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I'm Vladimir and I'm pleased to be here among all of you. I've been a university instructor for quite some time, which has served its purpose, but since I've been practicing mindfulness and meditation for a few years now have felt a different calling. My background revolved around serving in the Marine Corps Reserves while attending university for geology. Both of these fields involve a very different mindset and a lot of it involved ego, at least for me.

It wasnt until a few years ago that I decided I was looking for more when mindfulness (and yoga) were suggested to me. Being the 'practical' scientist I am, I gave it it's fair try and after a few months I noticed, as well as others, such a positive change. I've joined this group with the hopes of sharing my experiences as well as to help me improve upon myself so that I can help improve the lives of others. 

Wishing you all peace and joy,

Vladimir

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Thank you for the warm introduction @VBZivkovic! I always love hearing stories about how people fell into mindfulness. I think for most of us it arises in contradiction to our previously ways of living/relating/being, and so it's wonderful to hear about how that unravels for each of us.

What do you teach at University? Have you been able to integrate your mindfulness understanding into teachings? Feel free to share more here or in any forum thread you feel called to.

Wishing you well!!

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Hi Gillian,

I teach earth science, so from the very begining I've always had a respect and appreciation for our world and universe. But it seemed like an 'outsiders' view. Now I can honestly say I do feel more connectedness. 

As for incorporating mindfulness into my teachings? Funny you should ask 🙂 Not only to my students but also during our faculty meetings as well. It's been received well to say the least.

I've got a few years left at the university until I move on to a different educational path.

Wishing you a peaceful day.  

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That sounds fascinating! And what an interesting journey to go through - taking what you know about the earth and approaching it from a completely different lens. Wonderful!

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Hello @VBZivkovic  Welcome.  I have been happily surprised at the growth of people leaning more towards mindfulness meditation.  I also love it as a part of my TCM Qigong practice.  As we try to co-exist with each other and nature to balance the energy systems inside as well as in the environment.   Blessings, Paige

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@VBZivkovic - I stumbled upon this short video as I was doing some research on Gaia Theory. You came to mind as I was watching it as I felt you might resonate with the ecologist speaking here.

 

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I've always LOVED Gaia and certainly do agree with the connectedness that we all share with our home. Thank you 🙂 

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