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    • Hi both, An interesting question. I've worked with Paranoid Schizophrenics in a Forensic Mental Health Care Home setting here in the UK. I was allowed to offer them Mindfulness, but NOT Hypnotherapy / Self Hypnosis... I could have applied for permission to work with hypnosis with these individuals as long as they weren't in a florid state. But I didn't get around to that as felt the Mindfulness would be enough for now. I don't know where you are in the World or what the regulations are there, but here are some interesting readings: https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-25/edition-12/new-voices-should-we-be-more-mindful-psychosis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6436583/#:~:text=Mindfulness meditation alleviates symptoms of,5 and reduced negative symptoms. https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/visions/mindfulness-vol12/is-mindfulness-useful-or-dangerous-for-individuals-with-psychosis Many others here: https://www.google.com/search?q=mindfulness+for+paranoid+schizophrenia&rlz=1C5CHFA_enGB744GB744&oq=mindfulness+for+paranoid+sc&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j33i22i29i30l2.7544j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 My rule of thumb has always been to check with the person prescribing the anti psychotics (and make sure there is a paper trail). The results to date have varied from indifferent (with permission) to enthusiastic. With the greatest respect, I would add that I would NOT advise this to people who have no psych-brain training other than Mindfulness. Hope this helps, Gareth www.alchemylifetherapy.com 
    • Hello! Please allow me to introduce myself as a Consultant Medical Hypnotherapist, Solution Focused Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher. Oh and by the way, I still write as a journalist and make broadcast and online content as I spent 30 years in multimedia journalism and communications. I've been thoroughly enjoying Sean's Mindfulness scripts. I get just as much out of them as my students and customer-patients do! I've just purchased the 300+ Mindfulness Exercises and I look forward to integrating them into my practice and teaching. I'd love to hear from anyone who has used these with classes. Peace and power to you all! G*
    • I’m trained as a clinical psychotherapist. I wouldn’t teach mindfulness practices to someone diagnosed with paranoid schizoaffective disorder. IMO, it is contraindicated for this population. If you don’t mind, can you share what it is in your psychology training that suggests that mindfulness practice would be appropriate for this population? 
    • My favorite technique is one I learned from David on this forum. If I fall into self criticism, I catch myself, thank myself for recognizing that and return to the present. I use TNH's statements to center myself: "breathing in, I am aware of breathing in, breathing out I am aware of breathing out". Then, I tell myself some positive affirmations and move on. For me, this works. I know I will likely be challenged again but I will use these techniques and they will help me again. Daniel
    • What are your favourite self-compassion techniques? Choose the answers that resonate most with you. If your preferred practice is not on the list, share a bit about it below.
    • Poetry lovers (and fans of David Whyte) may enjoy this chat on On Being: https://onbeing.org/programs/david-whyte-the-conversational-nature-of-reality/
    • I just wanted to share this new article on teaching mindfulness to children. If you read through it, feel free to share your thoughts here: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/8-resources-to-help-you-teach-mindfulness-to-children/
    • Hello Frances! What a wonderful introduction to read. This was lovely. I'm Gillian - the community moderator here. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at any time.  It sounds like you have a wealth of knowledge and a strong sense of intuition. I'd love to hear more of your thoughts, reflections, and insights. Feel free to jump in on any conversation that speaks to you here in the forum. With gratitude, Gillian
    • Hello, my name is Frances, I live in Melbourne, Australia. I migrated to Australia from Scotland in 1988. I have a son who is 42 years old and lives in London. I have been married for 44 years. I have been a meditator for many years, I studied Christian Meditation 15 years ago. I am retired now but when I was in employment, I was a Holistic Counsellor, specialising in addictions medicine. I used mindfulness meditation in group therapy and in one to one counselling. The benefits of slowing down, using the breath to release tension and relax muscles was a great way to start therapy. Mindfulness meditation is part of my life. Being mindful reminds me of the beauty that we are surrounded by in nature, God's creation never fails to lift my spirit. Along with my husband we facilitate groups on Lectio divina (sacred reading). Breathing meditation is used at the beginning, choosing a sacred word from the scripture passage requires mindfulness.....noticing what feelings, images arise and what word stands out or takes one's attention. I have found that the word or phrase chosen from each individual including myself, is about something in my life that may need attention or quite simply a reminder of gratitude.  I am a Spiritual Director/Guide and very honoured to journey with others, it is sacred it is a place of Holy Ground.  I have purchased one pack (300) guided meditations and know that they make a difference in peoples lives. I belong to a twelve step program for over twenty years, mindfulness and meditation is of the upmost important part of life. As a retiree I have recently studied and become a qualified yoga teacher, my aim is gentle yoga (Yin) and mindfulness. I have found Sean Fargo an extremely generous in his sharing these meditations.  I am participating in the 100 day challenge.......enjoying it very much. I love to walk and have done a few Camino de Santiago pilgrimages; Oxfam Walks and currently training for the 'Bloody Long Walk', 35k for Mitochondria. Yes that's the name, I'm not swearing.  I think that tells you a little about me. My deepest gratitude for the site. With Peace and Blessings Frances
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