Mindfulness Exercises FAQ’s
Here are a few frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) we’ve received at Mindfulness Exercises. This is a great place to go to first for any of your questions. If your question is not covered here, Please contact us.
Select any of the questions below for helpful tips and information.
[su_spoiler title=”What is mindfulness?” open=”yes”]
Mindfulness is the intentional, moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness necessarily includes warm acceptance of external and internal conditions, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness exercises, our awareness tunes into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than replaying the past or planning for the future.
[su_spoiler title=”What are mindfulness exercises?”] Mindfulness exercises
are training tools which help you live with more self-awareness and kindness. What sets our exercises apart are the combination of reflections, practices and exercises which help you bring awareness to your past, present AND future way of being in every area of your life.
Our mindfulness exercises include a variety of video, audio and worksheets that you can download, use repeatedly and keep forever. Members receive full access to our growing library of mindfulness meditations, binaural brainwave mp3’s, guided reflections, group practices, relaxing nature sounds, and much more.[/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Is mindfulness Buddhist?”]Though it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, I am sharing the secular practice of mindfulness which has entered the American mainstream in recent years, in part through the work of Jack Kornfield, founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Since that time, thousands have studied and practiced there, inspiring countless programs to adapt mindfulness for schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and beyond. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Can you give me some brief mindfulness instructions?”]
Here are a few instructions for practicing mindfulness:
- Pay focused attention to your breathing, especially when you’re feeling strong emotions.
- Notice intimately what you’re sensing. Can you notice the sights, sounds, or smells that ordinarily slip by without reaching your conscious awareness?
- Realize that your emotions and thoughts are very temporary and that they do not define you. What are the implications of this for you? Does it incentivize you to free yourself from negative thought patterns?
- Tune into the physical sensations of your body, from the water hitting your skin in the shower to the way your body rests in your office chair.
[su_spoiler title=”Can I save content to my computer?”] Paid members have full downloading privileges of our video, audio and worksheet content to their laptop and desktop devices. Our technology does not fully support downloading content to mobile devices. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Can you tell me more about Sean Fargo?”] I try to live a simple, meaningful life by helping as many people as I can apply kind awareness to their daily lives. Sustaining mindfulness has never been easy for me, so I’ve had to work really hard with all of the techniques that have been taught to me by my Eastern and Western masters. I’m no guru and I love cutting loose, but I’m also doing my best I can to live every moment with authentic love. Thank you for joining me on this path.
For more of my background, visit my LinkedIn profile here. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Why is there a fee?”] In order to be a Buddhist monk in a monastery for 2 years, I donated all of my money and possessions to charity. Now as I integrate my mindfulness practice into the real world, I am in debt building this site, a resource which I hope brings relief, wisdom and love to a lot of people’s lives around the world.
If I didn’t charge a small fee, then I wouldn’t be able to pay off the credit card debts that built this growing resource that I am very proud of. If you’d like to chat about my cause sometime, feel free to contact me. [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”Can I share my mindfulness story with you?”] I’d love to read it, delight in your journey, answer any questions you may have, and optionally share your story for others to be inspired by on the blog. You can email your story to me directly at Sean@MindfulnessExercises.com [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”What happens to my downloads if I am not a current member? Can I still keep them?”] Yes, of course. I hope that they support you for years to come! [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”How can I join Mindfulness Exercises?”] You can become of member here: https://mindfulnessexercises.com/checkout/ [/su_spoiler]
[su_spoiler title=”What does “free talks” mean?”] There are no charges for the Free Mindfulness Talks on this site. You may stream talks to listen online right away. You may also download them to put a copy of the MP3 file on your computer. You may then listen to this copy, burn it to a CD, and share it with others. However:
The vast majority of these files are covered by a “Creative Commons Some Rights Reserved” license. You can find these and many more talks at DharmaSeed.org.
You can’t repackage talks to sell to others (as opposed to giving them away), nor can you use only portions of the talks in another project or product. You must always credit the person or organization who owns this Creative Commons copyright. If you give the talks to others, you must inform them the talks are protected by copyright in this way.
Some teachers, including most monastics, have placed their talks in the public domain, so even the modest restrictions above do not apply. This is an act of trust by those making these talks available as an offering, not an invitation to take any particular action. We ask that you keep in mind that treating these talks as precious teachings is itself a valuable practice of the teachings. [/su_spoiler]
Thank you for your mindfulness practice! – Sean Fargo
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