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Dea Rivera
Mindfulness Teacher
A useful practice to help notice when you are running on autopilot. Learn to make a conscious choice to be in the present moment.
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Linda
Autopilot
This is a perfect meditation for me. I think I will do it each morning to help me begin my day being present.
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Darlene
Photo
The picture of the large yellow flower makes me happy. Thank you 😊
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Linda
Autopilot revisited
I finally learned where my saved meditations are. When I looked at my comment on autopilot, I saw that I said I would do it every morning. Clearly, I’d forgotten my intention by the next morning. This reminds me of EST where Warner said, “If you want to know your intention, look at what’s so!” This meditation very much reminds me of EST training and I like that.
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Linda
Autopilot
I think I’ll learn something new every time I do this meditation. Today, I came up with a new intention to be present with people and my dogs and cat each time I interact with them. I’ve often said I wish I were more kind and the light dawned with this listening that you simply need be in the moment and that awareness that you are interacting with another living being will allow you the space to be kind.
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Clare
Autopilot
I never realised how much I was running on autopilot. So good to stop, take note and meditate
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Joyce
Autopilot
Good weekend to think about autopilot. Spending time with extended family it’s easy to fall into bad/old habits. Making a conscious effort to act mindfully and set a foot example for me and those I love. Namaste
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Andrea
I’m writing this intentionally
From now on I’ve learned how to become more aware of what I do and feel. If I start doing things with intent it might be beneficial to me in the future.
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Amy
Autopilot
I learned that I can rewire how I do things and my intentions, and get off of autopilot.
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Elizabeth
Breathe
I need to take action in order to create change. Nothing will simply come easily. Just breathe.
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Ravyn
What I’ve learned...
I learned that if you want to do something you need to push yourself to do it! Say you want to start getting up earlier you can write a note to yourself and say why you would like to do that👍🏽
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Cyndee
Motivational Food for Thought 🌅
I don’t feel like talking action at the moment as I am still feeling crummy with a cold. But, it was nice listening to your meditation session Dea. It’s funny because, I do some of these very things to motivate myself, to do things or stop doing things, that distract me from thinking about things I don’t need to. I liked the idea 💡 of changing the notes 📝 wording them differently. Yes, little motivational post-ups! Setting my spa tote bag out and ready to go. Putting my bike 🚲 just outside the front door, on my patio for that invigorating ride. I’ll get this all going and when this cold takes a hike so will I! Things can only get get better at this point, upwards and onwards 🧗‍♀️
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Gianna
Autopilot
I learned that as humans were so caught up on what we have to get done and what time we have to get up etc. But when we do get time for our selves it’s either laying on the couch or going out which is not bad. But we can also make time for productive things that befits our health like running, journaling, meditating. I’ve been on autopilot for so long that now I’m just going to take time to do the little things that count.
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Christine
Awesome
I loved this session. It’s one of my favorites. I learned that if I want to change how I react I have to change my thinking patterns. Retrain the nerve endings.
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Ronni
Autopiolot
This meditation helped me to stay focused on the new pathways I am carving in my behaviour.
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Kristy
I learned that intention derails auto pilot.
My intentions will change the course of my auto pilot by establishing new neuro pathways. I intend to be present in my intentions and take myself off auto pilot.
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Kellee
Whispering Wednesday 1-17-18
Auto-Pilot. Mindfulness. It amazes me how much you lose in touch with stuff you learn in class about yourself or general that you have recently finished. Then Auto-Pilot in this meditation appears and you remember everything. It’s important to keep in the now and tune in. Keep breathing. Enjoy your day, Everyone!😀
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Everett
Thanks
I do reach for love yes and often I can not hold on to it if I ever see it but the goal is to reach forever
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Kathleen
Autopilot
I learned that creating new patterns in the things you do can stimulate new nuero patterns in your mind
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Jeannine
All I need to do is to pay attention to my breathe and it will bring me into the present moment and
I also can use pictures or written notes in places in my home where I am setting a new intention. I can place a reminder to eat more veggies.
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KayDee
Push yourself
As a parent you get caught in the moment think at the end of the day what you want to fix and should and shouldn’t do. Slow down, think and push yourself to put thoughts into action
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Matthew
Intention
I’ve already been working my daily life as Dea proscribes in this lesson. Due to my mental setbacks from my massive stroke, I use an iPhone app to schedule my reminders for each thing I must do daily: medicines, supplements, blood pressure readings, weight checks, even Aura time...all scheduled and regimented to keep me on track! Truly? This scheduling IS my "autopilot"! Otherwise? I'll completely forget to do things for myself!
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Alvina
Giving yourself space
I need to have space for my thoughts. I work on those thoughts that are inspiring.
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Meghan
Living with Intention
This is an idea that I haven't been cultivating lately. I will make an effort in the morning to set an intention for my day. Maybe even add an "intentions" section to my journal to observe any patterns with the intentions I set.
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Love
Intention
Through today's meditation I learned that at the very end of our choices all that is left is our original intention. I learned to be purposeful with my intentions.
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Jordan
Habits
Consciously work against old habits that are not benefiting or sustaining you. Replace them with new experiences and build neural pathways in your brain. Take time out to think and reflect. Don’t just run on autopilot!
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Milton
New Habit
I’m going to create a new habit for my morning routine. I may include some type of morning exercise. Maybe a 20 minute walk before the day starts when I wake up.
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Melanie
Stop, breath & think
YES! My issue is that I don’t take the “breath” I need to have a clear mind to do what I need. I must remind myself to stop, breath and think before I just let myself go into my crazy autopilot ways. It’s so exhausting living in the autopilot gear!! Thank you ❤️
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Natalie
Near But Far People
I learned that the people who have seemed to be very close in my life but distant from me is not because these individuals were not happy with who I was. Only the individuals who have understood the intricacies of emotional dysregulation disorder (BPD) as individuals who lived it each day or first hand experienced the intense love and abandonment of the borderline have truly understood moments where I have explained it thusly, as both a sufferer of EDD (BPD) and a mental health professional: “The most common thread I noticed among my past clients diagnosed by a psychiatrist rightly with BPD and myself as I view my maladaptive actions in the wake of a diagnosis of BPD is the failed ability to feel within an area deemed “wise mind” in Dialectical Behavior Therapy or a gray area in layman terms. To majority of those who I have encountered with this diagnosis, Abandonment (real or perceived) is the trigger, but the illness gives little hope for the dialectic emotions felt by individuals everywhere to experience surrounding events of excitement as complete elation and joy and a last minute call of cancellation resulting in disappointment to escape from the seemly inevitable feeling of complete misery and deep physical pain.” With limited counselors appropriately trained in Marsha Linehan’s 30 years of research and information regarding the correct methodology with respect to the famous and most advantageous therapy for BPD, created and continually experimented with applications to new areas of mental health than simply her first focus on adolescent BPD with Suicide Risks, with her graduate students at the University of Washington, it feels at times hopeless for I and others who have hear her talks, read her manuals, and have vast knowledge of DBT as a whole to ever receive the best cure as it was intended to be prescribed, group therapy in DBT Skills and the individual co-therapist necessary to assist with the application of newly learned skills to the unique expression
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Debb
Autopilot
This was not my favorite. It felt like an autopilot information site about meditation, rather than an actual meditation.
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Olivia
I will try
Unfortunate events can knock me down and keep me from trying to become a better person with a better lifestyle. But I will try, to continue to try.
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Ronda
Autopilot
This is a comfortable place to be. Doing all the right things at the right time with no surprises for anyone. I realize it leads to a very dull life but keeps one from hurting and being hurt. I am not saying this is how one should live at all. It’s just easier to keep everyone happy.
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Julie
This meditation came at a time when I am obsessing over a new job and my fear I’ll fail.
It made me think of how i should react if I should get overwhelmed with anticipated outcomes and big expectations. I’ll stop and breathe and listen.
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Devin
New study routine.
I'm a medical student and I've been in a study funk - a lot of big tests coming up and no motivation. I'm going to make a point to use timing methods to get through the day. 30 minutes on. 5 off.
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Andy
Intention
It’s increasingly clear to me that positive changes are brought about my small, incremental steps that lead you to a new path. Some days the steps are larger, but the end game is about taking a step each day toward a better place. Work through the set backs and remain focused on the end game.
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Andy
Intention
It’s increasingly clear to me that positive changes are brought about my small, incremental steps that lead you to a new path. Some days the steps are larger, but the end game is about taking a step each day toward a better place. Work through the set backs and remain focused on the end game.
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Lauren
This felt like a coaching session
This felt like a coaching session More so than a meditation.
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Jenny
Autopilot
Good reminder on being mindful of the cycles in my life. It’s a cycle involving stages: thought, intention, action - when done repeatedly, will turn into habit. Over time these habits shape my character. Any improvement of character therefore requires change of specific habits and activities. Tough job, change. Mindful practice then, one step at a time.
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Diana
Responding instead of reacting
Often times when our minds experience a familiar experience that traumatized us we go into and autopilot we react the same way. It’s not easy to get out of such situations but it’s possible and the results are rewarding. Staying calm and responding to situations without being attached to it is the best way to solve it.
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Jeanisse
New ways
I’m this hectic world, many of us function under autopilot; we have set our own patterns to go about our day. How about if we do something different each day? It’s not completely necessary, but your body & mind will thank you for it. In order to break free from a routine, set your mind in what is it that you want to do differently; set the intention clearly and just do it. In this meditation, an example on doing exercises (running) is given, in which, if you want to go for a run, place your shoes in the middle of the room so it becomes easier to... just do it. Set your intentions to new ways & break free from an unhealthy routine.