Counting the Breath (3 Min, 7 Min)

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Lyndi Smith
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Wild mind? Counting the breath provides an extra support to help focus and relax our mind.
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68 reflections
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Tiffany
I can do it
Today I asked for a divorce. Something I wanted. I had no guilt over this request.
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Chris
I learned how to let go of guilt
I learned I control my actions not the actions of others therefore I have nothing to guilty for, when choose to act poorly.
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Heather
Simple focus technique
Using the count helped me keep my focus on the breath and not wander away into my thoughts. It made the meditation one of ease, which is very appreciated when I am feeling anxious. I will take what I learned in this session with me today, and am grateful for the lesson. Thank you.
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Jen
Couting helped
Counting helped me stay in the moment and not let my mind wander off.
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Zenobia
Counting helped okay today
If I find myself about to get stressed anxious or angry, just count. And it helps bring me back to earth.
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David
Silence is a struggle
I learned in today’s session that my mind struggles with silence. As soon as the session went into minutes of silence I could not keep count of my breath as I continuously was getting lost in thought. I acknowledge that this was my monkey brain trying to stay active and helped me identify a goal. Making sitting in silence easy and calming instead of a struggle and a panic.
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Kacey
Anxiety
I learned that taking time to focus only on that peaceful place helped me to reduce my anxiety on what has been running through my thoughts, causing me panic attack and such, and now I feel like I have a new outlook on the matter.
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Everett
Review
In this I was this and there was no that there was no here or there no now or then
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Ronni
Concentration
I love counting the breaths. I find that counting reveals the thoughts, and through practice I can more easily see the separate areas of worry/stress. I find that this makes them more manageable because I can identify them individually, which makes approaching them less overwhelming.
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Alyssa
Focus
I was able to quiet my mind down by focusing on my breathing and counting. It gave me a sense of relaxation and calmness.
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Veronica
Counting Deep Breaths Helps
Counting my breaths helped me slow down my racing mind. I really had to focus given the fact that my young children were making loud noises which proved to be a great distraction. I could use another go; 3 min wasn’t enough. However, the slow deep breaths I took lessened my anxiety from the day’s work projects and that was positive!
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Elisabeth C.
Counting the breath
Counting did help keep me engaged but occasionally I’d count aimlessly while thinking of other things. I love breathing exercises, they are great to use when on a run. Focusing on my breath helps me push through difficult or unpleasant things (such as running).
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Alexis
Counting Your Breath
I loved this meditation! When we are stressed about an upcoming test, rushing to work, or staying up late doing paperwork or homework and not getting enough sleep (just to name a few), we keep ourselves from observing that we need to take time to regain ourselves before continuing. This meditation teaches us to settle our thoughts by counting our breath, which brings us back to the present moment and releases stress and anger. If we just take time to count our breath, something that may be easy or may take more concentration, it helps us gain a calm and peaceful mood, which therefore helps to get things done— whether it be grading papers after a long day of teaching, or writing an important email to a colleague— in a content way that helps maximize our time spent on these activities. Sometimes, a bit of concentration and awareness can make a huge difference in what you do! 👩🏼‍🎓🧘🏼‍♀️📝⛅️
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Kellee
TGIF 12-15-17
Thank you Mindy! I was doing my counting and got lost in my counting and was listening to Mindy and lost count; it was back to 0 for me.lol. I was almost at the end count of the heartbeat too; no more anxiety for me.😀Thank you, Aura! Have a nice day, EVERYONE!
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Megan
counting the breath
I love the process of just taking a few breaths can help me become relaxed and calm, it can helps me in stressful situations
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Madeline
Focusing
Focusing on breathing makes me less anxious and I feel lighter
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Rebekah
Breathing
I learned that breathing has a wonderful way of releasing stress and helps you quickly focus on how completely your body and mind can feel after a meditation breathing session
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Melissa
1.3.18
Focusing on breathing clears my mind and puts fears into perspective.
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Aasiyah
Prepare, meditate and yogo
I’ve come to realise life is all about obstacles in our journeys to our desires or destinations. We just have to learn to adapt move around and through them. I am an A level Science and Economics student who has realised life doesn’t treat you nicely if you choose rewarding subjects for a professional career. Especially having three facilitating subjects wasn’t going to be easy in the slightest. Trust me, I believe that now after dropping a year due to personal problems and returning back to stressful education patterns. This year I plan not on making repetitive mistakes and keep a healthy sleep routine and eat healthier. In turn, will feel good and ready to have a productive day. I’ve bought an expensive book to start a bullet journal and bring back some creativity in my life - some paints and brushes too. As an individual I’ve learned I loved art as I use to brush away all my worries and anxieties with smooth strokes. So, I intend on bringing that back in my life god-willing. A💭
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Hope
There is more Joy in Life when we Meditate. My train journey to work is more pleasant than before!
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Zoe
Unsure
I wasn’t sure what she wanted us to do in this one. Did she want us to count each breath or breath for that many counts?
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Sarah
letting go
i learned that i am able to let things go and just focus on my breathing
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Matilda
Breathing
... is hard. It's even more difficult when trying to focus on relaxing. But I love the journey.
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Dave
Wonderful experience
Now that I’ve been doing this a while, I have a few favorites. Lindy’s voice and delivery brings me into a meditative state quicker than most. I am enjoying connecting and just being. Thank you.
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AnneMarie
Heart beat
Listening to my rushing heart beat near my inner ear is a great way to keep count with your breath during this exercise. Very soothing as well
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Prakriti Jennifer
Hope is nearby
When we meditate we fell more relaxed and less stressed then we did before. It helps us to calm down in hard situations that we can’t handle.. That’s exactly what happened to me.. I love meditating and I recommend everyone should too!!
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Brennen
Feb. 14
I can cycle counts up to 9 and back. I felt the rise and fall of my abdomen more so because I was sitting. The noises of my phone and computer distracted me.
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Pam
Counting the breath
Counting each inhale as 1 & each exhale as 1, up to 9, then back down again. If you lose count, start again at 1. I like this exercise and the voice behind it.
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Jet
Counting was moderately helpful
It helped me focus and cleared some of my repetitive anxious thoughts.
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Love
Breathe in sadness
In good times and in bad, just keep breathing. If you stop for a moment and focus on your breathing, you'd realize you're witnessing a miracle.
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valerie
easy breathing
if i ever feel overwhelmed with thought, i can stop, and just count my breathing to clear my mind.
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Matthew
Far too much on my mind
I was easily pulled out of this audio program several times by the rapid-fire thoughts concerning the busy day I have ahead...lost count of my breaths far too easily!
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Erin
I felt myself pulled away - Challenging session
I felt myself being pulled away by intrusive thoughts. While I’ve recognized this is part of my disorder, this was not easy for me to complete. I drifted off a lot and found it hard to control my thoughts. I’m not sure if this is a me problem or a mismatch of difficulty. It made me feel like it was not easy to meditate, and that trying to do so was futile.
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Jade
Thanks
I felt really good after that. Like all my sadness and my depression just go
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Cailee
Mindfulness
It was very calming and a big stress relief. I got lost in my thoughts and focused on breathing. Sometimes I forget to breathe so that was nice to just focus on inhaling and exhaling.
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Katelyn
Breathing
I felt like I was in another space. Like nothing could hurt me there, but I still could feel reality standing behind the walls. But for now it just felt like they could be put on hold.
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Sean
Day 1
I felt relaxed. In a laid back sense, comfortable. Almost in a happy place, thinking less of what my last couple of weeks have been like- stressful, anxious, sad.
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Josslyn
Counting the breath
I learned that counting your breathing can help relax you more and keep you focused on your goals of calming down
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Katie
Breathing
It puts my mind at ease and allows me to feel a sense of peace.
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Susie
Counting the Breath
Counting keeps me focused on my breath and my thoughts at bay. It really helped me to deepen my breathing as I went along.🙏🏻
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counting the breathe
helps me to take a moment to center myself and calm down so i may continue on with whatever was troubling me and overcome it.
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Denise
Wonderful tool for a wandering mind
Nice technique for helping the mind to stop worrying. I found myself still thinking about the things that were bothering me, but it was helpful to concentrate more on counting and keeping the worrying thoughts in the background.
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Andrea
Breath
I noticed that my body felt calmer after..my mind got to relax, momentarily. I still have my internal committee... but at least I had a couple of minutes...
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Naomi
Counting the breath
I learned that counting the breath is a great way of calming yourself back down and putting yourself back in that moment. I also found that counting my breath made me laugh when the person doing the meditation said when you get up to 9, you can start counting backwards. Apparently my lung capacity is six, it doesn't do nine... yet!
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Sergei
Breathing
By breathing I paused my anxious thoughts and took a step back
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Zachary
i got lost in breathe
no stress for 3 mins. I was only thinking about counting my breath
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Anna
Mind break
When my thoughts are all jumbled and making me somewhat emotional, this breathing technique allows my mind to take a break from thinking. Counting my breaths brings me back to a calm state of mind.
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Ahmed
Like lost for few minutes in my own universe
I must relax my mind of thinking all the time and give it time
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Melis
Counting my breaths
I need to do this more often. I’ve been feeling anxious lately, and tonight in particular. It helped a bit.
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Hannah
In the present moment
I felt my neck, arms and legs relax while counting the breaths and not judging myself.
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Rhianne
My own little world
I learned that taking a minute to myself and counting my breaths helped me let go of the world around me and be surrounded by my own little world. And once I’d finished the session I was so relaxed that the world around me wasn’t such a big problem anymore 😌
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Caroline
I really liked
this particular meditation practice. It was very simple but effective in capturing my attention and helping me focus on my breath.
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Susan
Counting The Breath
I noticed as I counted along, I relaxed. The tension moved out of my shoulders. Worries and cares and plans passed away and I was just here and breathing. Wonderful!
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Hope
Session 5
This session helped me release stress and frustration from myself with breathing I highly recommend
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Ans
Headache Relief
I’ve had a headache all day, and this helped soothe it. I’m glad I felt some relief. Maybe the headache was a sign I needed to pause
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Marianne
Breathe and let go 😌🧘🏻‍♀️
There is a time and place to breathe and let go no matter how anxious you are in your situation. 😌🧘🏻‍♀️
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Sarah
Turns out breathing is important
It always sounds like a waste of time, but I always feel so amazing after breathing exercises
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Camryn
Relief
Feeling relaxed and calm helps me focus and become steady. I think this is a great session to do when ur stressed.
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Michael
Focusing on my breath!
Focusing on my breath and letting my mind drift and relax makes me feel great! I love it!
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Cierra
July 16- Night
I was feeling a bit anxious and my mind was focused on many friendships and conflicts. This helped me put these conflicts in a jar and pocket them in the form of a deep breath in and out, releasing all issues out of my mind. The simplicity of counting and breathing was so relaxing.
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Meghan
Kept count
I was able to count without losing track of which number I was on. I felt focused and relaxed.
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Leslie
Relaxing
I was able to keep track of my number and it definitely quieted my mind since i really felt stressed today.
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Lynnette
Mindless chatter
My thoughts are loud and the chatter is noise that has me overwhelmed
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Jeanisse
Focus
Breathe in new hope; breathe out anxiety. Remember that with every breath we take, we start anew.
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Linda
Counting
I enjoyed this short meditation! Lyndi’s voice is quite soothing and I found that counting my in and out breaths really did help maintain my focus. Thank you!
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Haley
Winding Down
In this evenings lesson I learned the importance of taking time to relax my mind and body after a long day
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Lott
Breathe
I can focus on leveling my breathe and counting, I just have to try. Got up 7 finally
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Kendall
Counting
I got into a good rhythm of counting and breathing. This is helpful to “distract” my mind from thoughts before bed and drift away. I don’t like going backward though.