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  1. I came across a video this morning of Francis Weller talking about grief. I must say, it felt to come at the perfect time. I have been experiencing a lot of grief about the state of our collective and his explanation of the many gates of grief was affirmative for me. Below is the video (with discussion about the five gates starting at 3:03, though the whole thing is worth a watch). That said, I'll just quickly outline the five gates he mentions here. If you have thoughts or reflections on any of these, I would love to hear them: 1. Grief that occurs when we lose something or someone that we love 2. Grief that occurs when we lose some part of ourselves we've never known 3. Grief related to the losses of the world, the sorrow of the world 4. Grief for what we expected when we came into this world but did not receive 5. Ancestral grief He notes that in our modern societies, we tend only to really acknowledge the first type. Just hearing him talk about the additional gates of grief felt deeply validating.
  2. Beautiful, humbling words, Rachel. Thank you for sharing another one of your lovely blog posts. Reading it reminded me of something Sean said in a weekly call for the teacher training program a while back. He offered the reminder that teaching mindfulness is not about us; it is about helping others. This of course applies to modalities beyond mindfulness as well. There is a short clip of that talk here:
  3. Thank you for sharing J.D. - and welcome to the community! Relating to what you've said, I do believe managing anxiety requires a holistic approach - community, nourishing lifestyle habits, awareness, rest, and so forth. It seems like you're covering a lot of angles in your approach!
  4. Thank you for sharing this, Eve. I can relate to what you've said as I am constantly trying to mind my phone usage. Sometimes, I am able to recognize unconscious scrolling, but sometimes not. It's definitely a journey.
  5. In case you missed it or aren't signed up, here are Sean's 5 mindful musings for the week. enhancing non-judgmental moment-to-moment awareness Hi All! Here is your weekly dose of "5 Mindful Musings", a brief list of what's helping me live a more mindful life. What I Am Happy About My Latest Free Guided Meditation. Listen to this for more presence and peace in your day. I will be sharing these much more often on our YouTube channel. What I Am Interested In Anicca Wearable Device. "Anicca helps you manage your emotions by amplifying the sensation of your own breathing as calming vibrations on your body, working in four ways: Connects you with your sense and rhythm of breathing so you can regulate in a way that would fit you... Creates a soothing vibration at emotional regulation centres on your body... Calms your mind by giving it a clear focus... Grounds you in your body and a regular rhythm - your breathing." Free Mindfulness Exercises I Just Shared 7 Mindfulness Exercises to Support Teens As They Grow. By providing teenagers with the tools of mindfulness, we equip them to better recognize what they are going through and to more effectively navigate any challenges that arise. Mindfulness is entirely free and always accessible, so it is something that teenagers can continually return to – whether guided or on their own. What I Am Excited About Monkey Feet. I just ordered these boot-type-devices that allow your feet to grab onto dumbbells, allowing you to strengthen your legs so much easier than other means. I can't wait to incorporate them into my garage-gym workouts. A Quote I Love "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito." – The Dalai Lama For more free mindfulness exercises, subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Wishing you well, Sean Fargo - Founder, Mindfulness Exercises - Former Buddhist Monk of 2+ Years - Instructor for the mindfulness program developed at Google - Founder of the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program http://mindfulnessexercises.img-us6.com/mauricio/jack_kornfield.jpg "Sean is a wonderful teacher, well practiced in the teachings of mindfulness and compassion, dedicated and thoughtful." - Jack Kornfield, Best-selling Mindfulness Author and Founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center
  6. Thank you Rachel! For me in this moment: Quiet. Observant. Soft breeze. (Four words... as I felt that the 'breeze' was incomplete with an adjective.)
  7. This week's question asks: What three words best describe your experience in this moment? Without overthinking this question, tune into your experience of this moment. What three words do you want to share about it? These can be adjectives, verbs, or nouns - whatever comes up for you.
  8. Beautiful. Wise. Thank you for this, Daniel. Indeed, the earth has much to offer us - and not just in terms of harvest or materials. Its energy is grounding, healing, and restorative. There are many times when I find myself longing to just rest my back on the earth or to touch the soil. I think my soul and/or spirit is attracted to this energy in a way that the rational mind can't understand.
  9. I'm so glad to hear that you love the work you are doing!
  10. Thanks for sharing this, Jane. I read this and took a minute of silence before responding. It was great to close my eyes, to feel the sun through the window, and to just breathe.
  11. I'm picking up on this thread as I purchased a ukulele recently! I've only just begun learning how to play it, but it is already proving to be a helpful tool to enhance my focus and quiet the mind - plus, it is just a joyful experience. Does anyone else play the ukulele or some other instrument?
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    This quote really resonated with me today. To me, it speaks to more subtle and invaluable ways of knowing.
  13. Daniel, Thank you so much for sharing this. As I read your words, I felt such respect for your storytelling. You just conveyed the conversation as it was, which is not so common. Often we might add things like, "And when she said that, I was just fuming... I can't believe.... etc." While there is nothing inherently wrong with telling stories that way either, it was really quite beautiful to read this the way you expressed it all. I think this is a wonderful example of acceptance; it seems to me like an open acceptance you have of your neighbour, just as she is. As you said, this isn't a panacea, and we don't have to approach all situations like this, but I think it's a wonderful example of how we can respond rather than react rather than trying to change, convince, or resist something we disagree with. On another note, I did an internship on a farm in Costa Rica many years ago and I remember finding that conversations that took place in the gardens were much more grounded than they were in other settings. Your words reminded me of this.
  14. I'm glad you liked the article Jane! Regarding your question about remaining mindful of the breath during a variety of tasks at the same time: I think it is helpful just to take frequent breaks to check in with the breath, rather than focusing on being mindful throughout the duration of tasks. Is that what you meant? I think it's natural to not be aware of the breath all the time (let's say while we're reading for instance). But as we practice checking in with the breath from time to time, our awareness will naturally broaden.
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