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Gillian Sanger

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  1. Thank you @Rachel, @Jo L, and @VBZivkovic for your contributions to this thread. I have been watching what is happening throughout the states over the past week and have felt such a mix of emotions. This morning I watched a video of the mayor of Atlanta speaking and felt a strong wave of grief wash through me. I will look into Humanize My Hoodie, Jo. Thank you for bringing this movement to the community's attention. Tonglen meditation sounds like it would be very grounding - metta meditation too. I will practice one of those today. Yesterday I listened to a live kirtan session, which was equally grounding and uplifting. @VBZivkovic - I have heard so much about that book but have yet to read it. I wonder if we should get a thread going on trauma-senstive mindfulness? I think that would be a wonderful topic to explore together.
  2. This was a summer 2019 read for me Very well written. Another book I've just started is Recovery by Russell Brand. I am really enjoying Brand's podcast 'Under the Skin' and am curious to see how I enjoy this book of his.
  3. Hey @David Weiskopf, Interesting you bring up 'How to Change Your Mind' by Michael Pollan. I saw it on a friend's shelf last week and thought that would be an interesting read. I will add it to my very long, ever-growing list of 'to-read's. I haven't watched that Netflix series yet. Just did a quick check to see if it is on my Swedish Netflix, which it is. I will give it a go and share my thoughts once I do! That would be great if you want to start a new topic for it. I haven't yet read the book - but, I got a notification that a package is waiting for me at my local store and it must be my order of the book. I hope to start it soon.
  4. 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/
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. @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
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. Thanks for jumping in Karen! Lovely to hear from you. Feel free to comment, share, and ask questions anywhere that speaks to you.
  18. Thank you for sharing your meditation @yogawithpriyanka. I will explore this later. Metta is one of my favourite types of meditation to practice.
  19. Hello @Ali Zien! What a wonderful introduction. It is nice to connect with you here. I really resonate with your statement, "It takes practice." Very, very true. I look forward to hearing some of your questions in the forum. Feel free to ask or share wherever you feel called to. Have a wonderful day!
  20. Thanks everyone for your kind words! And @Rachel - Thanks for sharing the link to that Earth Grounding meditation. I will definitely be giving it a listen soon!
  21. Hey Paige! Thanks Insight Timer is just where they are uploaded; there are both guided meditations and courses available on there (though the courses are paid after a free trial). I have someone to help me with the audio - pairing my recording with royalty free music I've purchased.
  22. Thank you for sharing your poems @Jo L! Beautiful. I too (as you probably know now) find a great sense of joy in writing poetry. It is an emotional outlet for me as well, helping me to process and express how I am taking in the world. Many of my poems also tend to have themes of nature in them as I reflect upon our oneness with all living things. @Rachel - I love the words you shared about flowing while also staying rooted. I, too, connect with the trees in this way. Is the Earth Meditation you are working with something online that you could link us to? I'd love to check it out. Speaking of earth meditation, I recently recorded and published a meditation for honouring the earth. I've just really been feeling lately that this time of covid-19 is a wake-up call to have us reflect upon how we've been treating the earth. https://insighttimer.com/gillianflorence/guided-meditations/honouring-the-earth
  23. This is beautiful @Gene Williams! The height of those trees would make it really feel like you are immersed in there. I agree that time spent in nature is a huge contributor to the experience of peace. Being in the country surrounded by forests always takes the weight off my mind and helps me to ground in the present moment. I also find a deeper sense of understanding of life's flow when in nature as it is such a beautiful reflection of the comings and goings of life, the births and the deaths, the movement and the stagnation, and so many other forces. There is something so settling about it.
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