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Beginners’ Feedback 6/5/18

Five people attended, four female and one male. Four people filled out the feedback form. A summary of their feedback is posted below.

One of the participants attended the Beginners’ meetup and Practitioners’ meetups before. She said this meditation was life changing for her. So she brought in her friend and friend’s college going daughter for today’s class. She said lot of things were going on at her home but her husband said she should go to the class as she feels and does better after the class. Also that she felt peaceful simply being in my presence.

Another participant had attended the Vipassana program at Barre (Massachusetts) but never practiced at home after the program (1). At the end he said he liked how I presented the technique.  A set of my handouts was given to each participant (2).

I knew about this group from

– meetup.com
– Sign I saw
– Friend

My purpose in joining this group

– Feel calm and peace
– Learning how to de-stress and have my mind become more peaceful
– Renew my meditation practice, Control stress, Improve health and sleep
– To relieve anxiety, Improve sleep

Today’s ‘Take home’ ideas

– Method of breathing to improve feeling of relaxation
– Going to sleep and walking practice
– Find little moments to de-stress and have my mind become more peaceful.
– Feel calm and peace
– Don’t stress about the rules

Overall evaluation of the session

– Very useful 4

Suggestions for future meetups

None

I plan on joining a follow up group

– Practitioners’ meetup
– Beginners and Practitioners group
– I travel and so I will come as my schedule allows

My sources of stress

– Life in general
– Sleep and joint pain
– Home
– School
– Relationships at home and work

I cope with my stress by

– Exercise, Yoga, Sports, Hiking
– Eating, Reading
– Need to develop healthy ways to eat normally

Total donations offered – $27

(1) Insight Meditation Society
(2) Documents for download

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Seminar – Aides at a Nursing home

The second seminar of 1 hour was held on 8/13/14 at the Van Rensselaer Manor Skilled Nursing Facility  for the aides working there. This free seminar was set up by the Education Director Jeanett Allen after she participated in the last class for the residents and saw the impact it made on them. The feedback received from the eight participants including Jeanett is summarized below. My presentation was video recorded for training further groups. 

The same group will be offered 2 follow up sessions once in weekly/ bi-weekly.

Scanned images of the feedback forms

I will use this technique for my (concern) …

  • Sleeping
  • Sleep problems
  • Stress and help sleep
  • Everyday life & Specially sleeping
  • Son who has a hard time sleeping normal hours
  • Peaceful life and at work
  • Well being
  • School stress

My ‘take home points’….

  • Breathing exercises by counting to 3 will help me relax
  • Relax more and use these breathing techniques to help me along the way
  • Breathing is an important way to de-stress
  • How to relax by breathing and counting
  • Just the breathing exercise
  • Breathe when stressed at work, home, anywhere
  • Relax, take time for myself
  •  Will practice at home

My expectation from the seminar is fulfilled to level …

  • A             6
  • B              1
  • C              1

Comments 

  • You are a wonderful speaker and teacher
  • I enjoyed very much
  • I think it is very useful, specially to people that deal with high stress jobs on a daily basis
  • I thing this is something that all employees should learn
  • It was very interesting

I recommend this seminar to 

  • Anyone – 3
  • Anyone that want so learn it

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