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    I wonder whether classical music can be used

    as a focus for mindfulness. I tried it on April 1st but did not succeed because my mind was too full of a plan for an April fools prank, and that overwhelmed my attempt at mindfulness. I know that songs with lyrics are not a focus because they find me too much of things not in...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    I am learning about mindfulness.

    I started the book by Osho "Mindfulness in the Modern World", but 30 pages into the book I have decided to put this book into recycling. I have now read several pages that have basically encouraged aversion! The last couple of pages were a vociferous diatribe against the pope...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 9

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    I try and I'm halfway decent some of the time.

    I keep wondering if there will ever be a point when I don't have to try. When I will always know myself and my desires. Or when I will just know myself and have no desire? Is that the goal? To be without desire? I like my desire. It makes me feel alive. I wonder if it will ever...
    hisdudeness3 hisdudeness3 31-35, M May 8

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    I have been lying to myself,

    claiming I practice mindfulness. Nonsense. I have been expecting to change but unwilling to really change. Whenever something bad happened I would loose mindfulness, become depressed or over anxious, blaming myself or blaming others. I have been thinking that mindfulness is...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 12

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    Today I was not mindful.

    And it is a shame because despite it being a holiday and there being many things to be grateful about, but I noticed the small unimportant irritations and put way more weight on them than they deserved. Right now though is fine: the house is quiet, and I am in bed, reading, and...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 3 Responses Apr 5

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    Yesterday I had a very stressful day at work

    combined with low self esteem. Today I had a choice. I could have talked about how bad yesterday. I could have continued thinking about it. Hey, I even had an invitation by someone on here to explain what had been stressing me, and I explained that enumerating my grievances...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 3 Responses Apr 16

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    Are headaches a distraction

    or an aid in mindfulness or neither? For me, I would say that a headache in a weird way helps with mindfulness. A headache makes it harder for me to think about the past or future, and keeps me more grounded in the present, through that current ache that I cannot ignore. If I...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 31

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    Lately, I've been having trouble being properly

    mindful. It can be a hard practice to keep up when memories and flashbacks try to overtake you. I admit lately I keep the television on a lot. I like crime dramas. They provide just enough mental stimulation to distract me most of the time. I know that completely counteracts...
    Searchingformyshalom Searchingformyshalom 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 8

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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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    The air smells of rain,

    the radio is playing softly, I'm taking my curlers out and arranging the ringlets. It's a soft morning. The thing about putting my hair up at night is that in the morning, when the rollers are removed, you're never quite sure what result you'll get. When my head hit the pillow...
    Searchingformyshalom Searchingformyshalom 22-25, F 5 Responses May 31

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    Today I went on a mindful walk.

    I was very much in the here and now, very aware of my own movements and my surroundings, but most aware of the wind against my face. I started out trying to turn away from the wind, but then decided to just pay attention to it and let it hit my face in whatever way it happened...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 6 Responses Mar 28

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    Background noise: I suddenly became aware of

    just how noisy my office is today. There are fewer people here today and the people are quiet. But our office building is right next to a highway, and how could I not have noticed most days just how much noise the highway makes? Also there is a hum of computer equipment and such...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    Had my 3rd session today.

    I'm starting to experience some small changes in my behaviour. Which is great I like to think. I find it really hard to really be mindful. All those thoughts and other distractions messing with feeling how I am in the moment. But I truly believe it will help me. Other Epeeps...
    PeterDr PeterDr 31-35 4 Responses Dec 10, 2014

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    midnitce midnitce 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 17, 2014

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    estrella77 estrella77 36-40, F Jun 5

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    A few days back, i read this article about how

    much we are not aware while eating food, we are not aware of the food which goes inside our bodies, nourishes us and eventually becomes a part of us.. Since then, i realized i was more mindful while eating. I didn't decide about being mindful, it just came naturally as a...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain 22-25, F 2 Responses May 16

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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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    I am training my ears

    and mind to hear bird song even when there is lots of other noise around. The birds center me in the now and calm me.
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 21

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    Has anyone else thought

    that really listening to birds may be really important? We hear bird song a lot (at least where I live), but much of the time it becomes background noise, not something to pay attention to and listen. Do we have our priorities all wrong? Is it just our arrogance that makes us...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 6 Responses Apr 15

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    Now you tell me! I just started reading a book

    by Osho on Mindfulness, and in the introduction he points out that the morning sets the tone for the day. And I started the morning by recalling my frustration with something that happened last evening. Right. Note to self: tomorrow morning start the day mindfully.
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 9

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    During today's meditation I had the insight

    that thus far I had been approaching mindfulness as an exercise in observation of my thoughts and emotions, noticing whenever they strayed from the present, but also keeping track off and analyzing those stray thoughts, establishing that they were mostly this or that way. My...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 3 Responses Apr 6

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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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    Today I did some yoga exercises with a Wii

    workout disk. I was struck by how Yoga is really a form of mindfulness: one focuses on one's breathing, movements, and "listens" to what one's body is telling one. My body alas was telling me that I am very out of shape. Still it was a good session.
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 2

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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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    There are different ways to answer the question

    "How are you?" One can answer on autopilot "Fine. How are you?" But then it is meaningless and potentially untruthful. One can start to explain what bothers one. But let's face it most people asking that question do not want to hear that, and it's not like enumerating one's...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 3 Responses Apr 5

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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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    heavenlyrealms heavenlyrealms 31-35, M Jul 23

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    No, actually I have been neglecting my

    mindfulness big time, and I have gotten to the point of overdosing on caffeine resulting in brain fog. I've got to stop consuming caffeine, for a few days I will get headaches but then my mind should clear, and I so need that.
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 6 Responses May 7

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    Writing meditation. Taking 10-15 min to write

    down your goals and see it affect your behaviour . Gonna give this a try http://www.mindfulnessmeditationinstitute.org/download.php?file=Loving-Kindness%20Writing%20Meditation.pdf
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 20

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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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    Fantastic method to calm the mind

    and illustrate the strong connection between mind and body
    mypath43 mypath43 36-40, F 5 Responses Jun 30, 2014

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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 3 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 5 Responses Jun 4, 2014

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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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    Started a great new book "Zen

    and the Art of Consciousness" by Susan Blackmore. The author contemplates things such as when one asks the question "Am I conscious now?" one awakens. When a clock strikes one might become conscious at the fourth strike and yet know that it is the fourth one though one was not...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    From time to time, during peaceful periods,

    I contemplate the inner and outer cosmoses, those that are known, the imagined, and also the as yet unimagined. This exercise centres me in our commonly agreed-upon reality and also strengthens my sense of connection to all entities within and beyond it. I believe that these...
    heavyduty1 heavyduty1 66-70, M Mar 30

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    'Practice' is good way of describing how

    mindfulness works in my life. It's not something I try to master, it's an ongoing process that I get better at with practice, application and reflection. I found the best way to learn mindfulness was to take a year long course that combined instruction, readings and discussion...
    padraig17325 padraig17325 56-60, M Feb 14

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    So there I was trying to be mindful on the

    drive to work this morning. Caught myself a lot of times thinking anxious thoughts that were not about my present moment. Then I chided myself for having anxious thoughts. Then I chided myself for chiding myself instead of accepting non-judgmentally. Then I chided myself for...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 30

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    Be reminded that "This Is Water.

    " - David Foster Wallace
    mistydawnFL mistydawnFL 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    Hey here's the TEDTalk on 10min meditation

    /mindfulness a day with Andy Puddingcomb. Scientifically your brain synapses can get retrained in 10 days so you are calmer . It's why then Buddhist monks are like always so peaceful. In this day and age mindfulness is such a breath of fresh ahttp://youtu.be/qzR62JJCMBQir. Enjoy...
    MrHeartaFire MrHeartaFire 41-45, M 2 Responses Mar 29

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    After climbing out of the emotional hole last

    night, I looked around at today and saw that it was a good day. My reality has not changed much from yesterday to today. But my perception of it changed. Perception of reality makes such a difference. A coworker of mine commented that I look younger today than yesterday. Yes...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 3 Responses Apr 8

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    So I have been reading a book about mindfulness,

    Sylvia Boorstein's "It's Easier Than You Think." And in the book I have been reading about how "this too shall pass" and about how "life is unsatisfactory" but be need to be careful not to let this cause us to have aversion toward life experiences. And how the issues wen counter...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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