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  1. This week's question asks: What helps you to stay committed to your personal mindfulness practice? If you struggle to stay focused on and committed to your personal practice, you're not alone. However, it's worth exploring what might help us to stick with it. When you DO maintain your practice, what are some of the conditions that allow for that? You might note anything from a good night's sleep to sticking with a short but sustainable practice to meditating with a community.
  2. Welcome to the community @Sheetal! It's wonderful to see you're beginning the 100 day challenge. Thanks for sharing you reflections. I'm glad that the practice of placing your full attention on the breath was calming for you. I personally find the breath very stabilizing and grounding.
  3. Wonderful to see you back here @Narmadha! Yes - we are ALWAYS beginning again, with each and every breath That is a lovely intention to hold. The beauty about mindfulness is we can come back to it any time. Looking forward to seeing more of your insights here in the community!
  4. Thanks for the question JP! The thing that stands out for me is the move my partner and I have made from the city to the country. We have always longed to live closer to nature and so we finally realized we could do it, adapting our life as was needed. I think mindfulness supported this because it has helped me to really listen to myself - to honour what I care about, what brings me joy, and what nourishes me on a soul level.
  5. Thank you for these reflections, Rick - and for drawing my attention back to this question. Mindful pauses are so important, but we can forget to practice them. It's good to remind ourselves. My intention for today (or the rest of it) is to move slowly - to mind if I am trying to rush somewhere (either physically or mentally) and to slow down through a few mindful breaths when I notice this tendency arise.
  6. Lovely reflection Jan! Thank you for sharing this.
  7. I was looking through old topics and was drawn to this one in particular. Then, I noticed it's been exactly two years to the day that this conversation was started! An appropriate time to come back to it I think. The theme of vulnerability has been recurring (not constant, but recurring) for me over the past two years. It's been a time of learning to trust my gut and to speak my truth - and learning how to do so with wisdom and compassion. It's been a time of difficult listening, of being willing to lose things in order to expand, of taking the risk of stepping into new expressions of myself. It brings to mind the quote: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anais Nin. I'm curious to hear other people's reflections and experiences with vulnerability these two years. Share your thoughts below if you're interested in discussing.
  8. The other night my partner and I watched 'Chasing the Present' on Gaia TV. Recommended for those that have access to it! Here's the trailer:
  9. I've started this discussion in the section for 'breath and body awareness', but it really expands beyond that. A few weeks ago during our online mindfulness & meditation retreat, Sean invited participants to reflect on what part of our experience could use more awareness: body, emotions, intellect, or spirit. I find this to be a really valuable practice, one that can help us to tune in with care and act with wisdom. As I check in with this today, I think the primary aspect of my own being that could use more awareness is my spirit. As I recognize this, I am guided to consider what my spirit needs from me today. The answer that arises is 'nature and expression.' I feel called to write creatively today, and to dance (which will nourish my body as well). I'd love to know what this reflection prompt brings up for you. If you want to here Sean talk about it, you can listen to this highlight from the retreat:
  10. 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'm Celebrating Today is Summer Solstice! In honor of the longest day of the year (for those of us in the northern hemisphere), I'd like to share 6 Mindful Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice. Most people want to live closer with nature and to celebrate the earth’s rhythms. In today's blog post, we explore the following topics and questions: What Is the Summer Solstice? What Does the Summer Solstice Have to Teach Us? 6 Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice A Guided Meditation for the Summer Solstice What I'm Drinking "Beers" from Athletic Brewing Co. These non-alcoholic beers taste like the real thing, which is helpful since I don't really like getting drunk. They range from light to dark, and the label designs are what young folk might call "fire". If you like beer but don't like alcohol, you may want to give them a whirl. What I'm Fascinated By Reveri Self-Hypnosis Sessions. This popular app includes evidence-based audio 'meditations' to help people reduce stress, enhance focus, improve sleep, eat well, manage pain, or quit smoking. I just downloaded the app on my phone and will try it tonight when I'm laying in bed. I may never be the same. What I'm Practicing Breath Awareness Meditation. This is a simple guided meditation that helps us to calm our minds and unwind our stress. Listen to a simple breath awareness meditation here: Spotify / Apple / Audible / iHeart A Quote I Love "Slump? I ain’t in no slump … I just ain’t hitting.." — Yogi Berra Want to connect? Text "hello" to me at (510) 800-7422 and I'll personally text my latest mindfulness thoughts and practices to you from time to time, and you can reply with thoughts and questions if you'd like. Wishing you well, - Founder, Mindfulness Exercises - Former Buddhist Monk - Instructor for the mindfulness program developed at Google - Mindfulness Teacher for the E.P.A., Kaiser Permanente, Tesla, Facebook, Ernst & Young, Solano Prison, Spirit Rock Family Program Sean's Trainings & Resources 300 Mindfulness Worksheets Download Step-By-Step Trainings To Learn & Practice Mindfulness 200 Guided Meditation Scripts Download Categorized PDF's To Guide Meditations For Others 365 Brandable Social Media Templates Enhance Your Social Media Influence with our Customizable Mindfulness Social Media Posts Brandable Mindfulness Teaching Curriculum Teach Your Own Mindfulness Programs with Word-For-Word Mindfulness Trainings & Slides Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program Become a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with our Accredited Online Program Mindfulness Exercises Podcast Deepen Your Mindfulness Practice and Enhance Your Ability to Share It With Others. Follow Sean on Social Media About Mindfulness Exercises Mindfulness Exercises is an online platform which shares resources and trainings for mindfulness practitioners and teachers alike. Our intention is to encourage mindfulness and meditation practice around the world, regardless of religion, race or socio-economic background. Our Values Generosity is our primary practice. We offer over 2,000 online resources to support individuals, teachers and organizations - and we add new content every day. Compassion is empathy in action. Mindfulness has the power to free us from our pain, for a life of happiness and ease - and it’s our wish that all beings everywhere realize this potential. Community is our reason for being. We exist because of you, and we’re here for you. Together, we’ll create the world we long to live in. By 2025, we hope to have shared mindfulness practices with over 200 million people in the following ways: By supporting individuals in their pursuit of a consistent and meaningful mindfulness practice. By training mindfulness teachers to skillfully and compassionately share mindfulness with others. By bringing mindfulness to organizations and governmental agencies to inspire more conscious service. Find out more at MindfulnessExercises.com
  11. I am grateful for the abundance of greenery. I am grateful for the warmth of the sun against my skin. I am grateful for days spent sitting outside. I am grateful for fresh, local fruit. I am grateful for the lightness this time of year brings to my spirit and to the spirit in others.
  12. Since today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, I invite you to consider the question: What aspects of the current season are you grateful for? It is the longest day of the year, and here in Sweden there is A LOT of light because of it. Others in the world will be experiencing the shortest day of the year. Both provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the season we're in. Share your reflections below. And for more insight into the summer solstice, check out this blog post: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/6-mindful-ways-to-celebrate-the-summer-solstice/
  13. This is not related to Imbolc, but it is very much about the seasons. A guide on mindfully honouring the summer solstice: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/6-mindful-ways-to-celebrate-the-summer-solstice/
  14. Here are Sean's 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'm Reading Mindfulness Hurts. That’s Why It Works. This article in The Atlantic is a helpful reminder that mindfulness is not meant to be all about rainbows and butterflies. It's meant to be aware of whatever's here without judgment or reactivity. As the author puts it: Mindfulness hurts because, well, life hurts. "If our condition were truly happy, we would not need diversion from thinking of it in order to make ourselves happy," Blaise Pascal wrote in his Pensées, published posthumously in 1670. "The only thing which consoles us for our miseries is diversion, and yet this is the greatest of our miseries." In Light of The Above, This Is What I Recommend Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Training. While I offer trauma sensitivity in several of my own programs and trainings, especially our mindfulness teacher certification program (see below), I bow to the advanced work offered by my friend David Treleaven here. He literally wrote the book on Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, and I highly recommend people check out him out to ensure working within the "window of tolerance". What I'm Focused On My online keynote this Thursday: Creating a More Mindful Post-Pandemic Workplace, sponsored by Genos Live. According to global analyst Josh Bersin, COVID triggered ‘The Big Reset’ - a series of major changes that have dramatically impacted the expectations and priorities of workers returning to the workplace after such a stressful and demanding period. Join me live as I talk about why mindfulness is such an effective toolset for dealing with challenging times, how it can be brought to the workplace, and some practices that teams can immediately implement to start enjoying the many befits of creating a more mindful work environment. What I'm Inspired By Teaching Mindfulness: Kevin Griffin Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions. Teaching mindfulness and meditation can seem scary. So, how do you know when you’re ready? What skills and qualities does a mindfulness teacher really need? The answer is the same whether teaching is your career, a calling, or just a happy accident. In this podcast, best-selling author and leader in the mindful recovery movement Kevin Griffin shares advice for mindfulness teachers and provides answers to some of the most important questions. What does teaching mindfulness mean to you? What inspires you to teach? What experience and qualifications do you need? Who are you best suited to teach? And which mindfulness practices could you share with integrity? A Quote I Love "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." — Kahlil Gibran Want to connect? Text "hello" to me at (510) 800-7422 and I'll personally text my latest mindfulness thoughts and practices to you from time to time, and you can reply with thoughts and questions if you'd like. Wishing you well, - Founder, Mindfulness Exercises - Former Buddhist Monk - Instructor for the mindfulness program developed at Google - Mindfulness Teacher for the E.P.A., Kaiser Permanente, Tesla, Facebook, Ernst & Young, Solano Prison, Spirit Rock Family Program Sean's Trainings & Resources 300 Mindfulness Worksheets Download Step-By-Step Trainings To Learn & Practice Mindfulness 200 Guided Meditation Scripts Download Categorized PDF's To Guide Meditations For Others 365 Brandable Social Media Templates Enhance Your Social Media Influence with our Customizable Mindfulness Social Media Posts. Brandable Mindfulness Teaching Curriculum Teach Your Own Mindfulness Programs with Word-For-Word Mindfulness Trainings & Slides Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program Become a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with our Accredited Online Program. Mindfulness Exercises Podcast Deepen Your Mindfulness Practice and Enhance Your Ability to Share It With Others. Follow Sean on Social Media About Mindfulness Exercises Mindfulness Exercises is an online platform which shares resources and trainings for mindfulness practitioners and teachers alike. Our intention is to encourage mindfulness and meditation practice around the world, regardless of religion, race or socio-economic background. Our Values Generosity is our primary practice. We offer over 2,000 online resources to support individuals, teachers and organizations - and we add new content every day. Compassion is empathy in action. Mindfulness has the power to free us from our pain, for a life of happiness and ease - and it’s our wish that all beings everywhere realize this potential. Community is our reason for being. We exist because of you, and we’re here for you. Together, we’ll create the world we long to live in. By 2025, we hope to have shared mindfulness practices with over 200 million people in the following ways: By supporting individuals in their pursuit of a consistent and meaningful mindfulness practice. By training mindfulness teachers to skillfully and compassionately share mindfulness with others. By bringing mindfulness to organizations and governmental agencies to inspire more conscious service. Find out more at MindfulnessExercises.com
  15. For those looking to practice and learn in community, join Sean Fargo, Sara-Mai and myself for an online mindfulness meditation retreat on the weekend of July 9th/10th - https://mindfulnessexercises.com/online-retreats/
  16. Hi @Mrs.M, Welcome to our community and thank you for the introduction. What comes up for me when I read your post is to begin by developing a routine of short mindful check-ins (i.e. five minutes breathing in the morning, two minutes breathing at lunch, five mindful breaths when feeling overwhelmed). As we make space for short practices and as these becoming naturally woven in our daily life, we might find our practice grows naturally rather than forcing ourselves to sit for long practices right from the beginning. Forcing ourselves is typically not sustainable nor motivating over the long-term. How does that sit with you?
  17. Hi Umar, Welcome to the community! What type of meditation are you familiar with? What is your experience with mindfulness?
  18. This week's question asks: What intention would you like to set for today? Take pause to consider what heartfelt intention you'd like to set for today - whether your day is just beginning or you are in the middle of it. Every moment is a chance to begin again. For me, in this moment, my intention is to be grateful for the small and large blessings that come my way. To be more attuned to the energy of appreciation as I move through the day. What about you?
  19. And yours as well Daniel! It is such a simple practice but a powerful one. It just brings us back to the beauty of what is.
  20. WE'VE LAUNCHED The Mindfulness Exercises Podcast is now available for streaming! Go beyond listening into deeper experiences of mindfulness, evidence-based meditations and ancient wisdom. Learn from the world’s top mindfulness teachers on how they practice and share mindfulness with others. Episodes #001, #002 and #003 are now available at the links below: Episode #001 - Sharing Mindfulness from the Heart (Sean Fargo) Episode #002 - Teaching Mindfulness: Most Frequently Asked Questions (Kevin Griffin) Episode #003 - Why Sean Fargo Recommends Mindfulness of Breathing You can listen on Apple, Spotify, Google, Audible, Stitcher, and TuneIn. Subscribe on your preferred platform and leave us a review to let us know what you think. From wherever you tune in: Welcome to the Mindfulness Exercises Podcast. May this be a source of inspiration and motivation for your mindfulness meditation and teachings. *** FYI @Rick @ FinestCoaching @simoneturner @Thuraya @Dina
  21. Thank you so much for sharing this Jhana. First, I am glad the quote resonated with you. I think so many of us are conditioned to do, do, do, when what we so often need is to simply be. I can relate a bit to what you've shared in that this morning, I found myself in a place of mental restlessness. I was distracting myself with social media and news feeds and could not seem to ground or to bring myself to tending to something useful or supportive. I was already late to starting my work for the day, but I decided to take 20 minutes to just be and breathe (work could wait; it wasn't urgent). I put on one of my favourite pieces of music for meditation (when I choose to meditate with music, that is); it's Devi Prayer by Craig Pruess & Ananda. My instruction for myself was to breathe - to just breathe. I became distracted at times during this morning sit, but I tended to those with compassion and patience. Then I remembered my intention: breathe, just breathe. I personally find that short concentration practices (usually breath concentration) is most supportive for me when my mind can't seem to settle. It can also be helpful to intentionally give ourselves permission to pause; to first set that intention to just be for a little while. I led a meditation on this idea of 'permission to pause' a few weeks ago. Here's the link if it seems it might be helpful for you:
  22. Lovely heart calling, Jhana. Thank you for sharing. And thank you for bringing this question back into my awareness to sit with. As I reflect on it myself, the following phrases come: Take care today. Walk tenderly upon the earth. Inhale and exhale love in equal measure.
  23. Absolutely beautiful piece of writing, Daniel. I love the journey that this took, beginning with awareness of light (the sun) and then expanding to see what else was present. Here's my own reflection of the moment: The sun is behind me, through the window, but off to the side. Its rays reach four of the five plants sitting on the ledge just next to the window. A small patch of carpeted floor is touched by sun as well; shadows of plants dance there on the floor. As I look to where the sun meets the floor to my right, I see one of my two furry friends resting there - half-shaded, half illuminated. The top of her head and the right side of her body are blessed by the midday sun. I reflect on her presence, my sweet, fluffy angel, and release a deep sigh. I feel love - emanating both from me and towards me.
  24. Lovely quote and reflections, Daniel. Nice to hear from you! Though not the same, as I started reading your post I thought about the Rumi quote: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
  25. "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." Ralph Waldo Emerson I share this quote as a reminder to myself and to whomever might benefit from it that we can ease our tendency to rush around trying to accomplish things. As I look through my window, I can see that nature is taking her time; there is no force, to pressure. And yet everything that needs to happen happens. Can we lean into a sense of trust in the natural, gentle unfolding of things?
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