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Lauren Ziegler
IAYT Yoga Therapist & Mindfulness Coach
An exercise in dealing with aversion or resistance to growth.
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74 reflections
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Jennifer
Aversion
This did help to remind me that most significant, lasting and usually positive changes and insights are a result of the adversity we all have in life. How we choose to face that adversity impacts the lesson we allow ourselves to have.
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Daryl
Resistance
The man I love is leaving me and my heart is breaking a thousand times a day. I listened to it this morning and although I heard the words and understand them, I resisted them too. It is so hard to see how heartbreak like this can be the gateway to growth even though I know it to be true. I saved this mediation and will listen to it MANY times.
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Ingrid
Just what I needed!, When u don't like what's going on in yr world.
U have to embrace yr current life circumstances even if it's not yr preferred life version or scenario. Reminder to all of u who are going through tough times: that tough times never last, tough people do! Wishing u to find the strength today to go the extra mile. To find your balance and stability in the midst of adversity! To find things to smile about. To know you are tougher than u think and that u r not alone. Soon it will pass, and life will go on. Bless u all. Namaste.
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Olivia
Embrace
I must embrace my disorder so that I can enter my next stage of growth.
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Caitlin
Perspective change
This was a simple and effective way to change up my perspective. It helped me to let go of the situation and find my inner strength to do what I need.
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Meredith
Perspextive
So much of struggle is about perspective, sometimes we ask the universe for change and when it comes about it's hard to face those challenges because it's different and uncomfortable. But looking at challenges as an opportunity for growth into myself changes my perspective to bring such peace. Thank you 🙏🏻
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Zofia
Zofia
Wow I really needed that.it was great I feel so much better now.im off to lala land feeling much better and relaxed thanks aura
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Tiffany
Humble beginnings
Because I missed the things I needed during childhood, I struggle know what is love & what is not love. Because I grew up with shame I am prone to grandiosity. This combination has set me up for a struggle in my recovery. Is love simple, humble gestures? Does my desire for simple, humble gestures mean I reject grand gestures? In my world an emotionally available man seems like a small wish. Maybe to others this a tall task. Before I can define love, I have to walk through my shame. I have lots of it.
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adriee
what i learnt
even though the drama that is in my life now seems bad, it's just helping my growth :)
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Gareth
Learning
I learned that even though I was stressed about work, I need to do it in order to grow
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Keilan
Growth
I need my current situation for growth. I need to to build who I am and where I eventually want to end up.
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Kim
Aversion
I learned that sitting in comfortable position eyes closed taking nice shallow breaths in a quiet room focused on the aversion of the place you in relax my mind and body.
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Rachel
Current State
I am not in a good place right now but I see that this is merely an opportunity for growth and developing myself into a better person.
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Jeni
Looking at hope
I'm not okay... Buy I have hope I will be in the future so for now I focus on the little things
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Kelly
Resist!
Even though I want to resist the challenges and uncomfortable moments in life, relaxing into them, embracing them, embracing me is a much more powerful (and sustainable) way to live. Thank you for this meditation.
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Suzy
Exist
If I keep waiting for the future I will never be fully present. I need to accept the imperfections and embrace where I currently am on my journey. I will not be here forever.
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Josye
Hurt
I learned that the people who hurt us will guide us and teach us to be the people we will become.
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Cassie
Another Day Filled With Learning
Every difficult moment is an opportunity for growth. I am thankful to have a partner who challenges me.
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Reese
Positivity
Embracing and tackling challenges with a positive mindset will allow for a greater and better growth, rather than seeing them with negativity and struggling to overcome them.
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Reese
Positivity
Embracing and tackling challenges with a positive mindset will allow for a greater and better growth, rather than seeing them with negativity and struggling to overcome them.
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Christopher
I learned that even though I might not like everything about my current situation it is necessary
For my growth into something greater I will work on more patience and acceptance of my current situations and not let the thought of a female mess me up to bad... I do very well on my own without the thought of having to take care of someone else to... I still do deserve companionship that works at a grand a healthy level...
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Naya
Aversion
I need to learn how to embrace the hard times in order to gain all the wisdom that those circumstances may bring.
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Luisa
I am happy
I learned that I AM happier than I thought. I honestly couldn’t think of something I am feeling aversion for right now. It felt nice.
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Wasay
Aversion
I feel calm and relaxed about school tomorrow and the rest of the week ahead the tests are next week I feel relaxed
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Everett
Keep
This pain these tears this form are as much a blessing as the the harvest is for the baker
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Richard
Keep moving
Don’t sit in the pain. Let go. Take a deep breath and push forward.
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Rocio
Las cosas pasan
Las cosas pasan para nuestro crecimiento , el resistirnos a ellas, solo traerá un dolor innecesario. Cuesta descubrir que todo está hecho para nuestro bien, pero cuando lo entendemos, y vemos que todas las piezas encajan, entendemos que el plan no era sino para nuestro bien. Aún me cuesta un poco no resistirme , pero en su momento como las Cosas pasan esto también pasará
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Brad
Anger
I learned that I can let go along the people causing pain and understand the opportunity for growth through this situation without having to label it as good or bad but just necessary.
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Vicki
Aversion
I learned that taking a few moments to destress works but with me only for those few moments, so I need to practice more..... I was shaking when I started this, now I’m not...
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Melisa
Resistance
I really appreciated the phrases she used as well as her meaningful tone of voice. I also really appreciated the push to move from a sense of resistance to acceptance. There is much grace to be found in that place.
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Mai
Challenge
I learned that what may be the most challenging thing for you may also be what helps you grow the most too.
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Alex
Great session
I totally related to everything she was saying here. I will listen again.
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Bill
Anxious
I am a little anxious about being interrupted while meditating when there are people around. Better to meditate when I am alone or at least when everyone is asleep
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Ryan
This is exactly what I needed
Absolutely beautiful meditation on facing conflictive emotions. I just love every meditation by this teacher. Thank you.
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Mia
Resistance
To pain increases the suffering. Like trying to avoid a strong pull of a tide in the ocean. Maybe this is what humility is for: acceptance of what is and what is not is like following the rhythm, like dancing through the strong currents of life.
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Cyndee
Castaway
Today I will leave behind that stressful thing in my life that follows me around even when I’m not right there in the middle of it. I will focus on not thinking about it and if it enters my mind, I will take a few deep breath and casted it away.
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Josaphina
Acceptance
If I’m struggling with something or I’m upset or sad, I can just accept it and then let it go. It will not matter if I can get through it and grow.
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Justine
Underside of growth
When I was younger I questioned why we have to suffer. When I got older I accepted it as part of my growth as an individual, both physical and spiritual. I have a weakness, I cannot abide injustice especially for anything that has no voice to be heard, it still makes me furious and be vocal against it. So I guess my acceptance that bad things happen to good people is tempered by what I can do to right it.
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Sophia
Growth
This session was very insightful. “Challenges help us grow and allow us to see our gifts”. It is very true and thinking about that makes my daily challenges much more bearable and leaves me with a feeling of peace.
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Dom
😌
I’ve learned that the storm doesn’t last forever! And my current situation is not my final destination, also to just take it one day and one step at a time!
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Jt
Endure
We pass a threshold. We hit a point where we suffer. But as humans, we must overcome to grow.
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Sharon
Growing by truals
I learned to trust in The Lord in all circumstances. For He will strengthen in my afflictions and carry me through.
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Patty
Head on
When a problem or situation arises, meet it head on and resolve it and then let it go. No time for rumination, procrastination or avoidance. What a relief it will be to have that “thing” taken care of and out of the way! 🙏🌺
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Grace
Catapulted to next level
I learned to trust in my intuition when things crumble around me that my innate abilities to thrive and survive, will always thrust me up and forward. Trusting to embrace the change as a platform for my next higher level of living is a exhilarating concept to adapt to in my thought process of personal growth. I now feel grateful.
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Nadine
The struggle is only temporary
The struggle is not just temporary, but it can have a great purpose. We must use these struggles to learn and not have negative attitudes about it. You can always self-improve :)
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Nancy
Aversion
In times of sadness, understand that it is only temporary and a part of growth. If you embrace it for a little while, you can learn from it and possibly use it to impact someone else in the future. This could be the jump start of fulfilling your purpose. You just have to remain positive and know that all things happen for a reason and we have nothing to worry about. Everything will work out in the end.
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Sam
Aversion - Mindful Moments
I’ve been trying to work more on being positive and focusing on what’s going right. Doing this meditation reminded me of that.
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April
Aversion
One way to grow is to accept whatever I’m experiencing as the necessary foundation for what is next.
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Bill
Aversion and Growth
Instead of dreading and avoiding challenges I should embrace them, knowing that this is the pathway to growth. Regardless if I succeed or fail, I will take something away from the experience and it will shape me in someway.
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Mia
Embracing difficulties
For they are thresholds of a better self. Turtles never grow old, they just grow. It is not the challenge that tires me, it is my own resistance. Maybe reducing pace helps to better acknowledge what it needs to change in order to grow. To flow is to do things with care and ease. With trust, in me, and everything else.
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Judy
Aversion
I am happiest when the negative self talk makes me fearful that I can’t handle difficulties.
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Annika
Resisting
It’s funny that the initial meditation that was loaded for me this evening ended up not playing as it was supposed to. This meditation on aversion was probably much more in line with what I need to focus on right now. Earlier today I told myself, “I don’t want to deal with that; it will be too painful and I don’t want to hurt”..... but maybe I need to allow myself to feel the pain. To face the person who hurt me and know it will benefit me in the long run. I’ve dealt with heartbreak in unhealthy ways in the past, but this one is different. I don’t know why yet and I don’t fully understand what I’m meant to learn. But my aversion to the pain is trying to tell me something and I think I need to listen.
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Adam
Resistance
...is always there. There is no escaping it and therefore merely acknowledge it and view it as just a bit of turbulence towards growth.
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Clee
In the presence of pain
I am growing and becoming me. At the threshold of change, I am ever capable of allowing what is to be and seeing beyond the story of the mind.
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Lucette
Illness
Resisting my illness and feeling angry about it is not helpful. I’ve got to accept it and make kind positive modifications to my life to suit it.
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Pessa
Growth
It takes a lot of energy to avoid things that are uncomfortable....accepting and understanding that this is how we grow, changes the perception
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Taylor
Challenges
You can’t hide from the challenges that make you who you are
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Kim
Challenges
It is a good reminder that growth only comes through challenge. One step at a time. I need to focus on that.
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Sarah
Growth
Obstacles are opportunities for growth 😊 Simple yet meaningful!
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Olivia
How I feel
This session felt extremely personal. I often hold a fairly negative outlook on life and am trying to fix that, and this session I think really takes a push in the right direction. I noticed that her words also matched the keychain that I got “bloom where you are planted” to remind myself to take the current situation as an opportunity to grow.
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Skyler
Growth 2/18/2018
You can’t dwell on current issues. They are only here as a way to show you they aren’t bad, however can be good for you to grow into a better and stronger person. Be true to yourself and do not let the negatives consume you. Stay positive
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Brennen
2-22
I learned that even though I am having a very bad day, if I put the thing that is causing me to have a bad day into context, I can begin to let go of the hurt.
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Mary
I feel sad and like nobody wants me. I feel like a bad mother. I feel like a failure.
I learned that nobody likes me. I learned that my family disowned me I learned that my ex husband raped our daughter over and over. I learned that the cops wouldn’t do a thing. I learned that my mom kicked me and my daughter out on the streets and that we had to live in my car and now my car is broke down so we are on the streets.
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Kelly
Growth
Life isn’t fair. But that’s not something I can control. I just need to consider each obstacle as a milestone of growth.
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Sloan
I can control my anger and stress
Love yourself give yourself space, and the irritating feelings will fade away.
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Anna
Growth
Times that are difficult and stressful are an opportunity for future growth. That also means that they pass.
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Ro
Number 1
i learned how to “let go” but i still feel very anxious. It’s hard for me to take a hold of my anxiety and my attacks.
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Tammy
Aversion
This meditation seems to play into our thought of the day “dare to be.....”. It reminds us that growth is not always easy or pleasant. You may not see it right away but, you will be rewarded for your perseverance and it will make you stronger than before.
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Jorge
Aversión
No quiero ni deseo dejar de pensar ni mucho menos sentir. Por más que duela
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Madison
Easter
If you imagine yourself in a calm warm happy place you will become peaceful, calm, and cleansed.
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Marisa
Day 93
Remaining positive in tough situations is something that i find very challenging but is something i need to work on
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Ida
Lauren Ziegler;
The sound of your voice calms me and takes me on a journey into my deepest deep of my soul. Thank you for the kindest voice, I could listen to you for hours everyday... but 3 minutes is wonderful too!🌸🙏❤️ you’re a true blessing!
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Ella
Life
I believe my mom is cheating on my dad and I can’t move breathe or even look at her without disgust, I hate it but mostly I hate myself. Am I not good enough that she would stay? Am I not good enough for her to at least not be selfish and not ruin our relationship and family? My dad is amazing, challenging and amazing and I just don’t know what to do. She is a good person, she means well but just because she is good does not make her any less selfish. This lessen makes me realize that I will grow and move on from this, it’s another stage that I will prevail from, I just hope she can live with herself for breaking me and breaking our relationship as mother and daughter. But it’s was her choice and she chose herself, I don’t blame her but when you have a kid sometimes there are more important things, but I understand she isn’t happy and I know that I just wish she could be. I just wish she could have tried to think about us but she comes first, I just hope she knows that I won’t look at her the same and I hope that this stranger never shows his face to me because I won’t forget and I definitely will not forgive.
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Sam
You stress so much and do it poorly
When I stress out, I stress out poorly. Really need to work on identifying that in the moment in the future. Recognizing in the moment is key