Finding the tools to comfort myself stops the “spinning” – calms me and leaves me feeling lighter; almost as if I’d taken a much needed “vacation” from worry; a very good thing for those of us who live too much in our heads!
Julie is a natural teacher; I’d never experienced a class where the “technologies” were imparted with such ease; no overload of information nor any need to scramble to “get it”, rather an easy output of concepts and exercises to be “tried on” for a size that feels right for YOU. Julie allowed us space for so many of those “ah-ha” moments with a pacing that was slow and steady. What a wonderful experience to take this class.
As the weeks proceeded; certain practices and phraseology just became part of my day whenever it was needed;; example; I found myself more often touching my heart and asking to be peaceful, safe, forgiving throughout the day; like giving yourself a gift every few hours!”– W.S.L.
I took this meditation class at first just to see what meditation was really all about and how it really helped. I have a good friend who swears by meditation and I have seen first hand what affects it has had on her through the years. I was unsure at first if it could really do anything for me since I am not one to sit still for long and have trouble focusing. But I have to say learning how to take deep breaths and listen to different parts of my body as the teacher is talking us all through the meditation really impacted me! So this program has made me more aware of myself and my emotions. I am more intrigued to understand more about myself and begin to feel comfortable in my own skin. I know its still a work in progess but it has been a great start.
Totally will recommend this class!! From class session 1 I talk very highly of this class. I would tell them that if a person like me who has a hard to focusing in a classroom setting and hard time understanding things this class is so well put together and you would be amazed to see how much you take away from a course like this. You come out with a new sense of yourself and how you can have more connections with others and for yourself!!
I loved the here and now stone we were given. I am very big on stones and it is great receiving one. I hold it on and off when I need a moment of relief. Its amazing how powerful a little stone can have to make one get back to being grounded. I look forward to keep feeding my brain with more amazing practices and stick to meditating more and more.”– B.A.G.
“So much of the talk today was about the meditations and how great they were. You know that this is a very sophisticated staff with high expectations so their “hechksher” means a lot. Quite a few people shared that they would like to take the class with you, and I would be part of that group…It certainly started off the staff’s year on an amazing high. Personally, I came out of a very difficult day, having to deal with a very tough situation. It was hard to put the smile on my face and be up! After your session, I changed what I planned to do for the last hour – there was such a great energy in the room. I did a short brainstorming and 1 minute writing exercise about the word “teacher”. The results were beyond amazing. I am sure it was a carry over from your program.” – A.H.
I can feel the cortisol levels shrinking! I used to go for walks when I felt the explosions coming. Now I can do mindful walking, deep breathing, or pop in a guided meditation and lock myself in my office or room. Also appreciate opportunities for self compassion as I am very hard on myself.
Absolutely would recommend the program and you as the teacher. Would share that it opens one up in a way that you don’t know that you are capable of and help readjust your way of looking at yourself as well as others. New, happy and healthy alternatives for responding to life’s pressures and the pressures we put on ourselves.
Believe it was the 7th lesson when we did meditation where we came up with a place and then invited a guest and had dialogue with them and received gift. I could have stayed in that meditation for another ½ hour at least. I came out of it crying, it was so real. That experience is still with me – I don’t want to let it go. You gave us time to find the place and I was auditioning different ones, as you suggested. Then, the place became so obvious, and the guest became equally obvious. What a deep and emotional experience. Didn’t know I was capable to get down to that level. Thanks – it was a real gift.
Thank YOU, Julie, for making this available to me. As a result of this experience, I have grown as a person as well as a professional who has to relate to so many parents, teachers, and children. Really astonishing!
The retreat was an incredible and extraordinary culmination of the 8 week program. Your generosity of spirit, giving, and sharing was greatly appreciated and valued. I breathed deeper on Sunday than ever before and saw a whole new potential that I didn’t know I had. Wow. You are very special and I hold this experience as a real treasure.