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Gillian Sanger

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  1. Welcome to the community Bradman and thank you for sharing this touching story. It sounds like a difficult, transformative time for you, and I have very happy to hear that you are noticing a shift in the way you are relating to your experience. That is wonderful. Feel free to share further insights or any curiosities you might have elsewhere in the forum.
  2. It is so hard to choose a favourite poem that speaks to mindful awareness - there are many! So, I will share one that I newly discovered, just a couple of weeks ago: Awakening Now by Danna Faulds "The moment your eyes are open, seize the day. Would you hold back when the Beloved beckons? Would you deliver your litany of sins like a child’s collection of sea shells, prized and labeled? “No, I can’t step across the threshold,” you say, eyes downcast. “I’m not worthy, I’m afraid, and my motives aren’t pure. I’m not perfect, and surely I haven’t practised nearly enough. My meditation isn’t deep, and my prayers are sometimes insincere. I still chew my fingernails, and the refrigerator isn’t clean.” Do you value your reasons for staying small more than the light shining through the open door? Forgive yourself. Now is the only time you have to be whole. Now is the sole moment that exists to live in the light of your true Self. Perfection is not a prerequisite for anything but pain. Please, oh please, don’t continue to believe in your disbelief. This is the day of your awakening." https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/words-of-wonder/awakening-now/
  3. Thanks for sharing your reflections Paggie! I was keeping my eye out for them Wow... you are nearly there.
  4. This week's question asks: What is your favourite mindful quote or poem? Share with us a favourite quote or poem that resonates deeply with that inner sense of mindful awareness. If you have more than a single favourite, we're happy to read a few!
  5. This reminds me of something I once read by Jan Chozen Bays. It was something like: "If you want to have a party in your mouth, the mind has to be invited."
  6. Lovely! Thanks for sharing Eve.
  7. Welcome Narmadha! I am very happy you found us and it's so wonderful to see that you've shared in other areas of the forum already as well. I look forward to discussions with you here. And if you have any questions or are looking for particular resources, let me know if I can help. With gratitude, Gillian
  8. Hi @Narmadha, Great question. Thank you for sharing it with us. I appreciate your comparison to dancing or drawing to help illustrate your curiosity. I think the difference here is that with mindfulness practice, we aren't necessarily 'creating' something to 'show' to others; and yet, the practice does shine through in the way that we live our lives. We show up for our loved ones, colleagues, even strangers in new ways. We engage in debate in new ways. We likely choose different actions, those that are in alignment with the insights we gain from our practice. And so I think that how we show what we've learned through mindfulness just comes through in the way that we live. People might not see it right away - they have to be willing and ready - but those that are ready to be positively influenced by our practice will begin to see the value in all that we've 'gained' through mindfulness.
  9. This reminds me of something I do sometimes, which is to put my phone in a place where I won't habitually reach for it (usually my sock drawer) and tell myself that I'm unable to check it for some set period of time (usually 3 or 4 hours). It always surprises me how little I miss it - and yet when it's close by, I reach for it frequently. It's nice to take that space, to give my seeking mind a little support in resting
  10. Hi new members! Thanks for the introductions. It's great to have you in our community. Feel free to jump in on any other conversations that speaks to you. I'd love to read your insights, questions, and curiosities. With gratitude, Gillian
  11. Consider what words your heart most needs to hear today. Add your voice to the poll by checking off the top 1-3 answers - or, by writing your own words below.
  12. In case you missed it, here are Sean's 5 mindful musings for the week: 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 Reading Introverts Actually Understand People Way Better Than Extroverts Do, Yale Study Shows. As an introvert myself, I found this both logical and surprising at the same time. Many of us introverts spend a lot of time empathizing and thinking about the emotional undercurrents of people around us. That said, I know many extroverts who seem quite adept at understanding others - perhaps even more quickly and accurately. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Something I Recommend CloudSangha. Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield both also attest to this online mindfulness community where you can connect with a teacher and small group of like-minded practitioners. Our Top 3 Latest YouTube Videos 1. Certify To Teach Mindfulness 2. Mindfulness of Thoughts & Feelings 3. Daily Guided Meditation One of My Favorite Meditation Teachers Mei Elliott. As someone who teaches both kids and adults from many walks of life, Mei exhibits all the hallmarks of a world-class guide of meditation, mindfulness, and awakening. She truly walks her talk in both her personal and professional life. You can see more of her here. A Quote I Am Pondering "The world’s heart is on fire, and race is at its core. What’s happening in the world today is the result of past actions. The bitter racial seeds from past beliefs and actions are blooming all around us, reflecting not only a division of races that is rooted in ignorance and hate, but also, and more solely, a division of heart." - Ruth King For more mindfulness exercises, you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Wishing you well, Sean Fargo - Founder, Mindfulness Exercises - Former Buddhist Monk of 2+ Years - Instructor for the mindfulness program developed at Google - Founder of the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program Attention Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Trainees: Dr. Judson Brewer will join us today from 1-3pm PST for a live workshop on Unwinding Anxiety. Your Zoom link is in your Member Dashboard.
  13. Soothing reflections, Jane. Thank you. Rest for me can take various shapes and forms, but one of which is when I am resting with my back against the earth, eyes up at the sky and trees overhead. Grounding in this way helps me to effortlessly sink into the present moment, and to remember that I am connected with everything I perceive to be outside of me.
  14. This week's question asks: What does rest mean to you? Reflect upon what it means to take 'rest'. When you take time to rest, what does this look like? What is included and what isn't included? If you'd like, share of a time you felt deeply rested.
  15. Lovely reflections, Jane! Some of these recent sharings of yours really touch on the power of mindfulness to help us better understand one another - to come back into an embodied understanding of our shared humanity.
  16. Hi Deb! Welcome to our community space. I am very glad to hear that you're enjoying the resources Sean has shared. If you'd like to share your experience with the 100 day challenge, whether daily or just adding your reflections as you feel called to, you can start your own thread here: https://www.mindfulnessexercises.com/community/forum/40-100-day-challenge/ Wishing you well on this Monday and looking forward to reading more of what you have to share, Gillian
  17. Thank you for sharing this Eve. This is an aspect of life that I think many people struggle with, including myself to some degree. If I come across any helpful resources on this subject, I will share them with you here.
  18. Hi Gorge, Welcome to the community and thank you for posing your questions. My thoughts are that if focusing on your breath is not grounding for you or it is leading to irregularity in your breathing rate, it would be a good idea to explore alternative places to rest your attention. Many people struggle with focusing on the breath and there are other anchors that you can consider. Certainly another body part could be an option, the feeling of the surface beneath you being another one, any sound that enters and exits your awareness, or even resting your attention on a single object. Whatever feels most supportive for you in this practice. David Treleaven offers some alternative anchors you can explore in this short talk. Let us know how it goes! Wishing you well.
  19. Beautiful reflections. Indeed, there are many very simplw things that we can so easily overlook or under-appreciate. You know, what comes up for me now as I read your words, what I feel drawn to cultivate more gratitude for, are the small things that simply add beauty - like artwork or a handmade piece of pottery. Yes, some might have 'purpose' in a tangible sense (like a pottery mug), but even the things that are just here to bring beauty are a gift
  20. Two poems to share with you this morning - one called Awakening Now by Danna Faulds and the other called Sweet Cream-Coated Mashed Potatoes, by me - a poem on mindful eating. Awakening Now The moment your eyes are open, seize the day. Would you hold back when the Beloved beckons? Would you deliver your litany of sins like a child’s collection of sea shells, prized and labeled? “No, I can’t step across the threshold,” you say, eyes downcast. “I’m not worthy, I’m afraid, and my motives aren’t pure. I’m not perfect, and surely I haven’t practised nearly enough. My meditation isn’t deep, and my prayers are sometimes insincere. I still chew my fingernails, and the refrigerator isn’t clean.” Do you value your reasons for staying small more than the light shining through the open door? Forgive yourself. Now is the only time you have to be whole. Now is the sole moment that exists to live in the light of your true Self. Perfection is not a prerequisite for anything but pain. Please, oh please, don’t continue to believe in your disbelief. This is the day of your awakening. by Danna Faulds https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/words-of-wonder/awakening-now/ Sweet Cream-Coated Mashed Potatoes I stopped today closed screens down today tasted sweet cream- coated mashed potatoes and peas and beans and fish dance across my teeth and tastebuds today. Consuming no words of war, not even pleas for peace as I noticed, in silence the dinner leftover the way it swished and squished and nourished me. I chewed and chewed until the stew slowly moved its way through; down my throat, into my belly and my body settled, quiet and still as it filled. I wondered: how much of my food do I miss? How often does my mind take off to other times; times past, imagined but not this. This moment these gifts pass by in one blink of an eye; And so I vow to take pause, to recognize the simple beauty of just this and this and this of each breath, each bite each blessing that exists. By Gillian Florence Sanger https://www.gillianflorence.com/blog/sweet-cream-coated-mashed-potatoes-poem
  21. Hi Jim, Welcome to the community - and to meditation! Have you tried any particular practices yet? If so, what have you begun exploring?
  22. It's great to have you here, Stacey! A warm, official welcome from me Your experience sounds very interesting! I'd never hear of that program on the Discovery Channel so I just looked it up. What an experience that would have been. I look forward to reading more of your insights here. With gratitude, Gillian
  23. Hello Michelle! Welcome to the community. It's lovely to have you here. I look forward to learning from you. Feel free to share any reflections or questions within the forum where you feel called to. With gratitude, Gillian
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