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    Thank you @Gillian Sanger As for the graphic, it was a 'suggestion' offered by PowerPoint.
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    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing Vladimir. You have a very naturally soothing voice for this I'd say. Also - I really love the graphics with the video. Did you do that yourself?
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    As requested, here are 2 links to the guided meditation recordings. The files were both too large to upload here so I'm providing links to the files in my Google Drive. One is in a .mp4 (500 mB or so) file with a nice background Large This file is audio only (11 kB) Small Please let me know if there are any issues or concerns.
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    Hello, My name is Athena. I meditate, and am new to welcoming a formal Mindfulness as my renewed meditation practice. I'm excited that there are others who share in mindfulness meditations. I also enjoy labyrinth walking which for me, inspires mindfulness and transformation.
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    you could try the bhramari pranayam which is the bee breath... when you hum on the exhalation it really helps when the mind is bouncing all over the place, and is very soothing...check it out and see if it helps :)
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    Thank you so much for the feedback! It means so much, especially since you have so much expertise.
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    This is so sweet! Thank you for sharing. I love the simple movements in the beginning, and how that hugging movement ties in with the koala meditation. Perfect length for young kids I think, and the instructions seem very age-appropriate as well. Really well done!
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    Hi @Ali Zien, I realized that I forgot to mention a book I'm reading, which could be of interest to you. It's Russell Brand's 'Recovery' and highlights his understanding and approach to the 12 steps. I've found it very insightful so far!
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    It is indeed a big relief ...when I inhale and exhale it is very relaxing and it immediately brings me back to the present moment
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    Thank you Rachel and Joan! @Rachel - I love the idea of exploring the energies and qualities of each chakra. Pairing them with colours and locations in the body would make this really tangible for children. And great idea pairing animals with the Yamas and Niyamas! I think there are really so many creative possibilities for exploring these teachings with young ones still so open to the world, its sights, its sounds, it colours, and its creatures @Joan S. - I can completely see the struggle with online classes and how this would create difficulty paying attention. I've taken a few yoga classes myself online and I was not nearly as present as when I am in a class with others or practicing on my own. Where you are, does it seem like you will be able to work face-to-face anytime soon? Also, great idea about visualizing one's safe place. Perfect foundation!
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    I am a marriage family therapist and a large percentage of my practice are teenagers. Due to COVID-19 all sessions are now on video and not face to face. Needless to say, this has challenges as far as making that physical connection which is especially important for teens to feel safe and comfortable. The environment with distractions are also a challenge. I have found that when I was physically in my office with teens they were more open to experiencing a meditation. Online their attention span seems to be compromised especially because they are looking at a screen and usually either sitting in a chair or walking around at times. I would like a suggestion for a short calming/relaxing meditation to start each session with for them to be able to visualize their safe place.
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    @lovingkindness To add on to Gillian's post- I would strongly suggest reading Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, as the experience you are describing is discussed in detail in the book (by David Treleaven). I have not experienced that strong a reaction to meditation, though my experiences tend to be more of a dissociative nature than felt in my physical body. Be well. We are listening and here to support!
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    Good morning- With young kids, say, ages 4-8, incorporating gentle movement into mindfulness is key. Linking movement with familiar things such as colors, animals, or the weather helps young children with visualization and uses multiple sensory modalities to stay present. I was fortunate to create 2 series of podcast meditations for this age bracket- one was called The Rainbow Inside Us, and each short meditation focused on a chakra and the color and energies associated with it. The other was called Adventurous Animals, which used the Yamas and Niyamas as the basis for the mindfulness work. Each animal (and corresponding movement) personified one of these yogic principles. They were quite well received. With older kids, I think it is best to emphasize the most concrete ways to connect with ourselves. Breathing exercises and journaling and getting out into nature seem the most logical ways to engage otherwise often contrary adolescents. Keeping it real gives teenagers a chance to experience the benefits directly instead of hypothetically, scientifically, or philosophically. Hope you all remain safe and well. Rachel
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    I have considered recording it Probably within the next few days
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    Hi! I learned about Mindfulness a handful pf years ago. It wasn't easy getting started. (I have General Anxiety Disorder) but I stuck to it and it served me well. Some where along the way I stopped my Mindful practice and after a few half-hearted attempts, I am so ready to shake the stress and anxiety that plague me more often than I care to admit... I'm looking forward to getting started tomorrow! I hope everyone has a great start to their week tomorrow.
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    "Whether grief is obvious or hidden, the way forward is through. We lean into the pain and allow grief’s wisdom to present itself. Grief is an elemental thing, beyond the control of our intellect and best left to find its course like water down a mountain. If we dam it, it gains energy until it becomes a destructive flood. Best to let it find its way. Opening to our grief opens us to pain. But it also opens us joy by freeing us from the deadening armor that’s accumulated around our hearts. Life’s preciousness emerges and we see the first crocus of spring breaking through the snow. We see the baby born in the maternity ward at the same moment CPR is stopped in the ER. We feel love for the stranger in the very heart-space opened by transformed grief." How to meet broken hearts & longing - a profound dose of wisdom from Jeff Foster
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    I have learned that embracing the grief allows it to turn into peace. It sounds scary, but accept the pain and it will be transformed. Do not deny or suppress and it will become something new.

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