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  1. This week's question asks: What does the word 'boundaries' mean to you? There's a lot of talk about boundaries, but what does the word really mean? And, how do you determine and uphold your boundaries? How can boundaries be both courageous/confident and compassionate?
  2. Yes - here in Stockholm it's a bit backwards as well! It's snowed only a couple of times and only once did the snow stay. Days are much milder than I've heard they typically are in winter. A lot of people are saying that even though it's warmer, it's a heavier winter. The snow would brighten things up, whereas it's instead been dark and grey.
  3. Thank you for sharing @Paige PIlege! What a beautiful expression of forgiveness and unconditional love
  4. @Jonathan - That's wonderful Jonathan, that these practices have been soothing for you. I haven't explored self-hypnosis but that would be another interesting topic to discuss! My weekend has been nice and relaxed, now I'm just moving through a busy week Hope all is well with you!
  5. Glad you are enjoying the challenge Paige!! I have to say, this makes me think about laughter yoga. Have you heard of it? I've never tried it but it seems so lovely and uplifting
  6. @Paige PIlege Thank you for sharing this story Paige. What a very challenging and frightening experience to say the very least. So have you written about it already and are going to turn it into a full book?
  7. @Kbelle68 Welcome to the community! Thank you so much for this wonderful introduction, and it's lovely to see a face with the name It sounds like you're doing wonderful work (both within and for others). Have you already begun your coaching or are you still training? If you have a professional website, there's a thread where people are posting them (one member asked to see some of our members' websites for inspiration). If you feel like jumping in on any conversation, I'd love to hear more about your experience, practice, and insights. You can browse yourself, but here are a couple of our current topics: What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation? What led you to mindfulness? Icebreaker: What is one thing most people don't know about you? Looking forward to connecting with you here!
  8. Thanks for sharing your insights @SweetPea! There are so many overlaps between the two. Just to see what would happen, I flipped your first two statements around in my head: "Mindfulness helps heal us from our past. Meditation can help us be present in the moment." I think that can be true too I also feel there is a difference in that mindfulness is something we can practice in any moment, whereas meditation is more of a formal practice (though mindfulness can be formal too of course). Meditation seems to be more broad since there are so many techniques - mindfulness being one of them.
  9. Thanks for the intro @Jonathan! It's wonderful to hear about your background - and your website looks great so far! PTSD is a topic we haven't discussed to much yet here; if you feel called to get a conversation about it going, feel free to start a new thread in the forum. Looking forward to hearing more of your insights!
  10. @FrancesA - That's wonderful! Well, I'm sure you will find quite a bit of guidance, support, and resources here. If you'd like some suggestions on where to start, you might enjoy: -This free download of a Mindfulness for Beginners e-book -This guide that includes some mindfulness exercises that are perfect for those new to the practice I also invite you to look through the forum to see what's being discussed - and to jump in wherever you feel called! Let me know if you have any questions, would like some more resources, or need some tips/suggestions on overcoming any roadblocks you encounter.
  11. Welcome @FrancesA! It's great to have you here. Have you practiced any specific mindfulness techniques already or are you completely new?
  12. I'm curious if anyone has plans for Valentine's Day. Do you plan to do something special this year for it or not? I have a private yoga + meditation client coming to see me on Friday and she may bring her husband along. In any case, I think some type of metta meditation would be a nice inclusion to represent what this day symbolizes for a lot of people. Would anyone else have suggestions for a heart-centered yoga and meditation class?
  13. This week's question asks: What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation? And, how do you practice each of these? Sometimes these two separate terms are used interchangeably; at other times, they are indeed one and the same. Sometimes meditation is mindfulness (and vice versa), though they can also stand alone. How do you understand these two terms to be different? Do you practice both mindfulness and meditation? Together or separately? Which (if one more than the other) do you feel more drawn towards? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!
  14. @TrishaRenae45 - This all sounds quite challenging. Without forcing yourself to feel any differently than you do, would it be possible to acknowledge that there is at least a possibility that your new case manager will be able to help you? I understand the feelings of strong attachment, but when we open ourselves up to the idea that everyone we encounter has gifts, wisdom, and care to share with us, we might soften our attachments just a little bit at a time. I know it can be scary to 'let go' in this way, but that's why I like the idea of 'softening' rather than letting go. Opening our heart to new possibilities, even if we're not quite sure what that means, and softening our attachment to the mental story helps us to transition. I haven't listened to this meditation specifically, but Jason Stephenson has plenty of soothing bedtime meditations worth checking out: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/surrender-meditation-letting-go-of-control/ Tara Brach also has many great titles worth considering: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/teacher/tara-brach/ Let me know if you try any!
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