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  1. It went really well and I am excited about the opportunities arising from it! I am going to be partnering with a body positive/inclusive yoga teacher on a workshop of welcome where we will make space for every body and all of that body's experiences with a combination of restorative yoga and trauma sensitive mindfulness meditation. Two other participants have reached out to learn more, one around my work with children and the other for herself and her colleagues. Super exciting for my passion for sharing mindfulness to be generating some enthusiasm! Thanks for the suppor
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  2. A bit about me? Great-Grandma - Fairy Garden Caretaker - StarGazer - GhostBuster - Bean Counter - Mystic - Ordained Minister
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  3. I appreciate your responses Gillian and Rachel. I am continuing to feel relief from the burden of anger. To let it go as both of you have described does something very good for the one who lets it go. Having some understanding that the other was/is wounded is easier with time as my own wounds from those negative encounters yield to healing. Compassion and acceptance are the beautiful qualities that you mention that allow us to move on. It feels enhancing to respond with them rather than anger and hurt. Thanks again.
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  4. I had a tough experience in the last few years with an autocratic person. I was a leader in a program and that person led another. When my group and I advocated for a change to a topic that involved both groups, that person went wild. That person communicated in a way that was dehumanzing. After my last enconter I was literally in a state of shock.That person organized an attempt to turn a common community against us. It ended in a stalemate. I resigned to recuperate from the withering attacks. Then, a new leader from our group and other new members attempted interaction again. Same wild and
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  5. I try to go for a walk everyday. I look into the sky & watch the clouds go by.sometimes I pretend that I'am sitting on the clouds & they are taking me along the sky for a ride.I know that Iam part of the air I breathe which is part of the clouds & the sky.
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  6. Thank you for the beautiful reflections James and Rachel. Coming back to nature is perhaps the most expansive practice for me. Depending upon what I tune into while out in nature (or depending on what the season is), there are infinite lessons to be learned. Today, as I look out my window, I am very aware of the impermanence of all things. Mild winter temperatures have arrived in Stockholm, which means the thick blanket of snow that once was is now seeping into the earth as water, preparing for spring. Nature today reminds me that all things come and go, stirring up a bittersweet feeling
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  7. Thank you David for your kind words and also for sharing your thoughts on the importance of letting go of rigid views, this was very important for me to hear right now.
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  8. Sometimes I feel very connected to a tree ,the sky ,the water in the lake.My cells have oxygen that's come from nature.I feel more calm & comfortable when I sit by a lake or go for walk outdoors.I think that I'm part of this plannet.It's so beautiful to look at the stars & out ro the endless galaxies above ,We are all part of that.
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  9. Well Rachel, your blog was so beautiful, authentic and powerful it has left me without more words! For me, you shared truth in ways I have never put together like this. All I can say is please keep being who you are and please keep sharing that with us. Daniel
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  10. Your description of happiness really rang true Rachel. I especially loved hearing your enjoyment of your daughter dancing. Beautiful! I have a granddaughter who dances and I share your sentiment. I am very happy when I laugh. My wife and I had our two grandchildren for a weekend recently and we played a hysterical board game in which each player choses a totally inappropriate response to a life situation described on a card. We all laughed until we cried. It was fun to share a slight "breaking of the rules of social interaction" with them in a safe situation. Because none of us would EVER say
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  11. Rachel, thank you sooo much for reminding me about David Treleaven‘s work. I watched some videos by him last year and couldn’t remember his name! I will check his work out further. Best wishes to you on your teaching!
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  12. Anger for me presents itself in the form of 'confusion', my mind goes foggy, i can't think straight, i find myself questioning the emotion a lot as i rarely am truly angry, but when i am i often have sadness or hurt deep inside my chest that quickly follows the angry sensation.
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  13. In Classical Chinese Five Element medical philosophy, the seat of anger in the body is identified as the liver. The liver is referred to as the ‘Little General’ or ‘Little Tyrant”. The liver activates in Early Spring ... some of you are experiencing symptoms / expressions of this right now as Spring is rapidly ascending. If we observe other people carefully we see that these aren’t limited to just this specific individual biological organism that modern people regard as a self-existing and exempt from cause / effect natural laws. During this seasonal transition and throughout Spring
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  14. Ok so I'd like to share my biggest fear. I'm sure it's the same for a lot of people. I'm petrified of ending up alone although it is inevitable. We come into the world alone and we exit it alone. Right now I'm happy with a great hubby and 3 beautiful kids. I wish I could freeze time and keep it this way, but we age everyday. We get closer and closer to the end. That's why I'm grateful for learning and practicing mindfulness. So I can just enjoy right now.
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  15. Tonight is the event...I am excited and nervous!
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  16. @Daniel A. Detwiler Thank you for sharing that story/memory. I empathize with your position of being so shocked and depleted from the attack that you needed to resign. I left a situation years ago because it was not sustainable due to an addiction (on the other's part); for many years, I identified as the victim, the one who had been wronged. But in the last few years, I have grown this wellspring of compassion for this person and the entire situation really. Someone close to me recently remarked upon this compassion, seeming to fall somewhere between "does he deserve your compassion?
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  17. Beautiful reflections Jillian, Rachel, and Daniel. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on this topic. @JillianZ - Abandoning our views is a bit tricky because it is not something we can do by force, despite the frequent mental tendency to want to work it this way. We can't deny or push away how we ourselves feel, so what I think works best is to welcome openness and curiosity to our experience. I think that by coming back to the recognition that we are all products of our nature, our nurture, and other subtle factors, we might naturally start to cultivate greater openness towards anot
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  18. I have a background teaching young kids mindfulness and meditation, movement and breathing techniques. Children are SO receptive to meditation and I absolutely love seeing them transform before me. When Covid hit everything was thrown off for obvious reasons..but no longer being able to teach students face to face, online learning felt like it brought out a depression and anxiety in me that I couldn’t shake. I tried my best to continue online with my students but many of their parents stopped the extra-curricular activities and I found myself harboring this daily sadness and grief. After
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  19. @JillianZ Acceptance has definitely been a by-product of the pandemic for me as well. The forced slowing down allowed me time I never really took to acknowledge things, feel them in my body, process them. It is a work in progress but definitely I have embraced the opportunity to abandon my views on quite a few things during this time. Always, this work and growth and learning is ongoing. Best- Rachel
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  20. I would love to learn more about how to mindfully abandon my conditioned thought patterns and perception of things. I feel the pandemic had this effect on me without my awareness of it happening at the time. I have always been a creature of habit and routine, very set in my ways, resistant to change and even just down right stubborn. But with the forced shut down, losing my ability to support myself and having no choice but to face the uncertainty, I eventually embraced it. I began trying new things and stopping doing others that I may never have without the help of the pandemic. I also
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  21. I sO agree B. When i feel the sensatiOn of fear fOr me, it is a separatiOn which feels like an uncOmfortable energy in my chest and arms. A sensatiOn that is like stress Of a small self shaking hOlding the breath cOnstricted with the body cOntracting. I thank my bOdy nOw fOr letting me knOw i am nOt connected and cOme back to breath letting my bOdy know i am safe tO expand Once again with the life fOrce Of my breath.
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  22. It is like there is a separation from the free flow of life, a freezed, rejected, lost, confused, tight and unbreathable space...so tensed in the body
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  23. Lovely reflections as always Rachel. I am glad this question brought you relief. For myself, I feel called to tune into the earth - just to ground myself. We talked about the root chakra recently, and I still feel a strong call and need to reconnect with this grounding element. The past couple of weeks have been a bit challenging for me; my mind is more active than usual (which is saying something because it is usually quite active ). Today I am going to a pottery workshop (class 6 out of 8). I have found this craft to be hugely beneficial for my state of mind. When I am working wi
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  24. @helenea - No need to apologize for rambling! That's what the forum is here for. And these are certainly challenging times. We are here to support! @Cookie - Very cool! Do you have any interest still in flying? @Feelgoodfloozie - Ah yes, how our desires change I also wanted to be a grown up when I was a child. I remember asking my parents if I could watch 'real people movies' instead of animations.
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  25. hi Gillian I would say that TM was the begining of my search for something inside rather than waiting for something to come along which would make it ok I always felt that it was a need within that I was searching for so the start of many years of learning different methods, alternate and complimentary practices and techniques, I am reluctant to say that I have never found it? because I have been fortunate in every other area of my life.I have a long and happy marrage , good close relationships with my children who also have fairly well balanced lives, and 7 beautiful grand children, I am gr
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  26. This week's question asks: What wisdom can you find in the natural world around you? Take a look out your window, or better yet, take a long walk outside. What lessons can you find there? What wisdom wants to be transmitted to you? For this question, it might be easier to consider, "What does this tree what to tell me? What does the wind want to tell me?" Tune into the natural world as you inquire about what wisdom is held there.
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  27. Hello everyone- I have been writing blogs for my mindfulness website and the one I ended up writing quite late last evening, I would like to share with the community. I would love your feedback or to engage with you about its' contents! Thanks so much. Be well. Rachel Link to Coming Back: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Uj-reWIM6kN14gWX-4GJ3Vfs83tSEKAatDftAyUYE0g/edit?usp=sharing Link to Rachel Potts Mindfulness: https://rachelpottsorg.wordpress.com
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  28. Absolutely beautiful Rachel! I love the imagery of the North Star and how you came back to it at the end to remind us that it is always there. I felt very moved by your words. As Daniel said, they were powerful and authentic to read, deeply human and true. Reading the words 'Pay attention to the ground beneath you' reminded me of words of wisdom someone recently gave to me, which was just to come back to the root chakra. Lately I have felt caught up in the upper chakras and this reminder to come back to the Earth was wonderfully grounding. Thank you for reinforcing that message.
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  29. I woke up feeling isolated & questions aroused that made me feel small & doubting myself. But after reading some of the new exercises my mood changed. I felt connected to a powerful group& supported. I look forward to doing the self care self love exercises. Reading all the great information that is available here. Namaste
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  30. Yes I love it as well! It is deeply penetrating. I am a big fan of David Whyte's writing.
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  31. That poem by David Whyte just moves me to my bones. I love it.
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  32. I so appreciate these reflections from you both. Daniel- I agree! There is nothing like the release of laughter. Wonderful anecdote. Gillian- Thank you again for these prompts. I loved sitting with them.
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  33. Yes, I'm half way through an 8-week class taught by the East Coast Mindfulness Center
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  34. Gillian, I liked your observation about contentment. At some times in my own life, contentment follows the elation of a happy experience. As I recall it, savor it and integrate it, contentment arises.
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  35. What a beautiful sharing Jillian. Your words stirred something in me - this idea that perhaps when we are trying to escape the literal winter, there is something else that we do not want to sit with. Your words also exemplify the power of internal seasons. Even if we physically position ourselves in such a way that winter does not touch us, there is a change of season within. I can understand that struggle to fully allow or accept this turning inward - this period of rest. In one moment, we can feel as if we have surrendered fully. In the next, the mind creeps in to tell us that it's not
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  36. Great Posts, All! Hmmm...a couple of my Firsts: I wanted to be a Dr. Second: cant remember the date tho was recently...LOL! Many lessons...when I previously worked in a Detox program I was arguing with a Female client until my Friend, Lana, the RN spotted me and motioned me immediately into the Conference room, and reminded me in 30 Secs or less how sick these Patients are and I should know better...that was my first Real Lesson in Compassion; BTW...I found myself in my Supervisor's office time and time again prior to this; the Theme, was always the same!-"Compassion" After Lana's i
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  37. Hello I am Erica.. Recently joined this community ! I am practising mindfulness since 6 months and love to reading blogs or article regarding this.. I read many of conversation in this coomunity find it is very interesting and informable and I really learn a lot from here..! So happy to join this community!!
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  38. Hi Rachel, That sounds promising! Btw, do you have some tips to share about how to add trauma sensitivity to mindfulness meditation? I have a few students who expressed childhood trauma and we’re starting Body Scans... thanks, Amy
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  39. This past week I tried both walking meditation and mindful walking for the first time. I've been struggling with stillness of my body this week, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try something new-to-me. I'm not exactly sure if walking meditation will be a regular practice for me, it's much more difficult for me (vs. mindful walking) but I've been practicing very short periods (around 5 minutes) inside my home.
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  40. Wow. This really resonates with something I was thinking about just yesterday. The idea came to me to put together a collection of mindful poetry for children. I have played around with a couple poems in my head, but nothing on paper yet. I quickly then thought, 'how appropriate those pieces would be for adults as well.' Coming back to the world, to words, and to meditation just the way a child does would be of immense beauty and benefit to adults that are open to being touched by life's simplicity - and the wisdom embedded in that simplicity. And thank you so much for sharing that articl
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  41. Thanks so much to everyone who has shared here. There is no question that for everyone, there is some element of sadness and feeling cut off from the interpersonal work that comes with keeping company with children. I remind myself that part of mindfulness is acceptance. We are where we are (still) and we can only work within that. So, like others, I record a short video for my school community that is shared each morning during virtual morning announcements- I call it the McKinley Mindful Minute. I also feel called to create and share more children's practices than before with an inv
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  42. I am a bit late to this week's inquiry, but I was actually surprised by the amount of decompression I was feeling last week after the inauguration. I do not think I had realized how much emotion had been tangled up in these recent months for me. I have been feeling a slow burn of hope, relief, anger, and exhaustion. Dare I say a bit of cynicism (eek) on the edges, around the concept of a magic bullet having arrived and all being well. There is so much suffering, for multiple reasons, and the work must now be attended to in earnest. In that way, I get a sense of energized commitment.
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  43. How interesting the difference in interpretations, Gillian. In some ways we are a part of the world and I truly do not like being such a cynic but in my mind we are an unnatural species Every being has a role to play to keep the balance of nature but what is our role? Thankfully I am able to remember there are many good and caring people who fight for animals and the planet even if I remain a cynic about our species. Thank you for telling us about that dream.
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  44. chotu goes out for walks on a leash twice a day everyday ... if he isnt taken out - he is very vocal indeed.... just thought i would share a picture of him.... he scampers up trees and runs around on the property ... truly an amusing fellow ...
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  45. Hello. My name is Patricia F as there is already a Patricia in the group. I am excited to be here and looking forward to being on a consistent practice schedule. I am a volunteer at an organization that helps people in all forms of recovery. I would love to bring mindfulness to them as well.
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  46. I was just invited to lead a short mindful meditation for female identifying people during an event of a women's collaborative in the city where I live. It will be taking place on Zoom as well.
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  48. I had always thought of myself as a teacher. My favorite person was a fourth grade teacher. She was the only person that ever asked if I was "alright". After growing up never asked for opinion or even to think on my own really set me up without coping skills. so getting through that was totally on intuition and excepting the fact that I would always do everything wrong first. The teacher always stuck in me though. As much as being the student. Always learning, sometimes feel like a sponge and cannot get enough information. I saw recently about now being able to download knowledge
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  49. 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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    • I ALWAYS come back to my roots, @Gillian Sanger! In Ayurveda, I am dominant in Vata, which is comprised of air and space, meaning, I need to ground in order to feel more balanced.  Doing things like your pottery work, or anything that stimulates that connectedness, can bring us what we need. Enjoy your class!  Be well. Rachel
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    • @helenea - No need to apologize for rambling! That's what the forum is here for. And these are certainly challenging times. We are here to support! @Cookie - Very cool! Do you have any interest still in flying? @Feelgoodfloozie - Ah yes, how our desires change 😄 I also wanted to be a grown up when I was a child. I remember asking my parents if I could watch 'real people movies' instead of animations. 
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    • Good morning- In reading this week's prompt, I felt a tangible sigh of relief.  Like I was grateful for the gift of the question- to slow down and check in with myself.  Thank you, @Gillian Sanger. I am working through a week of study with my teacher on clearing vishuddha chakra- the throat chakra, bridge between heart and mind.  Within this work is a call to use aspects of right speech- are my words true, kind, necessary?  Also embedded here is the invitation to explore one's truth, and to speak, listen, and act from a place of truth.   It feels like I am working on attending to this in a subtle way while navigating a few challenges: with relationships and with work.  So I am sitting in meditations that support this opening, this truth between my heart and mind, and bringing extra attention to the words I am choosing in my interactions as well as the thoughts that give rise to them.  Of course, it is ongoing work- this listening for one's truth, and then speaking/acting it into being in a way that vibrates with compassion for all, including myself. Be well, everyone. Rachel  
    • hi Gillian I would say that TM was the begining of my search for something inside rather than waiting for something to come along which would make it ok I always felt that it was a need within that I was searching for so the start of many years of learning different methods, alternate and complimentary practices and techniques, I am reluctant to  say that I have never found it? because I have been fortunate in every other area of my life.I have a long and happy marrage , good close relationships with my children who also have fairly well balanced lives, and 7 beautiful grand children, I am  gratefull that i have been able to learn how  much my thoughts influence my feelings and behaviour.  and after 30 odd years working in the care sector I was in the position to change career when i should have been planning for retirement and join my son in building a new business, especially in these difficult times when many are having to deal with problems that none could have foreseen, yet there  is one problem which i dont seem to be able to overcome and could ruin everything for me. I am so sorry for rambling on. To answer your question, most of our meditation attempts are usually the guided ones by Tara Brach,Joe Dispenza and other positive people,but I still remember my mantra.
    • Hi Helenea! Thank you for sharing here 🙂 Do you still practice TM? I've been curious, but I really don't know much about it.
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