We did introductions and got to know one another. Thank you for being so open-hearted, truly.
We covered the ground rules including:
Your history is here inside your body.
Your body is your storehouse
Of learnings, feelings,
Thoughts, and experiences.
Only waiting to be invited to
Reveal your treasures to yourself.
As you let the learning emerge
And take shape, you can
Appreciate the wisdom of the body.
Each cell alive with
Spirit, emotion, and intelligence.
Ready to help you at any moment,
Always with you and for you.
We started off reflecting on your homework and we heard some wonderful stories!
Followed by the Breathing Meditation. This is the most simple (not easy) meditation there is. Here's an example by Stop Breathe and Think, which is an app. They offer many free meditations in addition to what you have to pay for.
We talked about emotions, which are classified into the "bad" (fear, anxiety, and unworthiness) and the "good" (joy, gratitude and contentment). I suggested that pushing away the bad in order to make room for the good is NOT mindfulness. Instead, mindfulness is about being present with your emotions just as they are:
AND, the brain has a negativity bias because of the way it developed, or put another way: Velcro for the bad/Teflon for the good.
To counter this, we need to remind the brain all the time that it is safe, through mindfulness and “taking in the good.”
We talked about some challenges (which are VERY common, I can assure you!)...specifically, sleepiness. Some thoughts:
And the (free!) app I used for the bells in group: Insight Timer.
We focused on Self-Compassion