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Jane Bjerklie-Barry

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  1. Hello, Thank you for starting this thread. Generally speaking, my feelings and emotions have been very steady --- and am feeling pretty good, actually. However, I am finding great difficulty with my meditation practice. My mind can't seem to settle down, and my feelings of frustration about that take over sometimes. Interestingly, although I have always had a hard time with visualization during meditation, recently two very strong images pop up in my mind during my practice: my heart beating in the center of my chest, or the image of my lungs as angel's wings opening and closing. I've never had these images before and know they are a result of my underlying thoughts of the virus. To settle my mind, I am having to go back to the beginner's mind and count the breath ---- endless counting. My mind cannot seem to go much deeper than that. Peace, Jane
  2. I think that mindfulness is a state of mind to strive towards. Mindful of our words, our deeds. Mindful of nature around us when we hike, mindful of an environment we find ourselves in (work, a bus station, a restaurant, etc). Mindfulness helps us remain present in our lives. Meditation helps us to quiet our minds so the mind/body connection can be strengthened, so we can find the space in our hearts and minds to work towards freedom of pain and suffering.
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    I watched a couple last evening. The ones I watched are essentially YouTube videos, and are interviews with the speakers. The content was ok, not great. While I will check in for the rest of the "summit", I'm not terribly impressed that this has been marketed as a Mindful Education Summit if in actuality these are just a lot of YouTube videos. It is disheartening when you discover a program or in this case a "summit" that you hope will provide some true insights and deep content, and what it really is is simply videos of people talking about their work. Yes, it is important to learn from others and hear from experts, but IMHO a "summit" should be much more interactive and should provide opportunities for webinars, online chats, and sharing of resources. If those types of modalities are not embedded into this, I won't consider further free offerings from The Awake Network.
  4. Hello all, My name is Jane and I am looking forward to begin my journey towards a teaching certificate in Mindful Meditation. I have been meditating for about 6 years. It started as a component of my yoga practice, but grew as a part of my recovery after knee placement surgery 3 years ago. Being a person who cannot tolerate opiate-based pain meds, I turned to meditation to help with pain relief, sleep and emotional struggles. This has further allowed me to deepen my practice a little bit, but I have a long way to go. My journey of using meditation as a pain reliever and surgical rehab tool has made me realize that there are so many people who could benefit from meditation in this way. I live in a rural part of NH, but with strong community resources for health. There is a community hospital and many private practices of yoga, Reiki, massage, etc. However, there are few options for people to learn about and/or practice meditation together. My dream is to help others navigate the struggles we face as we age, or go through surgery, or to simply feel more grounded --- and to help me to deepen my own practice as well!
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