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  1. Hi Dan, Thank you for your inquiry. This community is mindfulness-based, so we hope that what is shared is mindfulness related. Posts that sell products or services are not permitted and we also do not allow members to share links until they have established a strong presence in the community. You can read more about all of this and more on our About page - https://www.mindfulnessexercises.com/community/about/ Wishing you a mindful Monday!
  2. Hi community, I just wanted to let you all know (for those that haven't seen it already) Sean Fargo is leading live online meditations (followed by Q&A) every Thursday on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. They are at 9am Pacific time. You can join us here: https://www.youtube.com/c/Mindfulnessexercisesfree/live
  3. I see many different shapes and colours around me, including bright orange flames in the fireplace, sturdy green leaves of plants sitting by the window sill, the bright light that emanates from this screen. And so much more. I can feel the sweater against my skin, the firm metal and plastic beneath my hands (computer and keyboard), the weight of one leg crossed over the other. I can hear a whooshing sound most predominantly (a vacuum in the other room). If I close my eyes and listen closely, I can hear the sound of my breath. I can taste the remnants of lunch in my mouth, a taste that feels too difficult to describe. I am not sure what I can smell. The absence of any aroma, perhaps. Neutral.
  4. This week's question asks you to tune into your senses here and now, and then to answer: What can you see, feel, hear, taste, and smell in this moment?
  5. Thank you Rick and Daniel for your sentiments! I absolutely agree - an equal relationship does not mean it is always 50/50. Sometimes its 80/20 - and then the same but in the opposite direction.
  6. Hi @Terri444, Thank you for sharing where you are at (or where you were at on Friday). I hope you have been able to get lots of rest and nourishment over the weekend. Here's an article on the connection between mindfulness and sleep (with some highlighted exercises). It may be helpful: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/the-power-of-mindfulness-for-sleep/ We've also had a lot of people share their own experience with sleep in this thread:
  7. Welcome Lineo! It's nice to have you here. I'm Gillian - the community moderator. Let me know if you have any questions as you navigate the forum.
  8. Welcome to our community @iamjrthecreator! How did you find us? Thank you for sharing a bit about your vision.
  9. Welcome to the community @tcdDan! How did you come upon us? I'm Gillian - the community moderator. Let me know if you have any community-related questions.
  10. So nice to see some familiar faces here along with some new ones! Thank you all for sharing your intention for the year. I have a follow-up question, which you can answer here or simply reflect on for yourself if it feels right to you: What can I do today - let's say, in the next few hours - to experience, cultivate, or embody my intention for this year? As I reflect on this question for myself, I am committing to an afternoon meditation practice (I'll go sit in about 30 minutes). I will begin my practice with a prayer - an intention to lean into life as it is. To let go of my desire to control. To simply be. cc: @Rick @ FinestCoaching @VBZivkovic @yogawithpriyanka @DavidGH @Daniel A. Detwiler @Lineo @tcdDan
  11. In case you missed Sean's 5 mindful musings this week, here it is: 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 Am Learning 3 Embodiment Coaching Tools. This free training includes how to work with the body in simple, effective, safe ways that you can use with others. While I am not an "embodiment" coach, per se, I do find it extremely valuable to be able to help people navigate different energies and movements with care and integrity. Where I Will Teach Free Every Thursday YouTube Live. I will offer a free guided mindfulness meditation and live Q&A every Thursday at 9am PST. This is for anyone, regardless of your mindfulness or meditation background. I will not be selling or promoting anything. Feel free to come sit with me, recharge your body and refresh your mind. You can add this live event to your calendar here: https://evt.to/amseidesw What I Just Published How To Be Mindful Of Your Emotions. In this guide on how to be mindful of your emotions, we will explore: - What Mindfulness of Emotions Is and Is Not - How to Practice Mindfulness of Emotions - Frequently Asked Questions - 6 Mindfulness Exercises for Emotions What I Am Watching "Nowness". From the director: Recording artist whisperer and all-around wizened sage Rick Rubin contemplates life and art on the stunning cliffs outside his Malibu residence in this short film by Alison Chernick. The mogul ruminates on living in harmony with nature, the importance of recreating its perfection in art, and the transcendental power of sound before leading us into a guided meditation, a practice he has followed since becoming fascinated with yogis as a teenager. His trademark beard, untouched since he was 23 years old, pays clear homage to their spiritual influence. A Poem I Love Why Just ask the donkey in me To speak to the donkey in you, When I have so many other beautiful animals And brilliant colored birds inside That are longing to say something wonderful And exciting to your heart? Let's open all the locked doors upon our eyes That keep us from knowing the Intelligence That begets love And a more lively and satisfying conversation With the Friend. Let's turn loose our golden falcons So that they can meet in the sky Where our spirits belong-- Necking like two Hot kids. Let's hold hands and get drunk near the sun And sing sweet songs to God Until He joins us with a few notes From his own sublime lute and drum. If you have a better idea Of how to pass a lonely night After your glands may have performed All their little magic Then speak up sweethearts, speak up, For Hafiz and all the world will listen. Why just bring your donkey to me Asking for stale hay And a boring conference with the idiot In regards to this precious matter-- Such a precious matter as love, When I have so many other divine animals And brilliant colored birds inside That are all longing To so sweetly Greet You! ― Hafez, The Gift For more free mindfulness trainings, visit: - our website - our YouTube Channel - my new Spotify album Thank you for your mindfulness. Wishing you safety, health, happiness and ease, http://mindfulnessexercises.imgus11.com/public/559db4a0e82734e0f7184ada257149ab.png Sean Fargo - Founder, Mindfulness Exercises - Former Buddhist Monk of 2 Years - Instructor for the mindfulness program developed at Google - Lead teacher for The Mindfulness Teacher Training Program
  12. Though there are many shared driving factors for why we as humans turn to mindfulness practice, we also have unique interests, backgrounds, and motivations. Take your time to consider your 'why' of mindfulness practice. Then, choose your top 2 or 3 responses to the question: What are your top reasons for practicing mindfulness? If I have not listed your top reason, share your reflections in the comments below. What is your 'why' for practicing?
  13. I have heard a lot of people recently expressing a desire to create a new daily habit but struggling with actually doing it. These conversations I am having with people feel timely as we just had Giovanni Dienstmann join the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program for a workshop on mindful self-discipline. Members of the training program have access to the full recording, but everyone else can still view select highlights on YouTube. If you want to create a daily habit (or commit more fully to the one you've got), you might enjoy some of the following clips: Trying to develop a daily habit? Start small What is mindful self-discpline? Spirituality and the pursuit of worldly goals The masculine and feminine aspects of self-discipline If you watch any of these, share your reflections with us here or in the YouTube comments.
  14. Thanks Rick. What came to me on Dec. 31st was a call to surrender more deeply to the Divine. To give myself more space to be... to breath... to sink into non-doing. And to trust. To trust the flow of life. Deep down, I do trust life, but it is so easy to become caught up in ideas of how things 'should' be. It is a process of remembering.
  15. Welcome @domi421 and @Lineo! I'm Gillian - the community moderator. It's great to have you here and I look forward to connecting further. I explore a range of meditation practices - including many mindfulness-based techniques (including breath awareness, body scan, and open awareness) and also visualization and mantra practices (though mantras less often these days).
  16. Thank you for sharing Laura! What sorts of practices help you to lean into or cultivate understanding and patience?
  17. Hi Narmadha, Thank you for sharing your doubts/reflections. For me, the purpose of Just Like Me is about setting aside the thoughts, personality, and surface details of the person I am focusing on in this practice. So it is not about changing the other person's mind about something or even behaviour. It is about changing how we relate to or perceive this person and trying to connect with who they are at their core. Does this make sense?
  18. This week's question asks: Do you have an intention for 2022? A word or a statement? Let us know what you long to step into or to embody more fully as we step into this new calendar year.
  19. I think I already shared this with Narmadha elsewhere, but I will share it again here as it may be supportive for others: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/8-self-compassion-exercises-to-enhance-the-relationship-you-have-with-yourself/
  20. @Nancy - Wow! I somehow missed this, but I love that you've taken the time to reflect and write by hand and to share with us. How is the challenge going for you?
  21. Yes, the Just Like Me practice is one of my favourites! It is a wonderful reminder of our shared humanity.
  22. Thank you for sharing @emilyn. I wish you much rest and self-care, and I'm glad that meditation with music has been supportive for you. Let us know how you progress with your practice.
  23. Hi Nelly! Welcome to our community. It is wonderful to have you here. What type of yoga and meditation to you practice/teach? I am also a trained yoga teacher, in hatha yoga, but I focus more on meditation and self discovery now.
  24. Welcome @sal! How did you find our community and what would you like to experience here?
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