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I Practice Mindfulness

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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 5 Responses Nov 4, 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, 2015

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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, 2015

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    We see with our eyes,

    we perceive with our senses...the color of the sky, the sound of the bird chirping or the vehicles passing, the touch of the breeze. All these outer things that we perceive..are just as they are. And then there is our response to these things at the very moment we perceive them...
    DropsOfRain DropsOfRain 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 17, 2015

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    Letting go was the biggest lesson I have learned

    so far. The more i let go of my expectations, results, past hurt and grudges, the more I experienced peace. The more I am mindful of "accumulation" of thoughts, the more I am able to shed then then and there and experience effortless easiness.
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 6, 2015

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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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    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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    I heard a person with an elevated consciousness

    say that everything is a habit. As in.. Like, you have this habit of judging. Say, for the very first time when you did it, probably you didn't do it intentionally, maybe you started because everyone else around you were judging everyone else. So, without being aware...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F Aug 19, 2015

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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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    estrella77 estrella77 36-40, F Jun 5, 2015

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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 26-30, F 3 Responses May 16, 2015

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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, 2015

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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 3 Responses Apr 2, 2015

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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, 2015

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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, 2015

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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, 2015

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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, 2015

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    This morning I used my lamp to fight seasonal

    depression. I used it correctly this time around: sitting so that the light is no more than 12 inches from my face. When I sit like that, I cannot really do other stuff. I just need to be for a while: me and the light. Then I used the netipot for my sinuses. When there is...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 6 Responses Oct 22, 2015

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    "The present moment is filled with joy

    and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it."- Thich Nhat Hanh
    Quietanalysis Quietanalysis 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 27

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    Be reminded that "This Is Water.

    " - David Foster Wallace
    mistydawnFL mistydawnFL 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 14, 2015

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    Whenever I notice something "bad" about myself,

    like at the moment I am noticing insecurity, I try to accept and appreciate that vulnerability. It gives me a feeling of love, and of taking care of myself. I know that there is no need to be afraid of anything, because we only need to feel that love instead. We follow our...
    JustTheSun JustTheSun 26-30 2 Responses Nov 26, 2015

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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 4 Responses Mar 31, 2015

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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, 2015

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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, 2015

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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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    What are some of your favorite mindfulness

    activities? I enjoy coloring Mandalas, taking a bubble bath, yoga, tree sitting, and cleaning to name a few.
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 8

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    A long conversation took place with a stranger

    on a topic I consciously avoid. She did try to have her way on some things and I let let her. She was trying to help herself through me. I was ok with that. While I behaved humble enough, the whole energy shift happened and she made it seem it's happening for "me". Was it...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 20, 2015

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    Six steps to living in the moment 1: To

    improve your performance, stop thinking about it (unselfconsciousness).  2: To avoid worrying about the future, focus on the present (savoring).  3: If you want a future with your significant other, inhabit the present (breathe).  4: To make the most of time, lose track of it...
    FindMeElsewhere FindMeElsewhere 18-21 Sep 21, 2015

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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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    Ok, I think I now understand

    why in the past days I have been annoyed at minor details. You see I was home sick with bronchitis, staid home for 5 days to recuperate. I watched a lot of TV and spent a lot of time on social media. Opportunity lost. I had all this time and needed to recuperate, and instead...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2015

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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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    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, 2015

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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, 2015

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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, 2015

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    An old anxiety is resurfacing.

    It has a childhood scent to it. I am not aware of it consciously. I wonder what it really is. It is not a nice feeling at all. And i do not know how the scent is so familiar even after maybe more than a decade or more. Aha at triggered it? I'm unable to trace. An...
    kasiyat kasiyat 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 14, 2015

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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, 2015

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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, 2015

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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 3 Responses Apr 9, 2015

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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, 2015

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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, 2015

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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 4 Responses May 31, 2015

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    Today at church our bishop visited,

    and she talked about the desirability of 15 minutes a day of sitting there to be with God, whether it is in prayer or paying attention to one's breath. As I listened to the sermon though it was a good one, my head started to ache again a bit, so I put her words into practice. I...
    JoannaBe JoannaBe 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 18, 2015

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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, 2015

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    This evening I did 30 minutes with Xbox yo:30 yoga. The session focused on balance. And I confirm that balance is not my strong point. Still lots of practice needed.
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