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  1. 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 Helps Me Be Kind To Myself Compassionate Body Scan Meditation. Kristin Neff guides this powerful meditation to bring kind, caring awareness to sensations in the body, even if it's uncomfortable in the moment. Very helpful for processing emotions, feeling a sense of ease, and also for falling asleep. What I'm Reflecting On 6 Reasons Why Mindfulness Is A Superpower These remind me how I can choose how to relate to any kind of experience, to refrain from judgment, to be with what's uncomfortable, to remember to breathe, to widen or narrow my perspective, to balance doing with being, and remember what's most important. 7 Things To Try When Mindfulness Doesn't Work These remind me that mindfulness alone is not always enough. Humans are complex, so we need a wide range of modalities to heal, grow and thrive. What I Wish My Own Schoolteachers Had Access To Teaching Mindfulness To Empower Adolescents. This is a powerful guide to help school teachers master the essential competencies needed to successfully share mindfulness practices with teens and adolescents. "Wise and revolutionary. These are skilled and caring teachers giving you the real deal. They show how to soothe, inspire, and awaken the teenage spirit." - Jack Kornfield, PhD, bestselling author of A Path with Heart What I'm Exploring 20 Best Mindfulness Meditation Podcasts of 2020. This list from the team at Positive Psychology includes many wonderful mindfulness podcasts I had never heard of. Worth a look. A Quote That I Love "The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes." - Pema Chodron *Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for exclusive free mindfulness trainings. And, as always, please share your feedback in our Mindfulness Community Forums. Which musing above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Just add a post to the forum and let me know! Wishing you well, Sean Fargo Founder, Mindfulness Exercises P.S. Spring Washam will join Mindfulness Mastermind on August 27th at 12pm PST! Spring Washam is a well-known meditation teacher, author and visionary leader based in California and Peru. She is the author of A Fierce Heart: Finding Strength, Courage and Wisdom in Any Moment. Spring is considered a pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based healing practices to diverse communities. She is one of the founders and core teachers at the East Bay Meditation Center, located in downtown Oakland, CA. Spring received extensive training by Jack Kornfield, is a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in northern California, and has practiced and studied Buddhist philosophy in both the Theravada and Tibetan schools of Buddhism for the last 20 years. Members of Mindfulness Mastermind can access details about the workshop and the video link inside the Member Dashboard.
  2. This week's question asks: What are some of your personal beliefs that you want to bring greater mindfulness to? We all hold somewhere within us beliefs that do not serve us. Which of your own beliefs would you like to bring greater mindfulness to? When you become aware of limiting or negative beliefs within you, what do you 'do' with them?
  3. Hello Athena! Wonderful to meet you here. I've never tried labyrinth walking but am intrigued! Do you have any tips or resource recommendations?
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    Hi Priyanka! Great recommendation. I love this breathing technique.
  5. Hey Ali, I haven't read that book so can't recommend from my own experience, but the description sounds great and probably very aligned with what you are looking for. If you read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts and reflections on it. Your expression of feeling depressed because of where you could be is not uncommon; I've heard quite a few others share how down they feel do to so much time spent caught up in bad habits and addictions. I know it can be a difficult feeling to experience, but it is a huge win (even if it doesn't feel like it) that you now feel a renewed yearning to work through this. That takes strength and courage!
  6. This is so sweet! Thank you for sharing. I love the simple movements in the beginning, and how that hugging movement ties in with the koala meditation. Perfect length for young kids I think, and the instructions seem very age-appropriate as well. Really well done!
  7. Hi Ali, You are certainly correct in your feeling that what you are experiencing is quite common. Many, many of us struggle to let go of habits that are not healthy or uplifting for us. You are certainly not alone! Have you checked out some of Kevin Griffin's teachings? If you decide to, let us know how it goes and if anything resonates with you. (Here's a link to another talk on the subject. I haven't watched it yet, but it could be helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ERvVXbzmV4) Also, some compassion-based practices could be very helpful too. Speaking for myself, I know that often, when I engage in some kind of behaviour or thought pattern that is not in my best interest, I compound the problem by criticizing myself. Coming back to our humanity and practicing unconditional self-love can go a long way. If you're interested, here are a few links for that: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/teacher/kristin-neff/ https://mindfulnessexercises.com/downloads/rain-of-compassion/ Wishing you the best!
  8. Hi @Ali Zien, I realized that I forgot to mention a book I'm reading, which could be of interest to you. It's Russell Brand's 'Recovery' and highlights his understanding and approach to the 12 steps. I've found it very insightful so far!
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    Thanks for sharing Arti! This is such a great reminder. We often think that presence, peace, and relaxation is so far from reach, but more often than we might realize it can be achieved in a single mindful breath.
  10. Hi Assil, Great question! 100 days is a long challenge, and there will definitely be days where we feel pressed for time or not interested in practicing. I'd say that it's entirely up to you how you approach this, but one thing that I often do when I am partaking in some kind of challenge or working towards a goal is this: Let's say I am aiming to meditate 20 minutes a day for 30 days. I will set up some kind of stipulation for myself that allows for human life to intervene. So for instance, I will set a 'rule' that if I miss a day, I will meditate for double - 40 minutes - the next day (either all at once or split into two). This helps me to stay on track and remain committed while also honouring the ebb and flow of life. Maybe something like this could be incorporated into your 100 day challenge. But ultimately, it is all completely up to you! Enjoy
  11. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing Vladimir. You have a very naturally soothing voice for this I'd say. Also - I really love the graphics with the video. Did you do that yourself?
  12. Thank you Rachel and Joan! @Rachel - I love the idea of exploring the energies and qualities of each chakra. Pairing them with colours and locations in the body would make this really tangible for children. And great idea pairing animals with the Yamas and Niyamas! I think there are really so many creative possibilities for exploring these teachings with young ones still so open to the world, its sights, its sounds, it colours, and its creatures @Joan S. - I can completely see the struggle with online classes and how this would create difficulty paying attention. I've taken a few yoga classes myself online and I was not nearly as present as when I am in a class with others or practicing on my own. Where you are, does it seem like you will be able to work face-to-face anytime soon? Also, great idea about visualizing one's safe place. Perfect foundation!
  13. Dear Rachel, My heart goes out to you! I can only imagine the mix of emotions that you are experiencing at the moment. What a challenging time this must be. I am glad to hear at least that these emotions are all welcome at your table (which reminds me of a poem I shared elsewhere in the forum recently - The Guest House by Rumi). And yet still jarring of course, especially when it was completely unexpected. I find it difficult to know what to say in these times as words cannot heal heartache, and I've not read (to my memory) any books specifically related to this experience. However, one book that I know many have received great support from is: When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - by Pema Chödrön This next suggestion is not related to heartache, but for some reason, it crept into my consciousness just now (and might be nourishing for you!). I read this a few years ago: The Dance by Oriah Mountain Dreamer RAIN meditations could be extra nourishing at this time, which you might already be practicing. Have you found anything else since you made this post that is of support for you? Sending you plenty of tender love and care!
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