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I Practice Mindfulness

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 try really hard to stay in the present,

    and I can see it helps heaps, but I'm a person who struggles to pay attention and I get lost in my own thoughts.
    cunninlc cunninlc 22-25, F 14 hrs ago

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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 2 Responses Dec 29, 2008

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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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    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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    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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    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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    (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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 5 Responses Jun 26, 2013

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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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    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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    midnitce midnitce 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 17

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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 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 26, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    As frequently as I can these days. It gives so much more than just a physical exercise, while having the benefits to the body of physical activities. Balance, strength...
    darkandlight darkandlight 41-45, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    The very first LifeboatAccording to Genesis 16 many countless eons ago, as the wickedness of humanity began to increase on the earth, the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend...
    PreacherFoReal PreacherFoReal 46-50, M Mar 22

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    I watch the "drunk" hypnosis video on youtube and one that supposed to make you "high" right now im in the market for one that makes you a werewolf havent found a good one yet...
    Wizrazz09 Wizrazz09 26-30, M Mar 23

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    I haven't written anything in over a year, and I feel just dismal about it. It's like a breaker got flipped during a storm and no one ever went to turn it back on. I know it's...
    meghanmonroe meghanmonroe 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    I'm taking hatha yoga at school. My thighs are killing me from today's class. :(
    lucyyinthesky lucyyinthesky 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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    i am a highschool student, Arabic is my first language, English is second. i would like to improve my English by chatting with native speakers .. and if anyone interested in Arabic...
    Ahmed3Salah Ahmed3Salah 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 28

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    I had a dream last night that I was asking a friend about where I could find a reiki therapist and in the dream, I couldn't even say the word reiki without crying. It woke me up.
    sailor764 sailor764 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 1

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    Ignorance is bliss. Don't hate what you don't understand.
    MagicalyDelish MagicalyDelish 36-40, F Apr 3

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    I am an Usui Reiki Master. I've been amazed by Reiki for a long time and now I do it too!
    mamachi mamachi 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 4

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    I have a question? I have been using the faeries oracle by Brian Froud and it's amazing and my friend wanted a some advice well during the middle of the reading all then faeries...
    andrew1512 andrew1512 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 9

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    My Psychic Readings will give you the accurate answers that you need so you can fulfill your true destiny. If you are feeling confused in your relationship and are not sure where...
    PsychicAnna PsychicAnna 56-60, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    https://chopracentermeditation.com This is a new 21 day challenge. free and hopefully will steer me into practicing daily. Spreading the info for all who have wanted to practice...
    agapimou agapimou 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    I'm going to start this off by saying: i don't think he's in love with me. He has a girlfriend. But this experience group was probably the closest to what experience I'm having...
    Epaestimated Epaestimated 16-17, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    I get it. Logically, I have only this moment. And not even "this moment"......for when my brain is able to see something as "this moment", I'm already not in this moment. So yeah...
    jeresey jeresey 56-60, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    trumpcoaching trumpcoaching 26-30, F 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    http://www.exicc.org Actually two cults - first the Phoenix International Christian Church in Arizona and then the City of Angels International Christian Church in Los Angeles...
    charliewk charliewk 36-40 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    I'm 31 years old and have been battling back problems for the last 15 years. It used to come on just once in awhile, a little pain in the lower back, some tingling down my right...
    jeneral3015 jeneral3015 31-35, F 14 hrs ago

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    It isn't something I am proud of, I'm not one of those teenagers who try to take their lives over pointless reasons. What I am about to say is my reason why, don't judge someone...
    SaveYourWords SaveYourWords 16-17, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago