Befriending Difficulty

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Lyndi Smith
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Overwhelmed with emotions? This practice helps us accept and let go of our struggling.
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182 reflections
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Tina
Letting go of Struggle
I learned to accept difficulties as another opportunity to grow instead of trying to resist or ignore them.
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Alicia
Acceptance
I learned that it's okay to accept being in a difficult space rather than resisting those feelings today. Grateful for the lesson.
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Seit
To accept
I must forgive first, and have compassion for myself. The more knowledge that is attained the more of an understanding I have of myself. That alone can lead to forgiveness.
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Luiza
Loved the exercise!
I'm usually trying to feel good about myself. But I constantly forget how important it is to feel all of my feelings. When you feel it you can understand it and even sometimes realize that it was smaller than you thought it could be. It's just such an interesting approach! I'll definitely try to do it more often.
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Tiffany
My body, my body
Growing up with shame hurts the soul, body and spirit. Hate replaces love. Doubt replaces confidence. Worthlessness replaces esteem. Eventually the synergy between the body, soul, and spirit stops. We become numb. Numb to the good, the bad, and the ugly. So numb that we stop living. So numb that we need things more than people. So numb that we become unmanageable & out of control. Then the dawn breaks. We emerge out of the darkness.
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Meredith
Surrendering
This was helpful to surrender and sit in the discomfort of my uncomfortable emotions. By feeling the sadness and loneliness I was experiencing it gave it less power over me- thank you 🙏🏻
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Andrew
Difficulties. Who needs it?
Difficulties are what makes people stronger in the end. If you can't change it, why fight it?
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Jordan
Managing Anxiety 😅
We tend to try to control our anxiety- work with it. When you let anxiety take over acknowledge it. If you don't you'll stress life-that are out of your control. More anxiety, less control of your life. Broke? Feeling empty? Feeling helpless? Change your perception, your mindset! Power of Broke- allows me to use my current resources and save money. Empty-allows me to see what I have. Helpless- let's me acknowledge to take a step back; and put more value/love into my friends. ✌️❤️😂
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Brit
Letting go
I can't control anyone else's words, thoughts, or actions but I AM in control of my own.
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Maggie
Acceptance
Today I am going to accept my difficulties and try to breath through them
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Selima
Tbh
I was simply distracted. Couldn't let the session sink in properly.
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Nancy
Anxiety
It is just a state. Not a being. For a moment I sat in it and saw it for what it is. Hope I can continue to see it for what it is and not what it does when I let it take over.
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RADII
Befriending Difficulty
I learned that my feeling sticks and mind wanders. What do you mean reflection too short? ... why do I need to write some more?
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Kassidy
Refreshing
I did this meditation literally preparing for tonight's roast an I feel amazingggg🤙🏽
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Jocelyn
Accepting
I learned it is ok to feel sad,scared,mad ,mean,and etc. It is natural it is human
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Rebeca
Negative feelings
I learned that it's human to experience negative feelings, and I should not feel bad about it.
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Annalisa
Letting Go
I learned that it's okay to let go of the feeling and to keep the feeling
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Svetlana
It's normal
I learned that feeling a feelings it's actually normal and good for you, I'm alive!
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Geminie
28/09/17
It's ok to feel things, we are human, we are meant to feel. Breath in the feelings of how you are feeling, exhale acceptance of how you are feeling.
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Sarah
Experience
Today I experienced how my anxiety makes me feel instead of trying to fight it. Letting go of that resistance made things a little better. I still struggle with the nuances between experiencing a feeling and letting it overwhelm you.
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Ashleie
Owning what I'm feeling
Today, literally minutes ago, I had a revelation that I don't know how to be alone. That I actually feel lonely. I vented about not really having any true friends around but then I remembered something my pastor said in church today about it being ok to be a misfit. Them, I started thinking about where my focus recently shifted to; the work I have been doing with myself to heal and my actual work (projects) that I'm working on. The enemy like to take my thoughts and twist them, taking my mind to dark places that tell me I'm not worthy when I'm fighting daily to prove to myself that I am; that I'm lonely when I'm fighting for my peace and my focus to do what I know I've been called to do. This is hard and a constant struggle. But I am learning to own what I am feeling and let it go. As my pastor says, replacing a thought with a thought....replace the negative thought with a positive one. Thinking about praiseworthy things. 💜
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Philip
Befriending difficulty
Good to breath in the acceptance that problems do exist Breath out to offload if possible
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Josie
Accepting My Feelings
I learned that it’s okay that I feel what I feel and that I need to accept it and embrace it instead of trying not to feel it and get rid of it.
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Samantha
Everything
I'm only human, and in order to be so, I need to feel everything: the good, the bad, the ugly.
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Linda
Befriending difficulty
I learned that it’s easier to accept feelings than to fight them. I was delighted with the title of this one. I imagined difficulty as a little creature I wanted to be kind to. I enjoy a British accent. My feelings went from sadness to gratitude as I listened and let go.
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Connie
Breathing
Breathing doesn't make the feeling go away but it's less intense.
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Elaine
Acceptance
It's okay to let myself feel the emotions that I have. It's human to have feelings and I can accept them instead of pushing them away.
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Fab
Acceptance
Facing my general dissatisfaction with multiple things in my life helps me to calm down and be peaceful within.
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Jennifer
Day one and I wanted to turn it off.
Sounds very peaceful but I couldn’t stay engaged. I’ll try again tomorrow. 😄
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Nathan
I learned today
I need to embrace my fear if I ever want to succeed. Everyone is human, therefore everyone struggles with these emotions. Once I realize that everyone goes through the same difficulties, I can begin my journey.
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Yvonne
Befriending difficulty
I learned that it is important to accept our feelings because they are normal. We need to embrace our feelings and then we can learn to deal with them.
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Shirley
Shirley 0ct 10 2017
Don’t get frightful and know it’s timing and the higher power has our best interest and believe and know we are worthy of it all and be patience and we will know....
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Eli
It's okay
It's okay to be not okay and act everything is all right. Say what's on your mind It's okay to be not okay
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Brian
Befriending difficulties
Befriending our difficulties overcomes fear and makes us stronger.
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Noa
Sad
Your situation isn't going to change, so make the best of it because crying and being sad is going to do absolutely nothing.
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Brian
This Sunday is one of my favorites of all time. My heart is so incredibly happy today.
See above:) Just needed to put everything I put in the title into the text box here.
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Tina
Acceptance of fear and guilt
I learned that guilt and fear will go away faster if I accept these feelings, because they’re human.
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Symphonie
Stress
i’ve been overly stressed about many different things lately which results in me constantly being tired and distracted but it was nice to be able to focus on one thing in the moment. i did get distracted once but it went better than i thought it would. and deep breathing exercises arent as scary as i thought.
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Vivian
Feel free
I learned that it’s okay to be sad or angry or even scared sometimes because we’re so human and that we have to learn how to heal and grow into better versions of ourselves. Peaceful beautiful day to you all.
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Teha
Amazing!
This exercise was extremely helpful. Although, it was short. I struggle with pushing my anxiety to the back burner and trying my hardest to pretend it is not there, acknowledging what my anxiety does to my body physically and accepting it helped me control it. I noticed how it makes my heart race and my head feel heavy I targeted these symptoms and allowed myself to feel them and relax my breathing and slow my heart rate. I loved it!
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Sam
It’s okay to feel whatever
It’s okay be to angry, stressed, anxious, or distraught. It’s okay to feel however you feel because in the end, you’re a wonderful human being and you deserve inner peace.
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Angela
Breath
I need to feel the emotion holding me back but then breathe it out. Let it go.
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Beatriz
It’s okay to be afraid
It’s okay to fear the different, the unknown. I accept this feeling as I know I’ll overcome this. I’m learning how to let it go.
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Dina
Sadness
It felt good taking in breaths and knowing my sadness is okay! Exhaling assured me my sadness will some day be gone!
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Sherry
Accepting, then Letting Go...
Is great IF I can just do the letting go part. I accept my circumstances quite well, But I dwell/worry/re-hash/process/etc.until I'm absolutely exhausted. But, I will go to the breath and keep trying! It DOES feel good to breathe!
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Arata
Honesty
Being honest to what I truly feel will help me overcome any situation with grace and the truth
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Gillian
Tired
Making peace with my emotions is hard and exhausting sometimes.
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Te Mana
Painful memories or pain in the body?
Sometimes when I’m scanning I notice pain. I am not sure if it is memory or if it is pain. I focus on the breathe and rescan the painful area. If it’s still there then I try to break it down all the while keeping my equinamity. If this doesn’t help then I refocus on the breathe and just let the pain be. I move on and continue my scan.
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kimberly
part of life
you can’t be happy all of the time. there will have to be a moment in your life when you are mad, anxious, sad, or stressed. i realize that emotions are just something to experience and live with 😀
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Audrey
Accept
I learned that we have to accept whatever life throws at us and face it! It is never a smooth road to heaven!
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Ronya
Befriending Difficulty
Struggling with some difficult emotions. So soothing to breathe in acceptance and breathe out resistance. Physically calmed me and I will return to this again.
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Christina
Just What I Needed!
Great meditation. I will use this one before my interview today!!!
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Ognyana
Befriending difficulties
It's ok to feel. That is what makes us humans. If we fight the feeling it only gets worse
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Sophia
The present moment
Starting this practice I felt extremely stressed. But once I was in the present moment, that feeling vanished. Feelings are truly just past or present and when you focus on the present moment, they no longer exist! It is wonderful ☺️
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Cyndee
A Level Above 🌅
It only takes a few minutes of my day to find peace within. The more I practice meditation the easier it is to find that place I need to be. Breathing in and out and listening to a voice that is comforting and healing. Putting me in a much better place even if I feel like I’m already in a good place, I find that there is a level above that. Thanks Again Aura 🌻
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Nige
Feeling Anxious
Feeling anxious or feeling any other emotion is just a feeling, by relaxing the mind you can learn to let go of any negative feeling x
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Jeremy
Stress is manageable
Accept whatever problems are causing me to feel stressed, realize there is always more than one solution to any problem. Contemplate and discuss the problem/s and the range of solutions. Make a decision and take action. Don’t procrastinate but take the appropriate amount of time to ensure your chosen course of action is given the best chance of success. Remain calm and positive throughout the process.
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Patricia
Numb
It isn’t that I refuse to accept or acknowledge the feeling; I simply know it is there - it waves at me from across the room - but I cannot bring myself to smile at it. Perhaps it’s because, yes, I understand your presence, but, feeling, you are not not welcome. (re: loneliness)
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Catherine
What I learned
Facing problems defensively will only make them worse. Everyone deals with struggles because we’re only human.
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Jacob
What came to me
Just simply confronting your problems and acknowledging them won't make them go away but looking at them as problems, whether solvable or not is just helpful by itself because you're defining it as a problem. You're telling yourself that you're not crazy.
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Bri
This.
With the voice she has, I listen to this one when I have anxiety issues. I wish I could listen to it nonstop. I learned that it’s okay to feel. Fear and anxiety is just a feeling. I know I’m in a safe place. Sometimes it’s just nice to have reassurance, and this gives it to me. Reminds me to be nice to myself and know that I am only human.
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Jade
Feelings
It’s human to have feelings. I have a habit of pushing my feelings away to make it easier on others. I learned that it’s ok for me to have feelings as others do. It’s ok to be frustrated. I will feel my feelings as they come and go.
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Clare
Accepting sadness
Was really struggling with some overwhelming sad feelings but meditating really helped to focus my mind
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Nancy
Difficulty
Acceptance is so important. Even if your current circumstance is weighing heavily on you, there is some relief in taking a deep breathe and reminding yourself that you are ok and that things will be ok. But first, we must accept it.
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Aidan
Anger
I have issues woth anger and this made me feel at one with my anger letting it a part of me, not controlling me.
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DorDor
Befriending Difficultly
Wow this is mine! It could be life changing. I found a book called Constructive Wallowing. Tells you to take away the W and it will spell Allowing. Allow feelings. I need to find my book again. I need to remind myself every day of the lesson.
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Krysten
Befriending difficulty
It's okay and even natural to struggle with your emotions and everyone is fighting their own inner battles. Just do the best you can
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Morgan
Befriending difficulty
I learned that it’s okay to be scared. I will remember to breathe in with acceptance and breathe out resistance.
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Emelie
Feelings are ok
It’s ok to feel scared of the meetings in Columbus next week. It is ok to not know if what I am doing is right. Fighting the feeling makes it feel bigger than it is. I will go into the day breathing is acceptance and breathing out resistance.
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Angie
Acceptance and difficulty
Feeling things is human. Resistance is futile. Breathe in acceptance and breathe out resistance
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Keven
Reminders
Great reminders about acceptance. Consistency and reminders is something everyone needs
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Paula
The flu sucks
I can’t breathe deeply & I feel pissy. I don’t want to “accept” it.
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Mary
Acceptance
I learned that acknowledging feelings helps to move on, and focus in the future.
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Lily
acceptance
A light bulb literally went off in my head during this session when it came to accepting the uncomfortable feeling we tend to fight. I learned that rather than fight that uncomfortable feeling that we always try to get away from only makes the feeling worse compared to just accepting it for what it is. I don’t know why I just made that sudden realization but it is true why fight it when you can accept it; feelings are temporary they come and go as they please like the changing of the seasons or waves on a coast.
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Rachael
Befriending difficulty
Change is inevitable. Life’s going to move on if you like it or not, you should embrace it! Everyone struggles in life and it’s okay, it happens. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t know how we feel with our emotions or learn life lessons. In the end we need to understand how to accept change and take one step at a time.
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Pelli
Bad news
I got some bad news last night, and I’m just processing through all of the emotional ramifications of it today. I hope to come out the other side, but I’m glad to at least have my daily meditations to look forward to.
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Breea
Finding happiness
This was actually something I needed. I recently just broke up with my boyfriend and I’m at a rough time in my job; learning to just accept how it is and be okay is what I needed to hear and learn.
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Melissa
1.16.18
Feelings happen. And they are ok to feel. Do not judge them - just acknowledge them... name them... feel them fully. And in doing so, they lose their power over your state of mind.
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Wilne
I learned that
It's okay to feel fear, just accept it and don't let it control your life
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Ray
Awareness of Feelinga
Be aware of your feelings. Especially the feelings that are difficult. Recognize, breathe in and out of it but don't fight or struggle. You feel because you are a human living breathing being.
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Brooke
Breathe in and Breathe out
It was a nice reminder that moods and feelings change. To not stress, take it in and breathe it out.
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Shelby
Acceptance
Refocusing on the importance of accepting my own feelings and not blaming myself for having human emotions.
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anna
Accepting difficulty
I learned that feeling is ok, it’s hard to feel when it’s not a good feeling, but what you feel even when it’s bad is ok, accept it and know this feeling will pass.
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Elicia
Acceptance
Acceptance of difficulties is crucial to overcoming them. There are so many frustrations in life, but that doesn’t mean it had to stay that way.
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Kiani
acceptance
To breath in acceptance. Let go of all stresses. Let go of negative. Breath in positive.
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Annika
It’s okay to feel
It’s okay to feel sad. It’s okay to feel lonely. It’s okay to feel happy. It’s okay to feel content. Feeling makes me human. Being human, flawed and all, is okay.
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Ana
Feel is very important
Help my self to feel the feelings! no matter what feeling you’re in!
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Chelsea
I just need to just breathe throw the pain
That pain from my past or currently I just need to know I am stronger than what I think I am
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Steve
Breathing in acceptance...
It’s strange to thinking of it like that. How does one breath in acceptance? However it’s done it works and I suddenly feel considerably clearer. Next time I’m struggling with my problems I’ll try to tell myself that same mysterious receive.
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Kayla
Feeling
I am feeling that this one didn’t work and I’m unsure of this app now.
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Hannah
IN and out
Taking a break to just breathe and welcome any emotions was a nice reminder to accept my emotions rather than fight them. I was in constant, crippling pain today. It was difficult to see a silver lining in all of that, knowing that while today is over I will have to deal with probably worse pain in a month or so. But I will continue to breathe in acceptance and prepare myself mentally.
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Bryana
Stress relief
I learned that I need to let go of whatever I’m feeling and just let it happen because it’s okay to feel what I’m feeling. It’s just the way of life .
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Brodie
:)
I learned to not get frustrated at the small things and just breathe in and out and just let go of my frustrations.
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Kelsey
Difficult Emotions
However you’re feeling right now is perfectly ok. Sit with these emotions. Breathe in acceptance and breathe out resistance. Use this practice anytime. Connect with your emotions. Feel them.
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Kodi
Sadness
I learned that even during sad times you need to accept them rather than deny them an accept the fact that it can’t be changed an move on with life. Today I was having a really hard time getting over omyi.
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Pam
Befriending difficulty
Try not to struggle against the situation that is my reality. Just accept it.
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Sadie
Letting it be
I learned that if you just take a moment and just let your feeling be feelings. You will feel so much better. Because you aren’t referring any emotion you are just letting it be. Just take a breath and and relaxing you will be ok.
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Kitkat
Thoughts
Unfortunately, today, my mind was very distracted of all the things going on. No matter what I do, the thoughts come back again and again, but as I listen to this meditation, the thoughts still come and go but in an orderly manner. Breathe in - thoughts enter, breathe out - thoughts exit
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Grace
India
I learned today that I feel sad because I am not in India celebrating with my friends. I wish more than anything I could be there, but I need to accept that I am not, breath in acceptance; breath out resistance.
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Sahrul
Dont struggle
I learned that the more u struggling to push the feeling, the more the feeling wouldnt go away, just accept it and u will be free
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Sarah
Acceptance and resistance can go together
I listened to this the night before facing a fear of mine and it’s helping me to look at the upcoming situation in a more positive mindset
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Charlie
Accepting
I feel a lot more relaxed and not as anxious as before. It feels like I am starting to unwind instead being all wrapped by anxiety.
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Greta
Accepting
It’s okay to feel things. I’m not alone no matter how I feel it is okay. Just breathe and think. Don’t let my mind crowd with the band things in life instead of pushing them away pull them in and learn to work with it
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Danielle
Enerfy
Feelings are manifestations of different energies and frequencies within the body. Our thinking mind may misinterpret these, but also has the power to reframe them. Anxiety is a self- proclaimed prison with open doors, and one that I have the ability to walk out of.
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Souly
Its alright
I discovered that its alright to just accept the emotions for what they are and deal with my problems without running away from them.
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Candi
Betrayal
I learned that it’s okay for me to feel this way for I am human. The wound is still fresh and I will overcome this feeling. I wont let it control me or my happiness. I want to move on from it and become a better person.
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Jenny
I felt relaxed and free
I learned that I need to try to remember when I breath in it means I’m accepting the choices I’m making and when I breath out it’s what I’m changing.
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Mariah
I feel kind of calm
I learned that I can learn more from breathing in and out and focusing more on inter peace
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Katelyn
Stress
I felt that this stress was a lump that weighed me down. I’m constantly on edge or moody. Breathing and acknowledging this stress made me realize that is sat like a rock in my head- but it made it seem not so heavy anymore. It was still there and the same size but it didn’t have as much gravity on me anymore. Now to work on chipping it away!
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Ella
Feelings
I’m struggling and so conflicted and I need to learn it’s ok, I just needed to let out all this fear and just accept that it is what I’m feeling
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Mary
Sadness and grief
I must allow myself to feel my sadness and grief. Instead of pushing those feelings away I must just let them be and they will pass in their own time.
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Naydeline
Emotions are Temporary
Emotions are temporary, and “this too shall pass”. We must remember to inhale positive emotions and thought, and exhale negative thoughts and emotions.
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Keira
first session
I felt very comforted and I like that they stressed that having feelings is okay since I struggle with repressing my emotions until they’re too strong to handle.
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Matthew
Weird addition
I'm assuming that the addition of scrolling text translation of the audio program is a machine function, based on the typos I saw? Not very slick. Interesting though. Don't feel like I will ever read a lesson vs. listening, however!
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Ellie
Just, today.
I learned that it’s okay to feel sad, mad, or anything..it’s only human to feel and i can accept that now..
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hannah
3/26
I realized I focused a lot on my negative options of myself musically/in school which was not what I was expecting to focus on. My mind cleared almost immediately and my mindset has changed a little since completing this.
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Glenn
Befriending difficulty
This meditation helps how ever staying focused is difficult...now slightly relaxed
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Shatha
Good morning
I’m breathing in ACCEPTANCE and breathing out RESISTANCE ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
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Jeff
Accept your emotions
I thought this was another good one. It’s important to except your negative emotions when they happen and let them be what they are and then let them go. I will definitely come back to this and do it again.
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M.K.
Letting go of my feelings about my feelings
My chronic pain and migraine sometimes bring up guilty feelings...I should be doing x, y, or z, as an example. That doesn’t help the pain or headache, it just raises the stress level. Another example, “other people are hurting more, or are much more seriously ill.” This meditation helped me let go and even helped me learn to incorporate others who are suffering by wishing them well in letting go of their feelings about their struggles.
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Natasha
Accepting Negativity
I bet often look towards meditation as a way to fight against my sadness and my fear, but today I just sat there in it, relaxed, and realized I shouldn’t be afraid to feel them, and that it’s natural to feel them. My life may be better without me struggling against them.
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Tracilyn
Acceptable
Learning that everyone is different and That everyone thinks differently. Question is for me how do I try and accept the concept that it always doesn’t have to BE my WAY! This is especially hard to do for me, bc I am a hard worker and want it done right!! The best practices, methods and correct the first time. I have a high value for quality and expect the same out of others always. So for me learning to accept my behavior is possibly not the norm. It is hard for me and to know that I am the exception in certain situations is currently what I deal with and this helped me a great deal! Thank YOU 💜
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Bryan
It's hard right now..
At work crying in the bathroom because I feel so trapped, scared and anxious. Trapped because I need money, I need to work. Scared and anxious because of all the unwarranted and uncomfortable looks people give me when I just am walking by. I feel so ugly and awkward and unwanted. Working at whole foods is taking a toll on my health. I'm gonna rinse my face and try to control my breathing.
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Katey
Accept the Anxiety
Instead of trying to fix my anxious feelings, it would be more effective for me to recognize the feelings of anxiety and accept them, not change them.
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Walter J
Breathing...
Breathing in acceptance - eliminates judgement. Breathing out letting go - eliminates control. This was a little uncomfortable at first but I liked how she suggests I can still label something without judging it. That’s a big difference to me. Takes the emotions and feelings out of the picture and just lets reason take over. I was reminded of the old Beetles hit song “Let it be!” What’s so difficult about that?! Right!? 👍🏼😏
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Nina
Sad
I have to learn that things are gonna get difficult and I have to take it well
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Adam
Great Mediation
My anxiety and stress levels have been at an all-time high lately, so this mediation helped with alleviating some of those issues. The main takeaway from this one is to allow ourselves to feel our emotions, no matter what they are, and be at peace with them. We’re all human and going feel negative emotions, but if we can accept them, we can move past them.
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Karen
I felt my mind being cleared from all my busy thinking as I listened closely to my breathing
I learned that focusing on my breathing can really help me be mindful of the patterns I form while breathing in and back out. Some are short some are longer.
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Louis
Breathing In Acceptance; Breathing Out Resistance
Again, we are told to allow negative emotions to reside in our minds for they will fade away. My emotion was fear. But the scriptures tell me perfect love casts out fear not that fear will go away by itself. I’ll go with God’s eternal truth.
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Joyce
The Past cannot be changed...
Good timing, to accept what cannot be changed, and move on with peace, with the intention to learn something from it for next time. Namaste
♥️
Acceptance
I learnt that even when you think resisting is the right choice, we must must accept our feelings, and with time things can change
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Liv
I feel very relaxed and at ease. Doing this meditation allowed me to find a safe place.
I learned that I can always be comfortable and in a safe place if I need to. My mind is so powerful that it can pull an image in my brain to where I would like to be.
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Belinda
It’s just a feeling
I can be at ease with my feelings. They are just feelings. It important to remember not to judge the feelings but to accept and release them.
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Jose
I felt a lot more calm knowing that I can change how I feel for the better in a matter of seconds
I learned that’s it’s human to accept certain emotions and let go of disturbances that aren’t improving my life.
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Christine
Acceptance
I learned that I feel bad, guilty for feeling sad. The reassurance that it’s okay to feel sad and accepting it instead of trying to fight it takes makes me less sad.
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Ryan
Glad To Feel Sad!
Suppressing my sadness won’t make me feel any better. This lesson helped me understand that it’s ok to feel this way! I can’t stop my feelings so rather than fight them I will embrace them, take a deep breath, and feel what I feel.
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Kasey
Suppressing old feelings
I often feel hurt by others. It’s pretty easy I dismiss the feelings as fast as they come because it’s supposed to build character. It’s a learned habit and it’s time I unlearn it. It’s okay to feel hurt. It’s okay to be hurt. Just be mindful of how you behave and express the emotion appropriately. It really opened my eyes to it.
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Elisabeth
Powerful
Feeling better after breathing in and acknowledging mistakes then exhale and release my guilt and frustration. Nobody’s perfect.
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Jonathan
Back
Away too long, good to hear Lindy again. As for acceptance, that will always be a challenge, but this is a start.
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Linda
Which difficulty?
I really like the idea of this practice with sadness and fear but I don’t see it working with anger. Does anybody have any experience with using it for anger?
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Carla
Feelings
I feel that it’s okay to have feelings. Knowing and feeling are two different things. -(W•)-
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Marina
Letting Go
Letting go of emotions has always been a difficulty for me as I struggle with severe depression and anxiety. I’ve found myself slipping into a depressive episode recently, and I’ve found that adding in more meditations focused on letting go has been helpful. I often feel it is unacceptable for me to have such dark feelings, so I fight them. But by acknowledging they exist, accepting them and then letting them go, I’ve been able to generally feel better about myself.
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Carolina
We are humans
It’s okay to allow ourselves being humans,embracing emotions and learning from each experience. Because that is what we are after all.
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Carolina
We are humans
It’s okay to allow ourselves being humans,embracing emotions and learning from each experience. Because that is what we are after all.
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Francis
smtg new
i’ve been having a rough time with social status, self love, body image etc. but now i understand instead of trying to push those thoughts out of my mind i can except them and feel them as long as i feel happy to.
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Sidney
Day 1- Relax(Session 1)
Breathe in acceptance and breathe out the negative/ release all worrying you. It is okay to have that feeling.
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Susan
Befriending Difficulty
Often life is difficult but if learn to embrace it, things will shift and change. It is what it is.
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Gretchen
Difficulty is a good word...
I am so grateful for all my blessings in life. I know that my struggles pale in comparison to many, but I can still experience moments of difficulty. For those moments, I can come to terms with my inability to fix everything all at once. Change takes time and sometimes we are not in control of it. We can breathe in acceptance of our position and breathe out resistance - resistance won’t alleviate our experience.
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Debb
The Universe 💫
... clearly supports me! My previous post was about the realization of the importance of acknowledging my feelings. I no sooner posted when this wonderful meditation popped up. I highly recommend this easy, but important , meditation. 💫♥️🙏♥️💫
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Angela
Acceptance
I learned that you should breath out acceptance, and focus on that
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Alexis 🔅
Finding Peace
Finding peace and understanding in your own feelings and emotions is one of the vital things to promote acceptance during difficult times. It’s okay to not be okay, and as long as you do try your best to accept life for the way it is, then your overall well-being will benefit from it.
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Sean
My step sister
My step sister came home from the mental hospital today and I made her listen in with me tonight. I can’t tell what she thinks about it but hopefully she’s willing to continue meditating with me ^^
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Mikayla
Its Human to Feel
It is okay to feel frustrated and dismayed at a toxic, unfulfilling job. It’s more exhausting to fight and resent the feeling—and worse to feel guilty about it. This is the first practice I think I can use in the moment when things get unbearably frustrating—it’s okay to feel if all.
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Elisabeth
Under pressure
My feelings are valid but I’m free to let them go. Although, I hold onto the feelings and allow my feelings to overwhelm me. Rather, I can choose joy and give thanks for the people and the things I’m blessed with.
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Jess
That worked quite quickly ❤️ I actually feel better now then when I started started.
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Cherish
Let It Be
When we go through difficult times, an array of uncomfortable emotions arise. Because they are uncomfortable and potentially painful, we tend to want to try and control and push them away. But, if we don’t allow ourselves to feel those emotions, they can get bottled up and lash out in other forms down the road of life. For some reason, I have passed judgement on myself if I have felt a certain emotion for too long, as if there is a time limit to your emotions. Pushing these emotions away because they are painful, will not make them go away any sooner. Emotions change and will change in their own due time. ‘Breathing in....acceptance. Breathing out...letting go of resistance’. At first, repeating these words was a little uncomfortable. However, after awhile, it became comforting somehow to repeat these words. It is okay to feel what I am feeling and there is no reason to judge myself. I just need to remember to let it be.
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Jaden
Embracing reality
Sometimes, reality is hard to accept. We may be struggling in school/work, socially, or in general. I learned that we just need to accept what comes our way, take on each challenge, one at a time.
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Emma
It makes sense
It makes sense that I’m feeling a sense of sadness today; it’s my first day of two weeks without my best friend/roommate around. Going to bed and waking up with him not there was a lonely experience, but my days are filled until he is back, so I know I’ll be okay
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Charlie
Argument
I learned that I have a tendency to hold in my feelings and not show them, but this meditation helped with this difficult emotion rising from family conflict where I heard some things that I shouldn't have.
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Kim
Breathing in acceptance
I learned that I can embrace any emotion and it’s acceptable. I can let go of resistance.
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Ashley
Progress March On
I did a better job than usual accepting and even the possibility of befriending my emotions. I have always thought it preposterous to befriend emotions that hurt. But they need love, too. And really, being heard and receiving validation and compassion are the recipe for a good friend. I can do that.
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Laurie
I enjoyed listening and learning about the meditation.
I was not really in the mind frame to participate fully but at least I listened to it and maybe I will try again soon.
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Emma
Accepting emotions
It’s okay to feel sad. It doesn’t make me weak. It makes me human.
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Crybaby
Befriend
I can let things go sometimes. I don’t have to be angry or upset I can just let things go
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Adena
It’s ok to feel sad
Today is my Dad’s birthday he’s in heaven and we can’t be together today. It’s ok to be sad today. What I can’t do is give up and in because I feel sad
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Miliya
It's okay.
Emotions shows up to remind us that we're human and it's okay. Let it come and let it pass.
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Lisa
Self love
I learned that deep breathing in and exhaling out is great under stress
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Heather
Accepting difficulty and things that overwhelm
Accepting difficulty, not resisting it or fighting it. It's a part of my existence. Learn to thrive amongst it & in spite of it
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SIL LA 1
Domingo
Me siento angustiada triste decepcionada enojada Pelea c Chris
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Nara
Learning to Let Go
It's ok to feel in the moment, sadness, depression or anxiety.....just Allow yourself to feel.
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Lysane
Pleurer
J'ai accepté que je me sentais pas bien, j'ai laissé les larmes couler.
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Shamal
Struggling with fear of losing someone
I have to accept it and let it go. Still I couldn't do it.. But I to do it
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Tiff
Let it go
I learnt that sometimes you have to let go and not stress about what you can’t control
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Jill
Breath
Like the concept: Breathe in acceptance, breathe out resistance.
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Talei
Sad
I learned that no one had ever told me that before. It made me cry.
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Jamie Beth
Mantra and mudra
I realized that I really enjoy chanting mantras, breathing techniques, and mudra hand positions. I need to make the time to do them
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June
Sad
It's ok to be sad. It will take time to be happy again but I'll get there
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Gracie
Learning to accept my sadness
When she listed sadness as a feeling that I could be feeling, it made the feeling feel even more real. Instead of trying to hold it together and distract myself, she helped me embrace my sadness and try to accept it. When my mind began to drift elsewhere, I became a little frustrated, so I need to work on staying as present as possible.
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Gracie
Accepting my sadness
It is okay to let yourself feel whatever it is you are feeling. Suppressing the feeling will make it worse. Try to embrace and accept your feelings.
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Jessica
Accept
I learned that I have to accept that I’m entering a new chapter and it’s okay to be sad that a chapter is closing.
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Kendall
Befriend the difficult..
Breathe in acceptance and breathe out resistance. Befriend those moments that are difficult and make you feel uncomfortable, we are human and meant to feel things. Feelings come and go and change and resolve themselves over time. Something that may feel so intense can slowly fade away.
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Julian
Befriending and Outgrowing
Difficulty will always come and go. But growth will be forever.