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Gillian Sanger

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  1. Great question Narmadha. The answer is that I use both, depending upon the moment. I find deep breathing is extra supportive for me when I am very overwhelmed. However, if it is simply a case of a distracted or overstimulated mind, awareness of the natural flow of my breath is usually enough. My suggestion would be to just experiment and to listen to the needs of your mind and body in any given moment. There is no single 'right' way to do it.

  2. Simply stopping is one of my favourite practices for when I feel overwhelmed, stressed, or reactive. It's so helpful to just pause and watch the breath. For me, the mind settles right down and I am better able to navigate what's in front of me and to properly address my needs in that moment.

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  3. Hi there,

    Welcome to the community and thank you for the introduction. I am not a personal trainer, so I can't offer input on that front. However, I wanted to say that I am sorry to hear you have been struggling with anxiety and depression. I have some experience with these myself and have found support through a variety of teachings, therapies, and modalities. I think physical activity is definitely a supportive piece of the puzzle. Keep us posted on your journey. 

    With gratitude,

    Gillian

  4. Hi everyone! I've recently learned that there is an upcoming Mindfulness Exercises Podcast in the works. The team is curious:

    What mindfulness-related topics are you interested in learning more about? What would you hope to gain or learn through listening to a podcast dedicated to mindfulness?

    Share any thoughts with us here and I'll make sure to pass them on. 

    With gratitude,

    Gillian

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  5. Hi Shayne,

    Welcome to our community and thank you for the wonderful question. I think that many people struggle with visualizations.

    Before I offer my thoughts, I'd like to ask a couple of questions if you don't mind. First, what happens when you try to visualize? For instance, if you took a few moments to settle both body and mind and then I asked you to visualize a landscape that inspires you, what would happen in your mind and in your body?

    Also, what do you think it would be like if you could visualize? How do you imagine this experience to be?

  6. Thank you for these reflections @C-Nicole. I can resonate with much of what you've said. The pandemic has been an opportunity for me to examine my life with greater awareness, and as such it has been a catalyst for my growth. 

    Another reflection on what I'm grateful for based on where I am now:

    I am grateful for the creativity and inspiration that this time in my life holds. I do not have children and I live surrounded by nature, and so there is plenty of time for me to explore my inner terrain and to really get to know myself. The natural world - the forests and ponds and lakes and fields - is for me a gateway into the divine, into the universe, and I'm blessed to be able to really soak in that.

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  7. As the part of the world I am in transitions into autumn, I can feel this season alive in my inner world as well. For me, it feels like a period of letting go, of transformation, of surrender, of turning inwards. I feel called to slow down, both physically and mentally, and the external season of autumn feels supportive of that.

    How are you relating to whatever external season you find yourself in? Does it mirror what is happening within you or is your inner cycle moving at a different rhythm?

  8. Absolutely. By conceptualize I mean trying to figure out the experience or understand it from a mental level. Like trying to cognitively or intellectually understand the practice, as opposed to just feeling into the practice.

    Does that make sense?

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  9. Welcome to the community Christie! It's great to have you here. I'm Gillian - the community moderator. If you have any questions as you navigate the forum, let me know.

    In the meantime, what is your experience level with mindfulness? I'd love to know more about your practice.

    Also, just a note: external links can be posted by active members, so you're welcome to share in moderation once you have engaged a bit more in the forum.

    Looking forward to learning more from you!

  10. Welcome @envoy, @Emilyd123, and @LisaKat! Nice to see some new faces in the community. I'm Gillian - the community moderator, so if you have any questions, reach out at any time.

    In the meantime, feel free to jump in on any topic in the forum that speaks to you. I'd love to hear more of your insights, curiosities, and experiences.

  11. This week's question asks:

    Is there something you would like to have done differently in a recent debate or difficult discussion? If so, what is it?

    Hindsight is 20/20. After difficult conversations, we often become aware of things that we could have approached or done differently. Think about a past debate or difficult discussion you may have had with someone. Is there anything you would like to have done differently? If so, let us know what that is.

  12. Hi Maria,

    Welcome to our community! Thanks for sharing a bit about your background. I look forward to learning more from you. Feel free to post questions, reflections, or comments anywhere in the forum that calls out to you.

    With gratitude,

    Gillian

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  13. Hi Thomas,

    Welcome to the community! It's great to have you here and also to hear a bit about your past experience. Feel free to share any insights, reflections, or questions in any corner of the community that speaks to you.

    With gratitude,

    Gillian

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