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  1. I set my anchor, put my hand on my stomach and take the breath in by the nose and out by the mouth by repeating my anchor words. This helps me a lot while doing my morning and night routines.
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  2. RE: Your Quote, Gillian, “Mindfulness can encourage creativity when the focus is on the process and not the product.” 1. Morning time...My New quality of Vision, since having Cataract surgery, y'all with know with age...(Had my Left Eye on May 2nd-Right Eye on May 9nth)...everything is brighter with my eyes adjusting & healing; my images are crisper. With Blinds closed in our office, the sky is bright after a horrendous Rain/Wind storm last night....light sneaks into the corner of my Right eye since our office window is to my right....with no light on my open area is darker, though a tinge of light enters. 2. Being a Professional Photographer, sometimes, I just Shoot, not knowing what will appear with no judgement & utmost curiosity; this is Mindful Photography at it's best...I'll post some Photos of muddy Turtles from a Pond I spotted yesterday. 3. My Heart bleeds with Sorrow for those Families in Uvalde, Texas today...I sit back & think of how many days I worked as a Social Worker visiting many Schools yesterday, never giving thought that my life might be in Danger..forget Politics today...still brings tears to my eyes...simply gut-wrenching!:( 4. I'll report on my Photography experience yesterday visiting a local park ...as I looked down in the putrid dark brown muddy water below me saw slow movements of Turtles barely tipping the rippling the brown muddy surface of the pond, & even dipping downward to a dark brown to dark gray muddy water below...bringing my eyes upward there is a vision calls to my mind a Beautiful to somewhat bright light reflect on the water, contrasting this a brighter green edge of dark and light to dark colored Green trees reflecting on the water then. actual contrasting actual trees entering from the backwoods of the shoreline; up-above was the view of the bright grayish storm-threatening sky...fairly detailed as much as possible...such contrasting Beauty:) (I'll upload that particular Photo when I have a chance).
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  3. Congrats on taking that step, Jeremy! And welcome to the community
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  4. Hey everyone, my name is Jeremy and I am new here. I would say that the one thing that people don't know about me is that when I was younger it was my dream to be in film and/or graphics design. So, I am sticking my neck out there and started a youtube channel. Wish me luck!
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  5. My childhood growing up is in Ann Arbor. am a unique person in my own ways and my role modal is Sabrina the teenage witch.
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  6. I'm an INFJ-A, Highly Intuitive, Clairvoyant, and Extremely Empathic... I'm a Spirit Heart Warrior of Light with a Gypsy Soul.
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  7. This week's question asks: How can mindfulness impact the collective? Though mindfulness is a personal practice, it has a ripple effect that extends to our families, our communities, and the world at large. What are some of the ways that mindfulness impacts the collective? Share any examples that come to mind.
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  8. It is so interesting you bring up Gaia TV as this seems to be floating around my awareness recently. I may subscribe! Also, if you haven't yet seen it in the teacher training area, Dr. Rick Hanson (who wrote Neurodharma) held two workshops for the program. He dives into some of the neuroscience in these trainings. You can find them in the Workshops area: https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/workshops/
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  9. As I have grown far more mindful as a listener and more mindful of my verbal responses, deep friendships have grown. The ripple effect is that I have become someone that people can turn to and trust with their deepest feelings. Listening well to each other is beautiful result of mindfulness.
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  10. Hi again, I am interested in learning all I can. Mindfulness and higher level consciousness is fascinating. I am immersing myself in this topic. I just ordered the book Bliss Brain, that’s will be my “summer reading”. I’m not a romance novel kind of person. The neuroscience research of mindful meditation is intriguing to me. I used to be a MRI Technologist ( something you didn’t know about me). So, the functional MRI imaging related to meditation is amazing to me!! I also recently found Gaia TV! This is a whole new world.
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  11. I do my meditation with my eyes open and am planning to change my wellbeing that is my gratitude.
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  12. Hello all, My name is Margaret Denty. I'm mindfulness meditation teacher trainee currently in the middle of completing the assignment for to qualify. I'm still wet behind the ear & I look forward to learning from people in the community. I would like to do more of the mindfulness movements so I will try & spend my spare time learning about it. My interests are walking , travelling, reading. I'm excited to join the community & lm looking forward to learning from others & also contributing. Warm wishes, Margaret
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  13. Wonderful to hear you've joined the teacher training program, Jill! I moderate this community and also support with the teacher training course. The 100-day challenge is a wonderful way to explore different practices and to also include a variety of meditations in your meditation log. If you have any questions about the program or certification process, reach out at any time
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  14. What I want from this challenge. I hope to grow in my experience of Mindfulness. I aspire to reach a higher level of consciousness. Grow in self compassion and worldly compassion. As a student in the teacher training program, I will use this challenge as part of my practice log. promt 2 What will be an obstacle to practicing every day. Right now my obstacle is tiredness. When I don’t sleep enough, my brain is off. Having the mediations in my email each morning is a big help.
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  15. Hi, I am a health coach and fairly new to mindfulness. But I was trained to deliver my companies branded awareness program through participating in the Palouse Mindfulness training. I want to be the best teacher I can be to help others.
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  16. am caring for myself and my husband also my hug family.
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  17. I went for a walk to the gym and feeling bright in this weather this morning and listening to the i heart radio.
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  18. This is new to me and I just see the video clip.
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  19. I always do my breathing with my eyes open to clam down my body whenever am tense sometimes. I do my mindfulness by looking at my gratitude journal and writing in it each day that is in the beginner's guide. I do show compassion to all of my relationships.
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  20. am doing my daily gratitude journal each day and Journaling in Mindfulness to each day.
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  21. I like the link because it makes alto of sense to work on for our self's and help our community out more.
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  22. Absolutely, Erin. Thanks for sharing. I find my mornings change a lot with the seasons, and I also welcome different practices into my mornings dependent upon what feels like it would best serve me that day.
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  23. some moorings can be different on any day it doesn't have to be a routine thing.
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  24. Thank you Gillian for the sending care and compassion. I have not yet started any mindfulness practices yet. I am new so have no particular preferences. However, I would like to learn and start to practice new techniques that brings in calmness in myself first so that I can share with others.
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  25. Hi @Roli Kesarwani - thank you so much for the introduction and welcome to the community. First, I am sending you much care and compassionate wishes amidst these feelings of loneliness and low-ness. Have you begun practicing any specific types of mindfulness practices yet? Any techniques or teachers you feel drawn to?
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  26. Thanks for the question! It is synchronicity @gillian Sanger, I have recently explored grounding to the center of the earth by placing my feet in a standing position turning my toes inward and just feeling what happens when I press down. Inviting in the natural energy that comes alive in me. Following the sensations that arise from the effort, I am allowing the forces within me to receive the forces within the earth. My body aligns and centers to the ground, I feel energized and there is a feeling of being upright.
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  27. Thanks again for your community Thursday meditations, Gillian! I've been doing yoga at night, just slow, restorative stretching and movement syncing up with the breath. Breathing and moving tight areas of my body, finding relaxation, having gratitude, and just giving my body a bit of love (ie. I'll massage my feet or arms in certain poses). Then, I crawl into bed and typically fall asleep doing some sort of breathing meditation (otherwise my mind won't quiet down and I end up on my phone emailing myself for the next day). It's definitely a practice and doesn't ALWAYS happen or isn't always as I expected but I try to be grateful that my body is trying to tell me something -- maybe I need more rest, maybe I need to pause, maybe I need food, and sometimes all I needed was a grounding moment of pause.
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  28. By setting time aside to breathe. Just to breathe and calm down.
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  29. One thing most people don't know about me is that about 95% of the time when I drive, I prefer to have the radio off. It's like my quite time.
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  30. Hi there!!! When I was younger I wanted to be a pharmacist. Still do ✌ And I'm DEATHLY afraid of anything that flies.
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  31. Thanks for sharing this Mimo! I find that it is really a journey of putting ourselves out there more and more, step by step, in ways that feel natural and authentic (while also giving ourselves a little push when we need it!) You mention intention setting, which I think is so important. If we are clear on our intention, often some of the stress or fear dissipates - at least this is the case for me.
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  32. I would like to share with you that I have uploaded my first video of me talking about mindfulness on TikTok and that was a big step moving forward, it felt so good. I have posted about mindfulness on FB and Insta as well as TikTok previously but never a video of myself talking about it. Took a breath, set my intention and believed in myself. Mindfulness helped me achieve this.
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  33. I found you by chance online. I am open to learning new things every day and if the learning is related to Mindfulness, then that is even better.
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  34. I still get very scared when I have to speak in front of people. No one knows that about me as I do not show it and I have my breathing session done before any event or training or even gatherings when meeting new people. I build up the courage inside me and do my self-talk but still feel the fear in my body every time. It takes me few minutes then I feel ok. Other than that, I am an open book and I have a small circle of friends, so they know everything about me. I started now uploading videos on TikTok but only images with music. I am still thinking on how and when I will get the courage to upload my own video. Not sure how long this will take
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  35. I am energetic, love music, cooking, traveling and having fun. Born in the Middle East, Lived 18 years of my life in the Gulf, 11 years in USA and for a short time in Ireland. I have been practicing mindfulness since 2018. It took me 6 months to actually consider listening to any mindfulness advice or practice. I have been in the education field for over 19 years. I enjoy training students and staff on new innovative ideas. I worked with diversity of people throughout the years and exploring new cultures is very exciting for me. I enjoy learning as much as I enjoy teaching new skills. I am certified in Mindfulness Essentials and Fundamentals. I deliver training to small groups and enjoy doing that online and in person. I moved back to USA and would love to join like-minded group of people to enhance my learning and enjoy healthy body, mind and heart way of life. I love meeting new people and exchange life learning experiences. I set my daily intentions in the morning, start my day with a beginner's mindset, walk with gratitude and always remember to Pause, Breathe and Smile when I feel that I am overwhelmed.
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  36. Yes - it is almost like listening to an ocean from afar.
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  37. Welcome to the community Jhana! And thanks so much for your reflections on a mindful morning. I was actually just speaking to someone yesterday about the beauty of mornings - the silence and solitude before the world has really woken up. Dawn is probably my favourite time of day.
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  38. Most mornings I'll do 30 min. of some form of exercise i.e. class, training session. I follow that up with a 10-15 min. walk in nature with my dog. Since I have been increasing my meditation and mindfulness practice over the past two years. I notice the sights, sounds and smells of nature are all around me. It gives me an opportunity to do a meditation walk, or gratitude or love and kindness reflection.That is what the start of a mindful day looks like to me.
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  39. I Iove to keep a morning routine that supports me throughout the day. It bring with waking and paying grateful attention to my rested and pain free body, and my easy breathing. Or if needed, I offer myself compassion for pain or restlessness. I attend to the loud demands of my cat before making tea and sitting for 20minutes meditation with my tea. After that I go for a half hour run/walk before turning my attention to breakfast and work or other plans for that day.
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  40. I'll start by sharing a few reflections... The primary way that I see mindfulness impacting the collective is through its natural ability to enhance self and world awareness. It is very difficult, if we are committed to deepening self-understanding through mindfulness, to continue acting in hurtful ways. While we all have room to grow, mindfulness helps us to become more responsible for our actions and to behave in ways that are in alignment with the greater good. For instance, mindfulness has helped me to better understand that happiness does not come from mindless consumption. To be more specific, I can recall a time in my life (my early University days) during which I bought a new piece of clothing on an almost weekly basis. I had not yet begun much mindful introspection, and so I still believed that having the right outer appearance would make be feel better inside. As I began to work on the relationship I have with myself, these attachments and shopping patterns naturally began to dissipate (replaced with healthier, more mindful ones), contributing to a better outcome for our planet.
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  41. 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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