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Gillian Sanger

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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 I Recommend After The U.S. Election A Shelter in the Storm: Post-Election Refuge. This is an online mindfulness retreat offered by my good friends at iBme. This community retreat will bring you a meaningful and transformative mindfulness experience after the election. You’ll learn skills for building resilience, sustaining a home practice, and bringing more ease and compassion into your life and relationships. Join on your own or with others. Mindfulness Exercises I Just Shared Freely I just published these new articles to support your mindfulness: - Stress & The US Election: How Mindfulness Can Help - What Does Non-Striving Mean? How I'm Finding Perspective Two Framing Devices. Dr. Rick Hanson shares two framing devices – quick, easy to remember practices – that can support us during difficult times. He outlines the two structures as: "Deal with the bad, turn to the good, take in the good," and "Let be, let go, in." He adds a bonus: "Slow down, breathe, see the big picture." Rick Hanson closes by highlighting the importance of going into our sense of things as a whole, or lifting our gaze to the horizon. A New Podcast I Love Whoop. The Whoop device supports my mental and physical health, while their podcast keeps me updated on best practices, research and inspiring stories to stay on track. Highly recommended for people wanting new insights on their biometrics that they can't necessarily feel or sense on their own. A Poem That I Love The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain, to a little fishing village where there are no phones. Long ago you kissed the names of the nine Muses goodbye and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag, and even now as you memorize the order of the planets, something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps, the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay. Whatever it is you are struggling to remember it is not poised on the tip of your tongue, not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen. It has floated away down a dark mythological river whose name begins with an L as far as you can recall, well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle. No wonder you rise in the middle of the night to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war. No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted out of a love poem that you used to know by heart. - Billy Collins, Forgetfulness As always, please feel free to 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! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for exclusive, free mindfulness trainings. Wishing you well, Sean Fargo Founder, Mindfulness Exercises PS - Try Our Free 100-Day Mindfulness Challenge! Free Mindfulness Exercises Delivered Each Day Receive daily mindfulness meditations, worksheets and infographics to help you start each day mindful. Free sign-up: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/100-day-mindfulness-challenge/
  2. I just started this last night. I really loved the last book I read by her, 'The Dance of Anger'. If anyone is interested in reading along with me and discussing, let me know: https://www.mindfulnessexercises.com/community/topic/501-the-dance-of-connection-by-dr-harriet-lerner/
  3. Hi everyone, I started reading this book last night and thought I'd mention it here incase anyone is interested in reading it as well. We could start a small discussion group. Let me know
  4. For anyone here who is in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program, did you join the call with David Treleaven about trauma-sensitive mindfulness? I watched the replay and it was a really great talk with really wonderful questions asked. For those that have access, here is the link to the recording: https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/10-21-20-david-treleaven-certification-workshop/ I really loved the exercises he offered using movement in the hands, as well as his shedding light on the fact that one doesn't need to be fully, 100% recovered from their own trauma in order to support others. He also highlighted the importance of curiosity in getting to know what someone is ready for, which I think is important because we can never know for certain right from the start. I'd love to hear what others drew from this discussion.
  5. Hey Daniel, I completely understand that. I will let you know as well if I come across anything that answers your question in the videos of his that I watch. Wishing you well, Gillian
  6. Hey @Tanya Hawkins, Here is the link to the replay of the David Treleaven workshop: https://teach.mindfulnessexercises.com/10-21-20-david-treleaven-certification-workshop/ I watched the recording myself and it was very insightful!
  7. I also just came across this clip from the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program. This is from a workshop with Dr. Rick Hanson and one thing I really like here is how he explains that dealing with challenges is not 'either/or'. He says we can deal with the challenges, the pain, and the suffering while also turning towards the good and seeing what is still working.
  8. Thank you Kimberly! Much gratitude for you and everyone else sharing here as well I love hearing that you have a client who uplifts and encourages you - that is beautiful! People like this are true gems.
  9. Hi Jeff, Thank you for your comments and perspective here. I agree with you that chasing light and love while ignoring, suppressing, or denying pain and suffering is not what mindfulness is all about. However, speaking for myself and what I see others going through right now, there is a lot of fear and anxiety that is making it very difficult for us to be kind, compassionate, and caring towards ourselves, others, and the planet. Being present to the pain and suffering of ourselves, others, and the world at large is one thing (a beautiful, poignant, touching thing), but becoming all consumed by it is not (from my own perspective and experience) nourishing for ourselves or anyone else. We are each guided by our own inner compass, and for myself right now that means being aware of all that is happening while also taking care of myself and remembering what uplifts me. Sometimes that means practicing gratitude, sometimes it means going for a run, sometimes it means having a glass of wine, sometimes it means watching a light TV show. I disagree that this is insensitive or self-absorbed behaviour because I know that I am only able to be most helpful in this world if I am practicing compassion and taking care of myself in the best way I know how. I am curious to hear other people's thoughts on the matter.
  10. Most welcome @Daniel A. Detwiler! I agree that sometimes his talks are hard to follow. Sometimes they resonate so deeply and other times I sense there is something to it but can't quite wrap myself around it.
  11. Thank you for your kind words @JillianZ and @Rachel! To extend the gratitude, I am very appreciative to Sean for creating the community and to every member that contributes and shares here. I live a pretty quiet life in Sweden and have a few friends with similar interests, but it is so nice to have a collective of people here that are also exploring these topics as they apply to their own lives. It feels as though this community came at a really great time. 2020 has stirred up so much all around the world and so it is so nourishing to have a place like this to share and seek support. A few months ago I deactivated my Facebook account simply because it wasn't nourishing me (in fact, it was doing the opposite). I am so grateful for the respect and compassion that everyone here offers, which goes to show that it is possible to have different views or perspectives and still be able to connect with one another's humanity. I am grateful!
  12. Hey Rick, Sometimes I find that I accidentally swipe backwards in a weird way while mid-post and my screen takes me back to the main forum. Sometimes, when I return to the text box where I wanted to make my post, the content is still there. This isn't always the case though - sometimes I need to start from scratch. One thing you could do if the wifi cuts in and out often is to type your response in a Word document and then paste and post when you're ready.
  13. Thank you for sharing @Mary Sweeney! Today I am finding joy by cultivating gratitude for my cozy and safe home and for slow Sundays. I am going to clean up this afternoon, which normally I am a bit resistant too but today I feel inspired. I'll probably play some music and dance my way through it.
  14. I agree with you both about the concern/questions about robots possessing consciousness. The AI predicament can certainly stir feelings of anxiety and nervousness in me. Daniel - I think this is a really great question. With this in mind, I thought I would just mention that Rupert Spira holds online sessions these days (I think once a week, but maybe not quite that often). The one that I joined in a couple of months ago had a Q&A period, which could be a great place to raise your question. You can find more about it on his website if you're interested.
  15. Hey Tanya, The recording of the workshop with David Treleaven should be up in a few days. I will post again here with the link when it is :)
  16. Here in Sweden, the weather is really turning. Days are around 10 degrees Celsius and the skies are soft grey. Daylight hours are on the decline, too. Not all of us but many of us are heading towards darker days. I am aware of how less sunlight piled on to all the other challenges of our times can lead to feelings of grief, sadness, and depression in the coming months. For my own wellbeing, I am trying to be mindful of how I am bringing joy and lightness into my life. I was watching Schitt's Creek for a while for some light laughs, but now that I am back in Sweden (after visiting family in Canada), I cannot seem to get access to it. I am trying to move my body more - to dance and to stretch - and to make an effort to meet up with friends. What is everyone in the community doing to bring about feelings of lightness, joy, and laughter?
  17. This week's question asks: What areas of your life could use more mindfulness? It seems to me that mindfulness comes easier for us in certain areas of our life than in others - and that this varies from person to person. For some, practicing compassion in relationships is much easier than remaining mindful about technology usage. Likewise, someone might find it relatively easy to be mindful during formal meditation practice and yet the struggle to make mindful use of their time. What areas of your own life could use greater mindful attention or care? You might consider: Relationships Work life Time management Self-care Eating and drinking habits Technology usage Movement/exercise Goal setting Formal meditation practice Or anything else that comes to mind.
  18. Lovely reflections. Thanks for sharing @Daniel A. Detwiler! It is interesting to draw the parallel between non-dual teachings and religious notions of God. The more I've explored my own spiritual practice, the more I start to understand what God can mean in the most universal sense. For a long time I perhaps feared or misunderstood the term 'God' and yet I think I am opening up to it or coming to understand it in a new way - not in a religious sense, but rather understanding it to be some mysterious divine energy that is in each cell, each bone, each animal, and so forth. The je ne sais quoi of consciousness maybe. Does this make sense?
  19. Nice to meet you Samy! Have you found some of the Mindfulness Exercise body scans? Here are some links to some resources: A blog post on deepening awareness with body scans - https://mindfulnessexercises.com/six-ways-to-deepen-awareness-with-mindfulness-body-scans/ A guided body scan by Gil Fronsdal - https://mindfulnessexercises.com/downloads/guided-body-scan/ Integrated body scan by Sean Fargo - https://mindfulnessexercises.com/downloads/integrated-body-scan/ Guided metta body scan by Mark Nunberg - https://mindfulnessexercises.com/guided-metta-body-scan-audio/ Let me know if you have any questions or want some other pointers
  20. 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. Where I Will Speak Tonight The Embodiment Conference. I will give a free presentation at 8pm PST on How to Teach Mindfulness. (This will be recorded for people to watch later.) This online conference (already in progress) includes Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Ken Wilber, Kristin Neff, Joseph Goldstein, and Sharon Salzberg. Register to watch all live presentations for free here. Mindfulness Exercises I Just Shared Freely I just published these new articles to support your mindfulness: - Benefits of Meditation: 25 Myths and Facts - 6 Mindfulness Practices for Finding Peace in a Frantic World - How Can I Practice Mindfulness Every Day? A New Video I Made Halo Effect. This is when we overgeneralize one of a person’s positive characteristics, assuming they are wonderful in all other areas of life. This can set us up for disappointment or lead us to the uncritical acceptance of ideas and opinions that we might not otherwise endorse. What I Am Excited About Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Workshop. Renowned author David Treleaven will join me tomorrow (Wednesday, October 21st) to discuss how to teach mindfulness and meditation in ways that are sensitive to people's trauma. This will be an important event for all active members of our Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program. Please join us! A Poem That I Love Let no one keep you from your journey, no rabbi or priest, no mother who wants you to dig for treasures she misplaced, no father who won't let one life be enough, no lover who measures their worth by what you might give up, no voice that tells you in the night it can't be done. Let nothing dissuade you from seeing what you see or feeling the winds that make you want to dance alone or go where no one has yet to go. You are the only explorer. Your heart, the unreadable compass. Your soul, the shore of a promise too great to be ignored. - Mark Nepo, Breaking Surface As always, please feel free to 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! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for exclusive, free mindfulness trainings. Wishing you well, Sean Fargo Founder, Mindfulness Exercises Join me, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Ken Wilber, Kristin Neff, Joseph Goldstein, and Sharon Salzberg at The Embodiment Conference REGISTER HERE FOR FREE Copyright © Mindfulness Exercises, All rights reserved. www.MindfulnessExercises.com Our mailing address is: Mindfulness Exercises PO Box 9452 Berkeley, CA 94709 United States unsubscribe from this list
  21. The person that comes to mind for me now is my therapist. I saw her for a couple of years a few years ago, and then sometime during this past summer, I reached out to see if she was holding virtual sessions. Due to covid, she was. I have since had a few sessions with her again. She is thoughtful and curious, kind and compassionate. She meets me where I'm at and yet still pushes me to consider other alternatives and new ways of thinking. I remember when I first met her many years ago, she said something about the fact that she wouldn't have any answers for me. In this way she doesn't claim to hold or know any truth absolutely; rather, she helps me to tap into my own truth and to honour my inner wisdom.
  22. Beautiful Erin! I love journal writing as well. It helps me to really check in with myself and release/express whatever is moving through me.
  23. It is wonderful to have you in the community @ockert! I am happy to see your updates about the 100 Day Challenge I'll start off by answering some of the questions: I joined this community right as it began, coming on as the community moderator. When Sean mentioned that he was planning this community, it seemed quite aligned to something I had been feeling at the same time, which was this yearning for a community with which I could talk about mindfulness, spirituality, and all the things that fall under these umbrella terms. Over the past year, my own personal practice has ebbed and flowed with each month. Sometimes I am more drawn to silent practice; at other times, I love guided meditations. Sometimes I prefer stillness; sometimes I long for mindful movement. Right now I find myself called to talks and mindful movement. One piece of wisdom I would share with myself of one year ago... Hm... I think I would remind myself not to rush - to be wherever I am, however I am. And to tend to that self with patience, kindness, and compassion.
  24. This would be the first of the tech issues here. You can send me a message with what you've noticed and I'll pass it on to tech support.
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