Awareness of Sounds

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Hilary Jackendoff
The Art of Awareness
When we are beginning a meditation practice, we tend to have the idea that sounds are a distraction, and we desire a perfectly tranquil, or soundproofed setting for our spiritual endeavors. Well...get over it! Learning how to be with the present moment, exactly as it is IS meditation. If sounds are part of that present moment, use them as an object of focus to help turn your attention inward.
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116 reflections
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Michael
The silence beneath the sounds
It's peaceful there and I can go there in times of distraction
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Ann-Kathrin
Sounds
I learned that I can listen to the sounds non-judgmentally. I can listen to the silence behind the sounds. Sounds will not detract from my meditation.
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Balint
Silence
People are afraid of silence. Whenever we are alone, we seek a source of noise, by turning on the television or the radio, in order to distract ourselves from our inner silence, where our actual thoughts can be heard. We should embrace this silence from time to time, and hear those words,feel those emotions, which we would otherwise oppress...
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Jacob
Sound meditation is always the best for me
I like to think a lot so it helps me focus on something else other than what I'm thinking about. I just need to calm my mind down at times.
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Jeremy
Even when sounds are loud...
I was surprised that I could experience some mindful moments in between these sounds and with them.
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Joey
How have I never
considered the silence behind and beneath the sounds? I've always tried to somehow stop noticing or drag my attention away from any sound (or practice in as silent a space as I can find). What a wonderful concept, I love that I'm always learning new tools for my meditation!
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Harvey
Sounds
As a Jazz musician I have learned that the space between notes is equally as valuable as the notes themselves if not more so. This practice bolsters what I already believe to be true in spoken word as well.
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Myriam
Avoid distraction
I learned that I can actually avoid distraction by zooming into sounds that I thought to be distracting :-) Change of perspective makes all the difference
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Ingo
Letting sounds and noises be,
without letting them annoy or stress me, being able to tune into the silence behind, is an ability giving me more freedom and ease. Thanks for the stimulus to practice and cultivate this.
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Chorelle
Accepting sounds
I learned that even in chaos, where sound is all over and it can't be avoided, we can still find stillness and quiet. It's soothing and relaxing!
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Charlotte
Choas
Even when things are chaotic I can channel myself and relax - to remember that there is stillness even in a chaotic day
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Steven
Nirvana awaits
If I could master what was talked about in this meditation I will have achieved complete enlightenment. It's a beautiful day. I have my windows open and hear a LOT of noise. I live on a very busy street where Harley riders make as much noise as possible. I live about 10 minutes from one of the busiest airports in the world. I constantly have jets flying over my home. While I was listening to this meditation my neighbor was, and still is, playing excessively loud music, which they do every afternoon, and refuse to turn it down. I can also hear the annoying buzz of the cicadas piercing the soundscape. This morning I cut my meditation short because my wife was talking with my daughter about a video game. Reaching a place of non-judgment about the sounds I hear seems like a pipe dream to me. Softening into a place between the sounds? I can't even begin to imagine what that means. Maybe Sunday. :-)
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Tiffany
Letting go
Peace & serenity & relaxation are excellent feelings. Getting permission to let go lead to these feelings. I look forward to the day when I do not need someone else to give me permission to let go.
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Kassidy
LET GO AN LET GOD
This practice made me realize that I can zen out anywhere anytime just matters about the will power of wanting to do it 🤙🏽
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Seit
Appreciate the small things.
Someone said "gods in the sounds of you listen closely." Maybe... maybe.
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Nelly
Day???
This was a strong one for me...I had a dominant fan sound so the true concentration was so focused to make sure I heard my breath😬 then she said drop all sound...😳😳What!??! It was intense it was so pushing a fourth wall!! 😖😖😖😖 🙏🙏🙏🙏 Crazy.. I loved it though!!🌺 Btw ..It was so intense I couldn't remember what day 😅😓😁😭😌
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Derek
Awareness of Sounds
This was definitely a tricky session and exercise! But once you get into the space of quiet it’s like a whole other world! Definitely will incorporate this into my everyday!
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Anirban
Being sound aware
I learned that sometimes it’s just the awareness of the sound makes you calm.
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Julian
Sound is beautiful
Ive learnt that we can choose the sound we feel like admiring with out being distracted by anything. And this gave me time to hear God prisons in the world around us
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Everett
Hear
I vibrate at a frequency too forbidden to be heard but in listening I am sounding
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QueenTakiyah
Flow
Focusing on the breath helps a lot. It allows me to remember that things come and go and come again. Every ending is a beginning.
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Matilda
Sounds
Finding peace and stillness in crowded, noisy, stressful and disturbing environments have always been hard for me. Somehow, this opened a door to something I hadn't yet gazed upon. I feel enlightened and hopeful, and still.
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Janel
Distractions are good
By allowing each sound or distraction of sound to just be ~ and witness, I am able to tune into my body. I hear my own sound speaking louder than anything around me.
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Michael
We need to learn how to deal with sounds which r not distractions
1. Sounds come from silence; 2.As though, us as Human beings do; 3. We do need to respecti awareness and atention. 4. But this does not mean we have to be able do our meditation inside of an hermetica sealed chamber of time and silence.
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Tammy
Sound meditation
Today I did it in the quiet of the early morning. I will try this again when there is a lot of noises present so I can learn to accept sounds around me and still relax and let go.
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JohnJohn
Relax
I can relax without being distracted. The silence put me in peace within myself but still being aware of everything
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Susie
Awareness of Sounds
I like the suggestion that meditation can be done amidst sound. No excuses...just take a break wherever you are...whenever it’s possible and meditate around or including the sound. It is so easy to think of the perfect setting for meditation but more importantly practice mindfulness of the moment.
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Darlene
Sounds
I enjoyed noting all the sounds. Heavy equipment in the distance, a jet taking off from the airport, a car going past on my street. Thank you.
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Elena
Sounds😴Sounds😂Sounds 😴
There are so many sounds on this world my favorite is the sound of breathing. I can walk into a place and tell you which one of my children or family member is the one that is sleeping just by The awareness of the sound of their breathing. Sometimes it even relaxes me enough to put me to sleep. I love the mixture of the sound of my children when they're all sleeping in the same room and I hear them breathing. My husband has about 10 different breathing Sounds when he is sleeping. Each of his breathing sounds are different feelings he has. Breathing Laughter and Singing Sounds from my family makes me Happy. Those are beautiful Sounds I love because I know my family is doing good.
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Heather
Sounds
I learned how loud sounds are after I’ve given myself the chance to go deeper into silence. Afterward even brushing my hair was loud. It was eye opening about how much I tune out sound.
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Rannae
Sounds
Getting the right frequency and not listening to the distractions of the world helps me to keep focus and concentrate on my thoughts and breathing. I enjoy coming back to the present moment.
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Matthew
Could have been better
I didn’t feel like I got a whole lot from this session today, frankly. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Christine
Not for me
I can't say that the Awareness of Sounds was for me. When I come at the end of the day, I am looking for something that will soothe rather than arouse my senses. Paying attention to sounds is not soothing for me. Ah well!
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Patty
Sounds of Distraction
Many of the sounds of my world are not too offensive and when I hear them while meditating, I am more focused than when in a quiet room. I don’t get angry or frustrated by external sound; they are just there. If I do get distracted, then it’s just not a good time to meditate. 🙏
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Katie
Sound sensitivity
I’m very sensitive to the volume of sounds and the complexity of sounds. Many public places are loud and have many many sounds. I’ve learned that i feel anxious because I can’t organize the sounds of rationalize them. I get overwhelmed and that leads to anxiety and fear. I’ve learned to carry headphones, distraction activities and make a plan when I get places. I even ask where a quiet place is, in case I needed it. Most places are very helpful.
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Nkemi
Don’t let distractions keep you from meditating
Meditation is a state of mind. Despite being distracted, keep a peaceful playful observant state. I was distracted by both my son and dog during this meditation.
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Bailey
Silence
There is a silence underneath all noise that I can tap into when I am stressed or overwhelmed
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Nige
Sounds
I learned that sounds are just the mind linked to our sensors (ears) we can control our mind to tune into any sounds that we choose, or we can choose to ignore all the sounds completely with our mind. The lesson for me is that sounds are actually like thoughts, we can choose which ones we really want to pay attention to. X🙏X
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Czaria
Sounds
There is no sound without silence. And, in that silence, there is stillness. Finding comfort in the place between silence and sound, that balance between still and motion, is where we find serenity.
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Joe
Joy
I’m just filled with joy this morning. Serenity illuminates my essence. Have a wonderful day.
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Pam
Ahhh
I have learned that my daily meditation is bringing more times of serenity in my day.
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Joyce
Awareness of sounds
Witnessing; acknowledging each sound individually, then tracing them all back to the ‘silence behind the sounds ‘, and staying there to find centering and peace. What a cool concept. Saved this one to try again in the midst of noisy chaos. Namaste
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Becky
Sounds
I learned to try to separate out sounds and to try to focus on 1 sound.
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Deanna
Distractions
I learned that I was taking my everyday distractions personally. Not passing judgment on them has helped let them pass so I can focus on my job.
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Jorge
Sonidos
Cuando aprendemos a apreciar todo lo que nos rodea, incluso los sonidos que normalmente serían irritantes son una señal de que estamos vivos y que podemos disfrutarlos.
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Tay
Sounds
Looking passed the sounds. There is a consistent noise in the air. I focused on echos, the sounds between the sounds. Soothing to jump from sound to sound.
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Irene
Anxiety
Today I woke up feeling a little anxious. I realized that anxiety is something you can overcome with meditation and breathing techniques. I tend to let distractions with sounds overcome me so this one was a little trickier. However I managed to get through it and felt a little more relaxed after.
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Charlie
Sounds of silence
My stillness and presence is within me. When meditating I imagine for a moment that i am submerged into a calm quiet pool. The sounds of the outside world wash away and I am able to find a comfortable soundless presence within myself. Great insight and something i will work on throughout my inevitable auditory distracting day. Practice.
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Alexi
Sound
Sounds are a magic in the life the same way fire and wind are as well as the positive movement of water. We each have our own and unique voice sound vibration
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Valerie
Mindfulness
I learned that I can focus on the sounds around me and then phase them out by redirecting my focus.
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Mike
Willing myself to find inner silence
When I sleep, most times I can turn off the world around me, withdraw my awareness from fingers and toes, then from hands and feet, from arms and legs, from stomach and even head. Centering in chest, then a mix of sinking and floating into a near dream like state. There is no light, there is no sound, there is no touch, no taste, no smell. To master my own senses each individually will be powerful tools to gain more mental resilience.
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Shateca McGee
Art of Awareness
I learned that to truly be aware of something that I have to be there. Awareness of what’s going on inside and around me determines my awareness of an event.
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John
Consistency
The more consistent I am with my meditation the more beneficial it becomes.
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Bronwen
Sounds
Sounds can be relaxed into rather than resisted and provide a backdrop for meditation
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Olivia
Sounds
I often experience sensory overload with sound when I have high levels of anxiety. In the future I will reflect back on this session to cope with the sounds around me.
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Jeff
Meditation anywhere/anytime
It’s important to be able to meditate anywhere at anytime this exercise was good in that at encouraged you to be aware of the sound going on around you at the moment. After all isn’t that what mindfulness is all about just being aware and observant of the present moment.
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Amanda
Sounds are
I learned that sounds don’t have to be a distraction, and l can found peace beyond the sound!!
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Jack
Well Done
I feel so chill now. It’s like only my first one, and it was awesome.
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Marisa
Day 74
This meditation made me more aware of the silence that there is in the morning
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Sarah
Silence & Sound
I learned that sound doesn’t have to be a distraction and how to take notice of it within the sound.
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DorDor
I’m glad I listened. I was different then the usual
that only shows spoke of the breath. Even though it is evening and quiet, it was very interesting that there are so many Sounds. I can hear my heart, breathing, noises in my ears, unknown sounds outside.
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Sade
sounds
i learned that my listening senses is my most powerful and favorite
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Nicole
Relax
I need to give myself time to be in the moment and chill out and listen to my surroundings and not everyday stresses
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Chelsea
Sounds
I learned that I can appreciate the sounds as opposed to letting them distract or annoy me. I also learned to look past certain sounds.
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Armanni
Sounds
I learned that it’s not a bad thing to notice the sounds but at least zone them out to the point where it isn’t distracting me.
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Boba
Sounds
It currently really late at night, but it not a quite as I thought it would be. I could hear the cars driving on the near by freeway. My hamster bitting her cage and running on her wheel. I could hear the heater’s low hums.
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Sj
Guided Meditation on Sounds..4 min
Focus on the sounds without judging, analyzing or naming. And softening into the space.
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Sj
Med on sounds
Simply focus on the sound one by one without judging, analyzing or naming and soften into the space.
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Anita
I felt happy, relaxed and soothed being guided thru the surrounding sounds.
I learned to be aware of the sounds but not letting them take me out of my meditation and be distracting. It was relaxing to go over them and move on and inward into my breathing. Ultimately, soothing and bringing me to happy energy to focus into my breathing and mindfulness. A little annoyed by comment of “finding silence behind the sound”, but otherwise fine...
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Maria
On sound
I had difficulties focusing on this meditation. There wasn’t any sound I could focus and my mind is incredibly restless today. Hoping that I am able to calm my mind down eventually.
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Rob
Great to know
Always felt I needed a quiet dark place to truly get into a meditation state. Not true. It's more about what your mind allows and disallows.
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Joyce
Awareness of sounds
Any and all tools to maintain mindfulness and a meditative practice in a noisy, active are are appreciated. Namaste
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Walter J
Adapting...
Mindfulness has a lot to do with our being able to adapt & adjust to our surroundings & other people. This was a great practice to get us moving in that direction. Noticing but not connecting completely to noises going on around us allows us to maintain our focus and still free our mind by allowing it to adapt to what’s going on. Kind of a double talk for the mind, but in a positive way if you catch my drift.?! 🤨😉
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Valerie
Day 20
I’ve often had trouble meditating. Focusing my wandering mind on the external sounds was actually really helpful.
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Tracy
Sound to sound
I learned that by tuning into one sound to the next smoothly scanning allows me to fully be in the present
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Margaret
Those three minutes were just what I needed 💕
Who knew how peaceful just LISTENING could be? I was feeling anxious before I left for a run, but now I'm ready to go.
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Jane
Grounding
Being aware of the sounds going on around me actually does help me feel more grounded and in my body. It helped me lessen my anxiety, even if only for those few minutes. I’ll remember that as a trick to keep me grounded in the future.
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Linda
Awareness of sounds
This was okay. I seem to always have some sound in the house, so it really didn’t occur to me that I could only meditate in complete silence. The thing that was new.for me was listening to the silence behind the sound.
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Alexis
Amazing
These three minutes were just what I needed. In a house like mine there is never a time where I can meditate unless nobody besides myself is in the house. I use this app as much as I can. Thank you aura ❤️
♥️
Gratitude
I learnt that being grateful for small things can lead to a happier mindset, making your life 1000 times better :))
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Shiona
Focus
I have been struggling with “focusing” on my directed meditations as of late but I was able to really get more out of this one. I was able to feel more of the power of meditation since I was able to focus more. Felt great!
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Avihu
She is speaking too fast
It was very stressful for me, made me feel worse. I don’t want to write anymore bad things.
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Kathy
Who would have thought?
Who would have thought that it’s possible to tune out lawnmowers next door, dishwasher emptying, barking dogs, a growling stomach and still be able to notice the stillness and silence. I guess that means there is no excuse for me to postpone meditation due to outside environmental noises. Actually, I am grateful to have that excuse removed! This works for me. Many thanks, 🙏🏻Namaste 🙏🏻
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Jennah
The gift that returns
I love this meditation because it reminded me that the more I manifest in my positive thoughts, and send those out to others, the more positivity surrounds me. Meditating on our awareness of self is a gift to our self that we can share with others and then returns to us again.
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Joyce
Ooooh, what’s that sound...
Good timing, I woke today to the end of life double beep of one of our CO monitors, then I had to figure out which one- it was my last guess of the three. The one upstairs really sounded like it was on the ground floor. Interesting how sound travels. Namaste
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Debb
Awareness of Sounds
I liked the concept, however I felt as if I was being lectured rather than guided in a peaceful meditation.
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Lisa
Meditation
I like this activity but I do like the other ones better. I felt as if this one took forever to get through.
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Ashley
Awareness of sounds🎶
This message I really enjoyed. I learned that you have to look past the sounds. In order to have mindfulness and practice mediation you don’t need for it to be quite all the time. I am a mother of two under the age of three so this to me is a just a given. I do however I understand this, and there a lot of days where I want/need the quite and go into another room by myself. But, I will say I have mediated numerous times in a room with my husband and children playing or doing whatever being loud. I’ve done it both ways and both were successful and amazing so it is possible to do for anyone thinking otherwise! It is difficult and it takes practice but I’m here to tell you it’s possible! This give me hope and made me proud of myself for being able to mediate and have mindfulness in any and all situations in life. It made me realize that I’m a lot farther in my mediation and mindfulness practice then I thought I was, so that felt very good. It also helped me realize that I do have a little to work on as well. It was a good reminder to not let the outside world get to us. Be true to yourself all the time. No matter the circumstances, when there is a will there is a way! ❤️
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Safir
Relaxing
I feel like I’m slowly becoming more relaxed. This week I need as much relaxation as possible for academic and personal life.
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Charlene
:)
I am aware that I am inlove and I'm not gonna deny. I admit I wanna get rid of it because I feel foolish about it. Nonetheless, I love the feeling of liking you. I just like you so much.
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Joyce
The sounds around
I was picking out sounds around me but did not hear my breath until she mentioned it. After listening to it, I wondered how I missed it! Always more to learn. Namaste
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debanhi
good
it was amaizing and more with headphones i felt like if i was in a cloud
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Anastasia
Lol this was useless
If u have bad anxiety this might not enough for u. It didnt help me i actually stopped in the middle of the meditation it was annoying me. Might for some idk but ii think that if u have very bad anxiety or depression or bipolar disorder then this isnt going to help.
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Rehana
Try, try and try
Keep trying and if it didnt work last time, then, it doesn't mean it won't even work this time. Don't hang on to the failures of past but learn from the mistakes and try not to repeat them this time.
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Krishna
I feel tingly
Whenvr I exhaled the full oxygen I inhaled my lungs full, I felt tingly and I still feels it..😁😁
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Fabiola
good
I felt really good at the of this session, it really cautivate me concentrate in the sound of my breath and then in the silence of the room
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Kady
Day Thirteen
This meditation is a good one because it allowed me to recognize that I don’t need a totally quiet room in under to meditate. I learned to embrace the sounds around me. Today has been hectic. Woke up to my dog licking my face, then she peed on the floor, then she got 💩 in her fur and I had to bathe her. Then my electric blanket quit working and we had to return it to the store to get a new one. This is the second one. I am feeling okay now. My body has been aching like crazy! Has anyone ever noticed how much sugar the Naked smoothies have in them?? I tried one for the first time last night and they have 77g of carbs and 55g of sugar! The recommended limit for women of sugar per day is 25g!!! No wonder so many people have diabetes these days. Everything has so much sugar in this world of processed food:( There is a shampoo reviewed that I want to try because I’m tired of putting chemicals on my body that are unnecessary for getting clean. Wish me luck lovelies!
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Nyla
suicidal thoughts
I can no longer feel invisible I feel free 😑 I get really sad and feel like I'm nothing It makes me wanna put blades deeply in my skin harder than before.
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Joyce
The silence behind the sound
To seek out the silence from which the sound arises. Like white to black, the root of sound is silence. Namaste
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Elle
Sounds
I need to approach sound will a nonjudgmental attitude. I can now redirect my attention to the silence from which the sounds originate.
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Jose
Awareness
I practiced my skills in being aware of any sounds, living things, anything in my surrounding environment.
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Paula
“Hear the silence behind the sounds...”
I have been—one of those people who had trouble meditating when there was lots of noise, or simply annoying noise. Ha! She called me out & I must chuckle. What a joy to be guided past all that stuff! Love 💕 this. Thank you 🙏.
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Cherish
Mindful Hearing
Tune into your sense of hearing. Listen to the sounds around you. Now, listen to the silence between the sounds. You are being mindful of your surroundings and will realize that hearing sounds or no sounds, you can meditate anywhere if you try.
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Kiara
The Beginning
I learned that even though it might seem as you have no chance at surpassing people’s expectations of you. You can just be yourself because at the end of the day you’re only you not a genius and by being yourself you’re helping everyone.
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Shae
I love this
This help me relax after this whole day of just so many emotions
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Paula
Listening for...
...the silence underneath the sounds. Very cool. <sigh> Got it. And breathe.
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Kaitlyn
Awareness of Sounds
I felt calm and relaxed and I noticed all the sounds around me.
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Robin
I really enjoyed that
I liked the idea of listening to the silence behind the sounds. I was overwhelmed at first by the sound of my refrigerator and a loud bird outside at first but after a while i was able to hear past those sounds.
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Teddy
Staying relaxed
I find staying relaxed during the day and helps unwind more by practicing deep breathing and drinking plenty of fresh mountain spring water especially at night and listening to coming soothing music along with removing yourself with people or objects whichYou think are the problem. Also helps in doing something like taking a vacation to unwind sometimes you just need to splurge on yourself and take a leap of trust and enjoy yourself and life as will.
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conner
a ship that sailed
there is only so long that you can watch the horizon for a lost ship. Eventually you must look around and realize that you are on another, and smile.
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Illse
Invisibility of sound and one
Sound is important to me in form of silence using my eyes and partition of my ears sound is a looking glass of energy and imagination a space of love
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Caelyn
How I felt
I felt very calm after and relaxed I felt really good! The song was very nice as well very calming.
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Destanie
Silence
My dad used to say to us, “Shhhhhh you hear that”? and we’d listen really hard...all we’d hear were the crickets chirping and the crackle of the fire and that’s when he’d say with a smile “SILENCE”
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Destanie
Silence
My dad used to say to us, “Shhhhhh you hear that”? and we’d listen really hard...all we’d hear were the crickets chirping and the crackle of the fire and that’s when he’d say with a smile “SILENCE”
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Destanie
Silence
My dad used to say to us, “Shhhhhh you hear that”? and we’d listen really hard...all we’d hear were the crickets chirping and the crackle of the fire and that’s when he’d say with a smile “SILENCE”
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Kailyn
Madness
While listening to the meditation I could have been mad about something. But the meditation made me very calm.