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  1. Beginning the 100 day challenge is allowing me to slow down. By the end of this life I want to have mastered the art of slow living, taking one day at a time and noticing how everyday brings something new to see, hear, smell, touch.
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  2. 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.
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  3. Beautiful way to put it! Thank you for sharing Rachel. Your words, as always, are very cherished here. Cherish, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Animals are such a special part of the family. My partner and I have a mom-daughter pair of dogs. They were strays from Greece so we do not know the breed (the mother was found abandoned in a dumpster and soon after had three puppies). Here they are:
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  4. Thank you Gillian and you’re very welcome! Animals do show us so much! What kind of dogs do you share your life with? As a lover of dogs and all animals really, I am surprised I didn’t say anything about them in my earlier post. Well, then again, I am not. I lost my two dogs within a year of each other; October ‘19 and October ‘20. My Kayleigh was a golden retriever and her son was a golden mix. I do have two 15 year old orange tabbies that remind me to not take life so seriously. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! Beautiful Rachel!
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  5. Hi everyone- This is such a thought provoking question. I think I would say that my most impactful silent teachers are two- my son and my daughter. I have been reminded by and through them, at each age and stage- of the impermanence and wonder of life. The container of motherhood has been a learning lab where I have cultivated patience, curiosity, experiencing emotions, forgiveness, humility, and love. Hope this finds everyone in the community well. Rachel
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  6. Beautiful reflections Cherish! I resonate very much with your words. Mother Nature has indeed taught me much, but to offer a different answer to the question, I will add that my two dogs have been remarkable teachers of unconditional love, of play, and of presence. And, of embracing the flow of things. They hold onto nothing, are able to relax deeply, and have infinite amounts of love to give. I am truly blessed by their presence.
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  7. Hello all, I'm a graduate of Sean's teacher training (July 2020) and have been so grateful and proud of this work. After lots of thought and fighting myself on reasons why I SHOULDN'T explore this, I've taken the leap and created @bluesky_mindfulness. It's in its infancy right now and I only have an Instagram account and FB page, and an email address: blueskymindfulnessinfo@gmail.com. Need to work on a website next! But, I am excited to work in business settings as well as one on one and therapeutic environments. Because I still have a full-time "other" job, I am balancing t
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  8. Great question, Gillian! I'd say the most impactful 'silent teachers' I have had in my life are Mother Earth herself and all of her inhabitants (i.e., floral and fauna). Mother Nature doesn't rush, yet everything is accomplished. Being among nature, I have learned to be present with what is and patience. I have learned that everything is connected to everything else. Within that connection, there is a graceful dance flowing with the music of life.
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  9. Hi an update about my Creative Mindfulness idea. I now have 5 themes to offer and these are 1 Relaxation techniques 2 Better Breathing 3 Mindfulness 4 Guided Visualisations 5 Story telling The idea came to me after I spent time with my dementia clients and their families who are struggling to cope with COVID and the lockdown. It alters routines. I am currently looking at mindfulness and dementia. Exploring ways in which being in the present is good for people with cognitive problems like dementia. If anyone has any ideas about how this sort of mindfulness mig
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  10. I hear @Jeff Miller compelling us to see beyond our physical human experience. I find that often challenging in day to day life. However, practicing mindfulness has helped tremendously. I particularly liked this question from the list: What is this moment asking of me? When I tune into the moment with my family, I can really see them, be with them, enjoy them! I laugh with my girls more when I tune into the present moment. The moment is definitely reminding me to stay in it and not perseverate on worry or regret, which have been my habit. It is also asking me to be authentically
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  11. Some of my Prisma Art below...it's a New App. I discovered!
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  12. To reflect on this week's question: I hope that by the end of my life I have found my 'place' so to speak. That I have integrated all the different dimensions of who 'I' am and that I have uncovered a deep peace within myself and within the world.
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  13. Here's a good article as an example of the healing power of art. https://ahha.org/selfhelp-articles/in-the-middle-life-happens/
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  14. 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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  15. I was really interested to read this, thankyou. I am really new to mindfulness but have created Creative Mindfulness in the hope I can get it to take off. Breathing, relaxation, guided visualisation and storytelling are key elements. If anyone here has any advice, thoughts, inspiration about how I might take this forward I am open to ideas.
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  16. Congrats on taking the leap! I created a lovely, simple website on Wordpress. You can check it out here. rachelpottsorg.wordpress.com All best to you!
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  17. I have developed a Mindful and Meditative Arts Facilitator and Life Coaching Program that focuses on mindful, meditative and intuitive arts (movement, writing, visual art). If you are interested in finding out about it here is the link. Mindful and Meditative Arts Certification Program | CourseCraft. My process right now involves the creation of my coloring book Marvelous Mystics and Wild Women. Here are a few of the pieces I've been working on as my meditative practice.
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  18. I use weaving as a form of mindfulness art.
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  19. Often I find myself drawn to the water or to the bush on our property. it feels like home to me when I am amongst the trees, I can feel the ancestors around that is very comforting to me. I am able to do some very clear thinking when I am in nature, I could spend hours sitting with the tress and their vibrations.
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  20. I would like to remember my first date because it taught me a lot about people. But what's more precious is that i found meditation which helps me to forget.
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  21. That is awesome!! I too have been creating. I an Holistic Aesthetician as well and I used to create my own products. I allowed myself to get away from cewating for many years, forgetting how much I loved it and how it was my get away from eveything. Also as you said getting more out of my mind and into my hands. I love that!!! Yes and more into the earth. I love plant therapy so I began to create again my products, plant based straight from the earth. They are Holistically amazing!! i have included a picture for you to see as well.
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  22. Recently I took up pottery, which has been a wonderful practice to help me get out of my head and into my hands - and into the earth! I am sharing a photo of my first finished piece (there are more coming out of the kiln soon). Has anyone else been making things with their hands this past year?
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  23. Thanks to you both for your input! @Cookie, is this helpful for you?
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  24. 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
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  25. Yes, it will indeed be a journey! And I think that it's very natural to be unsure of how it will fit/work. But taking small steps where you can and carving out little pockets of space will eventually lead to something more... and something more after that. It sounds like you have a very clear vision of where you want to support people with mindfulness. I am not an expert on mindfulness in workplace contexts, but maybe someone else here has some input? I will also send through some resources if I come across anything.
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  26. Mindfulness today was about showing loving kindness to me, someone I love, acquaintances, people I don't know very well and to the world. This was a powerful mindfulness/meditation session which I shall use regularly. Thank you.
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  27. @Gillian Sanger I just finished reading The Alchemist! What a fascinating journey. I am still pondering my own personal legend...how about you? thank you so much for that book recommendation!
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  28. Some of these questions are useful. Some, IMO, are contraindicated in the medicinal practice of remembering (‘mindfulness’) and are just more distracting self-obsession and obscuration (keeping in mind that ‘mindfulness’ is not psychology or ‘spirituality’ or ‘mysticism’ or ‘personal development’ or the preferencing of “good” emotions or pacification or a pursuit of personal happiness / accomplishment or the perfection of an ideal “self”). If we limit ourselves to these types of questions then they are a path of indulgence and perceptual confusion because the human animal is dangerously l
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  29. This was a lovely, quiet piece of mindfulness. Just stopping is about having permission to care for myself. I would use this in my Mindfulness Programme as an introduction to self care.
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  30. Thank you for the warm welcome, Gillian! MMTCP began last month. I appreciate your inviting nature and plan to share in other corners of the forum. Wishing you well.
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  31. Hello, I practice meditation and qigong on a daily basis. Currently, I am enrolled in the two year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. I also am training to be a qigong instructor. I decided to join this group in hopes to get to know some like-minded individuals, such as yourselves. Outside of meditation, I enjoy being in the outdoors and taking pictures of nature unfolding right before my eyes.
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  32. Hi guys I’m new to this group and I was wondering what you do when you meditate? Do you have any techniques? Do you follow along with any programs? I would love to try some new options out
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  33. Hi, I’m Chloe and I’m new to this group. Im happy to have joined a group where we all share the love for the same thing. I’m open to sharing what kinds of exercise or techniques everyone uses because there is so much to learn!
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  34. Happy to be a part of this journey. One of my favourite sayings to busy friends and family is “ sometimes you just have to STOP and smell the peonies “( my favourite flower). I am a carer for my fiancé & we are getting married this year ( after postponing from last year). I NEED calm, clarity & focus in my life now more than ever. Peace & love to all x
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  35. Very true words. Thank you for sharing Daniel! Wow. You have shared words by Jaiya John before. Again I am struck by their depth and simplicity. I am going to save this one.
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  36. When I was a kid I thought I had magic powers and would try spells for everything
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  37. Rachel, thank you! I feel as though I am equal parts excited and overwhelmed about this, but passion and commitment is driving me forward. Having never started a small business before, I think I need a how-to manual Baby steps, right? I, too, have worked with students (college) and continue to provide workshops to students at my small school. Students are under enormous stress right now, as are so many in education, but trying to convince them of the benefits can be challenging. We will get there, as you say, "one meditation at a time". Be well.
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  38. Some good people to watch on Youtube to learn watercolor are Peter Sheeler, Shayda Campbell, AhmadArt, In the Studio with Michelle Webber, Jenna Rainey. I thought it would be a lot harder than it uis. And you can start out with Dollar Store supplies just to see if it's your thing.
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  39. This week's question asks: What is one thing you'd like to remember today? We each hold much wisdom in our heart and in our bones, but sometimes, we simply forget. What is one thing you'd like to remember today? Some insight you'd like to come back to? Today, for myself, I'd like to remember that everything is temporary. Life is in continual flow. This flow does not have to be resisted; I can open my heart to it.
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  40. I second Rachel's note about orienting to my surroundings and coming back to the breath. The mind can be tricky - and slippery - and so I think one of the most effective ways to 'disarm' it is to notice the simple things of the moment. The shape of the clouds, the steady rhythm of each inward and outward breath, the buildings that line the street, the sound of children laughing. Whatever may be present for you right now. I, too, can get entangled in thoughts frequently, sometimes even analyzing the way that I am analyzing my thoughts (when I express my thought patterns out loud to my par
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  41. Hi...This is Zen from Malaysia. I will be doing meditation on and off. Not a regular practitioner. I love soft music, sound of nature, meditation music. Sometimes, I will on some sound of nature such as raining, water flowing while I am sleeping. Because of that I also started my own YouTube Channel so that I can share more nice music with other people especially my friends and family. Hope everything stay safe and stay positive during this period.
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  42. Hello, @LHA- This really resonates with me, as I am someone who gets lost in my thinking mind by conditioning. Mindfulness has really helped me 'catch' when I am doing this. Even if just for a moment here and there, I can bring myself back, get present, and the inner commentary slows and quiets. A few practices/resources I use/have used to support me in this constant chattering: 1. The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer 2. Tara Brach's Practice- Letting Life Live Through You 3. Noticing when I am doing so, and using steps to disentangle from the stream of judging
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  43. Something people will not know about me is that I have recently started writing short stories to complement my interest in guided imagery. I am 62 and just starting out on this particular journey.
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  44. On my Creative side! Just so I am not just repeating the same Mantra or Prayer every time, I am going to originate some in my own verbage to make them more authentic! After my Breakfast this AM, my Partner conveyed her own short one-liner to me, which I responded with one too! something is sinking in apparently...I think the day I informed her that Mindfulness is not a "Woo-Woo" as Sean explaines, it has become a way of Life!!
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  45. @Gillian Sanger- Thank you once again for the inquiry around what the natural world can offer us in terms of looking within and learning about ourselves. I find that when I am outdoors, a few things sort of naturally (no pun) occur. First, my senses of sight and hearing sharpen. Colors look more vivid, shadows more pronounced, trees or birds against the sky more stark in their contrast. Likewise, there is an increased listening as sounds that may be easily missed become more tangible, discernible. In those experiences alone, there is wisdom. Wisdom to pay attention, to open my awaren
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  46. This was the perfect simple but foundational guided meditation that I needed today....especially as I am teaching others There are many ways to guide a mindful breath awareness practise, and I really enjoyed Sean's voice and choice of words. I will be referring back to this often. Thank you so much.
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  47. Today's three mindful breaths meditation helped to calm and clear my mind afterwards.
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  48. I started teaching online in 1996 on AOL. When the WWW appeared I taught in forums. When Facebook appeared, I started teaching there. I have an email list that I teach through. I use Skype. Sometime next year I’ll start using www.learnworlds.com. I’ve never taught face to face and don’t plan to. I currently have around 300 active students.
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  49. Hello Gillian... Thank you very much... I am so happy to be back and be a part of the community. I have been super busy opening my new Wellness Studio. Finally all done and now I have time to be here. I love being a part and am thankful to be here. I am well during these crazy times... keeping safe and staying mindfully positive.... I sincerely pray that all is well with you and everyone here..... I am truly walking in much gratitude these days for sure...Be Well....
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  50. 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 i
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