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Hi. I am Daniel A. Detwiler, a new member. I am a retired clinical social worker and university professor. I live with my wife and our Bichon Frise, Max. Our daughter, husband and our grandchildren live a few miles from us. They give extra  meaning to our lives. I have been following guided mediations for the last 2-3 years primarily from Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and also Rick Hanson. I also enjoy the work of Joseph Goldstien and Sharon Salzberg. I have been meditating using the mindfulness course from Mindfulness Exercises. I am really benefitting from every session. I am looking forward to many years of learning from all of you and Sean. I am glad to be here.

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Hello @Daniel A. Detwiler! Wonderful to meet you here. I'm Gillian - the community moderator.

If you'd like to share some of your insights and mindful reflections with us elsewhere in the forum, we'd love to hear from you. Each week we feature a new Question of the Week, which is often a nice place to start. 

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All the best!

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