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Gillian Sanger

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  1. This week's question is: What is present in your heart today? Feel free to share multiple times throughout the week (or in the weeks that follow). Without overthinking it, what is present in the energetic centre of your heart space?
  2. Hello to all those interested in the intersection between creative arts & mindfulness! I feel inspired to share with you a poem I wrote this morning. Thoughts and feedback welcome This breathing body Lay down your fears let them rest awhile coming back home to the pulse that’s in your body. Can you feel it? Can you feel yourself alive? As the wholeness of this quiet, humming body holds you just here without seeking an answer nor confirmation that you, my dear, are enough. This moment this breathing body was never anything but enough. Gillian Florence Sanger https://medium.com/@gillianflorence/this-breathing-body-9c0b43be5f3a?source=friends_link&sk=0b6a839fa667308177941c4b61036914
  3. @Ali Zien - Thank you so much for this update and congrats on finding the courage to seek support! It can be so difficult to reach out and ask for help, but when we do, there is great potential for change and healing. I love how you've shared your reaction to the psychiatrist saying he believes you are stressed and how you were afterward able to note your own resistance this idea. I really think that stress is so pervasive in our society and that even those who practice mindfulness and meditation can be stressed on a much deeper level than we realize. So glad something 'clicked' for you during the session. Keep us posted as time goes on!
  4. Gillian Sanger

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    Absolutely Jillian! I feel the same. I was out camping this weekend and we brought our dogs who were stirring quite a lot in the night outside of the tent. I was having difficulty sleeping after being woken up by them, but soon I remembered the breath. Just watching it helped me to let go of the stories about how 'bad' or stressful it was that I wasn't able to fall asleep swiftly and soon, I naturally sunk back into slumber.
  5. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing Ali
  6. @WellBeingAnnie - Here is the new club! All are welcome to join. My intention is for this to be a space for us to share what projects we are working on (or want to begin) and to support and encourage one another.
  7. Hi David, I definitely agree that it can be a good thing to have realistic ideas about our limitations. It makes me think of something a psychoanalyst I was once working with said to me. I was talking about judging myself for something and she asked, "Were you judging or criticizing?" Healthy judgment can help us to see where we are and where we want to go, but criticism (in my view) is without the compassion and encouragement required to make real change.
  8. I think this is so so common (I can recognize it in myself as well!). The inner critic can be incredibly tenacious. I'd love to hear more about your ideas and aspirations. Maybe I will make a group for us to share our visions and hopes so that we can be of support for one another. Yes, I'll do that... and then I'll share the link here.
  9. Hello Annie! Nice to meet you in the community. I'm Gillian - the community moderator here. I, too, have studied nutrition (not naturopathy but holistic nutrition) and was most interested in the energy medicine and environmental courses. I think we probably have many common interests and views! I will check in on your other post in the Question of the Week
  10. Hey @Paige PIlege! It has been a while I just saw Annie has shared interest in your training. Do you have a direct link?
  11. I think there is much wisdom in this Ali! It makes me think that rather than waiting for ourselves to be 'spiritually perfect' (i.e. without cravings, 'negative' thoughts, etc.), we might find a way to be with these cravings, thoughts, and beliefs in a new way. Through that, we might uncover a new way of being.
  12. Hi Rachel, It really sounds like you are taking care of yourself in multiple ways. It is so inspiring to hear that! And that's a beautiful way to navigate this transition - to explore the self and the very nature of change. I don't know too much about somatic therapy but am going to look into it. Continue to take care. I wish you much love this coming week. Gillian
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. Hello Athena! Wonderful to meet you here. I've never tried labyrinth walking but am intrigued! Do you have any tips or resource recommendations?
  16. Gillian Sanger

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    Hi Priyanka! Great recommendation. I love this breathing technique.
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 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!
  21. Gillian Sanger

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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.
  22. 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
  23. 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?
  24. 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!
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