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Jane Bjerklie-Barry

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  1. Hello all, I hope this finds each of you doing well under difficult times --- even though for many, things seem to be getting a little bit better. I am in the early stages of establishing a mindfulness meditation business providing services, workshops and trainings to individuals, organizations and businesses. My website is "under construction" and I've started a social media presence. As I start down this road, I find myself questioning and doubting my decision to do this, and also doubting the steps that I've currently taken so far. In thinking through this, as a new small
  2. Gillian, thanks very much for your kind words. I am still working on my website and hope to have it up and running soon. However, I'm a little nervous about trying to carve out more time to dedicate to this, in meeting with and working with clients and organizations. I suppose that sounds a little silly ("if you're worried about not having enough time to devote to this new business, why are you doing it?"). But the journey is in the exploration, the learning and the curiosity, right?!? I have decided that I'd really like to focus my business model on working with and supporting busi
  3. Rachel, thank you! I feel as though I am equal parts excited and overwhelmed about this, but passion and commitment is driving me forward. Having never started a small business before, I think I need a how-to manual Baby steps, right? I, too, have worked with students (college) and continue to provide workshops to students at my small school. Students are under enormous stress right now, as are so many in education, but trying to convince them of the benefits can be challenging. We will get there, as you say, "one meditation at a time". Be well.
  4. Hello all, I'm a graduate of Sean's teacher training (July 2020) and have been so grateful and proud of this work. After lots of thought and fighting myself on reasons why I SHOULDN'T explore this, I've taken the leap and created @bluesky_mindfulness. It's in its infancy right now and I only have an Instagram account and FB page, and an email address: blueskymindfulnessinfo@gmail.com. Need to work on a website next! But, I am excited to work in business settings as well as one on one and therapeutic environments. Because I still have a full-time "other" job, I am balancing t
  5. 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 ne
  6. 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 ot
  8. 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 re
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