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  1. What do you notice with regard to your mood or behavior as a result from this practice? I observed my awareness moved from me to the person whom i love and care and then to new people and to my family and then to universe and then back to me. I felt the openness and generiousity to wish everyone around us and kind of something great feeling !!!awesome .. "May i be well May i be happy may i be live with ease and May they be well may they be happy may they live with ease " has the power Interesting to do more
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  2. Thanks Gillian for your forever support!!! yes we should feel happy atleast we are learning it now.
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  3. Share a little more about yourself and let us know something that most people don't know about you. For instance... What did your childhood self yearn to be when he/she/they grew up? When was the last time you laughed until you cried? What was your biggest mistake turned lesson? What are you afraid of, big or small? What unique quirks do you have? This list of questions is by no means exhaustive of where this can go. Use your imagination to dig for something wild/surprising/unusual or share something totally 'normal' (whatever normal is) and relatable.
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  4. Today was my 5th day in a row. First time i do 5 days meditation without stopping. I feel very relax, i csan really remove all tentions in my body but still today it was not an eqsy one for me . I can give kindness to others, i can see their smile and laugh and can wish then happiness, and this give me happiness, But I have hard time to focus on me and give myself love and wish me all those good things. Im not use to that. Im sure its good, but i might need more practive onthis to unlock something. I will keep going .
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  5. Hello Everyone! My Name is Theresa Clement and I am happy to be joining the group. I live in Virginia and have been here for about 10 years now. Some of the things that I like to do is Meditating, Yoga, Gardening, Cooking, And I have an interest in Nutrition. In fact, I am becoming certified in Nutrition. I also like playing with my bulldogs! They are so much fun!
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  6. Beautiful reflection Narmadha! So glad you liked this practice. On the topic, I thought I'd share a resource to more loving-kindness exercises: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/the-power-of-loving-kindness-how-to-cultivate-it/
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  7. Self-compassion is indeed so important, Narmadha. It can be difficult, but we can build our capacity for it. I also love this idea of befriending oneself! Affirmations I sometimes use are: "I'm here for you. I'm listening. I love you."
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  8. I love swimming in pools. Because I am a good swimmer, most people I know do not think I am afraid of the of the ocean. I will never swimming in it without a lifeguard. Safer.
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  9. im thinking about others and mind always thinking about others and others problems ....so want to care for me ... Feeling lonely Love yourself!!! care for you and prioritise your thoughts and feelings!! Be responsible for you and your well being Also want to tell myself ...im your friend !!!i m there always for you. self compassion needs to be developed
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  10. Hi Judith, I read your message. I am very glad you felt relief at getting your thoughts out. I am glad you don’t think you will act on your ideation. I simply want to say that this relief you felt can lead to more relief if you would share more with someone you could talk to directly. I know that there are local and national hotlines to prevent suicide. You can call and talk to people who are well trained and caring who can help you. Perhaps talking by phone will allow you some privacy and still get you the assistance you want and need. There are counselors at local mental health centers who could help you as well. Personally I know that you can get the relief from depression and suicidal ideation that you are seeking. You could also consider talking to your doctor about how you are feeling. I hope any of these ideas are helpful to you. In my own experience in life, sharing how you feel with trained professionals has been really helpful. I hope you will do so. Daniel
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  11. Loving-Kindness is always a Popular one for me.:)
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  12. Remember, one day, one minute, one second at a time is all it takes for self love and acceptance. Breathe in. Breathe out. Get distracted, go back to in, out, in , out
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  13. I deeply care about everything even though it may not appear that way from the outside.
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  14. Day one is starting here. And it feels really good. For sure my brain went here nad there for this forst one, but its normal. I can hear the kids in the back ground. But my mind came back naturally to my breath and the sensation of breath. And discover even a new sensation. Usally when i do th ebreathing exercice i use to have more feeling in my chest and shoulders, but today i felt it in my head like if a flower was blloming inside. im not sur how to descrive , but it was great Feels really good
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  16. Focusing on breath creates spaciousness. I become more aware of my whole body, travelling sensations, it opens my senses and and I become more aware of my presence in space. After the practice I feel more spacious , calmer and centered. I just feel myself I enrolled the challenge as I miss my daily mediation practice and definitely have felt consequences of the lack of it. Glad to be back.
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  17. Day 3: Different techniques of breathing meditation help me relax. It’s great to do it in the morning to calm down the anxious mind.
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  18. 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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  19. Does anyone want to share excerpts or links to their favourite poems? Poetry is a huge source of inspiration and connection for me. Mary Oliver's 'The Journey' is one of my all-time favourites: http://www.phys.unm.edu/~tw/fas/yits/archive/oliver_thejourney.html
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  20. Hello, Hello Everyone, It's so great to be apart of this group and I look forward to meeting any and everyone. I am a mother of 3 amazing girls and a wife to my best friend/husband and we are constantly on the go with all the activities our girls are in. I wanted to reach out and see if anyone can comment below on current meditation techniques they are currently using? I'm using a free meditation currently, but love to hear other options that others have found themselves using and their opinions on it. I look forward to hearing back from you and eager to meet you. Thanx!
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  21. Hi Gillian, Is there a way to send you a message that is private? I have a concern. Daniel A. Detwiler
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  22. This week's question asks: What makes you feel alive? This question comes from a list of 20 mindful questions to ponder. You might start by considering, "What does it mean to me to feel alive?" Then think about any moments or activities that help you to feel this aliveness. For me, some of the times when I feel most alive are when I am dancing, swimming/treading water in a lake, and stargazing. In fact, there was a moment the other day when I was dancing in my spare room with the lights off, lit only by candles, and I experienced an immense sense of presence and beauty and magic - pure aliveness. It was so alive that it brought tears of gratitude to my eyes.
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  23. Consider the following five elements - fire, water, air, earth, and space. Which of these elements do you feel are most alive within you right now? Which are most predominant within your body-mind? Choose 1-3. Feel free to add any clarifying comments or reflections in the discussions. For instance, is one more predominant in mind? Is one more predominant in body?
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  24. Hey guys! My Name is Asja and I am so excited to join this group! I love everything with a creative expression, but my perfectionism always gets the best of me. I love playing and learning about musical instruments and recently i started focusing on guitar. I love photography, videography and my day can't pass without my favorite playlists. Meditation really helped me grow into who i am today and I'm trying to learn more and more about myself.
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  25. Hello to all those new to this community! Thanks for answering the Icebreaker question. Feel free to jump in on any other forum topic that speaks to you. With gratitude, Gillian
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  26. Hi Theresa! Welcome to our community and thank you for the introduction. I, too, have a background in nutrition and I also practice meditation and yoga. I am someone who wants to want to garden, but unfortunately the genuine desire isn't quite there yet for me Maybe next summer now that we've moved out to the countryside.
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  27. Hi Patti, First, I am so sorry to hear that your sister passed away a couple of years ago. How wonderful that you feel her presence very much with you! I am so glad to hear that you also find dancing is an enlivening practice. I, too, like a variety of music - from more 'spiritual' music to indie folk to oldies and more. A lot of the music I enjoy feels hard to categorize!
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  28. Hi @Olivier - congrats on meditating 5 days in a row! Regarding compassion - it can certainly be easier to give love and care to others than it is to offer that care to ourselves. It is definitely a practice. If you are interested in more practices to help build your capacity for self-compassion, you might find benefit from this article: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/8-self-compassion-exercises-to-enhance-the-relationship-you-have-with-yourself/ Let us know how it goes!
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  29. Hi Gillian, I like the idea you describe of following our own inner compass regarding divisions. I agree that sometimes direct engagement is needed. Then, using what the author Robert Wright calls “cognitive empathy” is really required. That means asking yourself to try to understand the way of thinking about things that another person uses. If successful, it gives the listener a way to understand how that person forms their beliefs; a way to greater understanding. We will need compassion and patience and strength for this process as our own different thinking will likely arise and perhaps promote a desire to be defensive. If we can suffuse ourselves with love and show it in our own comments we might be able to share our own ideas. Not to “convert” anyone but to let others know we follow another path, our path, on these issues. It is my hope that this could possibly open their views to ours. Daniel
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  30. I am on Day 6 of the challenge and feeling pretty good. I have been really busy and didn't get to post, but loving this so much! I am so thankful for awareness as am walking, and doing the body scan to help see about my feelings and emotions relating to my overeating. The breaths are really helping me with the mindful eating challenge also. I have so much gratitude!!
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  31. Hello all, My name is Jolanda, I am from the Netherlands. I am 60 years now, and since 2005 developing in spirituality, Tai Chi, meditation and music, and since 2014 teaching Tai Chi and Meditation. I am Daoist, if one can say so, in spiritual sense, and I practice 'observation and reflection'. It is my wish to learn guiding meditation and mindfulness, and hope to support others! And I am very happy to be here! Maybe we will meet online, maybe in daily life! I wish everyone a great journey! Jolanda
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  32. What a beautiful reflection on your practice! Lovely imagery - thank you for sharing. Let us know how the rest of the challenge goes.
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  33. Hello everyone! My name is Fannita and I am glad to be part of this community. I am looking forward to being positively impacted by this community.
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  34. My name is Jelena, I’m from Serbia. Looking forward to re-establishing my daily meditation routine and sharing and reading insights around mindfulness practice.
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  35. Observation. This morning, as I was meditating with our daily exercise, I discovered the video of Gil while reviewing the links included. Great discussion on empathy. https://mindfulnessexercises.com/gil-fronsdal-empathy/ Discovery. I always enjoy Gil's audio meditation but, I had never seen Gil until this video today. I had a completely different idea of what Gil looked and would act like based solely on the way he sounded in my ears. Wow. I am grateful that I realized that I imagined someone based on the single sense of "hearing" that technically, could be considered second hand or here say as Gil was presenting something specific and not involved with ordinary talk. Think about some of the radio news people or DJs that you know? What about the presented News clip of a victim or perp? Any suggestions on previous "Day xx" that cover biases and judging.
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  36. I've practiced sporadically, but never on a regular, every day practice. I'm looking to change that. Have any ideas where I can start? Thank you for reaching out.
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  37. Ahhh....so many thoughts & feelings here; I like what Mooji says, "Stop having Street Fights with your mind", i.e. the moment is here right now! There is a "Cosmic activity"..i.e., being "Chatter, chatter, chatter...The Ego is always trying to Become Something". He goes on to say, "You must be here first, before anything can be perceived". So much to be learned here: https://youtu.be/ZmgQW8okUeo ***Very profound!
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  39. This week's question asks: What advice would you give to the 'you' of five years ago? If you could go back five years in time and offer yourself any words of advice or wisdom, what words would those be? Take your time to sit with this question, considering what would be most supportive to this younger version of you.
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  40. Love, Kindness & Respect are my core guiding principles nowadays. It certainly is not easy at times when people are rude. When a situation is challenging I pause and inhale slowly then exhale and respond in a rational way with love majority of the time.
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  41. Q.) What were the signals that a trigger response or stress was present? Felt the tightness in the chest and hardness in the mind Q.) What parts of SBNRR were easy for you? Difficult? stop and breathing is easy..respond and reflection was difficult Q.) How did practicing SBNRR impact the outcome of the situation? Self compassion and smile at the end made me to feel relaxed
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  42. Now, I realized that I need to maintain work life balance. I am planning accordingly and enjoying life now.
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  43. Thank you for these reflections @C-Nicole. I can resonate with much of what you've said. The pandemic has been an opportunity for me to examine my life with greater awareness, and as such it has been a catalyst for my growth. Another reflection on what I'm grateful for based on where I am now: I am grateful for the creativity and inspiration that this time in my life holds. I do not have children and I live surrounded by nature, and so there is plenty of time for me to explore my inner terrain and to really get to know myself. The natural world - the forests and ponds and lakes and fields - is for me a gateway into the divine, into the universe, and I'm blessed to be able to really soak in that.
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  44. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I hope you didn't mind me probing further @Golden Valkyrie
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  45. I've been thinking about the topic of anxiety recently and wondered if anyone has tried any of these techniques or exercises? Nature walks are a big one for me! https://mindfulnessexercises.com/9-mindfulness-exercises-for-anxiety/
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  46. Thanks, Gillian! My childhood self wanted to be a teacher and/or a singer. I am a teacher of sorts, and becoming more of one, and I would call myself an amateur singer. Something else ... I'm certified by the AMC/Appalachian Mountain Club as a "local hikes" leader. I'm also kind of a spelling geek ...
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  47. @Judy - Such beautiful simplicity in everything you've mentioned. I really think these simple acts of presence and attentiveness can have profound effects on our mental state. Thank you for sharing!
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  48. Mmm yes soothing music is so nice. I have found myself lately continuing to go to this one even though there are so many out there
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