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Hi my name is Susan I am from Ontario Canada. I’m brand new and would like to learn more about mindfulness especially in regards to bringing calm instead of stress and to reduce migraines. I’m excited to begin this new journey. 

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Hello Susan! Lovely to connect with you. I'm Gillian - the moderator for the forum. I'm also a fellow Ontarian. Born and raised in Toronto, now living in Stockholm.

Have you explored the resources on Mindfulness Exercises yet? Here is a starting point if it helps: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/mindfulness-exercises-for-beginners/

Looking forward to hearing more about your journey with mindfulness!

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