Jump to content
  • Join Our Free Mindfulness Community

    • Ask your mindfulness questions
    • Meet others
    • Share your thoughts
    • Post meditation events
    • Engage in respectful dialogue
    • Learn new mindfulness exercises
    • No pressures, judgments or dogma. 😀❤️

Leaderboard

Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 03/20/2021 in all areas

  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.
    4 points
  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.
    2 points
  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:
    2 points
  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!
    2 points
  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
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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
    2 points
  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
    2 points
  11. Some of my Prisma Art below...it's a New App. I discovered!
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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/
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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!
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  18. I use weaving as a form of mindfulness art.
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  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?
    2 points
  23. 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 wh
    1 point
  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
    1 point
  25. 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. Mi
    1 point
  26. Thank you for your condolences, Gillian. Animals sure are a special part of the family! They also teach us much about impermanence. Your fur kids are adorable! Bless you for rescuing them!
    1 point
  27. Hi, my name is Jenn and I'm a mental health provider in the Seattle area. I have been meditating for over 10 years now, yoga for over 20 years, and in the mental health field even longer than that. I have aspirations of being a mindfulness teacher, and plan to join Sean's certification training in the near future. I'm part of a local sangha here in Seattle as well as online with my teacher's teacher. Every day I strive to be more mindful in my choices and behaviors, and every day I make mistakes or forget, and start over. Looking forward to learning more though this community!
    1 point
  28. Actually, my Fiancé, Isabel, surprised me one day as we had a very engaging curious Mindful Walk as we described the Beauty of Colors in the various Flora, as well as those Trees that appeared with hardly any Bark on them, and yet, were in themselves bountiful with vibrancy!! Wouldn't you agree?
    1 point
  29. [ posted in my tier three FB group learning environment ] A few more thoughts about the dynamic interface between ‘self’ and the metaenvironment (Earth / Sky / Space) that it is an innately embedded microcosmic reflection of. - - - The human animal, with a consistent, disciplined and trained proper practice (of some length) of directly experiencing ‘here’ in its fullness / wholeness (that is, deeply feltsensing / remembering and observing the dynamics of the body.mind.biosphere.space continuum that the dependent, integral, functional elemen
    1 point
  30. I am currently reading a wonderful book called 'Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within' by Natalie Goldberg. Has anyone else read it? I'd also love to hear what has been awakening or inspiring you lately.
    1 point
  31. @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!
    1 point
  32. I pretty regularly pick up new students from my FB page and have several FB groups that I selectively place them in depending on their experience, degree of interest and receptivity which I determine by way of a pre-acceptance interview and essay. A couple of days ago I posted two brief sentences on a dark blue background with white text. It was shared 360 times as of today and the engagement topped out at 1,432 likes / loves / hugs. It resulted in two new long haul students.
    1 point
  33. 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
    1 point
  34. Hi Thank you for the sensible suggestions. I will consider a website. I am considering something like a podcast but your suggestion of Insight Timer I will look into .... immediately ....
    1 point
  35. Hi I am still compiling the programme and offered some sessions already. I have a logo but no website. I have links with an organisation called Ignite Imaginations that I think will be helpful. So really I am exploring, learning, asking questions and being curious.
    1 point
  36. 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.
    1 point
  37. Congrats Kimberly. That's great news! How large is the group and how long do you have? I have not conducted a mindfulness seminar myself, so I am curious to hear what others might have to say. In any case, I'd love to hear more details and maybe I can assist with the brainstorm process.
    1 point
  38. It's good to reconnect with this group. This year being what it was, I have used art to stay sane. I live and breathe painting, turning my living room into a makeshift art studio. I took an online course in acrylic painting too, and it paid off. I got one of my paintings in a local gallery. Of course, that wasn't the aim. I lost the dear, sweet lady I used to live with and take care of back in September. Not to covid. Her Alzheimers finally claimed her life. The art has helped with the grief a lot. And the degree of focus it takes definitely employs mindfulness. You must be in the m
    1 point
  39. I’m a Foodie. I love cooking and eating all things except for porridge ( the texture ..errrrr...can’t do it ..), however, I looooooove Bircher muesli? Go figure!!
    1 point
  40. Today is day 8 and I took notice of the people I had conversations with. I listened carefully. This was quite a revelation because I gained positivity from the people I engaged with. This must mean that sometimes I don't listen with the full attention I should. Made me aware of the importance of asking myself questions.
    1 point
  41. On Peace from Jaiya John: 'Catching peace is not like catching a fish or a cold. To catch peace, you have to let go. Peace is not a catch and release, it is a release and catch. Release everything and catch peace.' This was shared during a meditation led by my teacher recently and it has been humming in my awareness since.
    1 point
  42. Thank you for these questions, I look forward to exploring them.
    1 point
  43. As a child I wanted to live in the woods in a little cottage with animals around me. I currently live on a farm, with animals and a bush that I am able to explore so blessed.
    1 point
  44. I would like to remember to breathe into my body before my mind starts going down the path of impatience and irritation. When Covid took hold my client population exploded and became somewhat overwhelming - it is good to return to the community.
    1 point
  45. Hi @Kimberly! So nice to hear from you. That is wonderful you're making your own skincare products. There is something so deeply satisfying about making practical, beautiful things with natural ingredients. I have often thought about making my own skincare/bath products/soaps but have never gone beyond a DIY mask.
    1 point
  46. I have just completed day 3 and what I want to get out of this programme is to learn about being mindful and finding ways to incorporate the 8 key areas into my learning. I want this programme to motivate me into being a Mindfulness Teacher that I can integrate with my Creative Mindfulness Programme that includes guided visualisations and telling the short stories I write. Obstacles to practicing every day might be life events interrupting my motivation. At the moment my dedication is real. I know other obstacles will raise their heads but I will be ready to tackle them.
    1 point
  47. 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.
    1 point
  48. It really, really does help and support. I am open to all interpretations and wisdom, so yes...and thank you.
    1 point
  49. 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.
    1 point
  50. Hello All i am so pleased I opened up this email from Sean an find some beautiful offerings, thank you Sean and Gillian for all your efforts, I shall try and be a little more active in the community, I am pleased to connect with you all. I am currently offering Mindfulness sessions in a corporate environment. I have experimented with a mixture of lengths o sessions and times of day. I have settled on 4 days a week 3 x 30 min sessions and ! x hour At the beginning I offered hour long sessions and gave a talk on one aspect of mindfulness and followed this with a meditati
    1 point

Announcements

  • Posts

    • Hey John, I will send you a private message. Keep your eye out.
    • Hello all,  I hope this finds each of you doing well under difficult times --- even though for many, things seem to be getting a little bit better.  I am in the early stages of establishing a mindfulness meditation business  providing services, workshops and trainings to individuals, organizations and businesses.  My website is "under construction" and I've started a social media presence.   As I start down this road, I find myself questioning and doubting my decision to do this, and also doubting the steps that I've currently taken so far.  In thinking through this, as a new small business entrepreneur I have realized that what I am missing is a business mentor.  I can't pay anything, but would love to talk through options, steps, business structure, etc with anyone who's been down this road already!  If there's anyone out there interested in this, please let me know.  My business is http://blueskymindfulness.works and email is blueskymindfulnessinfo@gmail.com.  Although I haven't posted much within this forum, it's been incredibly valuable to me.  Thank you Gillian and to everyone who's a part of this community!  In gratitude,  Jane    
    • I'd like to know where I can download # 5 - Breath Focus A FINAL. I've been getting bonus meditations on the 100 day meditation challenge. I'm up to 109 which I believe is number 9 in the 30 day fitmind program. I didn't receive the 105 bonus meditation email so I haven't been able to download it. I have found it on the site so I am able to listen to it, but I would enjoy downloading it as I have with all the meditations so far. Any help would be appreciated.  
    • Guest Aaa
      Check out this YOUTUBE LIVE Binaural Beat.. https://7r6.com/dlI4 Love for Everyone <3  Namaste
    • In case you missed it, here are Sean's 5 mindful musings for the week: enhancing non-judgmental moment-to-moment awareness Hi All!  Here is your weekly dose of "5 Mindful Musings", a brief list of what's helping me live a more mindful life. What I'm Offering Guided Meditation For Creating Mental Space. This guided audio meditation is designed to increase calm, clarity and spaciousness in the mind. We've received a lot of great feedback about it. I hope you like it!   What I Am Experimenting With The Four Buddhist Mantras for Turning Fear Into Love. "We have a great, habitual fear inside ourselves. We’re afraid of many things — of our own death, of losing our loved ones, of change, of being alone. The practice of mindfulness helps us to touch nonfear. It’s only here and now that we can experience total relief, total happiness… In the practice of Buddhism, we see that all mental formations — including compassion, love, fear, sorrow, and despair — are organic in nature. We don’t need to be afraid of any of them, because transformation is always possible." - Thich Nhat Hanh Mindfulness Exercises We Just Shared Freely   How to Teach Mindfulness With Less Fear, Doubt, and Uncertainty If mindfulness has changed your life, it is natural to want to share it with others. Some people will share mindfulness informally with their loved ones. Others, however, will feel a deeper call to share mindfulness in a more formal way by becoming a mindfulness meditation teacher.   What I Am Happy To Support Rise Up Against Racism. This non-profit enriches children’s minds with stories from diverse voices and provides communities with a collection of antiracist books. Please consider learning more about them, donating to their cause, or starting your own RUAR project in your own neighborhood.      A Quote That I Love "The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience." ― Frank Herbert       Share your thoughts, questions and support in our online Mindfulness Community.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for free mindfulness trainings. Wishing you safety, health, happiness and ease,    Sean Fargo - Founder, Mindfulness Exercises   - Former Buddhist Monk of 2+ Years - Instructor for the mindfulness program developed at Google - Instructor for the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program P.S. - Take Our Free 100 Day Mindfulness Challenge Start each day mindful with a free mindfulness meditation, worksheet, journaling topic and infographic. Sign Up Free:  https://mindfulnessexercises.com/100-day-mindfulness-challenge/
    • What a wonderful technique. It is a good reminder to celebrate our small moments of noticing when we've become lost in negative, critical thoughts. Thanks for sharing Daniel!
    • Hello Gareth! Thank you for the lovely introduction - and for your input on the question re: schizophrenia. It seems like you have a wealth of experience and knowledge. I'm Gillian - part of the support team for Sean's teacher training program and the community moderator of this forum. If you have any question, feel free to ask. In the meantime, if you'd like to share any thoughts or reflections elsewhere in the forum, it would be great to hear more about your expertise. Wishing you a peaceful Thursday! Gillian
    • Thanks to you both for your input! @Cookie, is this helpful for you?
    • 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*
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.