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  1. Thanks for sharing @Gene Williams! This reminds me of something I read in Brené Brown's book 'Daring Greatly'. In it, she differentiates between guilt and shame, explaining that guilt is the feeling 'I did something bad' whereas shame is the feeling 'I AM bad'. Here's a little more from her blog on the topic: "Based on my research and the research of other shame researchers, I believe that there is a profound difference between shame and guilt. I believe that guilt is adaptive and helpful – it’s holding something we’ve done or failed to do up against our values and feeling psychological discomfort. I define shame as the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us unworthy of connection. I don’t believe shame is helpful or productive. In fact, I think shame is much more likely to be the source of destructive, hurtful behavior than the solution or cure. I think the fear of disconnection can make us dangerous." https://brenebrown.com/blog/2013/01/14/shame-v-guilt/
  2. Thank you for sharing your reflections @Faune. I love your sentiment that everyone should try hugging a tree at least once. I can vividly recall the first time I hugged a tree as an adult - not where I was exactly but what was moving through me. I remember thinking that 'tree huggers' are so misunderstood. Mainstream consciousness tends to think that 'tree huggers' are really 'out there', and yet given that the world's trees are so fundamental to the wellbeing of our planet and human life in countless ways, it seems so rational to honour, give thanks to, and lovingly embrace these beings. Thank you for the reminder... I will hug a tree on my walk today.
  3. Hello! It appears that it a tech glitch that is being looked into now. Thank you for drawing this to our attention! If you can send me a direct message here in the community, I will message you directly with details on how to get the PDF once its fixed.
  4. Beautiful reflection Rachel. Thank you for sharing! My 20-minute morning meditations are supporting me this week by helping me to remain present in the morning. It is tempting to turn quickly towards my phone as I wonder what emails await me... but I have set an intention to not look at my personal devices until I've gotten out of bed and sat for 20 minutes. This morning's practice was so lovely that I plan to have another 20-minute sit very soon.
  5. Lovely reflections Joseph! So nice that you and your wife are out taking daily walks. I was out again in the woods today and noticed the aromas just as intently - so very fresh and invigorating!
  6. Does anyone have any recommendations for summer reads? Though we may not be taking summer vacation as usual, I still hope we are all able to take some time off to rest and reset. My recommendations for summer reads (both fiction and non-fiction) include: -Circe by Madeline Miller -Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés -Embodied Enlightenment by Amoda Maa -Nature and the Human Soul by Bill Plotkin
  7. Yesterday I was out for a walk with the dogs and mindfully made a point to be more present with the smells around me. Since the start of spring, I have noticed the beautiful aroma of the woods becoming stronger. It is one of my favourite scents to encounter. I also noticed the vibrancy of the spring blossoms as their scent filled my nose. And as I really tuned into that floral aroma, I felt myself opening up to the joy of the world. I felt drawn towards the feminine aspects of this reality, wanting to fully receive and contribute to the beauty of the world. Has anyone else noticed any interesting energies, sensations, or insights arise from tuning into the natural world?
  8. Beautiful reflection @Faune! Nature is indeed remarkable. I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dog. That is such a difficult loss. Wishing you well!
  9. This week's question asks: How is mindfulness practice supporting you this week? Perhaps mindfulness is helping you to remain compassionate towards others. Perhaps it is opening your eyes to seeing a situation in a new way. Perhaps it is offering you a greater sense of trust in life. Perhaps it is helping you to listen to your body. If you feel drawn to contributing here, share one or multiple ways that mindfulness is supporting you at present.
  10. @Joseph and @Jo L - Have either of you watched the documentary 'The Work'? I watched it last night and I think the both of you would find it quite impactful and relevant to your interests. It covers some of what happens during a 4 day intensive retreat in a men's prison, which also invites men from the community to join the group therapy. I watched it on Apple TV but here is another link to it: https://www.amazon.com/Work-James-McLeary/dp/B077GGWH8P
  11. Hello @fdsnoble! Wonderful to have you here. I'm very happy to hear that you have already learned much from the community as a new member. Is there any particular theme or practice you are interested in learning more about?
  12. I can completely relate to this. Hot showers are one of the conveniences of modern life that I often reflect on. This is truly such a blessing, especially in cold countries and seasons.
  13. Thank you for sharing this @Ali Zien. I think this is the perfect section to add this to because your story reflects the 'win' of becoming aware of the stories and emotions moving through you. We're not always so mindful or present of these reactions. As for your contemplation, 'is there a chance to be present all the time?', my feelings are similar to Gene's. I believe that as humans, we will always be touched by challenging feelings and emotions. Learning to be with them - to accept them without trying to deny them or push them away - is what we can grow into more and more. There have been times when I've found myself in tears for one reason or another and I literally say to myself, "It's okay. Just be here. Just be here." The result is so freeing. The grief or sadness remains but I am okay to be in it. Does that make sense?
  14. Thanks for jumping in Karen! Lovely to hear from you. Feel free to comment, share, and ask questions anywhere that speaks to you.
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