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Lauren Ziegler
IAYT Yoga Therapist & Mindfulness Coach
This is a motivating session for working through the thing that's holding you back. We use the metaphor of boulder in the center of your room that you keep ignoring. Your boulder may be perpetuating past thoughts, limiting beliefs, fears or doubts. It makes sense when it was created, but now it's just a boulder in the center of the room that obstructs the view, and doesn't let light in. Choose what you're going to do to clear the way once and for all. Decide to change your life for the good.
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181 reflections
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Bill
Fake it
Until I make it... that's the best I have for now but at least I'm trying 😊
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Andrea
It helped me form a visual in my mind for picturing a problem.
With time the Boulder can be moved or worn down. The problem can be solved.
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Denise
Wonderful analogy
We create our own boulders without even realizing it and we have the power to change it.
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Ella
Boulders
This is exactly what I needed today. I have been working through some internal emotional blocks, or boulders, and this provided me with a bit of extra support. It helped to remind me that while these boulders or blocks are a mix of my and my environments making, they can also be moved and dismantled by me. The power is mine and in my control. This is my one precious and small life and it's time I allowed the light to shine fully and brightly upon it once more. Thank You!
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Jennifer
Boulder
I'm going to learn to let go of the things that are killing me slowly from the inside. I want to be alive again.
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Sharlene
Boulders
I can make a change even if I am used to the discomfort by realizing it is there instead of ignoring it.
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Marla
Boulder of Anxiety
With the help of the Holy Spirit inside me I can remove this boulder from the room. I give it to God so I can live a free life.
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Sarah
I choose
I don't always have to be perfect every minute of the day. Acknowledge the stress and the worry and choose to make a change. I choose to let go!!
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Muhammad
Second Meditation
I learned that I should stop worrying as much as I am because it's obstructing the opportunities in my life that I would otherwise be able to grasp easily.
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Elisabeth
Boulders
I liked what she said about boulders. I've recognized this before, that there are ways that I feel now about myself, my life, my world, that trouble me and that dictate my life. I feel like these have always been here with me. I can't remember when they didn't exist or if they ever didn't exist, and I feel they are a part of me. They obstruct my view, like a boulder in the center of the room. But I live with them, I build my life around them. I like to hear from someone else that I can move these boulders and see more clearly. I constructed them, and can deconstruct them. I did not like that she told me to focus on my breath and then started talking. I can't do both!
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Aaron
Boulders
I was having a lot of stress and anxiety about different situations in my life today and it was really wearing on me. So when I listened to this, I never imagined it would hit home for me. I concentrated to getting rid of those boulders wearing me down. After this, I felt so much better!!
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Becky
Boulders
I know I have some boulders. Now I just need to identify what they are exactly and commit to getting them out of my way in an orderly low-stress manner.
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Edena
Boulders
I learned that I allow that boulder to consume me, overwhelm me, and hinder me from feeling powerful happy and at peace. My boulder is fear, worrying, overthinking, & having uncontrollable negative thoughts. I need redirection & to refocus my life
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Teodora
Boulders
I need to remove the limiting beliefs that I have created to grow into a better version of myself. Hopefully living up to my potential.
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Elizabeth
Boulders
I learned that I should believe in myself before expecting anyone else to.
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Brenda
Objects of Imagination
What have I created? It appears so big--too big--for me to move. Too longstanding for me to change. So many years I have been trapped. I am forever stuck. Or am I? Boulders may be mere objects created by my imagination, if so, it is with my imagination they can be removed.
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Chris
Boulders
I learned that I can not let stress consume me. I must learn to handle one thing at a time.
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Kailin
Boulders
I learned that there isn't anything that I SHOULD do. And that the only reason I am the way I am is because I've built my life around this boulder, that isn't my true self.
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Lhiza
Boulders
It's something that blocks to anything that will possibly results good in life. Like stress that consumes all my day. From now on I am going to ignore all the people or things that gives me stress.
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Sarah
The Truth Shall Set You Free
This analogy really resonated with me. I was brought up in a world of limiting beliefs based on fear, which never really felt natural to me. I went through the motions as best as I could but I experienced frequent anxiety attacks as a kid because of these beliefs but was forced out of my comfort zone anyways, my family always believed I was just being dramatic. It became this never ending cycle, it was so damaging. As I got older I couldn't help but feel drawn to everything that I wasn't supposed to, things (like meditation) that I later learned were in reality, truly amazing things that weren't bad at all. So lucky for me, I basically knew about the boulder all along, although it took me 20+ years to break completely free of it. Moral of the story: Trust Yourself You are the author of your own life 👍🏻
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Nate
Boulders
I can take that boulder and move it because I am done with it
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Cheryl
Mind
How powerful the mind is and the impact on our experiences.
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Cody
Let go
I learned that you need to let go of negativity but also acknowledge and learn from it
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Patches
My past is past
I am trying to rebuild myself now from the inside out. Letting go of the horrible nightmare I call my past.
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Alice
Shine
I need to move that boulder and let the light in. Even if that boulder is a stuck up cow of a person.
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Ashley
I can
I learned that I need to let go. No need to try to control what you never needed to control in the first place
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Aileen
Stress
That’s all I can stress, sad difficult day. Strange feelings today loss, betrayal unsure.
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Keith
First 3 min mediation "boulder in the room."
I learned that I have several boulders in my life. I have the ability with God, and my work to remove them permanent a day at a time.
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Brianna
Boulder
It's true that I do create a lot of problems for myself..and that growing up I was taught a lot of stuff from my family that I don't really agree with, not because my family are bad people but just because that's what their elders taught to them and that's what they taught to me. I've been raised believing in limiting beliefs. But today I change that. I accept all the boulders in my life as part of me, but they no longer serve any purposes for me so now I'm going to let them all go. I choose today to love myself, and recreate my life.
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Holly
Boulder
I learned that I have a boulder I didn’t even know I had. I learned to look through my thoughts more instead of pushing everything to the back of my mind and ignoring it.
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Gertrud
Thank you!
I learned that everything is up to me. That we should take more time to look into us and trie to understand our boulders that we have created , so we could let them go and feel more happy! :)
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Kelsey
Barriers and Restrictions
I learned that I am holding myself back in too many ways. It’s time to start clearing the multiple boulders in my life so that I am no longer restricted. I will make a plan, and start finding ways to work on these barriers and restrictions each day.
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Annegret
Boulders
We all have boulders taking up valued space in our life. They are heavy and useless and it will take attention to remove them.
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Hannah
Bruh
I wish I wasn’t so god damn broke so I could meditate more. Someone hook a girl up with a premium account.
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Karly
Boulders
It’s up to me to clear the clutter.... or hang on to it! Time to clear it!
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Colleen
Boulder
I learned that even though I can’t see it there are things holding me back from greatness.
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Gokhan
It is now
I learned that i can change if i want because nothing is powerful than my belief
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Matthew
A good session.
I have too many boulders cluttering up my room and which I am living with and around. Time to move 'em outta' here! First, I want to get the one out that has the word "perfection" spray painted on it...things DO NOT need to be done in a perfect sequence for me to move forward and accomplish goals. My ducks will not always be in a perfect row...move forward and achieve...get on with it Matt!
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Tia
You hold the power
Such simple yet powerful words. It's so true that we often try to live with the boulders we put up in our lives forgetting that if we put them there in the first place then we have the power to remove them.
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Blake
Enjoy life
I’ve learned that life is very precious and short so try to enjoy every moment of every day and be thankful for all the little things in life like breathing and seeing the sun in the morning and hearing the wonderful sounds of life out doors life is a very beautiful creation so love each other and most importantly LOVE YOURSELF 😍😘❤️
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Margot
My favorite meditation so far
This meditation described my life exactly. It’s like my stresses started from childhood as a small stone. And as more responsibility was heaped upon me the bigger the stone got until now it is a great big fat boulder that I can’t seem to shift because it is too heavy. But through meditating on it I’ve realized I can reverse the process. The boulder started small and was made bigger over years and years. So now I will chip away at it bit by bit until I can just push it or even kick it away. The perfect meditation for me. Thank you.
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Luke
My boulder
My Boulder was being a drone, someone that is of the majority, a normie. But I must change my ways, and I will
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Hannah
I can change
I can change my life right now. When I want to. I dont have to let this 'boulder' get in the way and block my view. I can move past it and get rid of whatever is an obstacle in my path
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Marcela
Opportunity
Looking inside to improve and give myself a second opportunity is always possible. Words and thoughts make my reality.
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Tracy the Turtle
The Most Rad
I’m going to make this a mantra for the rest of my life so that I don’t grow mountains from my boulders. Incoming sledgehammer for the win. Thank you, Aura.
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Danielle
Bye Boulder
All these boulders in my life have weighed me down, no more! I am worthy of a happy and peaceful life, and I can create that for myself with effort and love! ❤️
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Scott
Wow do I have boulders!
I’ve chosen to either ignore my boulders or not deal with them. I believe that steering around them will help my life change...boulders of retreat, fear, anxiety, and addiction. I’ve struggled with an addiction since I was 9 years old. Actually I didn’t know I was addicted back then. I woke up when I was 31 and realized that this was more than an issue, but something I’ve relied on for most of my life. I’ve been in recovery for almost 17 years now and feel like I’ve only scratched the surface. When I’m feeling sad, depressed, anxious, or triggered, I need to lean into these so that I can experience what’s necessary for healing and renewal.
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Jennifer
Fantastic!
I need this for letting go of my dead weigh people around me.
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Abby
Day 11
I’m finally getting to sleep easier. I learned it might be working
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Nickie
Bolders
I learned that we hold on to things that we needed before, but don't need anymore. I choose to let them go
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Kristina
Time to smash the boulder
There are people who want to hold me back from my full potential in my career, but I will not let them. I will use my full potential to achieve my dreams and cultivate success for both myself and the company. This is what I am passionate about and I will not have my passion taken from me simply because others are intimidated by my natural ability and willingness to do what it takes to succeed and push past the norm.
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Tammy
Boulder
The metaphor was perfect. I identified with the struggle to break apart my own boulder. It takes confidence and perseverance but, I will succeed.
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Patty
Small stones
My immediate family used to be a huge boulder that took up most of the space in a room. I decided several years ago that I would not partake in anymore game playing. I am the better for it. Since they are my family, they will always be there; hence, little stones. Easily stepped over if necessary, but still and always loved.
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Clare
Negative patterns
Like a boulder in the middle of the room. Today I choose to remove the boulder of negative self-talk to let more light in and to give me more space.
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Christina
BOULDERS
I believe I have the power and strength to remove boulders. I need to work on identifying those boulders BEFORE they run me down and emotionally flatten me.
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Nancy
Boulders
I can and will remove the boulders that are hindering my thoughts and preventing me from being happy. I can do this because I am in complete control of my life.
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Samantha
Removing the boulders
I have learned that it is important to remove the boulders as it will help make my mind more free and less stressed and complicated.
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Tabitha
Meditation
Meditation is not what I thought it would be I always seem to choose the one that really appears to have been meant just for me but somehow I always wind up sad after my meditation because even a year ago I could’ve done these things but now I feel like I can’t it’s just so strange to me that a three minute verbiage can touch me like it does
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Jesslyn
Letting go of that boulder
I always knew what I needed to get rid of in my life. But I need really thought about actually changing. Looks like I need to break it
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Becky
to be more comfortable in my body.
to love myself, where i live, accept my mistakes, my life, everything i do, and if anything stressful or sad happens in my life, i meditate, and relax and tell myself everything is okay.
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Sid
Boulder
I feel that I am constantly in pain because I’m old. I’m only 43!!! I also have trained my body to the point that when work is over at 5:30 I don’t want to have to do more work so I feel tired all the time and all this has lead to anxiety and depression. TIME to make changes
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Genevieve
Shadow Work
I was scrolling through the different meditations by Mindful Moments, but I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to do until I came to this one. It truly goes with what I’ve been searching for that helps with going deep within, acknowledging different aspects of the self (Shadow Self), embracing those aspects (thought forms, energies, traits, etc), and then releasing them. No matter what the Shadow Self is there, but if you never work with it to make yourself whole, you end up repressing it which in turn causes all sorts of issues. Like the Boulder analogy. Thank you and Namaste 🙏🏻
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Michael
Too much
My boulder is a 30 year relationship that has been over for me for a long time. Now what?
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Beth
Boulder
I am still to some extent forming my life around my boulder. I need to dismantle my boulder and clear the room.
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Susie
Boulders
Set my mind to wander on the breathless scenic from sitting in the top of mountain helps me to reach my limitless possibilities
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Regina
Lessons
I identify procrastination as a boulder interferon with my enjoyment of life
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Julie
Change a Habit I thought I needed
My habit of hurrying through the day to do the “chores” I think Must be done today or else I am not doing what I am supposed to be doing is blocking my happiness. I can learn to remove this boulder through learning mindfulness.
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Katherine
Boulders
I learned that I can change my life for good by removing that boulder that is blocking me from achieving what I want in life.
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Nige
Boulders
This is a very powerful meditation, I found it really moving - thank you 🙏 x 🙏
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Mari
One of my biggest boulders is the constant need for other people’s approval
I can learn to love and accept myself without the approval of others.
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Mel
Boulders
I choose to remove one of the biggest boulders in my life: negativity towards my self image. I recently started a one week daily challenge of writing down things having to do with self love. The challenge would give me prompts and I would follow with a quote or poem I wrote myself. I realize I need to remove all the negative self thoughts from my life. I need to not think of myself in a bad way.
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Sara
Boulder
I learned there isn’t a checklist I have to complete in order to be liked or loved.
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Ali
I choose
To remove unnecessary stress from my mind. I need to recognize what stressors are self-made, realize they don’t have value, and let them go.
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Cortney
Boulders in the room
I chose this day to no longer move around my obstacle but to face it to let in more light to go down the path I want to be on. I affirm this.
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Luke
First day of meditation.
It was different, but nothing like I kind of expected, the music and word choice most definitely sucked me in.
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Jennifer
Freaking boulder
I understand that essentially the Boulder in the room/the white elephant kept growing as I have in life. What I am furious about is that it didn’t move it out soon enough. She is right some of it is my fault, some of it is the outside world breaking in my windows and filling in the room like a tidal wave or a tsunami. I witnessed one of my kids in school start to have emotional breakdowns, and I hope she never goes through what goes through my mind whenever overly stressful periods come up. I wrote in a sketchbook to reply to one of my kids artist statement that being happy is the hardest part sometimes, but strength is the easiest for me: that I wished that she is strong and happy as she wishes to be. Unless I am mind wiped or brainwashed in someway, the things that are stuck in my mind make me furious, sad, and all the emotions that were there; when they started growing in the beginning. I know I should forgive for myself, but my love/ my friend left me. I don’t understand it. I think life would’ve been better if she would’ve said goodbye. But, I’ll never have that resolution.
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Marlin
Believe
I learned that I can remove the limiting beliefs I’ve held on for so long. I can love myself just the way I am.
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Manon
Eerste dag
Ik heb geleerd dat ik weer controle kan nemen. Ik heb geleerd dat ik niet alleen of raar ben.
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Nadir
There is an infinite amount of knowledge out there.
In my opinion the first person to go to the pit is the one that knew a lot and yet never taught anyone
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Arlene
Boulders
I do not have to keep a boulder if my own making. I can remove it.
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Jessica
I don’t have to try so hard. I can take my time and be patient. Others will come to me and love me.
I don’t have to be anything. I am my own happiness. This Boulder I have created is a accumulation of things in the way to deeper knowing and more understanding. Patience is a virtue and I should take life slow and let god show me my way.
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Alana
Boulder
I learned more about what’s been holding me back. And that I don’t belong to that.
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Suzila
Session ?
I love it ! Totally helpful ! This is what i need.. hope after this more positive thoughts coming ! 😊
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Bronwen
Removing boulders
Is simply a matter of discontinuing to feed and build them. By choosing my thoughts more carefully I am able to redirect my connection with life.
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Caryn
Boulders
Powerful easy to understand this way! This is what is holding me back...
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Isha.
Choosing not to ignore.
I learnt that it’s not only me but everyone around who has their own fabricated boulders.Lots and lots of them.It is difficult to find them and act upon them for our own good.For a start, I now know one of mine. 🌻
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Clarissa
I can do better
There’s more to be done and that being mediocre is okay but being great is even better. I have some work to do.
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Tommy
Obstructions
I learned that anxiety is my boulder and I cannot get rid of it, but I can chip away at it until it is no longer bigger than me.
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Kate
Dogs
Don't meditate while the dogs are active. Also, resolution meditations stimulate stress rather than help it leave.
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Deepti
Focus
Right now i am so easily distracted and prone to my mind wandering during mindfulness moments that pay attention needs to be a constant refrain to keep me focused. In my mind it feels like I’ve got an inner brain and an outer brain. The outer brain can focus on meditation but the inner brain is an unruly child that insists on skipping down imagination lane at the first sign of a quiet mind.
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Jayy
Boulders
I have created a Boulder. I fudge know what the hell that meant until after I completed the meditation. I don’t feel 100% stress free or like my old self but I at least now think I know how I can help myself get back to that old me. I now know the problem. It’s time to remove the boulder.
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anna
Boulders
I loved this meditation, it makes you focus on things that are causing roadblocks in your life and helps motivate you to get past it rather than letting it sit there holding you back.
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Justine
Thank you boulder
You were there when I needed you but now I can move on. There has been many sized boulders in my life and will probably be more but I will learn to trust myself and overcome them.
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Annie
This metaphor is terrific
Any obstacle in your life can be the boulder, and once you identify it, you can affirm your desire to remove it.
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Elizabeth
Move Mountains One Step At A Time
Taking on our obstructions and dealing with them as boulders, we can more easily set ourselves to the task of real change. A boulder may appear huge at first, but with a hammer and chisel, we can see noticeable improvement as we deconstruct it from Dayton day. That being said, it’s a less daunting task, when we hope to move mountains. Just take things one boulder, a.k.a. obstruction, at a time.
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Jax
Day one
This is gonna be hard and it's gonna be awkward and it might even suck sometimes but I have to do it if I intend to fix the way anxiety is affecting me and my relationships.
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Ola
Everything
I've learned that my life is MINE and I decide what to do with it and how to change it. I can do whatever I want.
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Melissa
3.1.18
Acknowledging the boulders is the first step in knocking them down and allowing more light in your life.
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Laura
My boulder
I learned that my boulder is not who I am. It’s who I believe I am. And I shall not believe in my boulder any more.
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Payton
I love
I love this meditation so much it’s helps you connect with yourself and sets a positive outlook for yourself!
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Jeff
Boulders blocking my view
The metaphor of boulders in the middle of the room blocking my view that of been there so long I’ve gotten used to them was pretty easy to transform to my problem of excess clutter. I’ve slowly develop so much clutter and gotten so used to it that I don’t have people over very often anymore and when I do I’m embarrassed. I will focus and do what it takes to clear my clutter so that I can think more clearly, feel more confident, focused, clearheaded, and organized.
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Olivia
Felt
I learned that my boulders are sadness/anxiety/being scared/stress
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Jasmine
Hi
I learned that I don’t need to do everything for everyone else I can do things for myself too❤️
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Jasmine
Felt
I learned that my boulders are sadness, anxiety and memories
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Holley
I noticed
That i have a long way to go to find happiness but I'll settle for neutral.
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Anna
I felt like a whole burden has been lifted off my chest and I feel empowered and good about myself
I learned that there’s no point in being so stressed about friends and exams because I just need to believe in myself
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Amela
I noticed that
Negativity was the first thing that came to my mind as my boulder
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Cobra
We all have folders in our minds
They all become boulders as we ignore them and live around there mass. Sometimes we need to take a look around to see how many folders we have placed metaphorically in our minds and in our lives yes it’s blocking the view maybe it’s something I told myself over and over again that I needed make up that I needed to do my hair that I needed to do this to be beautiful but I don’t need to do anything.
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Emily
it was not very effective in the moment
this was hard to latch onto and it was hard to keep up with what she was saying. this would be very nice to do on a daily basis to help me though
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Kaitlyn
Full potential
I realized that constantly putting myself down blocks me from seeing my full potential and I can change that and become better by realizing my full potential
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Joyce
Elephant in the room
Doubt is my big boulder- lack of faith and self confidence, refusal to hear, understand, accept my missions in this life. Here’s to willing the boulder out of the room - much better imagery that just working on chipping away at it! Namaste
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Sandi
Boulder
Dread is my boulder which is also fear. Fear that what I seek will not be accomplished. After this session I will face the boulder.
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J. P.
I felt good, better than before.
I can everything. I can move my life and my love when I want.
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Louis
Move Out of the Way
Some people in my life have become my boulder. They have too much power and I need to gently move them out of the way.
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Bella
Chipping away at obstruction
Many of the anxiety inducing issues in my life are a result of small problems that I birthed into boulders. However, in order to get rid of these boulders that hold me back, I must start slowly and take chunks off little by little, otherwise it would be quite difficult
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Caroline
Boulder
Really trying to work on my self doubt. This was nice and much needed
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Amy
Self-doubt.
Self-doubt is my boulder that I will remove. Consciously. Easily.
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Erica
Me Too
Been thinking with this about victimization and how we carry our scars around with us. I wonder what would happen if we just let them go? Stop giving them power? Do they win then too? Maybe trying to not let it bother me also lets them win. Navigating whats coming knowing this is a part of the past is why things like this are so traumatizing. Its like we can never escape...especially as women.
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Manda
I felt a relief taking in air. I felt relaxed.
I learned that sometimes we just need to take a deep breath and go along with the day.
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Sofia
We’ll get there
I learned that my “huge” goals can be tackled a little at a time and eventually I will get to the finish line
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Maisie
Amazing
Aura is an amazing app. I love the way it calms me down during times of stress, cheers me up in times of sadness and despair, and it lets me look at life in a different way. Boulders, it helped me look at life in a different way. Those boulders, blocking my view of the light or my goal. I decided that today, I am going to move that boulder and everyday, get closer and closer to that light. Every person has thousands of boulders. But to have someone to help you move them one by one, feels good. Everyday you move one boulder, and one by one you clear your view of the light, or your goal. I highly recommend this.
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Tracy
Boulder of pain
I realized that I’ve been living with a boulder blocking my view of everyday life and that I can now recognize that and that I have to ability to change my life for good. To see beyond the boulder of pain and know that it is not me but the pain I have suffered and that I can choose to let it go and radically accept myself. I can choose to love myself unconditionally
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J.W.
south end
It had been a while since my last visit. I stopped in the mom&pop fudge shop and picked up a pound of vanilla chocolate swirl as a thank you to M&B for having me over for dinner. It was a Sunday afternoon and the tourists where everywhere, the season in full swing. I decided to drive by our old house. I took the slow route along Dune Lane, which parallels the beach. Every driveway was overflowing with cars. Out of state plates; Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey. As I navigated the S-curve at Jacanna the curbs were loaded with local pickup trucks. “Must be high tide,” I thought to myself. As I approached Nighthawk I noticed the old Lancaster house was gone, replaced by an empty lot and a yellow laminated building permit. “Another ugly McMansion,” I thought to myself. Speaking of which, there was still a for sale sign on Joe’s oceanfront. Our old place looked smaller than I remember. The driveway was empty but a tilted monstrosity of rental bicycles occupied the space in front on Olive’s office window. The side yard was overgrown and they had installed an ugly wooden fence around the new pool in the back. All my sellers regret was gone. I felt nothing but gratitude and wondered how we had managed to live amidst such a sandy ant colony for so very long.
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Alicia
What do we hold?
I’ve held on for so long to so many boulders which became part of my identity. Being a certain weight and size would allow me to find love. To be accepted by my family, by men, by my peers. I would finally stop being the awkward bigger girl always the topic of contempt. Oh, this has weighed me down my whole life. I did this with yoga as a moving meditation and in child’s pose with prayer arms... I felt a deep rooted emotion within me surface. It was sobering and releasing. Thank you
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Macy
The Boulder is gone!!
This meditation makes me feel like I have been working around the boulder that is my stress and anxiety. It has mad me feel like the boulder is the queen and I am making a perfect life around it and I am putting up with this boulder and I have made a life around the boulder. Now I feel like I am remove the boulder and I will build a new way of life without this boulder in my way. I can make a change that will help. I AM GOING TO THROW AWAY THIS BOULDER FOR GOOD AND NEVER LOOK BACK!!!
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Ellie
I notice that when I wake up I don’t feel I have a purpose for the day, nothing excites me anymore
I just need to start, start a walk, start a phone call etc...
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Maria
Removing my boulder
My biggest fear is building a life based on other people’s expectations of me. Being aware of my tendency to people-please and my desire for external validation has allowed me to take a step back. Now, before I commit to anything, I ask myself, “why am I doing this?” “Does this action align with my values?” If I find myself making excuses to justify my actions, I know I am probably people-pleasing at my own expense. I am slowly learning that self-respect and self-care go hand-in-hand and if I truly wish to live a life based on my values, I must respect and take care of myself.
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Bara
What a meaningful meditation!
Thank you for this meaningful meditation. It makes me realize a lot of things... And I will try my best to liberate all the suffering coming from my thinking habits. Yes, from this day, I choose to decide to... ... ...! 🙂
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Ashley
6/19/18
I learned that some of the people I’m closest to are the reasons why this Boulder I have is growing so big.
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Sally
Removing boulders
Great meditation on focusing your personal obstacles. I have a few and this helped me put them out there to work on moving them.
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Joyce
What’s in my way?
Maybe some of my assumptions about my abilities are not true- maybe I really can do more than I think in areas where I’m weak. I’ll never know if I don’t push aside the assumption and try. Namaste
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Julie
Letting go
My biggest boulder is letting go of past hurts and forgiveness which I know is weighing me down. Some days I do better than other days with this. Just depends on how much chatter is going on in my mind. This meditation for me will definitely be a good one for me to return to to work on this.
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Taylor
Day Two
i learned that the way i see things/the way i interpret them isnt always correct, and i also realised theres so many different reasons people do the things they do.
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Tricia
Boulder in the room
What have I placed in my path to hold myself back and yet ignore the issue. I need to put this into words as I have an idea of what I’ve done but I need to articulate it.
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Liane
Boulder
I struggled with this meditation when it came to the "repeat after me" but I understood the heart of it which is recognizing the boulders that are holding me back and letting them go.
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Sam
The boulder of fear
The imagery was spot on. With practice of meditation I’m using my higher power to chip away at all that boulder. Sometimes big chunks come loose and sometimes pebbles. But it’s becoming smaller. With time, kindness and willingness as tools it’s not such a daunting task.
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Tayana
boulder
This has been my favorite meditation so far. I relate to having a "boulder". Repeating was hard as it was a lot to remember at one time but aside from that it was a good meditation.
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Christine
Boulder
I felt peaceful I notice I can change my life for good I can do this.
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Tiffany
Limiting Beliefs as Boulders
Boulders in a room block the light from coming in. A limited belief is a boulder. Past relationships that don’t serve us are boulders. By choosing to let go of people and my past toxic relationships with them I am smashing that boulder. I image me holding a huge Thor like hammer and blasting it to pieces then sweeping up the tiny gravel and using it to pave my roadway of life. I crushed what doesn’t serve me and made it useful in other areas. With the boulder gone, the light comes in. #Light&Love
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Joyce
Faith over fear?
What am I afraid of? Forge ahead, giving it all my best shot and let life unfold. Namaste
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Stephanie
Light Leaks
I felt the pressure of my boulder before I sat down for this meditation. Now that I acknowledged the boulder in my head I can see more light peaking in.
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Jeff
Choose
This meditation reminds me that I need to work to remove my boulder. To put it in Floydian terms I have built a wall of stuff that keeps people out. The clutter in my house as cluttered my mind and I want it back. I choose to remove my wall, my boulder, my obstacle to a happy life.
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richard
trying to control my mind
my mind still wanders when i am focusing on breathing. but at some point, i can take control of it.
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Natalie
Removing Boulders
Notes for future meditation: Say “I choose to remove this from my life because...” Say “I deserve to remove this/or to be happy because...”
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Bebel
Breath
Remember to breath and let your mind go sometimes. And remember that is ok to be stressed out but always try to relax and realising that
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Taylor
Boulders
I need to let go to the things at the end of the day that I am upset with myself because I did not do
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Fabiola
good
This session was good, but I am so tense that I had some trouble concentrating in my breathing and what she said.
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Briah
Loved This!
Very calming, relaxing, & brought me back to earth. Made me truly think about my future & current decisions.
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Rashwini
Relaxing.
I learned that most of the things that are bothering me now are all based on nothing but my very own imagination and expectations. I'm going to let these things go and focus on building myself, focusing on my education and loving myself more.
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jess♥️
Boulders
This meditation was particularly hard for me to get through as it made me realise the things that I need to overcome, and leave behind
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Elisabeth
Just pebbles
The best way to overcome barriers is to let go of them. Free myself from these barricades that I created, don’t let anything stop my pursuit of happiness and find comfort by demolishing the negative thoughts. Allow the meditation exercise to help soothe the tension
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Krissella
I felt...
This is a good lesson, however would she be suggesting that change isn’t possible for deep rooted habits? Because I have some I’m working hard on and I’d hate to think it’s all for not if I’ll never be able to change 🤔
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Tara
Internal false perceptions
A boulder is a very nice analogy for any number of strongly held beliefs or patterns we have that might be keeping us from growing. A few I can think of might be fears, resentments, regrets, self-doubt and recrimination, trauma, etc. . It is possible to spend many lifetimes working to remove these boulders, it is a process that requires perseverance. This little meditation helps remind me of this. It’s a struggle, like peeling an onion; you have to peel away layers.
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Tiffany
Unworthiness
In my dark moments I question if I am deserving of love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace. My boulder blocks my view of a world filled with joy, happiness, and hope. So I lower my standards in an effort to be liked. Today I know I am worthy. I look forward to a future when I believe in myself.
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Ashley
Boulders
I learned that we all have boulder weather we recognize, accept or understand them. We all have them. In order for us to recognize them we must be true with ourselves and fully be at peace. If we want to remove them we have to be able to first recognize them and then be able to let them go. This mediation was so calming and refreshing. I recognized I have a lot more boulders then I thought. I’m very hard on myself, I think it’s safe to say a lot of us are. We’re our own worst critics. But this really helped me. I focused on only two l. But two major ones for this mediation. But I will be doing this mediation more often throughout my days. Removing our boulders is essential I believe to being more at peace and loving who we are fully. We all have obstacles and boulders but we can’t let those boulders hold us back from living life to our full potential and by not letting go of those boulders and releasing them we are holding our self back from greatness. This was a great mindful moment and one of my favorites 💞🧘🏼‍♀️
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Lucy
To-do lists
I’ve realised (with the meditation that has come to me at the perfect time in my life) that I have a to-do list that is permanently so long because I add so much to it because I feel like I need to do these things when I really don’t. And this to-do list causes so much stress and anxiety in my life for no reason other than the fact that I let it!
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Meg
Body scan
I felt each micro muscle twitch as it was invoked during the mindful body scan... I'm feeling more and more in tune with my body.
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Susan
Boulders
I release the boulders I have placed in my life. I affirm that I am working to destroy them. Using food as a comfort or reward is not serving a purpose. It only makes me happy for a moment but then I am so unhappy forever. Time to let go and move forward.
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Geneva
Boulders
I have so many. I am working to dismantle the ones I see. I hope that someday they will all be gone. I am so thankful for this app and all the people who worked so hard to make it.
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Barb
Boulders
This meditation packs a wallop! It distills much of intensive psychotherapy to the very basics. Awesome!
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Cooper
Boulders
I deserve love, my fears aren’t real things, they’re just fears. I am who I am, I am not who I was.
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Ann
motivated
I enjoyed this meditation. I listened on my way to work and I feel motivated and refreshed to start the day. thank you!
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Jessica
Inspired
I live the metaphor so much that I was inspired to think of more!
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kaitlyn
life
some things happen for a reason and honselty i just needed to hear someone is there for me
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Joyce
Limitless
Today the Boulder is the limits I self-impose Sure, I have strengths and weaknesses, but that doesn’t limit my imagination. Namaste
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Susan
Boulders
I live my life with so many limiting boulders. Tumw to open my mind and allow and be who I am supposed to be.
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Jose
Mindfulness
I learned how to exercise better with relaxation and meditation.
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Ashley
Negative thoughts of the past
I learned that negative thoughts from my past, times when I was imperfect, pop up frequently and create boulders in my life that hold me back. My IBS keeps me from being as social as I want to be, which holds me back.
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Evelynn
hey
I learned to take some time out of your day to focus on you and you alone. Don't worry about anybody else but yourself.
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Susan
Boulders
I think I have always lived my life with boulders weighing me down. I must be skinny to be happy. I must get these grades to be happy... NO... I just need to be... Just to be happy
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Logan
1st time
I learned to completely stay quiet in my mind, focusing and relaxing on only my breath.
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Mi
Boulders of varying causes
Appreciated the idea that some boulders are from external environments, but I still have the tools and responsibility to dismantle this boulder in my way.
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Cary
Boulders
This happens to be my struggle at the moment...Boulders...This is a great meditation. Focusing with relaxation 💡😌
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Erin
Boulders, rocks, pebbles
It’s incredible how many aspects of life can be applied to a boulder. Having the confidence to push a boulder aside and live in our natural path takes a lot of courage. I enjoyed reflecting on the boulders I have in my life and the steps I could take to start breaking them apart. In addition, I also took time to appreciate the boulders I have made it into rocks and pebbles over time.
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Illse
My Aura transparency
I learned that the message today about the Boulder in the middle of a room describes my room and space. This coaching session cause me to reflect myself my life and Change and remove this clutter aka boulder for freedom and happiness
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Jessica
Consistent
I am getting more and more consistent in my meditation practice. I am more at peace and I can turn off the negative thoughts easier.
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Susan
Boulders
So a year ago I did this same mediation! It was chosen for me randomly again today. How amazing. Today also marks the one year anniversary of teaching my first public yoga class! So blessed
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Karla
Boulders
I deserve to change for the better. These boulders in the middle of the room are big, heavy, and in my way. All these old thoughts, beliefs, and ideas I have taken on from past toxic relationships no longer serve me. They are weighing me down and keeping me tied to the past. I choose love and growth. I choose to reprogram the old patterns to become full of soothing and supportive loving kindness. I am worthy and valued. I am strong and powerful. I love myself and my body. I am more than enough. Thank you.
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Susan
Boulders
You can choose! You can continue to live with the huge boulder in your life or you can let it go... No need to keep it there.
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Lorë
Boulders
I can identify the Boulder. In fact there are many. Now to remove one at a time
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Chris
Incredible clarity
What a great session to help realize how I’ve been living with this “boulder” of having to exert myself each day to like who I am and how to begin removing it. So grateful for this session.