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  1. It went really well and I am excited about the opportunities arising from it! I am going to be partnering with a body positive/inclusive yoga teacher on a workshop of welcome where we will make space for every body and all of that body's experiences with a combination of restorative yoga and trauma sensitive mindfulness meditation. Two other participants have reached out to learn more, one around my work with children and the other for herself and her colleagues. Super exciting for my passion for sharing mindfulness to be generating some enthusiasm! Thanks for the suppor
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  2. A bit about me? Great-Grandma - Fairy Garden Caretaker - StarGazer - GhostBuster - Bean Counter - Mystic - Ordained Minister
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  3. I appreciate your responses Gillian and Rachel. I am continuing to feel relief from the burden of anger. To let it go as both of you have described does something very good for the one who lets it go. Having some understanding that the other was/is wounded is easier with time as my own wounds from those negative encounters yield to healing. Compassion and acceptance are the beautiful qualities that you mention that allow us to move on. It feels enhancing to respond with them rather than anger and hurt. Thanks again.
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  4. I had a tough experience in the last few years with an autocratic person. I was a leader in a program and that person led another. When my group and I advocated for a change to a topic that involved both groups, that person went wild. That person communicated in a way that was dehumanzing. After my last enconter I was literally in a state of shock.That person organized an attempt to turn a common community against us. It ended in a stalemate. I resigned to recuperate from the withering attacks. Then, a new leader from our group and other new members attempted interaction again. Same wild and
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  5. I try to go for a walk everyday. I look into the sky & watch the clouds go by.sometimes I pretend that I'am sitting on the clouds & they are taking me along the sky for a ride.I know that Iam part of the air I breathe which is part of the clouds & the sky.
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  6. Thank you for the beautiful reflections James and Rachel. Coming back to nature is perhaps the most expansive practice for me. Depending upon what I tune into while out in nature (or depending on what the season is), there are infinite lessons to be learned. Today, as I look out my window, I am very aware of the impermanence of all things. Mild winter temperatures have arrived in Stockholm, which means the thick blanket of snow that once was is now seeping into the earth as water, preparing for spring. Nature today reminds me that all things come and go, stirring up a bittersweet feeling
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  7. Thank you David for your kind words and also for sharing your thoughts on the importance of letting go of rigid views, this was very important for me to hear right now.
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  8. Sometimes I feel very connected to a tree ,the sky ,the water in the lake.My cells have oxygen that's come from nature.I feel more calm & comfortable when I sit by a lake or go for walk outdoors.I think that I'm part of this plannet.It's so beautiful to look at the stars & out ro the endless galaxies above ,We are all part of that.
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  9. Well Rachel, your blog was so beautiful, authentic and powerful it has left me without more words! For me, you shared truth in ways I have never put together like this. All I can say is please keep being who you are and please keep sharing that with us. Daniel
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  10. Your description of happiness really rang true Rachel. I especially loved hearing your enjoyment of your daughter dancing. Beautiful! I have a granddaughter who dances and I share your sentiment. I am very happy when I laugh. My wife and I had our two grandchildren for a weekend recently and we played a hysterical board game in which each player choses a totally inappropriate response to a life situation described on a card. We all laughed until we cried. It was fun to share a slight "breaking of the rules of social interaction" with them in a safe situation. Because none of us would EVER say
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  11. Rachel, thank you sooo much for reminding me about David Treleaven‘s work. I watched some videos by him last year and couldn’t remember his name! I will check his work out further. Best wishes to you on your teaching!
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  12. Anger for me presents itself in the form of 'confusion', my mind goes foggy, i can't think straight, i find myself questioning the emotion a lot as i rarely am truly angry, but when i am i often have sadness or hurt deep inside my chest that quickly follows the angry sensation.
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  13. In Classical Chinese Five Element medical philosophy, the seat of anger in the body is identified as the liver. The liver is referred to as the ‘Little General’ or ‘Little Tyrant”. The liver activates in Early Spring ... some of you are experiencing symptoms / expressions of this right now as Spring is rapidly ascending. If we observe other people carefully we see that these aren’t limited to just this specific individual biological organism that modern people regard as a self-existing and exempt from cause / effect natural laws. During this seasonal transition and throughout Spring
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  14. Ok so I'd like to share my biggest fear. I'm sure it's the same for a lot of people. I'm petrified of ending up alone although it is inevitable. We come into the world alone and we exit it alone. Right now I'm happy with a great hubby and 3 beautiful kids. I wish I could freeze time and keep it this way, but we age everyday. We get closer and closer to the end. That's why I'm grateful for learning and practicing mindfulness. So I can just enjoy right now.
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  15. Tonight is the event...I am excited and nervous!
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  16. @Daniel A. Detwiler Thank you for sharing that story/memory. I empathize with your position of being so shocked and depleted from the attack that you needed to resign. I left a situation years ago because it was not sustainable due to an addiction (on the other's part); for many years, I identified as the victim, the one who had been wronged. But in the last few years, I have grown this wellspring of compassion for this person and the entire situation really. Someone close to me recently remarked upon this compassion, seeming to fall somewhere between "does he deserve your compassion?
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  17. Beautiful reflections Jillian, Rachel, and Daniel. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on this topic. @JillianZ - Abandoning our views is a bit tricky because it is not something we can do by force, despite the frequent mental tendency to want to work it this way. We can't deny or push away how we ourselves feel, so what I think works best is to welcome openness and curiosity to our experience. I think that by coming back to the recognition that we are all products of our nature, our nurture, and other subtle factors, we might naturally start to cultivate greater openness towards anot
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  18. I have a background teaching young kids mindfulness and meditation, movement and breathing techniques. Children are SO receptive to meditation and I absolutely love seeing them transform before me. When Covid hit everything was thrown off for obvious reasons..but no longer being able to teach students face to face, online learning felt like it brought out a depression and anxiety in me that I couldn’t shake. I tried my best to continue online with my students but many of their parents stopped the extra-curricular activities and I found myself harboring this daily sadness and grief. After
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  19. @JillianZ Acceptance has definitely been a by-product of the pandemic for me as well. The forced slowing down allowed me time I never really took to acknowledge things, feel them in my body, process them. It is a work in progress but definitely I have embraced the opportunity to abandon my views on quite a few things during this time. Always, this work and growth and learning is ongoing. Best- Rachel
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  20. I would love to learn more about how to mindfully abandon my conditioned thought patterns and perception of things. I feel the pandemic had this effect on me without my awareness of it happening at the time. I have always been a creature of habit and routine, very set in my ways, resistant to change and even just down right stubborn. But with the forced shut down, losing my ability to support myself and having no choice but to face the uncertainty, I eventually embraced it. I began trying new things and stopping doing others that I may never have without the help of the pandemic. I also
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  21. I sO agree B. When i feel the sensatiOn of fear fOr me, it is a separatiOn which feels like an uncOmfortable energy in my chest and arms. A sensatiOn that is like stress Of a small self shaking hOlding the breath cOnstricted with the body cOntracting. I thank my bOdy nOw fOr letting me knOw i am nOt connected and cOme back to breath letting my bOdy know i am safe tO expand Once again with the life fOrce Of my breath.
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  22. It is like there is a separation from the free flow of life, a freezed, rejected, lost, confused, tight and unbreathable space...so tensed in the body
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  23. I ALWAYS come back to my roots, @Gillian Sanger! In Ayurveda, I am dominant in Vata, which is comprised of air and space, meaning, I need to ground in order to feel more balanced. Doing things like your pottery work, or anything that stimulates that connectedness, can bring us what we need. Enjoy your class! Be well. Rachel
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  24. @helenea - No need to apologize for rambling! That's what the forum is here for. And these are certainly challenging times. We are here to support! @Cookie - Very cool! Do you have any interest still in flying? @Feelgoodfloozie - Ah yes, how our desires change I also wanted to be a grown up when I was a child. I remember asking my parents if I could watch 'real people movies' instead of animations.
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  25. The ability to learn is one of the most overlooked of God's great gifts. So, use it wisely and use it profoundly! D. Reiss
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  26. Hi Members, I am hoping & Inviting Folks to attend our Live Zoom Meditation! See this Calendar event; hope Folks will take advantage of this opportunity; I am inviting you as Students & Practitioners to critique this Session; we are all Students of Life; come celebrate with us! Namaste, ~~~Rick~~~
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  27. I have been there—with my dad during his last months before he passed away. It really reveals how much some of us rely on certain fixed perceptions and judgments of how things are and should be. To watch them fall apart really was unnerving. It was also a real lesson about the importance of letting-go of rigid views and expectations in favor of opening with love and generosity to what presents itself...with the ailing parent, oneself, and bewildered loved ones. In hindsight I could have done a lot better. I ask his forgiveness in meditation often. My culture in no way prepares one for this, so
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  28. Hello! I have a couple years of meditation experience under my belt. In the beginning I used to forcibly push away my thoughts because my view on meditation was that of being in a state of bliss. As time went on I came to the realization that by not accepting my thoughts I only make things worse. I am new to thoughts and would like to learn more about it. My question is: How do you use meditation for mindful constructive and analytical thinking and how do you apply it in your relationships, work and in life overall? Thank you!
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  29. Yes I love it as well! It is deeply penetrating. I am a big fan of David Whyte's writing.
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  30. Yes, I'm half way through an 8-week class taught by the East Coast Mindfulness Center
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  31. Gillian, I liked your observation about contentment. At some times in my own life, contentment follows the elation of a happy experience. As I recall it, savor it and integrate it, contentment arises.
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  32. I have never been a fan of winter. In fact I moved from the comfort of my home town and away from my friends and family because of the winter. After growing up in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, as soon as I became aware living somewhere warm and sunny (for more than a few short months out of the year) was an option, I was gone! Even living now in Savannah, GA where it is more than hot and less than cold most of the year and I am able to spend more time at the beach than hibernating indoors, a winter season does still exist. And this year, probably for the 1st time ever in my life, I em
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  33. Hello I am Erica.. Recently joined this community ! I am practising mindfulness since 6 months and love to reading blogs or article regarding this.. I read many of conversation in this coomunity find it is very interesting and informable and I really learn a lot from here..! So happy to join this community!!
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  34. Hi Steve and all! Great thread here; right up my alley as I sit in admiration wanting to Teach in Healthcare; more later...I am wondering if we could start a Corporate Subgroup, just sayin' We were kicking around different ideas with Sean today! I definitely want consult with y'all! In any case, Steve, funny thing about "Multitasking", In Daniel Goleman & Dr. Richard Davidson's Book, Altered Traits, they say: "Attention tasks don't really go on in parallel, as 'multitasking implies, instead they demand rapid switching from one thing to the other. And following every such swi
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  35. That sounds wonderful Rachel! I am not surprised it was a success and has led to more opportunities. Continue to share your upcoming plans with us
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  36. Saw this thread pop up again and was reminded of this quote by the Sufi poet, Hafiz- "Now is the time to know that all you do is sacred."
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  37. Hello all i am so very happy to be here with you from Australia. I want to share my deep aspiration in I really liked the mindful understanding that mindfulness is really all about non judgment. A place of open compassion to self to hold the heart centred space allowing us to be present in the moment to moment connection to self and therefor all that is in this presence The power of focused concentration and practice to invite oneself to come back to non judgment offers ease and grace to self and all those around embodied. I love this moment Thank you.
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  38. Hello friends! My name is Clarity and I teach children meditation, mindfulness, breathing techniques and movement therapy. I love to connect with like-minded people and am just loving the vibe here! Thank you Jillian, Sean and whoever else is responsible for keeping this site going. I live in San Diego with my husband and we have a cat named Charlie. Please reach out and say hello if you’d like to chat
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  39. Lately fear/anxiety crops up when I think about doing taxes this year. It’s a hollow feeling or a hollow space with a small nut shaped knot in the center of my solar plexus area. Where the fear is felt does seem dependent on if it is real ‘fear’ or more an anxiety producing fear. If I sit with the fear of losing a loved one, that knot gets bigger and radiates out through the legs, arms, head, feet and hands.
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  40. You are a lot kinder than i am in that respect. i am a bit of a curmudgeon and naysayer when it comes to people.
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  41. A wonderful photo! He looks like a very happy cat and a lucky one. Cats are funny beings. I had an orange male and he was one of the best cats ever. You must have gotten him to walk early. i can not imagine doing this with mine but then I never tried.Thanks for the smile.
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  42. chotu goes out for walks on a leash twice a day everyday ... if he isnt taken out - he is very vocal indeed.... just thought i would share a picture of him.... he scampers up trees and runs around on the property ... truly an amusing fellow ...
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  43. Hi Rick, Yes happy to have a conversation although I am not really sure I can help. I work for a charity and they fund the programme that I talked about, so the incentive is there. As a community nurse myself by background, as well as an educator I have always found that releasing community staff for educational activity appears easier than hospital staff. However in Scotland I do think that the well-being of all healthcare staff is being seen as crucial because of the pandemic and I am hoping that this will increase interest/support for such programme. Thanks for the welcome too!
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  44. I was just invited to lead a short mindful meditation for female identifying people during an event of a women's collaborative in the city where I live. It will be taking place on Zoom as well.
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  45. Thanks for sharing Priyanka! I hope you are well.
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  46. Love those Samira! Thanks for sharing. Love your name too, by the way!
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  47. Hello Mindfulness Exercises Community I wanted to drop by and say hello. I’m a British Army veteran who now works for Rolls-Royce aerospace. I have recently created a website to help others using meditation and mindfulness techniques. I have used the all natural practices of Mindfulness and Meditation to help with my symptoms of PTSD. These techniques have enabled me to live a happy and abundant life once again. I’m excited to discuss topics with like minded people.
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  48. As a child, some of the people I wanted to be like (at various stages) were: Posh Spice, Shania Twain, and Sandra Bullock. Now, the people I admire and whose energy and wisdom I would love to embody include: Mary Oliver and Rupert Spira.
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    • I ALWAYS come back to my roots, @Gillian Sanger! In Ayurveda, I am dominant in Vata, which is comprised of air and space, meaning, I need to ground in order to feel more balanced.  Doing things like your pottery work, or anything that stimulates that connectedness, can bring us what we need. Enjoy your class!  Be well. Rachel
    • Hi everyone My name is Jack I am pretty new to meditation but i have noticed how much it has helped me for the past few weeks. my interests include animals and music if you would to know which music i listen to while i medidate you can go here http://bit.ly/3sroe7S. I would appreciate techniques or guides who guys use to meditate.
    • Lovely reflections as always Rachel. I am glad this question brought you relief.  For myself, I feel called to tune into the earth - just to ground myself. We talked about the root chakra recently, and I still feel a strong call and need to reconnect with this grounding element. The past couple of weeks have been a bit challenging for me; my mind is more active than usual (which is saying something because it is usually quite active 😄). Today I am going to a pottery workshop (class 6 out of 8). I have found this craft to be hugely beneficial for my state of mind. When I am working with the clay, I am not thinking about anything else. So in a sense, this is a way for me to connect with the earth.
    • @helenea - No need to apologize for rambling! That's what the forum is here for. And these are certainly challenging times. We are here to support! @Cookie - Very cool! Do you have any interest still in flying? @Feelgoodfloozie - Ah yes, how our desires change 😄 I also wanted to be a grown up when I was a child. I remember asking my parents if I could watch 'real people movies' instead of animations. 
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    • Good morning- In reading this week's prompt, I felt a tangible sigh of relief.  Like I was grateful for the gift of the question- to slow down and check in with myself.  Thank you, @Gillian Sanger. I am working through a week of study with my teacher on clearing vishuddha chakra- the throat chakra, bridge between heart and mind.  Within this work is a call to use aspects of right speech- are my words true, kind, necessary?  Also embedded here is the invitation to explore one's truth, and to speak, listen, and act from a place of truth.   It feels like I am working on attending to this in a subtle way while navigating a few challenges: with relationships and with work.  So I am sitting in meditations that support this opening, this truth between my heart and mind, and bringing extra attention to the words I am choosing in my interactions as well as the thoughts that give rise to them.  Of course, it is ongoing work- this listening for one's truth, and then speaking/acting it into being in a way that vibrates with compassion for all, including myself. Be well, everyone. Rachel  
    • hi Gillian I would say that TM was the begining of my search for something inside rather than waiting for something to come along which would make it ok I always felt that it was a need within that I was searching for so the start of many years of learning different methods, alternate and complimentary practices and techniques, I am reluctant to  say that I have never found it? because I have been fortunate in every other area of my life.I have a long and happy marrage , good close relationships with my children who also have fairly well balanced lives, and 7 beautiful grand children, I am  gratefull that i have been able to learn how  much my thoughts influence my feelings and behaviour.  and after 30 odd years working in the care sector I was in the position to change career when i should have been planning for retirement and join my son in building a new business, especially in these difficult times when many are having to deal with problems that none could have foreseen, yet there  is one problem which i dont seem to be able to overcome and could ruin everything for me. I am so sorry for rambling on. To answer your question, most of our meditation attempts are usually the guided ones by Tara Brach,Joe Dispenza and other positive people,but I still remember my mantra.
    • Hi Helenea! Thank you for sharing here 🙂 Do you still practice TM? I've been curious, but I really don't know much about it.
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