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Day Two Meditation

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William James Davies, DCMT
Psychotherapist & Mindfulness Teacher
Taking a closer look at distraction in the second recording in a series intended for anyone who is new to mindfulness meditations, but also useful to people who might have struggled to engage with meditation practices in the past.  Day by day you will become more familiar with different aspects of mindfulness meditations and exercises, and soon you’ll be comfortable to guide yourself in meditation. The first three days are presented as 3 or 7-minute recordings, and after that they are mostly 10 to 15 minutes long, as that extra space is really helpful in developing your practice. Ideally, listen to each day in turn, but with some of the latter recordings, you may wish to keep returning to them in any order you choose. 
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16 reflections
Cyndee 🌊
Second session 👍
I choose to focus on the rise and fall of my belly for the entire 7 mins of this meditation. As thoughts drifted into my mind I visualized letting them go in different forms. I stayed focused for most of the meditation on both the breathing and posture. Towards the end I had a very intense visual image going on. But, I didn’t lose my breathing flow, my adrenaline did elevate a little. By the end of this meditation I was back to normal breathing. I guess my mind needs to wonder a little, I think it’s natural for most people. I did benefit from this 2nd session, looking forward to the 3rd meditation practice.
Still struggling
As soon as I’m told to focus on my breathing, it becomes more difficult and the less automatic. So saying to just observe the breath without controlling it is impossible.😕 And my mind still wants to wander off (leaving me mindless 🤪).
I’m so thankful for this ❤️
I was doing well incorporating meditation into my daily schedule and I was starting to get good at it, but then something tragic happened and I stopped practicing due to lack of motivation. I’ve been wanting to get back into it because it was very beneficial for me in the past. But it got tougher for me to concentrate after what i went through. Luckily, these meditations are slowly but surely guiding me back to where I left off. Namaste 🌸❤️
In this Day Two meditation, our intention is to become aware of the sensations of our breath and notice that our mind will wander from time to time. The intention is not to avoid distractions, but to notice them, without judgement, and gently bring our focus back to the sensations of our breath. Each time we become aware of our breath, we feel the sensations in different areas, e.g., our nostrils, our chest, or our belly. As I sat in my chair, I began to focus on where I felt the sensations of my breath the most, my belly. Feeling my belly inflate and deflate with each breath was incredibly relaxing. As distractions arose, such as sounds and my mind wandering, I gently brought my attention back to my breath. It is great knowing that I am developing my conscious mind to take notice of my thoughts, let go of them and have the ability to put my focus back on my breath. We all have this power within us! Where Attention Goes, Energy Flows! Namaste...❤️☮️🙏🏻😊
Breathing and Posture
I focused on breathing, and immediately felt a slump in my posture.
Simple and Easy
This meditation develops the skill of focusing on breathing. It’s simple and easy, with no frills. I imagine this would be a good beginner practice.
I am just beginning to meditate, and this really helped me focus on my breathing. I’m doing this outside and it was very calming.
I felt heard....
This Meditation was exactly what I needed!!! He led me where I my mental processes were trying to take me! I could do this one session over and over again about 3 more times!! 🤪
Little Steps....
Focusing on breath helps eliminate other thoughts with patience and practice. I can shift my expectations to that of gratitude and immediately be kind and loving to myself when I don’t have a “perfect” outcome in any task I perform,including & especially meditation 🧘🏻‍♀️💚🍵
Calm and Attentive
I learned that Not forcing the focus lead me to a more focused state!
One Week of meditation
I am in love with the sensation when we kind of come back in the reality
Sound needs adjusting
The background sounds and music drowns out the coach’s voice - can’t hear what he’s saying.
Sound needs adjusting
The background sounds and music drowns out the coach’s voice - can’t hear what he’s saying
Day 3!
I learned that focusing on the breathe really let’s the mind block any other thoughts in the moment and helps. I enjoy doing this right when I wake up to start the day off good!
Morning meditation
I learned that I am glad to have a new app, with different mediation styles, as headspace didn’t do the trick for me.
I found it difficult to not focus on breathing when trying to calm my mind. My mind wonders a lot, I hope in the future I can control that.