Jump to content

Gillian Sanger

Administrators
  • Posts

    1,758
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    190

Status Replies posted by Gillian Sanger

  1. I am a new Mindfulness practitioner from Bangalore.  I  have read a few books on this subject besides reading materials from the web.  I wish to learn from the experience of others in this group.

     

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Welcome Ishwara! It's wonderful to have you hear. Feel free to share any questions, insights, or thoughts that you have related to mindfulness anywhere in the forum. If you have any questions, reach out to me at any time.

      With gratitude,

      Gillian

  2. Where is everyone from?

    I travel around some but my husband and I split our year between Washington State and Arizona.

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Hi Shelly! I'm Toronto born but living in Stockholm Sweden now. 

      Have you seen our member map? 

      https://www.mindfulnessexercises.com/community/communitymap/

  3. Hi everyone! Excited to be in this group!

    I've been studying mindfulness and spirituality for about a year now, so I'm pretty new to everything.

    I'm starting to realize that I've had some experiences before. Unconscious competence, if you will lol.

    I remember lots of times as a kid when I'd just lay out on my trampoline or some other random place, and kind just space out completely, listening to everything going on around me. I could go from bored to serene. Losing track of time while just simply being present. 

    I'm trying to be more intentional about it, rather than randomly sliding into meditation, but it's challenging to force myself into a session on a schedule.

    Any advice on this?

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Welcome J.D.! Nice to have you in the community. I'm Gillian - the community moderator.

      Regarding your question, a couple of thoughts are coming up:

      1- Is there a certain time of day you can practice each day? Identifying that would be the first place I'd start if you want to be more intentional about your practice.

      2- I personally don't practice formal meditation each day; sometimes I practice yoga instead, sometimes journaling, sometimes shamanic journey work. But what helps to motivate me, which is a tip a teacher just offered me, is to take a moment each morning (my ideal time for practice) to quietly ask myself: What would be of most service to me right now? This allows me to naturally choose meditation or journaling or yoga or something else. That way it doesn't feel forced. 

      So if you are interested in a variety of practices (or even just different types of meditation), you could start by setting an intention just to ask yourself each day: What practice would be of most service to me today?

      Let me know if this helps!

       

    2. (See 1 other reply to this status update)

  4. Hi Gillian,

    If I could bother you this one last time. Today I received the day 130 email, the last day in the fitmind program. After going over all the meditations from day 1 - 130, I realized I never received the day 126 or day 26 in fitmind. I checked my past emails and seen that I went from day 125 to day 127. Day 126 is the Yoga Nidra Final Meditation. There's no rush. Whenever you can find the time, I'd love if you could send me the day 126 email. My email is jdmk@shaw.ca.

    Thank You,

    John MacKinnon

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Absolutely. I will look into this and you'll receive it from myself or directly from another member of the team.

    2. (See 1 other reply to this status update)

  5. Good morning everyone. I've just found this page after searching for guided meditations by Joseph Goldstein. I've been meditating every morning for several years using Headspace as a recommendation from my therapist, and branching out to Insight Meditation, and others. In the process, I've found some teachers I really like, so I find myself each morning searching out one of them.

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Hi Maryenne! Welcome to the community. I'm Gillian - the moderator for the forum. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message.

      Who are some of your other favourite teachers to listen to? 🙂

  6. The ability to learn is one of the most overlooked of God's great gifts. So, use it wisely and use it profoundly! D. Reiss

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Hi rainbow! Nice to see an update from you. I hope you have been keeping well during these strange times.

  7. I recently watched a dialogue between Swami Sarvapriananda of Adveita Vedanta and Rupert Spira who practices the Direct Approach to Adveita Vedanta. Both speakers and their moderator were always kind and respectful. However, as a life long reader of body language the only thing that kept hitting me was the sense of pain and disappointment on Swami S's face. It seemed clear to me that taking elements of Adveita Vedanta outside of their monastic origins was a difficult thing for Swami to endure. When Swami addresses a group, he talks with consumate knowledge of the origins of Adveita Vedanta through the centuries. He tells stories of past sages and their wisdom. Rupert Spira has none of that in his presentations. He works effeciently to help people realize that at the bottom of their human experience is the primal consciousness or awareness. It is like rapid enlingtenment. However, without a background of the ethics that go with it or the meditation practice to support it I am not sure what this rapidity brings to his listeners. They seem astonished or shocked by this discovery. I wonder if this feels like the gift Rupert hopes they will receive. Others will feel differently. For me, I will take a planful process of discovery echoing the footsteps of sages over quick enlightenment. Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Hi Daniel! I am sorry - I am just seeing this now. Status updates don't always show up for me, but it looks like they are now appearing at the bottom of the forum homepage.

      Anyways, thank you for your reflections on this. I think there is value to both approaches and that different people will resonate with different ones (perhaps also at different points in life). I appreciate both. Some of Rupert's more direct teachings have really struck me in profound ways, such as one that explored insecurity in relationships. It sparked a beautiful shift in me, but I know that not everyone will react in the same way to his teachings (as you've mentioned yourself as well). 

      I also just want to point out that I love those words you've used - "echoing the footsteps of sages". Beautiful!

  8. New attitude to life :-)

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Hello Sandi! Welcome to the community. I'm the community moderator, so if you have any questions about how to participate in this forum, let me know. 

      Wishing you a lovely Thursday!

      Gillian

  9. Hi Rick,

    Yes happy to have a conversation although I am not really sure I can help.  I work for a charity and they fund the programme that I talked about, so the incentive is there.  As a community nurse myself by background, as well as an educator I have always found that releasing community staff for educational activity appears easier than hospital staff.  However in Scotland I do think that the well-being of all healthcare staff is being seen as crucial because of the pandemic and I am hoping that this will increase interest/support for such programme.

    Thanks for the welcome too!

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      @Rick @ FinestCoaching - I am just tagging you here in case you haven't seen Jane's comment. For some reason posts on people's profiles do not always send a notification!

    2. (See 1 other reply to this status update)

  10. Happy New Year!

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  11. I just finished the 30 day FitMind program which started at the end of 100 days of Mindfulness. I really want to thank Sean for including this program. I was ready for it and benefitted immensely. Having been a therapist, self awareness has been part of my life's work. With prior experience in that arena, experience in guided meditation, past work on relaxation and stress reduction, this program worked for me after the 100 days of preparation. I re-discovered and am re-discovering past succeses that had slipped out of my awareness. It feels good to have them back! Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Wonderful Daniel! Congrats on completion and I am so happy to hear that you benefited from it.

  12. Hi Gillian and forum members,  I did pause and reflect more on Adveita Vedanta and Swami S. Just recently I watched a few more of his youtube videos. There is no doubt about it, I like everything about this good Monk. He has a beautiful heart, a masterful intellect and a good sense of humor. That is not going to change. However, as I listened more I did learn that Swami S. and those in his branch of Adveita Vedanta believe in reincarnation. I uphold their right to that belief but it just doesn't work for me. Also, despite all of his presentations, the question i always have remains unanswered:  if we are the thoughts of the Brahman/Atman/God and the way that being gets to know something about itself, what do we thoughts get out of this? Apparently, when we realize we are part of god we become enlightened and get to live in peace and happiness. That is at least some kind of payoff. Actually, the outcome of Enlightenment for the Buddha had that same kind of impact plus it ended his reincarnations. I am not yet sure if they are thought to end with Enlightment for Adveita Vedanta believers. Buddhism and Adveita Vedanta are beautiful and offer many practices to enrich life. I suspect I am going to enjoy their understandings, use the practices and persist with my own ideas and hopefully develop them more. Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      This is so beautiful! I love your reflection of the various colours you tune into. Lovely 🙂

    2. (See 4 other replies to this status update)

  13. Hi Gillian and forum members,  I did pause and reflect more on Adveita Vedanta and Swami S. Just recently I watched a few more of his youtube videos. There is no doubt about it, I like everything about this good Monk. He has a beautiful heart, a masterful intellect and a good sense of humor. That is not going to change. However, as I listened more I did learn that Swami S. and those in his branch of Adveita Vedanta believe in reincarnation. I uphold their right to that belief but it just doesn't work for me. Also, despite all of his presentations, the question i always have remains unanswered:  if we are the thoughts of the Brahman/Atman/God and the way that being gets to know something about itself, what do we thoughts get out of this? Apparently, when we realize we are part of god we become enlightened and get to live in peace and happiness. That is at least some kind of payoff. Actually, the outcome of Enlightenment for the Buddha had that same kind of impact plus it ended his reincarnations. I am not yet sure if they are thought to end with Enlightment for Adveita Vedanta believers. Buddhism and Adveita Vedanta are beautiful and offer many practices to enrich life. I suspect I am going to enjoy their understandings, use the practices and persist with my own ideas and hopefully develop them more. Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Lovely Daniel. Perhaps counterintuitive given what we're taught or assume about 'dark' and 'light', but I also connect similarly with a great vast darkness before my eyes. Upon reflection afterwards, it reminds me of outer space. 🌒

    2. (See 4 other replies to this status update)

  14. Hi Gillian and forum members,  I did pause and reflect more on Adveita Vedanta and Swami S. Just recently I watched a few more of his youtube videos. There is no doubt about it, I like everything about this good Monk. He has a beautiful heart, a masterful intellect and a good sense of humor. That is not going to change. However, as I listened more I did learn that Swami S. and those in his branch of Adveita Vedanta believe in reincarnation. I uphold their right to that belief but it just doesn't work for me. Also, despite all of his presentations, the question i always have remains unanswered:  if we are the thoughts of the Brahman/Atman/God and the way that being gets to know something about itself, what do we thoughts get out of this? Apparently, when we realize we are part of god we become enlightened and get to live in peace and happiness. That is at least some kind of payoff. Actually, the outcome of Enlightenment for the Buddha had that same kind of impact plus it ended his reincarnations. I am not yet sure if they are thought to end with Enlightment for Adveita Vedanta believers. Buddhism and Adveita Vedanta are beautiful and offer many practices to enrich life. I suspect I am going to enjoy their understandings, use the practices and persist with my own ideas and hopefully develop them more. Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Thank you for these reflections Daniel. I am also not so sure about my thoughts on reincarnation. I am open to the ideas though cannot say I am a 'believer' myself. I must admit I have not yet really listened to a full talk by this Swami that you have shared. I have found myself very immersed in Alan Watts' teachings these days. One that I listened to just yesterday was this one:

      I hope you are keeping well! Wishing all the best to you and your family.

    2. (See 4 other replies to this status update)

  15. I just signed up for the 100 Day Challenge! Excited in that this will be a new path I have not ventured down before. I anticipate transformation!

    see you in the other side.

    Jim

     

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      That's wonderful Jim! Keep us posted on how it goes. We have a forum section dedicated exclusively to thoughts and reflections during the 100 Day Challenge - https://www.mindfulnessexercises.com/community/forum/40-100-day-challenge/

  16. Hi Gillian, I had posted on the  I AM thread that I was intrigued by Advaita Vedanta and the Swami I watched on youtube. That is still true. However, I found a new Swami by the name of Sarvapriyananda who is more in depth. His series is called "The Ultimate Truth". For some reason, the "get their quickly" approach of Rupert Spira comes in second behind these Indian Swami presentations. They don't care that you understand quickly. This Swami also has great respect for all religions and can discuss their aims with respect. That really appeals to me. While Rupert Spira is headed towards the same goal, this approach works best with my thinking and my personality. This Swami still makes the case that "all is consciousness" for some reason I am not troubled by it when he expalins it. I will say I still have no answer to the question:  Consciousness seems to be happy thinking us up. What is it that we "thoughts" get out of this arrangement? My life is dominated by a wish for fairness. Being "just a thought in the mind of consciousness" doesn't seem quite fair to me. Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Thank you for this lovely sharing! I have added his name and this series to my 'to watch' list (I've recently made a list on Evernote with all the teachers, documentaries, and books that are recommended to me as I tend to lose track!).

      I really like what you've written here, saying that the importance is not on understanding quickly and that all traditions can be discussed with respect. It's very true that different people and personalities resonate with different teachings. I will certainly give this Swami a listen 🙂

  17. If a crystal ball could tell you anything what would you want to know? I would want to know why I exist? What is the purpose I exist? Does my existence mean something? Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Great question Daniel! I am going to have to sit with this as many questions are coming to mind but when I really think about them, I am not sure I want to know the answers.

      Hmm... Maybe I would want to be given a clue that would guide me in the direction I am meant to go in. Either an image, a word, or a symbol that would represent or shine light on my purpose.

  18. I am so Happy to be part of this delighted group

  19. Hi Gillian,  During an interview of Rupert Spira, Depak Chopra mentioned the Advaita Vedenta on which Rupert's work is based. I found a 6 part series on you tube explaining those concepts. After the first one, I could understand the basic concept that Rupert is using and the mode of teaching he uses. The Swami, an older American man, said that the self inquiry is the method of learning recommended by the ":Rishies" either the people who wrote these ideas or the writtem ideas themselves, who or which developed these ideas. The Swami is a plain spoken man and I found it fairly easy to follow him. I suspect he will outline more about the relationship between the divine self as he calls it, and the individual person. It is both similar to and different from some Buddhist ideas. I am going to watch them all. Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Thank you for sharing this Daniel. I really resonate with your words, "It is disconcerting in one sense and oddly, reassuring to me in another." The mind and ego resists but something deeper rejoices. I will look this series up. Thank you. 😊

    2. (See 2 other replies to this status update)

  20. Hi Gillian,  During an interview of Rupert Spira, Depak Chopra mentioned the Advaita Vedenta on which Rupert's work is based. I found a 6 part series on you tube explaining those concepts. After the first one, I could understand the basic concept that Rupert is using and the mode of teaching he uses. The Swami, an older American man, said that the self inquiry is the method of learning recommended by the ":Rishies" either the people who wrote these ideas or the writtem ideas themselves, who or which developed these ideas. The Swami is a plain spoken man and I found it fairly easy to follow him. I suspect he will outline more about the relationship between the divine self as he calls it, and the individual person. It is both similar to and different from some Buddhist ideas. I am going to watch them all. Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Thank you Daniel! Is that the most recent interview? I started listening but just got through the beginning. I will keep my ear out for that series when I get back to it. Many thanks 🙂

    2. (See 2 other replies to this status update)

  21. The question I am responding to is what season describes me and my life.  At age 73 I wo uld say Autumn.  That season is often warm, sunny and filled with blue skies. The leaves which turn color here in Illinois are always beautiful. They have an earthy smell when piled up and a nice curnch when you walk on them. Later, the month grows colder. There are days which darken sooner and things turn colder towards winter. Indoor activities heighten with warm good, cider and mulled wine shared with friends. My life is in the stage of Autumn. I have plenty of good and warm relationships. Walking in the park on warm days is wonderful. I watch my grandson play flag football and marvel at his coordination and his height which surpasses mine. My granddaughter and her girl scout Troop is readying for the annual Scare Crow contest during the pumpkin fest at the arboretum.  Her dancing classes yield a more lovely and strong young woman. They are my harvest. As Khalil Gibran says " they live in the house of the future which you can't visit even in your dreams". They will reach it however, and carry me in their hearts with them. My spiritual growth continues. After growing up Christian their is room in my life for the Buddha, his ethics and practices which enhance my understanding of Christianity. Mindfulness helps me recognize that my energy is part of the vast existence of Consciousness which is known in loving presence. I lived a life of helping others. I didn't do things perfectly but I did things mostly well. While my wife and I have a lot to liive for and to experience I feel some increasing readiness for peace and I mean the final peace. When my time is over, I suspect I will welcome whatever happens or doesn't afterward. Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      @Daniel A. Detwiler

      This was such a beautiful and touching reflection. Thank you so much for this. Do you mind if I repost this in the thread on seasons?

    2. (See 1 other reply to this status update)

  22. Hi Gillian, something really wierd is transpiring. I just got "day 33" of mindfulness exercises. Is it supposed to last longer than 30 days? When I tried to  listen to Sean's meditation I again got a message on a red screen from MSN saying "this site has been reported as unsafe".   Again,  I typed in that "I think this site is safe".  However, they would not let me open the site. When I first got this message on day 31 I could get to the meditation. Oddly, it was not by Sean but by some lady who did not identify herself. The next day 32, it was an old meditation by Tara Brach. Is this program more than 30 days long? Do other people besides Sean do the meditations? If not, I wonder if the site has been hacked. Please investigate and let me know. I will not be attempting to download anymore until I learn from you whether these are legitimate meditations from MindfulnessExercises.com. Thanks for any help you can give me. Daniel A. Detwiler.

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Hey Daniel,

      I'm just seeing this now. Member's status updates don't show up in 'unread activity' so I don't always see them.

      If you are signed up for the 100 day mindfulness challenge, it should indeed go beyond day 30. Do you know what it was that you signed up for from the website? I am going to pass all this onto Sean and get back to you! Thanks again. 🙂

  23. Hi Gillian, I would like to comment on the importance of a system of ethics behind mindfulness meditation. In the West we teach mindfulness meditation as a system on its' own. However, it comes from Buddha and his system of ethics. Those ethics include compassion for self and all other beings, loving kindness  self and others and equanimity , being nonreactive to name just a few. Unfortunately, if those who study mindfulness don't see it as part of a transformational set of ethics which predispose them to building a better and more accepting world it might just be a self improvement technique. There is nothing wrong with self improvement. However, continuing to have hatred of others, continuing high reactivity to differences and disrespect for diversity are really not compatible with the direction towards which Budda encouraghed people to move. I would encourage all students of mindfulness and their teachers to investigate the underlying system of ethics and to incorporate them or work on doing so in their daily  lives. It is not always easy but always necessary. Daniel A. Detwilertowards

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      Hi Daniel,

      I absolutely agree with you. Mindfulness is only one component of the wisdom teachings of Buddhism and other ancient philosophies. Your comment makes me think of something similar with yoga. In modern society, we tend to think of yoga as being about physical postures. Indeed this is a part of it, but asana practice is only one of Patanjali's eight limbs. WIthin the other seven limbs we find key teachings relating to non-violence, truthfulness, self-discipline, concentration, and so on. It is definitely very important to explore the whole realm of these teachings because you're right - otherwise it can become about self-improvement exclusively.

  24. In a real spirit of gratitude I want to thank Gillian for her sweet comment of my recent birthday post. I also want to let all members know that I feel lucky to be in such a thoughtful and sharing group. Thank you all. Daniel

    1. Gillian Sanger

      Gillian Sanger

      You are most welcome Daniel! 🥳

  25. I'd like to let everyone know that I recently completed the Seans Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training program.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.