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I Want to Be More Mindful

(Re)discovering your inner purpose 218 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F Mar 10, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    My goals for today: slow down,

    take it all in, experience, enjoy, and spread a little love.
    saundra04 saundra04 26-30, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    lanie2013 lanie2013 31-35, F May 29, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I hope to get out of my head a little more

    today & experience the world in front of me for all that it is, use these five senses for all they're worth.
    saundra04 saundra04 26-30, F Apr 20

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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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    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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    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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    I felt cute today. Then I took a picture and spotted all my flaws. I keep trying to ignore my flaws but its harder than I thought
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    I'm a really shy girl so I'm a target for bullies so I wish I just had the confidence to stand up to them or mingle with some new friends, that second one is unlikely but I'm...
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    some days I don't even want to be seen knowing how fat I am. I've starved and that led to counceling. now I'm a depressed, self harmer. see what self confidence can do to a person...
    xXNeverGoodEnoughXx xXNeverGoodEnoughXx 13-15, F 1 day ago

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    I honestly hate EVERYTHING about myself. I'm a female who hates going shopping, because I hate looking in the mirror while trying on close.
    Wonderlandd17 Wonderlandd17 18-21, F 7 Responses 2 days ago

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    I think I am looking down on my own self. Yes, I suffered a lot, but I already gave up in wallowing on self-pity. I don't want to attract NEGATIVE people ever again... I believe...
    greenamythese77 greenamythese77 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    havin a pregnant wife an workin 2 jobs aint always easy Lol
    Cantforgettoremember Cantforgettoremember 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I feel like i am not good at anything that I am useless
    hitgirl16 hitgirl16 13-15, F 10 Responses 4 days ago

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    Life is so stressful, and I'm tired. I wish I could just completely relax.
    will1982 will1982 13-15, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    But legally prescribed meds came And the wealthy profit. By making that impossible. Bassturdz.
    Converted Converted 46-50, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    riddle me this,what outside  of the thought process is concern worthy?
    miimii0069 miimii0069 26-30, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm a panda!!!!!!!! 🐼 :3
    Emsickles Emsickles 13-15, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I have self confidence in alot of alleys however with me it starts with communication everytime I talk to people I feel like im always gonna blow a conversation because I feel when...
    aaronpayne aaronpayne 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    It's not like I don't have friends and people don't love me I just can't think about myself getting something good and I'm too shy to people I'm even shy to my family I can't open...
    ronyida ronyida 16-17, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    My whole life I've been bullied. Since primary school I've been called every name under the sun, and expected to keep quiet. Now everybody thinks they can push me about and that I...
    Lau3690 Lau3690 13-15, F 23 Responses 5 days ago

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    Well, today was no different..... I'm still lonely
    ShyGirl105 ShyGirl105 13-15, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm now accepting applications for new friends.
    preston272 preston272 16-17, M 6 days ago

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    Growing up my family were the only people that told me I was beautiful everyone else didn't see it that way it's like I never felt like I was good enough being a dark skin female I...
    morganwm09 morganwm09 22-25, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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