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I Practice Mindfulness

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    Starting With Mindfulness

    I have recently been battling depression and anxiety and as this is my 5th/6th recurrence it's been a very frustrating time for me. I'm being led towards 'mindfulness' to help me in my recovery and so I'm trying to get to grips with that on a self learning basis as I have not...
    mezzaninedoor mezzaninedoor 46-50, M Jul 4, 2012

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    The Elevation

    Mindfulness allows me to connect to something higher. Some call it the higher self. I call it the best. It's the place where I have a genuine acceptance of what is, where I can best see that things are things and that I am the prime mover, the "head and not the tail", the "cause...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 1, 2010

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    My Goal

    This moments onwards..I am practicing mindfulness.. n I am going to make a habit out of it for sure.. This is my goal in the next 15 days. Good luck to me.. haha..
    life008 life008 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 17, 2012

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    My mindfulness joy

    How life altering mindfulness has been on my thoughts and way of life. So often caught in the turmoil that ruminating in emotional mind brings, that was exhausted by the stresses of life and felt almost defeated by the challenges of what appeared a ominous future. Then I found...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 5, 2013

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    For Over 20 Years

    I practice in any moment and in mainly no moments.  or some of them.  but who's counting?
    coffeequeen coffeequeen 46-50 1 Response Aug 14, 2008

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    How To Train An Elephant

    I'm just starting this book which gives one mindfulness practice to work on each week. I would like to do this along with one or more 'meditation buddies' to provide mutual support, encouragement, discussion and probably some laughter too. Does anyone wish to join me in this...
    BicycleBob BicycleBob 46-50, M Dec 30, 2012

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    Maybe I'm A Dilettante

    I used to do TM long ago. I read "Peace is Every Step" a few years ago, and was utterly charmed by it. My doctor sent me on a Mindful Meditation course a few years ago. It was based on Kabat-Zin. I try to meditate regularly, but I only do it a few times per week. I often try...
    atadir atadir 51-55, M 2 Responses Oct 29, 2011

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    Project 5am

    "On occasion we have an idea that is so clear and simple and elegant that we are astonished, as if a rare and precious meteor fragment just landed at our feet.  We pick it up and examine it closely. And we ask ourselves, where could this have come from. Looking back to...
    project5am project5am 31-35, M Mar 10, 2011

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    The Last Thought

    what was the last thought before you pulled the chips down from the cupboard? What was the last thought you had before dumping yourself into your bed at 1pm, when you knew you had things you needed to do? Tuning into these thoughts they are often thoughts of fear, sadness and...
    akasolia akasolia 41-45, F May 12, 2011

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    Dancing Evergreen

    I checked the number on the incoming call vibrating in my hand. It was a call I was required, by law, to answer twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.I practice walking meditation and breathing exercises around an old historic State Penitentiary long since closed and turned...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 5, 2012

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    My therapist introduced me to it.

    .. ever since then, I hear the term "mindful" in a lot of different places.
    utahwriter utahwriter 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 27

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    Accepting The Non-acceptance

    I am still practicing mindfulness on acceptance. It pretty cool. This morning I was practicing on accepting the resisting about wanting to change things about myself and my life. And it felt right. There are just so many layers of concepts and emotions on top of what we are...
    thinkandfeel thinkandfeel 36-40, F Oct 11, 2009

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    Conscious Enough

    Easy enough. Throughout faerie's life, I have been conscious enough with my responsibilities. There's my family, until it dissolved and emerged with a son and a dog. The outside family, in-laws and other relations... uhmm, I tried, really, really tried to be conscious enough of...
    Sylphy Sylphy 41-45, F 5 Responses Dec 10, 2012

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    (If you aren't aware) Hopefully,

    many of you will understand that your soul is made of gold. It has vast amounts of worth. Others may bribe that in regards of the worlds acceptances.
    13SM 13SM 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    Staying Present

    I disassociate frequently, so my therapist suggested practicing mindfulness to help me stay present. It seems to be helping some, and I know that this is the kind of thing that will improve with time and practice.For now, when I feel myself starting to slip away, I focus on some...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 4, 2012

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    Experiencing Yourself & the Universe

    I wish I could say I do this often.  Being in the moment for me is feeling grounded and complete.  When I'm stressing out it's hard for me to calm myself.  What I need to do is let go of my thoughts and feelings and than I can find peace.
    WarriorMom WarriorMom 51-55, F 3 Responses Sep 16, 2008

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    Mindfulness Keeps Me Grounded

    i practice mindfulness to the point of disconnection sometimes in an attempt to view the situation around me with clarity and even a kind of objectivity. i am glad that i can be mindful. cm
    chairmanmeow chairmanmeow 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 14, 2009

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    I Always Try My Best

    I am human with certain passions, therefore I cannot always take full consideration and awareness of my actions, thoughts and responses, however it is a constant aim for me. As this is the premise of Mindfulness. I have been practicing Mindfulness Meditation more, as a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 29, 2008

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    I Want To Know More.

    I would like to know more about practicing Mindfulness. I think I would Like to try it. Can I teach myself to meditate? I have had open heart surgery ,6 by-pass. I think that this practice could help me reduce mu stress. That would be nice. Tell me how to get started . how do you...
    carolinia carolinia 51-55, F 3 Responses Sep 6, 2013

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    Remember to Teach Our Children

    Mindfulness exercises, including visualization and brief guided meditation is great for the little ones.  Practicing with them gives them improves their composure, temperament and judgment.  Less than 5 minutes for kids under 10.  Let them choose a subject or music...
    mysticsovereign mysticsovereign 56-60, F 1 Response Jan 8, 2009

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    Can I?

    Can I get out of bed tomorrow morning? Can I nod to the fatigue and bow to the fear, and then continue into the present, moment after moment? Is this breath enough? Can it feel like the gift of waking up, a balm against my nostrils, throat, and lungs? Can I give it as much...
    AllSeeingMeli AllSeeingMeli 26-30, F Apr 23, 2011

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    Book Club Invitation

    EP Sangha member anya1212 commented on my story “The Blossom Pales in Comparison” with: Is our questioning affected by our past experiences and beliefs. Do we question without reasoning or analyzing the immediate situation. Does this not qualify into being "judgemental"? And...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M May 18, 2013

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    I Took the Course

    Hi...I took a course...I can't remember the name of it, but part of it was on mindfulness...Practicing this in all of my interactions throughout the day helps me enormously.  If I find myself wavering...getting bogged down with 'stuff,' I just concentrate on the ground...
    rainbowlady rainbowlady 66-70 2 Responses Aug 2, 2008

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    Understand How You Feel

    A friend of mine reached out to me after my mom "dumped" me. She has had so many experiences that are similar to mine; abortion, molestation, scapegoated and then on the brighter side we both have a love for meditation, mindfulness and an actualized drive to improve Self and...
    akasolia akasolia 41-45, F 1 Response May 1, 2011

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    Fantastic method to calm the mind

    and illustrate the strong connection between mind and body
    mypath43 mypath43 36-40, F 6 Responses Jun 30

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    Sangha Invitation

    In my pursuit of further understanding and reduction of suffering I have studied and practiced mindfulness as much as possible on my own over the past year. The Buddha advocated that one should establish mindfulness in one's day-to-day life maintaining as much as possible a calm...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M Apr 20, 2013

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    Just Thoughts

    Most of the thoughts that roam around our heads are completely inane and useless! My thoughts do not make me a good or a bad person, because guess what? Thoughts aren’t real. They are just fleeting ideas that I can control or I can let them control me...
    RoseIam RoseIam 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 4, 2013

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    Acceptance

    This morning I was practicing mindfulness and something interesting happened. It is a bit difficult to put it into words when you are being mindful of subtle sensations, but I could say I experienced real acceptance. It was as if I am all the time resisting everything and for a...
    thinkandfeel thinkandfeel 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 3, 2009

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    Opening Space For The Life Force To Flow

    This idea I heard from Gil Fronsdal in some of his talks. He says, we might not be in control of concentration, mindful or blissful states. Our job in meditation and in leading a virtuous life to open space for our true nature to flow. And opening space means settle enough during...
    thinkandfeel thinkandfeel 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 11, 2013

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    midnitce midnitce 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    Mindfulness

    I completed a 4 week course on mindfulness and it made me realise quite a lot of my energies are spent on thinking in the past and in the future. It is a challenge to rather live in the present moment, but when I do I very much enjoy it and am much more relaxed
    Targetsky Targetsky 46-50, M Jun 1, 2012

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    Stop. Look. Listen.

    I try to do this as much as I can.  How many of us just go about our daily routine automatically, without much thought?  Many, I'm sure.  Wake up.  Open your eyes.  Slow down; take time to stop for a moment, look around you and take it all in...
    think2much think2much 46-50, M 2 Responses Jan 28, 2009

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    My Favorite Place

    My favorite place is where I am right now. This is where I can be happy. Others chase "over there", where the grass is greener. More money, a bigger house, a better car. Those things do not buy happiness. I don't need anyone else to be happy, either. The key to...
    SleeplessKnight SleeplessKnight 41-45, M 4 Responses Jun 26, 2013

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    As of last year, this is a new concept

    for me, but it is appealing. Especially as I am looking to recover from PTSD and I need a way to let go of anxiety. I practice by sitting out in a lawn chair in the sun, being one with nature. I am so antsy though that it is difficult. I have more knowledge of how to practice...
    Solfeggio Solfeggio 36-40, F 7 Responses Jun 4

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    Live In The Moment Or Plan For The Future?

    I'm trying to decide which is better--to live in the moment or to envision and plan for your future. I think that both have their pros and cons. What do you think? Life is made up of series of moments, and like they say, tomorrow is not promised. Therefore it seems exceedingly...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 28, 2011

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    How To Train An Elephant

    I'm just starting this book which gives one mindfulness practice to work on each week. I would like to do this along with one or more 'meditation buddies' to provide mutual support, encouragement, discussion and probably some laughter too. Does anyone wish to join me in this...
    BicycleBob BicycleBob 46-50, M Dec 30, 2012

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    My Journey To Mindfulness

    I was introduced to mindfulness as I stumbled onto a web site that was for therapist. I had been in therapy before and I have gone thorugh plenty let me tell you. It felt as if I was paying someone to be my best friend. I was not  getting any better talking about things. I'm so...
    2mindsoneheart 2mindsoneheart 51-55, F 3 Responses Jun 26, 2013

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    5 Minutes A Day

    While we lay in bed at night, waiting to fall asleep, we could easily spend what could be the best 5 minutes of the day. I wrote the following breathing exercise to help sleep uninterrupted from bad dreams, stress, anxiety or tension. Try this! Lay on your back with one or both...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M Nov 29, 2012

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    Non-attachment Vs. Compassion

    Can someone please help me clarify this? To avoid suffering, we need to lose our attachment to the world. Yet to do that, we need to develop compassion for the world. How can I apply this to my own life? I am at the brink of a divorce after a 13-year unhappy marriage. We have...
    SleeplessKnight SleeplessKnight 41-45, M 5 Responses Jul 16, 2013

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    Mindful Ecotherapy

    Like many, I suffered bouts of depression as a teen. At the age of fourteen, I began taking martial arts classes. My sensei was also a Buddhist, and he had classes on meditation as part of our training. We also did walking meditations in several local parks. The more mindful I...
    mindfulecotherapy mindfulecotherapy 51-55, M 1 Response Dec 29, 2010

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    I think it can be valuable, but like most solutions which focus on changing one's perspective towards your inner world or way of thinking, it doesn't really help when someone is in...
    EttaS EttaS 36-40, F Aug 20

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    I practice karate im a blue belt going on brown the black
    Christromp Christromp 16-17, M Aug 18

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    I am willing to give anyone a tarot reading. :) I need more practice.
    bec413 bec413 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 20

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    I have been practicing sitting and walking meditation for about 15 years now. It does me good. what about you ?
    Patfr Patfr 56-60, M Aug 3

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    Hmm anyone willing to do me a reading?
    melonladyy melonladyy 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    hehe not er, one of y personal favorites
    lucidity91 lucidity91 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 7

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    Does anyone here know if this set up I saw on my walk this morning is a Wicca or witchcraft thing? It looked like tarot cards, something torn up in the caldron..coffee cup and...
    LOOKN4NSIGHT43 LOOKN4NSIGHT43 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 11

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    Would anyone like a reading. Go ahead if you have a question ask it and if not then you can get a general reading
    andrew1512 andrew1512 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 14

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    Been 4 years now.. It really helped me become more connected to myself and the nature. Even made my head clearer and even an increased sense of confidence with me being fit! :)
    PoojaTimberlake PoojaTimberlake 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 16

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    We are putting on The Addams Family💃, and im playing the GoGo dancer ancesstor! I am soo excited, and everying going great!
    Vannarose Vannarose 16-17, F Aug 19

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    Does anyone use samurai sword or any other type of close range weapon. Also i do taekwondo, anyone else do something.
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