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Mithela, you facilitated very knowledgably and by expressing the appreciation of the group acknowledging their situation, you created a safe space.
You explained the slides regarding Ethical Mindfulness well, revealing you absolutely know the content. You approached the term ethical mindfulness and also its first component heedfulness well asking great questions and further engaging discussions by giving good examples. You also provided personal information in a professional way, not disclosing too much, but creating a safe space and inviting participants for more discussion. You harvested great replies in accordance to that facilitation style, giving the floor to the group, feeling the atmosphere. Please see that the definition is stressing the vigilance to protect ourselves from harm more than the fact that we can harm. Taking this perspective might be less dysregulating.
Regarding mindfulness you gave great examples, too. However, while I absolutely agree to save time by not asking too much about the definition of mindfulness as it has a very different meaning in CIT, it is better to explain that a bit further. Also, you could have slowed down here and there asking whether everyone has understood. At that point of time there were some important additions in the chat, showing the need for discussion. Mary replied to it, which was great teamwork. However, it would have been helpful to take it inro the main discussion. Breathing and facilitating more than just providing information would have been helpful here. Again, being pragmatic, delivering the definition is fine from my point of view. Still, asking for questions here and inspire discussion would have been helpful in inspiring that knowledge becomes transformative by creating those personal aha-moments.
Also, for the next slide, the present-moment awareness you delivered a bit too quickly the definition and missed out to inspire the same great discussion as for the first component. It would have been better to slow down here, appreciate that it is a lot to process and give the floor to the group.
You revealed great understanding of the content and used your own words to explain it not purely sticking to the script and provided very good examples. You always spoke from the I, which has been a great model for the participants.
Regarding the parts you presented of skill 2 a bit more facilitation than lecturing would have been more engaging. Slowing down, not feeling under time pressure will help you to get rid of the nervousness, we all feel when facilitating.
Please allow a more general remark. There were deep and enriching discussion going on in the chat. You and your team might have better embedded it here or there into the ongoing discussion of the session. It is difficult to follow two different threads at the same time. It might be distracting from the content being facilitated while discussion is going on in the chat. Both facilitators and people engaging in the written discussion might miss important content. A solution could be to either pick up those threads and intertwine them or invite the people to a certain code of conduct regarding the chat.