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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. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Loving-Kindness is always a Popular one for me.:)
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  10. 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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  11. I deeply care about everything even though it may not appear that way from the outside.
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. I love the body scan. I love to feel the energy flow over my body. I found its the easiest meditation for now , its really the one i can focus the most withouth my mind flying to much around...just some short fly . It always feels great.
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  16. I have had a lot of stress lately, and not wanting to do follow my mindful eating course. I was starting to gain more weight again, but redoing some of the earlier meditations have really helped, and doing this meditation for stress is really helping! Thank you so much! And giving myself loving kindness and acceptance is helping so much! So grateful I am here! Thank you everyone!
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  17. Hi @Judith - I found the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which I wanted to share with you: 1-800-273-8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ They provide free and confidential support for those in distress.
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  18. I am sending you a message now to start the private chat. Keep your eye out for a notification in the top right corner where there are the speech bubbles.
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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. This week's question asks: What words of support can you offer yourself right now? Take a moment of pause to consider what words of love, compassion, and support you most need to hear right now - words that you can offer directly to yourself. What words would you offer?
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  22. 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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  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. As a child I wanted to be a catholic nun. Grandma used to invite the nuns to our summer cottage in Gwinn, MI. I loved my time at the cottage because I felt connected to the people I loved, had inner peace and bold confidence. Memories of floating in an inner tube on the lake, swatting away horse flies, and playing with my cousins fills my heart with joy. I long for those days today. The feeling of being completely supported by the water, my cousins love confident with my inner tube close at hand I wold float on my back looking up at the sky. My cousins and I would spend so many hours playing in the water, our skin would be all wrinkled as we ran into the sauna house to warm up and do it all over again. Those were the days!
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  25. Hi My name is Camille, I am excited to be here as well. I am interested in everything wellness. I have yet to meditation and on my second yoga class.
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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Thanks for sharing Patti! In this moment, I feel that my body needs a healthy meal (which is on the stove!) and also some mindful movement. I have a call very soon, and then I will take some time to play some music and intuitively move/dance/stretch before bed.
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Thank you so much! I feel my body needs love and attention and rest. Practicing good self care is really opening my eyes to experience things, and not just go through the emotions., Thank you Gillian for everything you do!
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  32. So wonderful to hear all of this! Thank you for sharing.
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  33. Thank you so much Gillian! I really appreciate you!
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  34. Thank you! I always wanted to be a circus clown or nun. I didn't make either, lol, but I do love to dance and to make people laugh and enjoy life!
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  35. This week's question asks: What are your core guiding principles? If you have the time and space, take a moment to sit comfortably and close your eyes. Let your attention drop into your body and settle in through a few minutes of mindful breathing. Then, check in with the quiet place inside of you. Inquire: What are my core guiding principles? What can I call upon in any moment, at any time, to help steer me in the best-suited direction?
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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. Thanks for sharing Narmadha! I have seen a similar comment shared before - that respond and reflection are the more difficult parts.
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  39. That’s more awesome than you could possibly know right now. Back when I was burning the candle at both ends, it felt like life was living me, instead of the other way around. I am happy for you.
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  40. Now, I realized that I need to maintain work life balance. I am planning accordingly and enjoying life now.
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  41. 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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  42. I love this sweet cream coated mashed potatoes poem. For me it is reminding me of slowly awakening into the preciousness and beauty of each single moment and this and this and this... love it. Thank you for sharing!
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  43. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I hope you didn't mind me probing further @Golden Valkyrie
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  44. My core guiding principle is to remain in service to others.
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  45. I love that word - blissipine! Beautiful Thanks for sharing. I would say my core guiding principles are authenticity, wisdom, understanding, and balance. There are of course more, but these come to mind first.
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  46. I believe I see my core guiding principles as core values that evolves through daily practice of mindfulness meditation and metta. Only by deepening this discipline this can help me in my the best suited direction in every day life to be genuine, authentic and truly honest. I also know if I skip on the daily practice my decisions become more ego based rather than from a place of heart and soul, so "blissipline" is kind of the word that supports my core guiding principles like honesty, authenticity, transparency and being human.
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  47. Great question, Jane. For myself, I understand the elements in two ways: 1) the visceral sensation of my physical body (i.e. air as breath, earth as bone, fire as digestion, water as liquids in the body), and 2) as they relate to different qualities. For instance, 'fire' is associated for me with things like passion, drive, and anger. Earth, on the other hand, with a sense of stability and security. These are of course open to interpretation based on our own exploration of them. Here are a couple of links that might help you further: Worksheet - Awareness of the Four Elements: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/awareness-of-the-four-elements/ Guided Instructions on the Four Elements: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/guided-instructions-the-four-elements/ You can also explore it from other perspectives (i.e. Ayurveda). Each tradition has its own take (i.e. some hold four elements, some hold five). I talked about this a bit here: Let me know if you use any of these resources or do further exploration. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Paggie.
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  48. This is a question I contemplate a lot. My present thoughts are that the wish to bridge these divides is beneficial to the extent it helps us tune in to how we might be too righteously grasping our own views and it motivates us to resolve not to make things worse through unkind speech and actions. It can inspire us to soften and kindly listen whenever civil discourse is available and to find and express common ground. At the same time, I believe the wish to bridge these gaps can be overly idealistic and reflect some wishful thinking rooted in denial and conflict avoidance. We are social animals and want to belong to our community and see it function harmoniously. When it does not, we feel a most uncomfortable dissonance between our compassion for suffering and our allegiance to the community, our craving to belong and get along. To resolve the discomfort it becomes easy to rationalize not taking appropriate actions but to maintain a semblance of harmony and/or loyalty. Through mindfulness we might sense into these tensions, emotions, and attitudes and see how they shape our intentions. We must adhere to our truths, for example that non-harming and promoting the wellbeing of all beings to the greatest practical extent is Important for moving toward a harmonious and thriving community. Through our practice we intend to do so from a place of kindness and warmth as opposed to hostility and aversion. But, often in this milieu our compassion must be fierce. Fierceness might be just simply and gently saying, “no,” asking for the information on which another bases his or her opinion, or looking for opportunities to introduce discreetly pertinent information whenever it will be tolerated. Where we are unsure, we could offer, “I’m not sure, but I have [whatever concern],” or something similar. Often we will be uncertain how to act or respond. I nevertheless think we should not shrink from being perceived as consistent advocates of views that might be unpopular with others. It then is not necessary nor even advisable to always speak up. I wish I really were skillful at any of this and am eager to learn what others contribute.
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  49. Ahh, yes. My favorite thing to do is float on my back either in a pond or a swimming pool and release all tension. Lastly the back. It is amazing to feel the water holding me up. Totally relaxed and feeling the water around me is just awesome. I really could use that about now. I need to get back to the pool more often. Or sit in the shower like you said. lol. Blessings.
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