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Awareness of Experience and Experiencer

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Kristy Arbon
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Teacher
Bringing our kind awareness to both ourselves as the experiencer and the experience in the moment. Photo by madison lavern on Unsplash.
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Pat
Being.
I learned that I can not just observe myself breathing, but be the breather, the nose, the throat and lungs. I can be aware of some of the air filling the space around me, filling my lungs and then being expelled back into the air around me. Such a miraculous process of drawing matter from outside my body, into my lungs to absorb oxygen to nourish this amazing living being that is me, and then using the muscles of my respiratory system to push that matter back out of my lungs and into the air/matter around me. Amazing! 😊
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Shannon
Make the world go away
I love how this meditation allows me to take my stress and frustrations and melt them away. I can just sit back and observe myself and travel deep within my castle mind.
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Harvey
Personalize
Being attached to the practice.... not simply attaching to the words but experiencing one in the same
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Karyn
Self vs others
I realized I often hold negative feelings when my team is looking for promotions or raises and that it is a direct result of the years that I worked hard with little or no recognition. This meditation helped me see that I need to let those feelings go and reward those who deserve reward. My past should not be their future. I should be the better person and instead of resenting there request I should celebrate that I can make their place in our organization better, help them feel fulfilled at work. Today I will open my mind to positive feelings and shutout the negative.
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Suebanea
Awareness While in a Relaxed Position
I can feel my body contract and expand positively. No more quinks in my mind or body.
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Tiffany
Hopeless romantic
To escape reality I would dive into Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Debbie McComber, Emily Griffin, Nicholas Sparks any pretty much any romance novel. Reading these gave me hope. As I have grown I know love is more than romance. I am still a tender heart who wants to be loved. For me this means letting go of fantasies. It means create intimacy. It means loving myself while loving another. It means accepting my partner for who they are & who they want to be. It means that this person has the ability to hurt me the most. To truly love means to take a risk, trust, be vulnerable, and live wholeheartedly. This means feeling pain.
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Everett
Fast
My thoughts like lightning zip and give me bolts that do me great pleasure
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Ryan
Knees bent, head positioned
Nicely on a pillow, I relaxed into an easy breathing and tried to detach from my thoughts, while observing them. Naturally they went towards my day and what I did, but also formed around what I dream of and who I want to be.
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Matthew
Awareness
I'm here. I'm breathing. This alone is a miracle, since I was supposed to have died a year ago!
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Dennis
I am worth it
I learned I am worth the effort to reach my potential in every area of my life. Efforts made every day create a new and better me.
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Sky
I am worthy of my attention.
Taking time for myself and being aware of myself and my needs are things I am worthy of. Breathing and experiencing that breath is relaxing and calming. Taking time for me is an improvement for my self worth. 💚
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Jaime
I am allowed to focus on me
Great quick meditation reminding me to place importance on myself as well
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Laura
Worthy
I learned that I need to take time for me, and that is okay.
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Sandy
Tiredness
I learned that tiredness is not a friend to meditation and so found myself irritated
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Elisabeth C.
Awareness of Experience and Experiencer
Somehow the meditation picked for me always perfectly fits my circumstances and needs. This one is good because it reminds me to be present not just in what I’m doing, but also in recognizing that it’s me that is doing it. My experience is unique to me and I should stop every once in a while to notice that. Something else I’ve learned from my practice in general is that once meditation starts to improve your life, you can’t stop there. Its kind of like a skill that declines when it isn’t in use.
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Kathleen
Awareness of experience and experiencer
I learned that it is healthy to be aware of how I’m feeling and I should check on myself as much as I check on others.
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Diane
Necessary
Taking time to focus on myself is not selfish, it's necessary!
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Tal
Human
I exist and I can focus on what a miracle it is that I am where I am
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Jackie
With Kids
I learned that I can do this with my children too! I am extremely tired today, it is Friday.......thank goodness. Thank you Aura!
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Nicole
Awareness as the Experiencer of the Breath
Bring warm attention to yourself as the experiencer if the breath - not just noticing it but feeling worthy of the attention. I will make an intention to focus warm attention to my breath throughout the day.
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Prakriti
Siblings are annoying
I realise that when my little brother is annoying me, or hurting me I should be calm and not shout at him, because that will break my trust and bond with him. I should not put that moment in my future or his future. I should forget that moment and continue on, or else I will break my full trust and bond with him and I don’t want that. This lesson taught be that I should be happy with what I have and not complain and that I should spend more time with my family and siblings, because I and everyone doesn’t know what is gonna happen the next minute except GOD.😁👏🏻Thanks so much Aura, you taught me something that made me emotional.😭
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Nikos
Self awareness (experience, and experiencer)
I found this extremely useful. This allowed me to relax, reset and pay attention to how I’m feeling and become grateful for where I’m at
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Brandi
In with the new and out with the old!!!
I learned that breathing is a very effective way to calm yourself in every day life
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Alena
Take a minutes
I learned that I need to remind myself throughout the day to stop and think about how I’m feelings and how I want to feel
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Madison
15/365
This was an important session to me because it taught me the importance of self love and appreciation. In my personal life, and in the midst of my daily stressors and busy schedule, I forget to take a few minutes to myself and focusing on how I’m feeling internally and externally. It is important to show ourselves love and appreciate the person that is breathing :)
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Sheila
Take a moment to relax
Take a moment to relax is very important to do throughout your day
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Alexis
Warm awareness
Awareness can be warm. I liked the takeaway: bring more warm awareness to yourself throughout the day.
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Susana
Focusing on me
I learned that it’s a lot harder to focus on myself at any given time. It’s hard to push out all of the other thoughts I have and just concentrate of even a part of me.
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Kaitlyn
Learning
I learned that taking the time to focus on me is not only okay but also recommended and incredibly helpful
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Dee
Aware
Being aware of the present brings clarity to the day! I’m enjoying this time to myself
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Max
Myself
I learned how much comfort you can feel from checking in with yourself and saying ‘I am worthy of this time’
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Charlie
Suburban nature
Im sitting outside on this cool morning. My goal was to connect with nature. Listening for sounds of wildlife or the breeze blowing through the trees, as was suggested. Rather i heard the sounds of a distant train blowing its horn, cars driving by in the dark, heading for work I assumed. Long story short, i was looking too hard, not hearing nature, i started to feel a bit disappointed. I cant start my day like this, I thought. “F@&$ing train”. Then i noticed the cool air on my hands and face. The fresh air that filled my lungs and energized my body. I found my connection at last! A shift in perspective and a bit of mindfulness and I am grateful for nature. K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple silly)! Have an amazing day!
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Alyssa
2/24/18
Great meditation today! I liked the concept about being aware of the experience but also being aware of yourself having the experience
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Sabrina
Not me
I didn’t like this one... it didn’t help me focus... Her voice is a bit annoying...
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Jeff
Worthy Breathing
I’m here I’m breathing I’m worthy of my attention always comes back to breath sometimes you got to remind yourself that you’re worthy of paying attention to yourself and being aware; awareness and breathing.
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Lucy
So calm
I feel so much calmer after this meditation I feel like I just want to go to sleep
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Sierra
I am the experiencer
It’s nice to call awareness to my “self” and not just my actual body. It is a warm and comforting feeling.
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Paula
Awareness of Experience & Experiencer
I thought that meditating on experiences was automatically assumed that you are the experiencer. This seems like an exercise that is redundant.
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Joyce
Watching the watcher
I could feel my mind stretching to get around the concept of observing me experiencing, and it’s good to stretch. Namaste
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Jose
Awareness of Experience
This was a great exercise for focusing on how one grows from experience.
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Douglas
Intention of Awareness
I thought to myself, set an intention, today, awareness. Awareness to myself and to others. Hearing the intention suggestion awareness solidified that. During the practice I did seated rotations, exhale on the half moving forward, and inhale up to the middle of the back. Enjoyable means to start my day, overlooking the city of Singapore, long away from home.
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Susie
Experience & Experiencer
Thanks for reminding me that I am worthy of self care. Often negative self talk or the “should dos” get in my way. Sometimes it seems much easier to focus on others.🙏🏻
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Marecia
Distracted
I learned that if your puppy is restless and playful, he will jump on you while you try to center your focus inward but you can bring your focus back once he walks away. Refocusing is essentially when diving inward. It may not happen immediately but when it does, the journey continues beautifully.
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Austin
“Demands” or “Would like’s?”
Am I demanding something of myself right now? If so, I remind myself “I would like to accomplish this, in this way, but if I don’t, that’s okay.” Everything has a reason, and everything will work out. 😊 💪❤️🙌You got this! Chin up! Neither your past nor your present determines the future of tomorrow! You can do this! You can love yourself because you, yes YOU, are amazing. Love who you are right now because you will come out of this! You can and will be stronger! #ShareGoodness
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Cherish
Warm Awareness
We can get so busy sometimes that we do not get in touch with our true selves. In this meditation, Kristy has us become aware of our breath and then we expand our awareness to become the experiencer who is experiencing the breath. As I became comfortable in my chair, I brought an awareness to my breath, feeling my chest and belly expand with every inhale and constrict with every exhale. Experiencing these sensations gave this body of mine a chance to go from doing to just being. Becoming the experiencer who was experiencing these sensations in this body, I was able to get in touch with my true self. Becoming intimate with my true self, I was able to experience a warm awareness. This warm awareness was like an embrace with my core Being. I am the experiencer who experiences all things. In that way, I do not have a life, but rather I am Life. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
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Joyce
Welcome to the day
Expansion and contraction - an intention to see where else this is present throughout my day. Namaste
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William
Aware
Kristi, aware indeed! I experience the body, the person that I am! Almost like aware In the first person (I) of the breathing body in the third person (it)! Aware grammar! Thanks.
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Haley
Experiences
We as humans learn from things we experience in life; throughout our own lives there are so many things we experience; everyone experiences good memories and bad memories. We also experience life and death, happiness and sadness these are the things that makes us human
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Joyce
Are you experienced?
Post Covid back in the office day 2-a different morning routine for sure, but practicing a few minutes of mindfulness is is nonnegotiable. Namaste
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