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Jo L

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  1. Growing up, I had several uncles who played in a fairly popular band called Whiskey River (very apropos) and we used to go to their outdoor concerts when I was a young child, so I feel like music has always been in my life. I listen to a wide variety of artists and styles of music. Lately I listen to a lot of chanting; everything from Tina Turner to Deva Primal, Snatam Kaur, Krishna Das, Peruquois, Ajeet Kaur, etc. Chanting is soothing and facilitates my writing. I also love Madonna, and have seen her in concert five times! I've always admired her strength and attitude; her breaking of rules
  2. I appreciate your awareness and attitude Jen. I, too, am going to practice connecting to what's important. And we are actually having sunny and warm weather way up here in MN so I am enjoying that by going on long walks. It helps distract me and ground me back into my body and calm mind.
  3. Hi Faune! Nice to hear from you. I hear you about being stressed and I can say that this week has been tense for me as well. Thank you, Gillian, for acknowledging the tension here in the US, and I, too, have found solace in yoga, meditation, and silent group meditations. Writing has also helped me. I struggle to understand how so many individuals can vote for a leader who is openly racist and misogynistic. David, I hear what you're saying about social activism being a burden or maybe an escape for those who have yet to process their own trauma adequately. I think it's important, ho
  4. Hi Tanya, I hear that you are being very conscientious and planful about your son's visit, and I think that's commendable and a great start! I would suggest the following: 1. Agree to listen reflectively. We hear things through our own filters and often misperceive what the other is saying, so if a difficult topic comes up, practice reflective listening, which essentially means repeating what the other says to ensure that you are hearing the message correctly. For example, if my sister says, "I'm really frustrated because you always interrupt me" I might think she's calling me rude,
  5. I agree with you Rachel. I find Pema Chodron to be very helpful and have read many of her books and attended some of her workshops. Her recent book, "Welcoming the Unwelcome" is particularly poignant and so relevant in today's world. I also like her book "Start Where You Are, A Guide to Compassionate Living." Some of the wisdom from that book: "If you know how to die then you know how to live and if you know how to live then you'll know how to die. Suzuki Roski said, 'Just be willing to die over and over again.'" "Resistance to unwanted circumstances has the power to keep those circ
  6. Gillian, thanks so much for the link to iBme! They have such excellent programming! So thrilled for the resource...thanks again!
  7. Thanks Gillian and Rachel, it's nice to be back! Thank you for being so kind and welcoming
  8. Thank you Gillian for the lovely meditation, and I appreciate your comments Rachel, about Tonglen meditation. I am practicing compassion in a few different ways. I'm starting off with practicing self-compassion. I've learned a lot about self-compassion from Kristin Neff, and as someone who tends to take care of others, I've come to understand that I can only give from a place of fullness inside. I also practice compassion by volunteering and being active in causes in believe in, such as racial justice and human rights. Another way I practice compassion is by being mindful in everyday interacti
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    Hi Leanne, The most comprehensive book about childhood trauma repercussions and treatment is “The Body Keeps The Score” by Bessel van der Kolk. There are some great online resources: https://www.childtrauma.org https://www.childmind.org https://www.crisisprevention.org https://www.nctsn.org (national childhood traumatic stress network) These websites have a lot of resources and information.
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    Hi Leanne, I'm a psychologist so very familiar with the exciting world of child psychology. I recommend the book "The Psychology of the Child" by Jean Piaget, which is a classic. It's not necessarily 'fun' to read and is pretty dense, but is full of fascinating information about child development; intellectual, emotional, and social aspects of child development. There's also "How to Talk so Kids Will Listen...And Listen So Kids Will Talk" by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, which is a practical and helpful book. If you're looking for books about childhood mental illness, there's "Disorders
  11. Hello Franca! Welcome! Thanks for the resource on raja yoga. I have some experience there but great to have more information. How are you going about getting into Corporate Mindfulness if I may ask?
  12. Hi Karen, Welcome! What a cool job and fun course to create! I'm a psychologist, life and wellness coach, meditation and yoga teacher. I'm wondering if you are looking for specific ideas or resources?
  13. I'm with Gillian, sorry you had a tough night. I have an idea (everyone try this!) Close your eyes (not until after you read this Wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a hug. Say to yourself slowly (silently or outloud) by name, I love you. I'm here for you. I'm listening. I see you. ( Repeat as many times as you want)
  14. I love how you use the birds Faune- they sing so beautifully, sometimes I think they are here for us to remind us how to feel joy! Beautiful picture! Love it
  15. Love that you're journaling- it's amazing what you can learn about yourself by writing. I'm actually doing my yoga training through an online program. Which is kind of odd, but I have to find people to practice with (maybe on here!) to log practice hours, and I also have to do a Karma project, where I teach somewhere in the community voluntarily. I'm really excited! I'm curious, when you journal, do you have a specific topic or just free-write?
  16. Hello! My favorite mindfulness practice right now is yoga because I'm going through a lot of stress and yoga helps me stay grounded and connect mind/body/spirit. I just signed up to do my 300 hour yoga teacher training so I'm really excited (I did my 200 hour in 2012). Meditation is always helpful too, but lately monkey mind has been really active! Another tool for me is writing, especially poems. I find it very soothing and a good way to express my feelings; sometimes feelings come out that I wan't even aware of.
  17. From what I understand, jails can be holding places for people charged but not yet convicted, as well as those serving time less than a year. Prison is for those with a sentence longer than a year.
  18. Jail is for sentences less than a year. Prison is for sentences a year and a day or longer.
  19. Thank you for sharing Gillian. Love stories like this. We need to be reminded of the genuine kindness and love we are all made of.
  20. Thank you so much Priyanka for a wonderful practice this morning! I feel refreshed and ready to conquer the day. It was great to see you too Gillian! Priyanka, you mentioned that you have sessions on youtube that are available. How can I access those? Thanks again and have a lovely day!
  21. You are most welcome! I hope you find them useful
  22. Faune you are far from a bad human. In a class I'm taking I read an article about Darwin and how he postulated that humans who developed kindness and feelings of protectiveness toward "lower" species such as animals and plants were more highly evolved. He stated that "this virtue [concern for lower animals] one of the noblest with which man is endowed, seems to arise incidentally from our sympathies becoming more tender and more widely diffused, until they extend to all sentient beings." Naturally I thought of you right away. You, my dear, are highly evolved. Humans in general, on the other ha
  23. So true. It's our natural state.
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