't. I would say I need priv
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  23. Hi Gillian, I would like to comment on the importance of a system of ethics behind mindfulness meditation. In the West we teach mindfulness meditation as a system on its' own. However, it comes from Buddha and his system of ethics. Those ethics include compassion for self and all other beings, loving kindness self and others and equanimity , being nonreactive to name just a few. Unfortunately, if those who study mindfulness don't see it as part of a transformational set of ethics which predispose them to building a better and more accepting world it might just be a self improvement technique.
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  24. HI David, I have been busy in 3D world and have not been checking in with this community often. I hope all is well with you. Kind Regards, Gene
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  25. I am from Pennsylvania. I work with children with special needs. I am taking the journey to mindfulness to enhance my ability to serve my students, their families and my staff.
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  26. In a real spirit of gratitude I want to thank Gillian for her sweet comment of my recent birthday post. I also want to let all members know that I feel lucky to be in such a thoughtful and sharing group. Thank you all. Daniel
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  27. you reached 999 posts, are you going to ascend to a higher dimension of consciousness or what hahaha
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  28. Hi Everyone. I have just joined this community and look forward to benefit from this association with you all
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  29. Jo, How are you? You have been so quiet that I have grown concerned and hope you are well.
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  30. Hey Gillian, I really wanted to appreciate your kindness and the sincerity to help. you truly have a heart of gold. Thank you ^_^
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  31. Hello Friends, I just want to let you know that I have been busy in the 3D world and have not had time to follow or prepare blog posts. Life has been busy but I am continuing my mindfulness practice and will check in periodically. For the time being, I won't have time to continue actively posting but I will do my best to check in from time to time. Kind Regards, Gene
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  32. About me: I am founder and CEO of True Synergy, Inc., a professional and organizational development company based in Los Angeles, CA. We specialize in corporate culture, behavior and organizational change. We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary! Our motto is: We Make the Culture Match The Brand.® I have been on the spiritual path for 23 years and developing mindfulness has been a big part of my journey. I have finally come out of the shadows with my spiritual practices as my foundation, leveraging the methodologies of applied behavioral science, psychology and metaphysics, as well as
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  33. Hi all, I am returning to work at the office next week after three months of working from home. I won't be able to post as much but will try to focus on a few forums. May you be healthy and safe!
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  34. Hello friends, I have been a bit swamped at work right now have not had a lot of mental space to participate in forums. I hope to return to regular posting soon. Kind Regards, Gene
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  35. Hello All I highly recommend this book- true story of an attorney who represents minorities given the death sentence (often innocent people and/or juveniles, as well as fighting for changes in incarceration and helping inmates transfer to life on the outside. There's much more I wont get into. I learned a lot about prison and how The author, Bryan Stevenson, says "the racial terrorism of lynching in many ways created the modern death penalty." That''s one line of many I highlighted. Apparently it is also a movie. sn't sure where to post this, but wanted to recommend an excellent bok
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  36. Good day everyone. I am newly registered as a member of this site. Genuinely looking forward to connection and communication with others as we navigate the avenues and convoluted pathways of life . In my travels and extensive life experiences now beyond 6 decades I marvel at the complexities and creativity of the Universe. Each exciting opportunity and challenge has been but a brief interruption along this finite journey. Not to be approached as insurmountable or impossible to breach. I reminisce casually through the catalog of my mind upon the diversity of knowledge and hopefully wisdom ga
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  38. Welcome. Something is better than nothing. I am sure it will help. There is support systems in place here and it is a nice community. I have been here just a couple weeks myself. I am finding it easy to go through. And easy to find help. Glad you could join in. I am sure we will be discussing some topics.
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  39. As I read your shares here in the community, I find that so much of your story resonates, especially your share on boundaries. I wanted to say hello, and thank you
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  40. Hello, I am not sure what goes here but will just say I just joined, started my profile and will return. I have to strictly watch my schedule as I can be easily distracted without being mindful of how much time has passed.
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  41. Hi Everyone! My name is Megan and I'm from Wisconsin. I'm excited to be a part of this group!
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  42. Hello there, not the most app savvy. Which is why I might call myself AnxietyAna. Pleased to join the community.
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  43. Thank you for sharing the online mindfulness event, I'll be attending. I've never attended a multi-day event online before, looking forward to this!
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  44. Hi Vidya! Thank you so much for joining the community. Do you have any particular interests or inclinations when it comes to mindfulness? Feel free to check out the Forum page and share anything that's on your mind in relation to one of the topics.
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  45. Happy to find another community to support and strengthen my mindfulness practice. Clinical social worker here working both with children and adults, welcome sharing ideas, resources, and exercises.
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  46. Hi I’m Sheena. I’m not sure if I’m doing this right! New to forum but practicing mindfulness for a few years and teaching it for the last 3. Thank you for this beautiful connection
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  47. Hi everyone, I'm Wendy and I live on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. I live with my husband and our beloved dog and cat family (3 dogs, 2 cats). We adore animals, nature and the great Aussie beaches. We love our meditations and mindfulness and I adore my QiGong practices. We love music and live a quiet life and follow a plant based lifestyle. I have a background in business and owned one of the first organic grocery stores in Australia in the 1970's/80's. I'm an accredited Tai Chi Instructor and Counsellor and ran my own Stress Management practice for over 20 years.
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  48. Hello All, My name is Marilyn. I am a Clinical Social Worker and a Mindfulness Coach. Looking forward to conversations with you!
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  49. Hi Ro! Thanks for joining I've just added some threads to the forum page and would love to get your insights on any of the topics that interest you if you'd like to get more involved. Let me know if you have any questions!
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    • 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 
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