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Dea Rivera
Mindfulness teacher
This session is designed to help you become aware of the clouds in your mind- through the subtle movements of the breath- Notice them, with curiosity and let them float on by without judgment. 
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125 reflections
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Jaia
It’s okay to wander
Sometimes life is going to distract you and thoughts will cause you to lose focus. But it’s okay, some days are harder than others but as long as you’re willing to focus, those thoughts that make you wander can be used to help the growth in the meditation process.
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Richard
Change your relationship with your thoughts.
This is something that I had totally forgotten about and will definitely reimplement in my life. Changing how we relate to our thoughts that will come will aide us in dealing with them more effectively.
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Fernanda
Move on
I learned that there’s no reason to judge, we need to let things follow it’s own path and flow with it, it’s not good being like that, life it’s more beautiful if you just live your life and let others live
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Andrea
3
I learned that I am capable of letting go of some judgement and I am aware of the coming and going of my thoughts.
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Justine
Flow
Whenever I think of clouds I imagine the shapes in them. Faces, animals, mythical beasts and frozen scenes. I see them dark and heavy with rain or light and fluffy and imagine cherubs with bows and heart shaped tipped arrows diving in and out of them. Clouds can obscure the sun or bring much needed rain. Depending on your perspective they are a blessing or at the very least an inconvenience. A cloudy sky provides shade on a hot day. A cloudy mind may be necessary to appreciate when once they are gone and your mind is clear again.
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Chad
Mindfulness
I am new to Mindfulness meditation. So far I really are impressed with the powerful results that can be accomplished.
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Kevin
It’s about doing
Make meditation a habit...so it daily without exception to gain the benefits
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Everett
Head in sand
When I was buried I had a smile on my face and when I waited I had a smile on my face
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Helen
Change you relationship with your thoughts. Change your relationship with your own self. Y
Cloudy or clear? Your thoughts project your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You can choose to be positive or negative. You can choose to be hopeful or hopeless. In any situation, stop and take a deep breath and choose your reaction. Too quick to judge, or slow to consider options.
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Lauren
judging
in order to truly gain from meditation, i must let go of all judgements that may arise in my thoughts.
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Joyce
Cloudy mind
Picturing my thought floating by like clouds, at varying speeds is a great analogy. I could also picture the days when have trouble letting go of a thought as classic gray cloud that hangs over my head. Next time it happens I’ll try to remember this practice and nudge the cloud to get it unstuck so it can continue to drift along. Namaste
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Sam
Wonderfully Insightful
A wonderfully insightful session. The sky/cloud analogy was beautiful. This helped me learn to explore, accept and control my cloudy mind. Thank you for this wonderful meditation.
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Maddy
12/12/17
I learned that it’s really easy for our mind to get clouded with many thoughts, but it’s important to let them just be what they are. And to experience them without judgement.
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Melissa
Wandering thoughts
I learned that it’s ok for our thoughts to wonder. It’s normal for our minds to produce thoughts and sometimes produce lots of thoughts. Don’t pass judgement on your thoughts just let them float on by and pull yourself back to the present moment.
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Cho
Adores the section throughout but not so much the abrupt ending
. Overall it is an informative session! Adores the section throughout but not so much the abrupt ending
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Mia
Judgement
Is what my thorns are made of. When I learn to stop hurting myself with it, my world will be Paradise.
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Paula
Some days are cloudier than others
Some days will have more distractions, noises, and thoughts than other days. Today was harder to stay clear. But tomorrow might be easier.
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Julian
Clouded mind
The clouds go away when you turn to your innermost self. There's no more space for wandering thoughts there.
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Julian
Clouded mind
The clouds go away when you turn to your innermost self. There's no more space for wandering thoughts there.
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Julian
Clouded mind
The clouds go away when you turn to your innermost self. There's no more space for wandering thoughts there.
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Paul
Very cloudy
My mind is very cloudy lately, hard to find peace and quiet and to relax.
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Yaz
Wandering
That even when I’m trying to relax my mind wanders everywhere...
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Garren
The Clouds
Although my mind is very cloudy I'm still able to relax while jumping from thought to thought.
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Arriayne
Storm
My clouds quickly become a storm and I’m on a boat trying to go towards the light but can’t seem to get there. I feel overwhelmed and feels as though my storm may not go away.
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Beida
Creep
What a challenge it is to be mindful of your thoughts. They creep in, the mind is so hard wired and so hard to free. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work on this.
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Tammy
Cloudy mind
Such a beautiful way to explain our thoughts and tangents as passing clouds. Some days more cloudy than others. Mindfulness is recognizing the thoughts and letting them pass as clouds do in the sky and instead concentrating on our breath. Sounds easy right. Unfortunately, some days are a struggle. Than other days you succeed. It is all apart of the process of being human.
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Kasia
Clouds pass by
I learned that just like clouds my thoughts cluster and then they pass. When I am feeling overwhelmed I can redirect my thoughts to my breathing. Being me peace within the storm.
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AJ
Picturing a sky
Since I started breathing and mindfulness work, I have enjoyed the idea of my thoughts as clouds, but after working on this for a bit now, when I close my eyes to breathe, I can see the sky in the background now automatically and watch the clouds while still focusing on my breath. It has been a wonderfully helpful metaphor.
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Susie
Clouds as angels
Whenever i need to soothe my mind i love looking at clouds like if they are angels sending me their calm effects-
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Renata
Cloudy mind
Releasing your mind from all kind of thoughts feel beautiful and helps you start a nice day.
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Sean
Dea’s awesome!
I really enjoy the discovery of self. Letting go of what was, accepting what is. And then letting that go, like a breath.
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Harvey
Cloudy mind
A short engaging , encouraging, clarifying practice . Thank you for the session of understanding.
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Kasey
Clouds
Don't let your mind get overwhelmed with thought clouds. Be present
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Nadya
Focus
I have trouble focusing :( either my mind wanders or I listen too intently to the audio that I miss out on the content
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Kim
Cloud mind
Yes my mind was cloudy ⛅️ today at work I couldn’t focus on what I was doing I had got a little behind trying to help out a customer and my communicator wasn’t working properly. I’m hoping that tomorrow night will be better when I go in to work. Thank you have a good night,🌙
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Grace
It’s important to understand when your mind is wondering.
It’s important to understand when your mind is wandering so that you can bring it back to the present.
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Melinda
Cloudy mind
This was really helpful as a visual reference for me. A great way of understanding mindfulness and being gentle with ones self....very helpful.
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Stacie
If we slow down our breathing and actually feel each breath then we will learn to be able to focus
And we will start to notice each breath become less rapid more mindful
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Kim
The clouds
The clouds float in and float away like thoughts. I can grow from the painful memories, realizing there is opportunity to let the clouds float past and the sun again breaks through.
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Matthew
Day 1
Take time to anchor and focus on breathing to calm your mind and body.
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Riley
Cloudy
I learned that it’s good to rather than to push away your thoughts but embrace them in a new perspective
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Hannah
Wandering
My mind kept wandering tonight, but I was able to redirect without judgement. I am so happy with how my state of mind has changed in only two weeks. My method of going to sleep has gone from remembering and berating myself for things I've done wrong or dumb things I've said to meditation and mindful breathing. I also came to realize that while I may remember something dumb I said in a conversation with someone three weeks ago, that person probably only thought "huh, that was a little odd" if they even think that. I can't believe how much more positive of a person I am becoming. Thank you to all the instructors I have enjoyed sessions from in the past two weeks!
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Courtney
Cloudy Mind
I learned that it's natural to have an inflow and outflow of thoughts constantly moving through your mind.
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Patty
Goodbye thoughts
Such a simple and easy reminder of what to do with intrusive thoughts. Put them on a cloud and watch them drift away. Maybe I’ll have a sigh of relief as I bring myself back to mindful breathing or maybe just a refocus on my belly as I gently inhale and exhale. Very nice, Dea. 🙏
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Lacy
Thoughts like clouds
Our thoughts really are like clouds and we often get swept up in them and let them take us for a ride. I enjoyed using that as a visual guide to bring myself back and let that cloud keep on going by.
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Mallory
Scattered thoughts
Made me realize how many scattered thoughts I real have and how I need to try to become mindful enough to catch on and slow them down
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Tara
Thoughts
Intrusive thoughts are like clouds moving across a clear blue sky.
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Laura
Calm
Observing thoughts without judging them helps to clear the mind of negativity
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Jennifer
Cloud 9
The tone of this woman’s voice played an important role in this short but sweet meditation / exercise. I was drawn in and tuned in. My mind was in almost clear focus. An instructors voice and tone play an important role in a meditation. I also liked the comparisons of clouds and our thoughts🙂
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Jorge
La mente nublada
Definitivamente el poder reconocer una gran cantidad de pensamientos mientras medito me ayuda a ponerle orden y a aceptar que estoy en ese momento. Cada vez más siento mucha más facilidad para practicarlo y sobre todo, sentir las cosas que vivo. Lo malo es que aún tengo rezagos. Por fortuna, no es algo que le tenga miedo afrontar.
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Erica
Clouds
I like the cloud visualization. Ive been using a path- thinking about the thoughts as pulling my me off my path but maybe its a bit less harsh than that. Its like the teacher said they're just floating along. Acknowledging the thoughts and having awareness of them IS mindful - so maybe my work is to remove judgement and sit with some of the thoughts.
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Margot
Cloudy mind.
The more clouds there are the more anxious I feel. And there are way too many clouds. I can cope with blue skies and little white puffy clouds. But this constant bank of thick grey cloud is wearing me down
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Marah
Breathe
Ok to have thoughts during meditation, Ideas come to me in moments like this
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Megan
Turning it off
I learned that focusing when the mind wanders can lower my anxiety
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Stina
Thinking
I learned that thoughts are like clouds. You choose if you just want to look at them and leave them or if you want to follow them
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Gina
Training our responses
I don’t have to struggle to get rid of my thoughts but rather just let them exist& float on by while returning my focus to my breathing. Just let them happen without reacting badly. Just focus back to my breathing & eventually my responses become neutral.
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Cyndee
Crummy clouds in my mind ☁️
This was very relaxing my mind actually wasn’t so cloudy from thoughts as it was from a head cold. It started last night at work and I found it extremely difficult to focus on my job. I’m feeling pretty crummy, I have crummy clouds in my mind. Thanks 🙏 Dea
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Julie
I still feel a bit anxious but it’s less than it was moments before. A second meditation might help.
My mind wonders frequently without my realizing it. My anxiousness lives in the front of my head, my throat, and my chest.
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Kiki
Need
Don’t judge yourself to hard, Honey. And Go easy on yourself and be aware of your thoughs
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Jeff
Cloudy notice
The more practice mindfulness the more I realize the mayor active practicing mindfulness is mindfulness. Noticing that your thoughts are clouded alone is mindfulness just noticing when your thoughts drift is mindfulness. It’s important not to judge yourself when you thought stray.
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Su
Calming
It calmed me down. I was really stressed because of my exams but I feel better now.
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nick
Could this free me?
I felt the need to feed my addiction. Listened and didn’t crave it anymore in that moment.
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Ryan
Incomplete
When I really got into it, it jus cut off....I was really focusing in on what she was saying and she didn’t even give me a “to be cont...”
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Steven
It's easier when Im tired.
Easier to clear my mind when tried because I enjoy the healing nature of breathing.
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Hannah
Day One
I learned that it is important to not judge your thoughts when they wander, as that creates a negative attitude somewhere where there’s supposed to be a positive or neutral attitude.
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Sam
3/25
I felt anxious almost immediately and I had a lot of judgments. Not a lot of thoughts in my head, I feel like the judgments were taking up most of the room
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Elliot
Breathing
My mind went empty and now my breathing is super calm. No thoughts of anxiety, no thoughts of anything!
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Mackenzie
I felt
We can always go to a safe place of hope or dreams wheather it’s real or a fake dreams can come true.
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Ram
Windows of the mind
Great image. I could feel a cloud or two appearing and disappearing. Brooding over anxious situations fills the mind- sky with dark rain clouds. With compassion and faith in one’s self , the rain clouds of the anxious mind - rain gently without thunders and lightening - life giving.....
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Mark
First Mindfulness
It is easy - but easy too to take for granted! Irritation rises up as I am told my reflection is too short” - for who? Whose reflection is it? Then wry humour at the ‘arguing’ with a bot.....
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C. Clayton
Present
My breathe helps me "anchor myself in the present." This meditation was packed full of usefulness. I also enjoy Dea's voice. The fundamentals she walks through are what brings me back to meditation. Staying away from judging one's self about thoughts. Letting thoughts flow while observing calmly and bringing my thoughts back to my breath.
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Rae
Mindfulness
Dealing with racing thoughts is a struggle. And though my thoughts still intruded I felt a bit more in control of them
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Verity
Cloudy Mind
I noticed that my mind had started to wander quite a bit during this meditation when his very normal for me but I still did what she said and brought my attention back yo my breath.
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Bella
Noting
I found it very difficult to simply “let my thoughts go by” and focus on my breath. I was fine doing one or the other, but attempting both increased my anxiety.
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Carlee
Wonder
I felt like I was able to simply notice my thoughts and watch them come and go without grabbing hold to any specific thought. I liked the analogy of the clouds rolling by and some of these clouds will rain and others will simply float by
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Susie
Cloudy Mind
I found the imagery of thoughts floating through my mind as clouds through the sky to be quite helpful. It is so easy to judge thoughts as disruptive during meditation but actually they are just a reminder to return to the breathe.
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Beth
Cloudy Mind
I need to change my relationship with my thoughts. I am too hard on my self for my thoughts when my mind wanders.
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Tasha
My thoughts
I need to be mindful of my thoughts and learn to be patient with them. My brain is constantly going maybe I can slow it down by being more mindful and patient with myself and my thoughts.
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Philine
Good start and even better end
I had a really stressful day and so I’ve chosen this mediation. I’ve really appreciated that there was no ending sentence but more of an open end so that I could sit here a few more minutes and just breath and recapitulate the meditation.
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⚽️Ava⚽️
Cloudy Mind
Focus on your breath can let go of all the judgments that have hang onto your mind
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Julie
Wandering Mind
I learned that it is okay for your mind to wander during meditation. It is part of the process. When you acknowledge the thoughts you are having then you can return to the breath and become present with the moment.
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Lienke
Cloudy mind
I get really annoyed when I am thinking all the time, I tried to avoid thinking, not realizing that I should just build a relationship with my thoughts.
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Katey
Recognizing the Area where Anxiety Resides in Me
I hold tension and stress in my stomach and chest. When I am anxious about something or cannot focus on anything except what is stressing me out, it makes my stomach feel sick and in knots and my chest feels heavy. I need to practice letting go of this tension because it can be debilitating especially when I have things that have to be done and that will help ease my anxious feelings...recognizing it, reducing it, and changing my brains thoughts about it eases the discomfort.
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Mary
Mindfulness
I learned by the acceptance of the clouds imagines in my mind help me with the present of mindfulness and once awareness is recognized I can focus on the rhythm of breathing in and out with easy
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Marlene
I felt soothed. I appreciated the non- judgmental tone.
I learned that it’s ok to have my thoughts wander during a meditation and that I can always return to breath.
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Grace
Cloudy mind
It helps u with stress and u will love how u can get stress off u
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Mark
Space
Sometimes we just need those few minutes to escape and imagine a safe place where no fear or stress can reach us. It can be anywhere, anytime!
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Alex
Muddy clouds
What I learn from this practice of mindfulness defiantly made realize how much your thought can dictate your feeling at times.
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Jenn
Cloudy Mind
This seemed to be cut short or something. I can only wonder if there's a longer version of it because as my mind wandered some I came back to find it had already ended. Just silence...I had to check the app to see if it was really over! I'm sure with more use I won't drift so much but it does give an indication of how long my attention span is at this moment in time.
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Melis
Ckoudy
This was good. I was able to refocus a few times. Would be better as a longer practice.
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Louis
A Cloudy Mind
This meditation focuses on accepting the thoughts that come into our mind as an observer. No judgment or need to change anything, but noticing the playing field of our minds.
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Hayley
Mindfulness
I loved when she elaborated on this ideology of “Working towards my personal capacity of mindfulness”. Knowing where my thoughts are and why Im on that specific cloud OR why I’m jumping from cloud to cloud. I didn’t realize the importance of mindfulness... bring mindful of your constant thought. Mindfulness seems 🔑 if the end goal is a healthier mentality.
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Joyce
Send it away on a cloud
Nice imagery. Let go of the negative, focus on the positive and what is within my control. Namaste
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Beckah
Hard Times
I have recently been getting therapy for my anxiety. Ironically our last session was about just acknowledging the thoughts that you have so you can move on instead of dwelling on them.
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Queen B
look
look around you and notice the good in all the things that are bad. there is always a good outcome to something no matter the issue.
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Susan
Cloudy Mind
This is one skill that I really need to work on. My mind always drifts away. I love thinking of the thoughts as just clouds instead of intrusions. Just let them go with no judgements.... Keep practicing!
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Fabiola
claudy
Be in the present, if your mind is producing more thoughts, focus in the present, not in what happened, nor in what might come, but in the present
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Kevel
Tuesday
I learned that everything will be ok. everything changes, but looking at the past, and noticing everything you have done, I learned that everything will be ok.
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jess♥️
Thoughts
Today I found that I was struggling to focus on this meditation due to the heavy rain making my thoughts spiral. I hope to try this meditation again with more focus
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Chris
Great!
Really helps me focus my mind when I feel distracted by worry. One of my favourites!
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Courtney
Nervous teacher the day before school starts back...
My brain is completely consumed with returning back to school. The last few months have been rough, and I am really worried that the next will be the same. It felt good not to be consumed even if it was only momentarily.
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Joyce
Little pink puffy cloud...
Sometimes I wish more thoughts would generate, when I’m looking for ideas or someone asks me for an immediate comment on something. I think maybe they are there, just floating out of sight. A good intention for the day, to encourage the big duller clouds to move on so the fledgling clouds can have their hour in the sun. Namaste
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wendy
rain cloud
I found my center. there can be rain clouds and I don't have to get wet. I can return to center and leave the clouds to drift.
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Tiffany
Centering
My worries floated away instead of setting in my mind. I needed this just before bed. With a clear mind I can drift off to sleep.
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Kirsten
Cloudy
I noticed that I do not feel as stressed as I did before. Some of my stress has seemed to float away.
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Courtney
clouded
I felt relief. I had a long and stressful day. I've been anxious and stressed. This practice helped me unburden myself with my thoughts.
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Joe
Cloudy
I realized that catching yourself in so may thoughts is being Mindful. And I like that
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Angela
Cloudy
I learned that while meditating your mind can get cloudy and it can wander off into thought. You just have to keep focusing on the breath
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Justinne
Overcast
Today is compre day!!! And this mindfulness session is more appropriate than every: I have so much thoughts -- journalism issues, media theories and concepts, fear of not passing the exam, insecurities about my intellectual capabilities, etc. -- hence, my mind is practically overcast. I need to calm down and channel everything to order. Kaya mo 'to, Tinay!
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Darby
Happy
I feel like these little three minute recordings are actually helping me with my stress and clearing my mind. It’s so great!!
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Shannon
Light
I started to feel as light as a feather. I listened while lying flat on my back, arms and my side, and legs together and uncrossed.
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Elisabeth
Notice how I meditate
I can acknowledge my mind as it wanders but not judge, just redirect my thoughts to my breathing. Freedom from judgement feels great
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Jason
Breathing is important.
To breathe - just breathe - you need to inhale and exhale. And this is an anchor, hanging from your nose to the present moment. And if you give attention to that anchor...it makes the clouds in the sky of your mind go away.
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Susan
Cloudy Mind
Don't let yourself float away on the clouds. Be mindful when your attention becomes distracted from the present with thoughts.
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Bara
The end??
Just to say that nothing indicates the end of this meditation. Thank you to correct it. Have a nice day!
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Javier
My mind
Not judge, focus on my breathing. Look at the positive. Focus on my breathing,
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Debb
Clouds in my Coffee . . . ☁️ ☕️
As soon as I saw the title of this meditation, my mind immediately went to that song. It’s hard to focus on the meditation when your mind is silently singing the words to the song! 😜🙄😂 Be prepared if you decide to do this meditation, it only gave the three minute option and ended very abruptly. 😳 https://youtu.be/mQZmCJUSC6g
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Martha
Nublado
My head is often full of clouded mind thoughts. Me, the observer.
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Joseph
Mood
I’m feeling a little tired but my mood is calm and balanced.
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Angie
Idk
That i am less stressed, but its gonna come back soon yippiii (they told me to write more so here i go) dksbfbdndbdbdjdjdjvjxxbxnxvxbxbxnxvnxvxnxbxbxbxbxvxxznxbxkbxnxxbnfnfbfkfbfkfbfbfkfvfnfvfkfvfnfbfnfbfnndfnfkfjfkfbfjfjfjfkfbfjgjgbgkfvfkfbfkfbfjfbfj
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Rachel
I am having too many thoughts
I had terrible sleeping last night because of thoughts running through my head, making me sad and feel hurt. I can learn to center myself to push away those thoughts.
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Daniel
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Cara
Mindfulness
It's nice to remember that mindfulness can come in small increments
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Susan
Cloudy Mind
I loved this explanation on mindfulness. I will take this with me. Thank you
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Skye
Perfect for People Without a Meditation Practice
This is simple and perfect for those just learning how to manage their thoughts.