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I Want to Be More Mindful

(Re)discovering your inner purpose 187 People

    Who's Your Daddy?..

    Three days ago Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, in a herculean effort to save just $500, 000 dissolved the Climate Commission (and effectively delivered a big slap in the face to impartial environmental science). Today it has been reported in “The Sydney Morning Herald...
    BillyRo BillyRo 36-40, M Sep 21, 2013

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    I Learned Mindfulness In Meditation.

    My life in the past was full of pain,hurt,(physical and sexual abuses),torment and torture.Multi-tasking was a way of life for me.Coincidently when i decided to change and start a new life,i was introduce to meditation and came across EP.Mindfulness is actually so simple as...
    unshakable unshakable 61-65, F 7 Responses Nov 13, 2009

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    Handling Emotions (Either Sad Or Happy Ones)

    Usually people lose themselves in a strong emotion and become overwhelmed. That is not the way to handle emotion, because when that happens you are a victim of emotion. In order not to become a victim, breathe and retain your calm, and you will experience the insight that an...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Feb 8, 2013

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    Things I Learned From A Lawyer Who Sold His Ferrari

    I just met Julian Mantle, a successful and smart American lawyer who had nothing in mind but work. One day, he suddenly fainted in the middle of the courtroom. When he woke up, his doctor gave him two options: give up being a lawyer or give up life. That was his wake up call. He...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Mar 31, 2013

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    Hmm... I Usually Dont Mind Well.lol

    i am incorporating more hope and positivity int my life. it is a mindfull activity because negativity was running rampant in my mind previously.  I feel that being mindful of my thoughts is key..
    theconflictedness theconflictedness 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 23, 2010

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    Why Love Hurts (2)

    How do we avoid pain? First, we have to understand what true love is. Understanding love is not easy. It takes faith, maturity and acceptance. It took me 34 years to finally understand what love is. Because true love is not what most of us think it is. When you fall in love, you...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 23, 2013

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    Bad Karma

    I have always been having bad luck when it comes to relationships. Almost all relationships I had did not have a happy ending for me. I ask myself why. I know deep within me lies the answer. A few days ago while meditating, an answer came to me. In one of my past lives, I was a...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Feb 2, 2013

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    Mindfulness.

    during my internship i was professionally coerced (haha) into an 8 week mindfulness program. it was a kind of experimental, pseudo training / therapy group (which was confusing) for the interns. i didn't initially want to do it because i didn't honestly believe i needed it at the...
    TheRealMimi TheRealMimi 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 6, 2010

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    Perfect Silence

    Four close friends vowed to each other to observe silence for seven days.The first day passed well. But as the evening progressed and the oil lamps became dim, one student couldn’t help himself. “Attend to the lamps!” he shouted impatiently to a servant.His friend turned to...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Sep 28, 2013

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    Happiness

    Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.~ Sri Ramana Maharshi ~
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Mar 28, 2013

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    Pain In Life

    An aging Zen master grew tired of his student complaining, and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. "How does it taste?" the master...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 5, 2013

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    Best Apple Ever

     A few years ago I attended a 10 week course in Mindfulness. We met for a few hours one evening each week. Then there was a full day at which we had a silent lunch and an apple i ate was amazing! Mindfulness has been in my life since then.
    koyptakh koyptakh 51-55, M 16 Responses Jun 4, 2009

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    Complex Human

    This is so true. How many of us have forgotten that the essence of life is to live in the present and not to worry too much about the past and the future? I mean, it is ok to think about the future and look back to your past. Our future and past guide us. But if we cling on them...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 19, 2013

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    Pottery

    I once visited a pottery-making shop. A guy, who was probably in his mid-50s, was showing us how a jar is made. He said you have to have the correct hand pressure to shape the clay. I was amazed as he slowly mold the clay into a beautiful jar with his gentle yet firm hands...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F 1 Response May 6, 2013

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    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F May 29, 2013

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    Where do I get started?

    Reading up about retreats, courses, books, and more. As always the perfectionist in me wants to master this, yet it seems impossible to really get started.
    squirrelbounce squirrelbounce 41-45, F Nov 16

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    17th Story-i Want To Be More Mindful.

    Mindfulness in the meditation context  and my understanding and practise is having a blank and open mind not affected by surroundings.Calmness is the result of mindfulness.Then ideas and good thoughts will flood our mind and we will be very clear.Our actions will...
    unshakable unshakable 61-65, F 3 Responses Jun 6, 2010

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    Why Love Hurts

    A facilitator once put a large white paper on the floor with handwritten curves lines (see photo). He then asked four people to stand on each side. “What do you see?” the facilitator asked. One participant said he could see an “M”. The second participant said she could...
    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Apr 23, 2013

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    Distractions

    What makes mindfulness challenging to me the most  is that the distractions around us are so tempting. You might start with the right intention to be mindful, but soon enough there is a more appealing thought, image, action, dream that you want to pursue. Other times you...
    thinkandfeel thinkandfeel 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 8, 2009

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    Introduction to Mindfulness

    I stopped going to church about 2 years ago. I became a church member when I was 22 year-old and I thought of the church as my family. I loved church and it was a great source of learning and love. I was able to accomplish things that I thought were impossible for me. However...
    LLnL LLnL 31-35, F 6 Responses Jun 3, 2009

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    Finding Your Soul In A Modern World

    How do I find my soul again? I have been so distracted for so long, I seem to have lost touch with it. Only recently have I started to remember it. Remembering how it felt, and all the peace that came with it. I miss that feeling so much. I started having so much pain, anxiety...
    3grnowl 3grnowl 26-30 1 Response Apr 29, 2012

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    A Working Group

    Hello, I've struggled for self-understanding and mindfulness. For many years, I felt like my desire to know myself better was being somehow 'rejected' by everyone around me; I have anxiety issues, which tend to make me risk averse in all areas of my life. Actually I found a...
    pagiul3 pagiul3 31-35 Apr 7, 2013

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    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Mar 10, 2013

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    Restless

    I find it very difficult to be completely mindful, even for 5 minutes. It is difficult to listen to a song without missing parts of the melody, or to someone without missing part of what they said. Very often when I meditate, after 15 minutes I start feeling restless. I want to...
    thinkandfeel thinkandfeel 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 5, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    I let's start by saying that I have my own set of beliefs and standards and as I outline some things I believe you will be either very much in agreement, or very much against what...
    tcennoC tcennoC 51-55, M Nov 2

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    There's this guy. lol isnt that how a lot of stories start... anyway He's sweet and charming and punishes me when im sad (all in good fun). He makes me laugh and smile and feel all...
    ember23 ember23 26-30, F Nov 12

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    Today is proof that even though I am having a good day, I still want more. I long for a bodily change with such a deep desire it hurts even when I'm happy.
    Christinamarie3095 Christinamarie3095 41-45, T 4 Responses Nov 10

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    I want more friends because never in my life have I had a good friend. I just want a friend who cares. How hard is it to care?
    Experiancelifexo Experiancelifexo 18-21, F a week ago

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    Well here I am, back again and updating this topic. I have had a couple of weeks to give more thought to my life - am I happy with it at the moment?...... No! I feel restricted. My...
    tcennoC tcennoC 51-55, M 2 Responses Nov 12

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    The past year should have been one of the best in my life - It wasn't! I have to admit that I am a bit of a free thinker - what I believe about life, people and how we are meant...
    tcennoC tcennoC 51-55, M 1 Response Nov 15

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    Lightning strikes will increase due to climate change For every 1C of global warming lightning strikes will increase by about 12%, new research shows, but scientists don’t yet...
    sogdianrock sogdianrock 51-55, M Nov 13

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    I always feel like I'm invisible to the rest of the world. I put my hand up in class and the teachers look over me. I tell my own mother something about me, like I don't like...
    VanillaCupcakes VanillaCupcakes 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 31

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    I have plenty of friends. But we don't TALK, you know? I want a friend, guy OR girl, that I can actually talk to and hang out with and who won't shoot me in the head with an...
    pickapebble pickapebble 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 1

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    On the outside, I look really self-confident. My friends tell me all the time that if I wanted a girlfriend, I could literally just ask anyone. Problem is, I don't want just anyone...
    BigBlittleb123 BigBlittleb123 16-17, M 11 Responses Nov 3

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    Bdd (body dysmorphic disorder) is so strong n I have it on both sides of my face jaw n more stronger on my right side I thnk it's because my balance is out from when I had a brain...
    lukekentykent lukekentykent 22-25, M 4 Responses Nov 9

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    I can be quite purposeful,compulsive even though in a positive way. I prefer the term focused,anyway.. :PWhere was I? My good OCD,no,oh yeah,I remember,SAX!I was looking for a...
    bookerdana bookerdana 51-55, M 1 Response Nov 14

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    Omg I NEED more self confidence omg all my friends say I need it. It's true I might seem so tough on text but in person or video chat or even phone calls I'm a scared lost puppy...
    liajip liajip 13-15, F 10 Responses Nov 16

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    My confidence has been knocked so many times. I rarely go out now and when I do I get nervous. I used to be really confident and outgoing but now I'm more closed in and a little...
    friendlygent friendlygent 26-30, M 5 Responses Nov 17

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    The happier I get, the more I crave interaction. I don't feel lonely, I just feel like I have too few friends. They're all at work or busy right now so I can't talk to anyone. I...
    wovenlife wovenlife 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    I want to have confidence in wearing makeup. But I'm afraid to wear it because of what my family might say. Growing up I never touched make up. Now I feel like I want and need to...
    Togepi07 Togepi07 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    I don't feel pretty. I never want to dress up anymore.
    kissmissnikki kissmissnikki 26-30, F 10 Responses Oct 27

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    Sometimes I feel like I need to get my confidence up. I just simetomes feel ugly because of my blemishes, because I'm 18, 4'11 and petite so no one takes me serious and talk to me...
    shortbeauty96 shortbeauty96 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 29

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    My friend just got married, she was dating for a very long time never had a long term relationship. While I was living with my ex for 10 years, spending our time ******* fighting...
    Mangostrawberrybanana Mangostrawberrybanana 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 31

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    I'm almost 50 and have felt ugly most of my adult life. I have stretch marks from having children and am over weight because of the meds i take. I think if I was really beautiful...
    amy1966 amy1966 46-50, F 4 Responses Oct 31

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    I'm having a hard time finding my life's direction. I think my confidence has been shaken a bit. My job consumes my life and leaves me without balance. I am trying not to lose my...
    KamiKam KamiKam 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 11

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    I'm only young, but its so hard having all these pretty people around me. Sometimes I think I look pretty, but all it takes is one little thing. Sometimes I get so upset about what...
    jlee45 jlee45 13-15, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    I just want to love myself and be confident about myself and everything / everyone I get involved with. It just seems so difficult :(
    AcousticSoul17 AcousticSoul17 16-17, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I just stumbled on the experience project because I needed a place to express my feelings. I have had self hatred issues for a long time and I try to ignore them. Today for...
    etk44 etk44 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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