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  1. 4 points
    With 58% of vertebrae species, 80% of freshwater fish, 40% of the global insect population (76% in some regions), and 90% of ocean biomass having extincted just since 1970, ... and with 70-90% of remaining species projected to extinct by the end of this century (at current rate of extinction, not factoring in acceleration), ... and with cognitive ability and average IQ scores plummeting (7 points since 1970) and dementia now the fifth leading cause of human death, ... and with human sperm viability declining 53% since 1970, ... and with climate chaos and a ‘baked in’ 3-5 C temp increase with an exponential increase in catastrophic weather projected this century (which will collapse civilization), ... and with suicide and psychosis rates steadily increasing, ... and as Earth’s geomagnetic poles erratically wander as the strength of the terrestrial electromagnetic field rapidly weakens as an overdue geomagnetic excursion ramps up (a geomagnetic excursion significantly contributed to the extinction of the Neanderthal species 41k years ago). ... and as it becomes increasingly clear that the human species is already in an actual full-blown existential crisis, ... I try to daily remember to get over myself and actively help others here in this age of uncertainty, mass extinction, degeneration and collapse. - - - It isn’t life as usual anymore. It isn’t all about our privileged and endless tsunami of dissatisfaction, constant craving, self-absorbed patterns of thought, addictive emotional reactivity, or our much cherished hallucination of a separately existing invulnerable solid ‘self’. We are short-lived biological organisms, innately embedded in a rapidly unraveling thin fragile layer of life here in an increasingly unstable planet that we are utterly dependent on for the sustenance and survival of the human species, and as Andy Fisher wrote: “As the biosphere crumbles, so do we.” The human species, right now, is crumbling. Modern people have forgotten what we are, where we are and how where we are actually operates, to our great detriment. They have forgotten that there is no solid ground to be found anywhere in all of existence. The practice and experience of mindfulness (or ‘sati’, translated as ‘remembering’ in the ancient mnemotechnical tradition from which it was extracted, relanguaged, renamed and repurposed for modern consumer culture) originally existed for the purpose of reminding the species that the nature of all existence is endless change, uncertainty, dependence and impermanence. Collapse is inevitable and most of humanity, wandering lost, disembodied, and isolated in a ritually fortressed conditioned bubble of storification and self-fascination, has no idea what is flying at us again like a speeding runaway Mack Truck. Remembering that Earth, and the human body, have never been safe places to live is medicine for our very modern madness of self-obsession, amnesia, ignorance and denial. Remembering that our purpose for living is to help each other, and to protect the web of life, provides us with meaning. As it grows darker, remember to be the light.
  2. 3 points
    I think that is a big part of what I might call limited thinking. I think in the same way we are empathetic with stories of abuse, etc, we need to express (albeit not easy) empathy to folks who need to elevate themselves above others and find fault with color, religious, gender, etc differences. If we can use curiosity to place doubt in their minds about their viewpoint, maybe we can make a small chip in the facade. Staying out of judgmental thinking for those who are being judgmental is a battle I continue to work on internally. In the same way a person has anxiety about leaving their home or going to the super market perhaps there are those that experience anxiety when confronted with difference. I believe there is research about this now and some work on relearning for people who struggle with judgmental biases/hate.
  3. 3 points
    Like you, Gillian - SPRING! The first thing that "sprang" to mind! I feel a season of hope and possibilities unfolding inside me as I breathe new life into my business! Great question!
  4. 2 points
    Hi David, thank you for seeing Gillian and I as people on the spiritual path as you clearly are. You, Gillian and I may have various ideas about consciousness but we are all open to learning more. I read that beautiful poem you sent us the link to. Poets so often capture truths that ordinary prose doesn't. I found it quite meaningful. Thanks for letting us know you are on retreat. May the experience be only good. Daniel
  5. 2 points
    I just finished the I AM meditation for day 51. It was an extremely powerful experience. From the instant I heard the speaker's voice I felt safe in some profound way. He moved at a slow pace during the meditation and each comment or question took me deeper into and experience of awareness. I had very few thoughts but strong responses to being the I AM, the eternal consciousness. I was moved by the statement that all that comes into awareness is not me. I am the consciousness aware of the idea or thought or topic. I know this is a more Hindu thought but it blends into the Buddhist ideas of consciousness. I did not want to open my eyes when the recording ended. It felt so wonderful being where I let it take me. Daniel
  6. 2 points
    Hi David, First, I value the posts you make. I hope you continue your comments from your own point of view. I agree that we are interconnected and interdependent. I also agree it is important to examine why we might be attracted to one spiritual path or another. I will share a preference of my own: please look into quantum physics. There are a lot of quantum physicists that are following data and its implications in their scientific work. One is Brian Green. His data suggest String Theory is a viable explanation for the universe. His data suggest that the universe is part of a multiverse connected somehow by "strings" of energy. This theory postulates that there are between 9 and 11 other dimensions which humans can't experience. This may seem incredible but currently, with the unaided human eye we can not see ultraviolet light, but it exists. I have waded into this information on quantum physics for the last two years and many of my earlier beliefs have been challenged. I do want to mention that four physicists in refereed scientific journals have published data suggesting that consciousness may well exist independent of the mind but works through the mind in humans and perhaps other sentient beings. I feel humbled when I read or see videos of these people presenting their data. They surely could all be wrong. They would all admit that. However, some of them may be correct. There are many more fundamental discoveries of quantum physics which are not doubted but quite shocking at first encounter. Those are beyond what I want to say here. I agree that assumptions about a philosphical base of a spiritual path can be related to why we might choose one over another. I love Buddhism and Buddha for the positive social impact we all can have following his ethics. I follow mindfulness for that reason. However, the Hindu concept of the Atman, the "real" spritual self appeals to me as well. I can hold these differing ideas of self and not mind that they disagree. I am more inclined to Buddhist Vispanna meditation and plan to stick with it. I expect and hope that there is room in your life for a seeker like me. Daniel
  7. 2 points
    Am doing my day 4 I do my small walk and it is relaxing When I try try to pay something on my main card today and it wouldn't work so I contact the company about my card and the person said to me it is suspended until I pay my bill that means that I can't use my card and I feel little sad because I want to pay a gift for my nephew's birthday.
  8. 2 points
    Thank you for sharing ^_^ ♥ In my Islamic tradition when we greet people or say good bye, we say: Peace be upon you. السلام عليكم Al-Salam Aly-oukim. Peace be with you Rachel ^_^
  9. 2 points
    On retreat last week, my teacher shared this mantra: Om Gaia Mandala Siddhi Phala Bhrum Ah, translated as Oh Mother Earth, Mandala of LIfe, May the Fruit of Your Spiritual Powers Be Realized. It is credited to Lama Cynthia Jurs, founder of the Earth Vase Treasure Project https://earthtreasurevase.org/ It can be chanted in song form or chanted 108 times using mala beads. In peace- Rachel
  10. 2 points
    Yes... Emotions so very tricky. Today especially I am remembering this...... To do this ...... When I engage in my daily meditation, because my emotions have been a weakness for me in the past ...meaning my feelings have been always easy hurt.... My daily affirmations have really help me take control of this. I am strong...I am happy ... I am always in control of my feelings and my vibration is always high high high!!!!! i always allow the feelings, but I quickly reach for my affirmations and it works so very well. Thank you for your posts!!
  11. 2 points
    I'm working on my second day and I clear my mind and reading my body when am doing the breathing exercise.
  12. 2 points
    I'm starting 100 challenge today.
  13. 2 points
    Good job! stay committed!
  14. 2 points
    Hi. I just signed up for the program and am very enthused about it. I also struggle with judgment of the judgmental. Donald Rothberg, a member of the teachers council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, has done a lot of work on "Transforming the Judgmental Mind" including retreats based on that theme. Anyone interested can access his talks on Dharma Seed. Look under "teachers" then "Donald Rothberg" then "talks by this teacher", then "transforming the judgmental mind". In fact, he is doing another retreat (online from Southern Dharma) starting on Sunday, Oct. 25, Donald is a superb teacher. Good luck with the struggle! That's a tough one.
  15. 2 points
    A couple days ago I listened to a dhamma talk by Ajahn Sujato in which he explained that the word “educate” derives from words meaning “to draw out of.” Adding to what Katie said, I take this to mean nurturing one’s inherent qualities rather than trying to indoctrinate and condition that person to meet others’ expectations and wishes. The difference to me feels like one of acceptance and caring—that encourages expansion of interest and growth—versus aggression and disdain, that is hurtful and discouraging. Is it possible that people cling to such outrageous beliefs and act out in such ridiculous ways because they feel safe with what is familiar and have been made to be fearful of stepping or peeking-out from their comfort zones? I don’t know.
  16. 2 points
    I believe people need to feel safe and free from judgment in order to express curiosity and be open to the possibility of change. This involves creating an environment of acceptance for whatever may come to the surface and acceptance for the emotions of others without trying to fix or change them. It involves a willingness to explore from "I wonder why/if etc" rather than "why do you believe." Trying harder to understand than to be understood can go a long way......something we all need to work on starting with me. We also need to accept that what we have to say is not going to change someone else's beliefs but may ignite curiosity and movement in that person to pursue an internal exploration.
  17. 2 points
    I tried curiosity with a neighbor who treated others well in the neighborhood. However, he constantly expressed racist thoughts and generalizations about black people. Yet h'e couldnt account for the source of his racism. He had been unable to relate to black employees of a store he managed and had to be moved to be a manger elsewhere. l had to walk a tightrope in this conversation and needed all my skills as a therapist to have this conversation successfully. The origin was in his own family. He had been a gifted sportsman in high school. His parents needed his income from a job to meet family necessities. He still felt the rage over having had to sacrifice his sports dreams. To him, anyone who received andy kind of government aid was not making the sacrifices he had to make, and therefore got breaks he never had. He generalized from that anger and hurt to any and all black people who needed government aid to live. We barely made it through that conversation though we had a good relationship. It helped me understand him but did nothing for him to help him change himself. It helped me realize an important thing, behind racists and bullies lie fear, anger and some great hurt that prompts irrational ideas. I do not show curiosity much to anyone who is racist as barring an overall good relationship preceeding such a discussion it can prompt the rage to be directed at the questioner.
  18. 2 points
    Hello, I'm John, from Cape Cod, MA. A 200KYTT Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master and also help SMBs to increase their client base, following and income. After seeing Sean's offering for his Mindfulness Course last year I was very grateful to have the opportunity to participate and become certified as a Mindfulness Coach. Life, as we know, has it's own timetable and literally everything that we have become comfortable with, is subject to change. Such was the case over the past year. The necessity to become a full time caregiver to my elderly parents took priority over my entire life. I stopped working full time in order to provide care for them. Dad is in late stage Parkinson's and Mom is a diabetic with congestive heart failure. They have been the priority! We're now at a point where their health is more balanced (in spite of Covid) and I can devote more time to my own pursuits. It's at this point that I intend to immerse myself in the course material and prepare to bring more of my gifts to those whose lives intersect mine with a need that I can assist them with. My hope is that I will nourish some very important relationships within this community and walk a path of mutual good will. Gratefully, John
  19. 2 points
    Hi John, Thank you for this lovely introduction. I'm Gillian - the community moderator and Chief Care Officer for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at anytime. I myself have studied Hatha yoga and meditation, though these days I am a full-time writer and poet (offering some online meditation sessions). Meditation, mindfulness, and spirituality are interwoven into all of my writing. Yes, life indeed has it's own timetable. It is always uncertain and unpredictable, but this year has undoubtedly brought even more of the unknown. I have found that despite its difficulty (maybe because of its difficulty!), I have learned much about myself and the world at large. It is very touching to hear of your devotion to caring for your parents. I am also happy to hear that despite covid, their health is in greater balance. It sounds like you have many, many gifts to share, and so it is wonderful you are diving into the course and finding out how those can be expressed in new ways
  20. 2 points
    Hello everyone. I am Keith from right on the equator in Singapore. I'm a psychologist who works with trauma (crisis inrtervention and its related consequences). I've just srrated my journey into Mindfulness and hope to incorporate its fundamentals into my therapy work. I enjoy riding my Brompton as it brings me to places where I can meditate (by the park, the coast, a park, or a wooded area). I hope to learn more through sharing and learning from people like you, as well as from reading and practicing with the various exercises. It's great to get to know all of you.
  21. 2 points
    I would like to cultivate more compassion for myself and others. As a manager, sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the job and expectations. I often remind myself that we are all built differently and try to remember that when I get caught up in the moment. I am also working to bring more peace into my life by just being grateful for all that I do have.
  22. 2 points
    I'd like to remember it's ok not to have all the answers...
  23. 2 points
    Today I must remember that the physical pain in my body came from a life lived to the fullest. That helps me continue to live loud rather than hide in low depression!
  24. 2 points
    I enjoy walking with my Ipod music and smelling the weather. I move my body everyday when I can. I take time for my self in a balance way when I can. I cannot do my other classes in the community and that is difficult for me.
  25. 2 points
    Thanks for this video. I have to say I have avoided information about technology hacking the mind because I don’t trust that approach. Mikey was very refreshing and seemed to reflect very noble values. He probably is right that technology is going to move in this direction, for good or otherwise. It is lovely to have a sense of shortcuts to wholeness, but I fear the aspect of subjecting the brain to manipulation and control by outside engineering invites really dystopian results, because part of the movement toward wholeness is surrendering the egoistic urge to be in control. As he pointed out, the experience of wholeness was the very opposite of acquiring and manipulating data within conceptual frameworks to exert our will. The desire to have things one’s way and to be able to control one’s subjective experience might fuel dangerous self-absorption. Yes, I believe a mature mind might work beneficial wonders with technology, but what about the brilliant but immature ones?
  26. 2 points
    This topic is improvised and not organized, I just wrote whatever came to my mind. P.S: Hey Gillian ^_^ ♥ I've came so far thanks to the prayers of my beloved ones and to the angel sent by God to guide me through this journey. Today I am celebrating my great milestone! I never imagined in my life I would come this far and if you have read my first topic you would know how miserable I was and I felt hopeless about any changes or to have the will to move past addiction and depression. for the past 50 days I had few flaws, some days I broke my diet and some days I experienced deep grief and sobbed the entire day in despair, I had also two days where I dipped down and relapsed back to addiction, but the only thing I was committed to was 20 min of meditation everyday and if I wasn't overwhelmed by tiredness and busy schedule I practiced yoga everyday. I feel like I've grown into something wiser and much more mature, I don't concern myself much now with wanting but with serving instead. Today I was reading chapter ten of the power of now, the meaning of surrender, and I did notice that during this journey I didn't let my ego have any expectations of what it should be like: " I must lose this amount of weight in 2 months" "I must make no mistakes at all" "I must wake up everyday at 4 am and be productive" "I must only eat healthy food" I started to practice "Non judgement" and "Self-compassion", just two days ago I was binge eating on pizza and cakes, but I didn't consider it as a "failure", just kept going and went with the flow of life instead of resisting. at one day I got really overwhelmed by grief and instead of telling myself "I must work today and do that or that" I just went back to bed and started sobbing the entire day and barely did anything and I am proud of myself for doing that. at some days I've dropped my guard down and enjoyed some pizza with family, later my ego would scold me for doing that "WE WON'T LOSE WEIGHT" and other ego drama stories, but I just shut this voice and I tell him "go pound sand". one of the most important lessons I did learn is to limit compassion with wisdom, sometimes I would take responsibility for others' suffering and I would sacrifice my own happiness and comfort to please them, but came this person who played a dirty trick that taught me this lesson that I should prioritize myself first and to be compassionate with myself. also other aspect is to be compassionate toward myself that there are things I can't do or control, I can't expect myself to work hard everyday and I can't expect myself to feel happy all the time, but to apply wisdom is to set a minimum amount of effort not to fall beyond it. last thing I started to appreciate it's value is listening and silence, yesterday my sister started to vent about all her life situations and in the beginning I started to point to her some flaws and negative beliefs in her speech I saw that she started to get bothered by me interrupting her and also she didn't appreciate my advices, so I started to practice bringing presence to dissolve her pain body by listening and "helping her relieve her suffering", at final, I did discover that she didn't actually have any problems at all but she just wanted someone to listen to her and to release this built up negativity, in the end I just told her very simple words and she appreciated them so much and felt so much joy. also I found so much peace in not being driven by the incessant urge to share my opinion and to speak, also ironically I was at my English club and the instructor asked a question: "What does dread mean ?", I answered: "Heavy feeling", he said "No, it means heavy fear". instead of being bothered by him not giving me appreciation or credits, I just said "I guess they are the same" and shrugged. I started to enjoy not being like Hermione and to give others space to speak and answer questions, fortunately I know all the answers but I just like to be compassionate and let others enjoy learning
  27. 2 points
    My small group meets on Zoom due to the pandemic here in Utah. We only meet once each week for an hour. Zoom has worked well for us.
  28. 2 points
    Thanks for another great question. Like you I find myself being very concerned and worried these days about so many issues going on in the United States and around the world. I would like to have more patience and perspective when it comes to working on such enormous problems. I would like to have the wisdom to look at change from the perspective of “the long arc of history” as President Obama often says.
  29. 2 points
    For myself at this time, two things come up: focus and gratitude/contentment with 'what is'. I wish to strengthen my capacity to focus on what inspires and motivates me, becoming more mindful of the things (technology and news largely) that detract from presence and gratitude. So yes, gratitude comes into this too (presence as well). My attention has been pulled in all directions lately given some of the events I see playing out across the globe. I wish to strike a balance in all this – remaining aware and connected to what's happening in the world while also focused on what I wish to create and tuned into the beauty and blessings that exist in this world.
  30. 2 points
    Am taking this Mindfulness Exercises class own my own pace.
  31. 1 point
    I am very grateful for a friend who has taught me so much about acceptance and contentment. She and her family lived in a very small house with a tiny kitchen without even room for the refrigerator that sat on a landing to the basement. Every meal and every day were made to feel welcome with her homemade muffins, a special adornment for the table, appreciations for the small things in life. She marked each change of season with special decor - the emphasis was not on the smallness of the house but the warmth and attention to detail. She has been caring for her husband for the past ten years - he is now close to transitioning and she never complains about the care and time she provides and he also, has never complained about his condition. He is grateful to her for his care and she is grateful to him for his amazing fortitude in spite of the challenge of his illness. Her friendship has been a true gift and I am so grateful to be her friend.
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  33. 1 point
    Am typing up my day 5 because I forgot to do that How did the practice of wishing others well impact your interactions?. I will try to think before I talk to my people and I know well. Did it shift your mood in anyway? When I workout at the gym that brings up my mood also the practice to. My attention will be listening to my relationships more when I see my friends and families also other people around me. Am typing up Day 6 What information do you receive when checking in with your body? it's all about awareness. The body check in is a tool and effective more when we use it and become more aware.
  34. 1 point
    Hi @Rachel, It sounds like there are some exciting shifts happening! Keep us posted. I do believe that the practical can intersect with our heart yearnings, even if it takes time to manifest in a tangible way. Is there a specific way you see this unfolding? A certain career path that would blend the two?
  35. 1 point
    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....
  36. 1 point
    This sounds like a fantastic resource! I will definitely check it out. 'Judgment of the judgmental' - I can certainly relate. Thank you!
  37. 1 point
    Thank you all so very much for your thoughts about and personal experience with this! I resonate with so much of what has been shared, and one thing that really stood how to me was what Katie, you said here: I can see this in myself greatly - this desire to change someone's mind, thinking that if only I say something the right way, something big will shift in their belief system. Yet, when reflecting on this notion and what you've written here, I am reminded that most change is gradual; a natural unfolding process. If we can ignite curiosity (while keeping our own inner source of it alive as well), maybe we become as a catalyst for long-term personal and collective growth. I also love the idea of trying to understand over trying to be understood. This is definitely a tricky one for myself as well, but like most things, it is a practice that becomes easier the more the mental muscle is used.
  38. 1 point
    I recently watch this Tedx on "Enlightenment engineering". I have my own opinions on it, but would love to hear what others think before sharing. Certainly an interesting concept ...
  39. 1 point
    Using the senses is important when dong tings at a moment in a relax way and am not thinking too much and am getting things done that I need to do today. Am being aware when am at the gym also in a cab. Am being glowly in my whole body. Am being aware of my feelings, thoughts, actions.
  40. 1 point
    I am working on a meditation series based on the seasons and thought I'd pose a question to the community based on this notion: If your inner world were a season, what season would it be embodying right now? Spring, summer, fall, and winter each carry unique energies, gifts, and purpose. For instance, spring to me is a time for expansion and new life, whereas autumn is about slowing down, turning inwards, and surrender. You might have your own interpretations of the seasons, but in any case, I invite you to share a few thoughts on what inner season you might be experiencing right now. Personally, I find myself slowly thawing out of winter, coming into an inner spring. New ideas are coming to me and I am slowly cultivating the energy to step into them.
  41. 1 point
    Hi Gillian, I am on Day 17: Gratitude. I have been working with that on my own and welcomed the guided meditation on that subject.
  42. 1 point
    Thank you I am getting to find my way around the community, resources etc I teach to the general public rather than particular sections, and sometimes I do awareness workshops with charities and schools. Yes my teaching style has changed with all the covid adaptations. I find that generally people partake more readily though because they are partaking from home on an online platform and find it not as difficult to motivate themselves to go out. The tai chi and qigong I have resumed in person , but still keeping some online. How have you find the changes?
  43. 1 point
    Hello Helene! Thank you for the introduction. I'm Gillian - the community moderator. If you have any questions or would like to be pointed in the direction of certain resources, reach out at anytime. Who do you teach to? Are you teaching as usual since covid began or how has your teaching style changed?
  44. 1 point
    Hello all just wanted to say hi! And say how excited I am to start my journey of learning here and passing on my skill and teachings to those that need it
  45. 1 point
    I have just started here and I will begin the Teacher Training Program shortly. Im so fascinated and inspired to pass this beautiful practice on for people to benefit from xo
  46. 1 point
    welcome back to canada @Gillian Sanger if you're ever in midland, drop by for some cocoa...would be great to meet....
  47. 1 point
    Thank you both, Gillian and Dorothy for your kind comments and ideas of other sources on this topic. I am glad I am not alone in avoiding the news except to stay generally informed. As for Loving Kindness, I love even those two words. The prayer gives me hope. Daniel
  48. 1 point
    I am a college professor so 18-22 is my target age. I find this group just wants someone to listen without judgment. They want an adult to see them and respect who they are becoming. I am wanting to start bringing mindfulness to this group as we move back into a school year (covid be damned!) and I look forward to this group as I move into this challenge!
  49. 1 point
    Who amongst us has taught within the school systems, whether to students or teachers? What ages did you teach and how did you effectively share your understandings and practice? Share whatever this experience is or was like for you. And, if you have any questions about teaching mindfulness within the education system, share those as well and hopefully we can support one another in learning more.
  50. 1 point
    I completely understand that! Dr. Andrew Weil explains one simple technique that I've sometimes used before bed - 4-7-8 breathing. You can do it on your own or listen to a video where he guides you through it. I found two videos to explain 1) what breathing techniques do on a psychological level, and 2) him explaining/walking listeners through the 4-7-8 breathing technique. 1) https://mindfulnessexercises.com/dr-andrew-weil-breathing-exercises-health/ 2) If you try it, let me know what you think!

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