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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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response 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 3 Responses Jun 26, 2013

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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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    I think people are rude

    when we disagree because they don't have much practice at dealing with disagreements in a better way. Practice is difficult. No one likes to practice something that makes them feel uncomfortable. So we avoid the situations that would get us more practice.
    socialskillstraining socialskillstraining 13-15, M Jan 27

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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 5 Responses 21 hrs ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    (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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    '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 51-55, M Feb 14

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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 Aug 14, 2008

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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 1 Response 1 hr ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 therapist introduced me to it.

    .. ever since then, I hear the term "mindful" in a lot of different places.
    utahwriter utahwriter 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 27, 2014

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

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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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    I practice Yoga - Shower Yoga!
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    Today I made a ten story climb. What a rush.
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