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    Great idea, Tribal! We all need self-compassion. Here are some free self-compassion resources here at Mindfulness Exercises: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/free-self-compassion-exercises/ I also appreciate what Kristin Neff states:
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    Does anyone have a favourite mantra they use for meditation? I really love the Om Asatoma mantra - plus this beautiful rendition:
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    INTRODUCE MYSELF Hello, everyone, My name is Mafalda. Corporate Mindfulness & Mindfulness for Inclusion Translator (for the English, French and Spanish languages, with 30 years' experience in multinational environment. In 2008, I fell in love with the mind potential and became a Meditation Facilitator that same year and a Mindfulness Facilitator since 2013 with Adults, Pregnant and Teens. In 2015, I founded and launched bloom Focus on the Good, a program for Corporate Mindfulness (Mondelez Electrolux, McDonald's, NOS, Unilever, Publicis Noesis are some of my clients and in paralell I develop social responsibility activities working with meditation in a seclusion environment (Linhó, Sintra and Tires State Prisons and in mental health with Alzheimer Portugal Caregivers for Alzheimer's Dementia patients in an advanced state. I have training in Meditation (Upaya Center and Budhadharma; Group dynamics in prison settings (Sapana org); Training in MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction under the method of Prof Mark Williams (Oxford University); Training in support and End of life patients (Breathing Techniques Jivana Yoga); Certified Trainer by IEFP CCP No F 647997 2016 and Humanistic Professional Coach IHCOS® nº 6423 BF 7404 D.
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    Thank you, I am glad you appreciated this video. I am participating in Path to Freedom, to bring mindfulness teaching to prisoners. I believe it can make such a difference, and that is has been such a disservice to prisoners that they have not been exposed to rehabilitative programs such as this. I also plan to teach yoga in women's prisons. Best, Jo
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    I had a 5-minute breathing meditation on an iPod I carried in my shoulder briefcase last week. I took the time to listen and meditate before a charged conversation with someone. I chose a quiet spot inside a building with a window which looked out onto a sunny harbor. That view alone "set the stage." Then, basking in the warmth of the sun and listening, I let my concerns about the upcoming talk dissolve. After the meditation ended, I simply sat and watched seagulls soaring above the building outside. The combination of guided meditation, sunshine, and peaceful view were very helpful in being able to engage the conversation which followed shortly thereafter with grace, patience, and appropriate assertiveness. The "fears" I carried about "what might happen" never manifested. Instead, I was heard and a healing connection was formed. I am so relieved and grateful! A think a key lesson in this is to not delay meditation when things feel charged. I had carried the stress of the event up until the hour before, when I could have chosen to meditate the moment things felt dicey -- which was an entire week before! Lesson learned. Tempus
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    I love everything Deva Premal does, but really love this. I love doing mantra meditation. Imagine sitting comfortably in the sun, your whole body warm and relaxed, while listening to this music. Divine.
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    Hi there, My name is Alain Dumonceaux. I and the founder of www.theawakenedman.net. My passion is to help men regain their mojo so they can live happier, richer and fuller lives by living consciously. The mindfulness exercises are excellent. I am excited to learn and practice mindfulness with this group. Thanks for creating such a great space. Alain
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    I am grateful for my amazing wife who gave birth to our beautiful daughter recently.
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    As I've been watching the news and scrolling through social media over the past couple of months, I've noticed certain divides expanding: the divide between the right and the left, between lockdown advocates and lockdown protesters, between those that follow mainstream news and those that follow alternative news sources. So I am wondering if we can discuss how mindfulness might help us to soften these perceived gaps. While yes, it is apparent there is a gap between certain viewpoints, can we focus on what actually unites us? I know there is also a growing sense of community and support in many places as well - so the story is not only about division. And yet, I think there is something worth looking at here: How can we take our personal mindfulness practice, understandings, and insights and use that to unite and ground the collective?
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    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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    I'm going to quote my favorite Sufi poet Rumi: "What you are seeking, is seeking you." "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." I believe the key to mindfulness is being gentle with yourself and not having expectations. Allowing whatever happens to happen. Continuing to come back to your breath, believing that breath is all-sustaining, and understanding the miracle of breath- that we breathe without effort, that the universe wants us to live even if we don't want to. The evidence is simple- try to hold your breath. You simply can't, your body breathes for you. The easiest way for me to meditate or calm myself is counting my breath. I inhale to a count of 4 or 6, breathing down into my belly, and exhale slowly to a count of 8 or 12.
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    I wasn't sure which category to post this in, and choose trauma since it relates to disassociation, which I know can be a pitfall of certain mindfulness teachings. I want to bring up the topic of how becoming a "passive observer" of one's life and oneself can lead to constant self-monitoring, disconnection and withdrawl, and the question of how to avoid this, mitigate this? Running a google search will bring up countless accounts of those who have been harmed by mindfulness (in my opinion, by the way mindfulness was presented to them) in serious ways, such as disassociation, depersonalization, excessive self-monitoring, and feeling less engaged in life and more of a bystander watching themselves and life from the sidelines. I really want to address this pitfall of certain mindfulness teachings, of language used, and how it is presented, and I'm hoping to open up a conversation here about this importance and how best to go about it so that mindfulness is less likely to trigger or lead to disassociation/dis-connection, and so that it does what I believe it should, which is to make us more intimate with ourselves (which means relating to our experience, not disconnecting from it) and lead to engaging in the world in a freer way, coming more into direct contact with what IS, and being less separated from the world by over attachment to mental activity, and transforming how relate to our experience of reality by loosening resistance to what IS by cultivating acceptance, grace, befriending, and self-compassion. Here is a quote that I found very relevant: "It is possible for someone who goes overboard with mindfulness to end up becoming isolated from other people because they up being just a passive observer who has totally lost the ability to "lose themselves" in what they are doing." This has been my experience at times and I am passionate about asking the question - how can we teach mindfulness in a way that is less likely to lead to this outcome?
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    I have been wandering around the last few years because the first 50 years of my life were done witnessing, making mistakes and learning. Finally, I have reached accomplished. 30 years of journals with struggles and progress now can be put out. With 3 courses and 3 websites, I feel very comfortable with helping others. I use to have this itch. This itch to do something with what I have lived. Not knowing how, when, where and what is a daunting task. FIRST progress is in 2020. Thank you for being here. Projects are completed, now to learn what else to do with it. Very slow going for me. https://soul-fitness-life-alliance.teachable.com/purchase?product_id=1148266 Embrace Your Joy free 4 videos Worksheet bonus https://soul-fitness-life-alliance.teachable.com/purchase?product_id=1384677 Embrace Joy Without Fear $10 minicourse videos, charts, bonus's
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    I think this is an important topic as well. As a psychologist, I specialized in working with individuals with trauma, and many were on the spectrum of dissociative disorders. I learned various grounding techniques when I saw that they were dissociating, such as asking them to name 5 things they saw, 3 scents in the air, 5 sounds they could hear, the taste in their mouth, 3 things they could feel, and getting them in their body. I did use mindfulness with these clients, but was very aware of their body language and level of awareness. Some people with dissociative identity disorder can benefit more from guided meditation that is very direct, where you go along with them, because silence can be an invitation for other parts to take over. For others on the dissociation spectrum, I found it helpful to explain that mediation is not about quieting the mind or stopping thoughts, but rather about creating space between the thoughts- not to get lost, but to provide some quite so they can be more in tune with their bodies. I always told clients to raise their hand or give me some kind of signal if they felt uncomfortable or became anxious and we could stop at any time. I didn't do longer meditations, which helped, although sometimes they were able to build up to longer meditations and found it extremely helpful. Progressive muscle relaxation meditation was very helpful too. Yoga is a great technique because it gets a person in their body and increases body-mind-spirit connection. Thanks for raising this issue!
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    Hi! I am focusing on taking care of my whole self by starting every day with prayer, tea, and gratitude. I’m staying off anything electronic during my first and last 1 1/2 hours of each day.
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    My go to is the Wayne Dyer, and through Chinese medicine with the Buddha brought me to mindfulness also. The Dalai Lama book, "The Art of Happiness" spoke much of mindfulness. Various other influencers along the way.
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    I'm not a Zen Buddhist but I always appreciated the political and spiritual engagement of many Zen Buddhists like Thich Nhat Hanh. I feel like dealing with inner peace and actively participating in political and social life and standing up to injustice is not exclusive - it's actually one and the same thing. I think if we look at the noble eight-fold path, it includes right action, and that's not just "inner" action. Unless our morality translates into our lives and if we don't stand up for what's right then we aren't really living our values and I then see them as pretty devoid of meaning. At least that's how I see it.
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    I am grateful for this compassionate community on the internet.
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    May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you have peace
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    I discovered Mindful Art Journaling by Rachel Rose on her website or on vimeo under Workshop Muse, yesterday evening and today my first experience : the freedom to mix medium watercolors, a charcoal crayon and color crayons and back to watercolors , energizing effect now about 20 min later ( the picture shows it) also surprising how the « rational » mind at moments wanted to interfere, where the aim of the exercise / practice is to let things emerge as they unfold, letting the impulse bubble up and follow the movement of the hand for me like letting express what is there even if I don’t have words for it, let myself be surprised and go with the process, no results ( ie a production / picture which I might put up on the wall or offer to someone) requested … just let it unfold … Who knows maybe it will talk to you too ?
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    Emotions are not always easy to navigate, and in fact, they're a big push for a lot of us to explore mindfulness. So this week's question asks: How do you manage tricky or challenging emotions? Share any resources, insights, or techniques you use.
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    When I was young, I really didn't have an aspiration to grow up and do or be something. I was honestly just happy to be a kid. I think it was because the future was terrifying and I didn't want any responsibilities, or the burden to have to live up to a dream. Little known fact about me is that I can roller skate really well, I went with my Dad 3 times a week for over 10 years. Also, I can dance my butt off on skates, but am terrified to dance on a dancefloor. Great topic, and it makes me happy to share this...but also scary because it's a part of myself that hasn't really ever been out in the open. More happy than scary, which is why I'm posting.
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    @Tempus Hi, I do have challenges with to integrate mindfulness into my daily life , seem like sometimes / many times just goes out of the window and I'm mindless ... I meaning I`m on auto pilot, but I`m really happy when I notice that I wandered away and then I just stop for a moment and enjoy that I noticed that I noticed. I would say small steps. I also noticed that consistency is very important to my practice, I only do 10 min meditation mornings and 15 min evenings as I`m a beginner too , I feel its not about the minute its about a real quality I spend being mindful, I will be always able to increase the meditation time when I have a good foundation. May you be safe, healthy and live your life with ease. Helga
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    Awareness and integration. By this I mean -- adjusting my daily awareness to encompass more than just the routine "to do's" of life; but being aware that I will benefit by giving myself the gift of even 5 minutes of breathing meditation. Of course, for me, increasing my awareness is still a challenge, as I've only been practicing a few months. Integrating, or perhaps "weaving in" might be a better term, the discipline of practicing meditation is another aspect, though it seems to go hand-in-glove with awareness. I'm still exploring the subtle nuances of what this is for me.
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    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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    I was able to sit in conversation with four women and we had such a respectful and loving time together, everything flowed beautifully I’m feeling so blessed
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    I often sip cacao in the morning as I breathe and tune into whatever is flowing through me. This is the space I often do it from.
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    I am strong and will take each hour with acceptance
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    Today my affirmation is: I am purpose. I was created with great intentions. I am focused. I can and I will.
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    Hello @Ali Zien, This sounds like it was a powerful experience for you. I think you need to give yourself credit for recognizing, in the moment, that you were experiencing suffering and you became aware of these feelings in the moment. I can't say that this mental suffering really goes away. I am learning that the state of suffering is a part of life and for me, the best way to cope is to accept that it is there. Tara Brach talks about just accepting and allowing the experience to be there. I highly recommend reading "Radical Acceptance". We have started a book club on this site if you are interested. I have found that we can experience a sense of peace and equanimity when we stop mentally fighting painful thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The idea is not to try to "fix" anything. This makes life more manageable. Another good book that offers this perspective is Pema Chodron’s book, "When Things Fall Apart" https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/07/17/when-things-fall-apart-pema-chodron/ Good for you my friend for being able to step out of this cycle to break the pattern. This is a sign that your inner wisdom is taking root and you are being kind to yourself in the midst of experiencing difficult emotions. Kind Regards, Gene
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    So I guess my mother was right - a cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind. I'm really starting to understand minimalism in the home - which is hard for a maximalist (decor) like me to come to terms with! But in those spaces of my home that I tend to use for practicing mindfulness less helps me to be more. Saying goodbye to clutter in my bedroom really helps with my evening practices so I can more easily drift off to sleep.
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    Good morning, everyone. I have been using "Future Self" journaling prompts for over 100 days (thanks to a wonderful teacher named Dr. Nicole LePera- the Holistic Psychologist) and I find that this type of inquiry allows space for learning many interesting things about myself. So for today...my future self will (hopefully) thank me for pausing before responding in the hectic day of working full time and home schooling two kids on my own. I am working to cultivate more pause when I feel tension or stress rising in my body from the inevitable challenges that are present in our current circumstance. Alongside this, I hope to be forgiving of myself when the pause doesn't go exactly as planned...knowing I will have endless moments to try again. Wishing you all a day infused with light and ease. Rachel
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    It was great to stumble on this group, looking forward to hanging out, learning and sharing.
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    I love your insights into this Jo! I too find the prompt to locate and name a number of things occurring in the present moment, especially sensations within the body to be super helpful. I do it with myself often, and I'm always surprised how simple yet effective it is for coming back into the body and gaining a stronger sense of solidity. I also really appreciate how you say it's about increasing space between thoughts rather than attempting to distance from thoughts. I like how this emphasizes a slowing down of frantic, high-paced thoughts, (which no one is exempt from) rather than getting rid of them. I sometimes like to say that meditation is really about returning to what's already here, and learning to be with our experience more and more, i.e. re-associating. And that eventually it helps us to find that middle way place between dissociation and drowning in our experience. And of course this increased ability to be with ourselves, rather than cut off or fused with what's arising, is transformative for all of us, not just those who are clinically dissociative! Thanks again for your wisdom!
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    Hey everyone one, I thought I'd start a thread for us to share what we're using to nourish, support, and uplift ourselves during difficult times. Feel free to share photos of anything in your environment that brings you a sense of peace, love, and happiness. From your favourite book, to a cup of tea, to the roof over your head - share whatever you're grateful for. At the moment, I'm looking at these two sweet souls. Spending time with them helps to ground me and remind me of what's important. Their capacity to uplift me is truly infinite.
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    May peace and loving hearts hold you in their awareness today and always.
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    I am an INFP! I am exploring enneagram right now... ‘The Myers Briggs was really exact.! It has helped me in my mindfulness study as I am more aware and grounded with the knowledge of personality and behaviour as a tool to help me relax and let be.
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    I just started Day 1 today. Hoping it will give me the nudge to do my meditation every day which I’ve been falling short of lately!
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    In my darkest time, being aware that in this moment and in this moment and in this one, and this one, I was safe and those I loved were safe. Mindful of each moment helped move me toward the light and out of the shadow of fear.
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    @Helga I can definitely relate to the feeling of a tightness in the throat area. I love your approach. I often practice that too - just being with the sensation and watching it naturally dissolve.
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    I love, love music. Play almost any instrument. My clarinet has been my best friend since childhood. I am psychic/intuitive empathic and it can be such a curse to know things others don't. I can live in the shower, anything that is water. I do not like being told what to do. I am curious about everything. Love to observe life, contemplate it and meditate. Animals and people gravitate to me so I can easily be overwhelmed. I tend to get into way too many things. Blessings everyone.
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    I attached one of my mandalas and a zentangle
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