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Dealing with Difficult Emotions

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Shamis Patry
Feelings
I had these horrible feelings in my stomach from overthinking and all i wanted was to get them out. But now I've learned to allow them to stay. And I'm glad I did.
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Karina
Made me feel a lot better about myself and my surroundings:)
I learned to love myself more and to love every single part of me that I disliked
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Aaleigha
Breath
Made me feel like I was somewhere else and always from everything it help me breath
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Tiffany
Using anger
Overwhelming anger brought me this meditation today. My anger was being driven by feelings of abandonment, mistrust, and isolation.
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Ruth
Anger
Anger is an emotion I've always had trouble dealing with. I'm very tempered but as I've gotten older I've learned to control it somewhat but sometimes there are times where it becomes difficult to have it under control. Today was one of those difficult days & I remembered scrolling through this meditation so I tried it & I actually do feel calmer. I learned it's okay to feel this emotion & not wish for it to go away. Being with it & embracing it makes it easier for it to actually pass.
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Jennifer
Soften. Soothe. Allow.
3 key words to remember and to repeat to yourself during anxious feelings.
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Carol
Most useful meditation yet!
I have been searching for a way to cope with difficult emotions and I was very upset about something at the time I did this. What a difference it made! Instead of walling off my feelings or spinning in my mind about it for hours on end, this gave me a lovely, practical way to move through my feelings. If only the world could learn this meditation.
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Angela
Finding an answer
Not every trouble in life has to have an answer, letting go helps just as well.
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kimberly
anxiety!!
i just started school yesterday and already have a lot of homework. in these past two days i've been feeling a lot of anxiety&stress which are some of the worst feelings in the world. i clicked on my aura app and meditated and it truly helped me!! i am going to treat the rest of the year with a positive, mindful attitude and be grateful for my education. ❤️
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Olivia
Soften, Soothing, Allowing
Anxiety is the most uncomfortable feeling and my instinct is to make it go away immediately. I love this meditation because it allows space for acceptance of my anxiety. It's allowed to be here.
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Daryl
Grief feels like a hole in the pit of my stomach
Somehow, recognizing that my emotions effect me physically validates them. Makes them more real and tangible. And maybe that will help me accept the painful ones and maybe the accepting will help ease the pain.
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Emma
Learning to sit with difficult feelings
This meditation reminded me to comfort my difficult feelings instead of avoiding them. I feel much more at peace.
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Susie
Dealing With Difficult Emotions
On a difficult day such as this, when I am facing new challenges and tough health decisions, this meditation helped me to identify my emotions with self compassion. I end my exhausting day with gratitude. Namaste🙏🏻
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Scott
Trying to rid myself of anxiety
I learned that trying to rid myself of anxiety doesn't work. Fighting it, won't make it go away. If I were to look at my outer circumstances, I have nothing to be anxious about but something deep lurks within. Sometimes I wonder if the woman I married 10 months ago was the woman for me. She's amazing in so many ways. Sometimes I wonder if I should even be married. We're now working on having a baby because we want to be parents and would make an amazing team! Feelings of anxiety come up for me when I think of having a baby, yet there's a deep desire to have one. At the same time, I wonder so many things and sometimes feel like I'll be trapped for the rest of my life. Today's exercise was somewhat helpful. Maybe there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
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Raven
I learned...
That I need to accept my unwanted feelings and be at peace with them in order to continue bearing them. There is no use for struggling with a natural reaction my body is having and I'm thankful and grateful that this meditation helped me realize this.
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Michelle
Dealing with difficult emotions
My irritability is often overwhelming and this Meditation really went straight to the point and source and dealt with it. Love the putting your hand on your heart it helped so much. I so often feel overwhelmed by everyone including my 7 month old Staffords puppy attention seeking and do want to deal with things when I AM READY ready and not when everyone demands it. Thank you for AURA ... life saver ❤️
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Isla
Healing
There is a kind of healing that comes from seeing and allowing without trying to fix or remove.
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Jacob
Where to go
It's hard to find a space to be alone and meditate. The crutch closet worked today. It would be rare for anyone to come disturb me. Especially when I have the key!
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Hazimah
Problems
not all of them will go away just like that. you have to overcome them one way or another
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-Amelia
Okay session today
Make sure you have little distractions or your meditation will be not as peaceful
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Elaine
I learned during my first session
That I just need to take a moment close my eyes and breath. That any stress that I feel I shouldn't keep caged up inside of me! I look forward to doing more of these sessions
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Cecilia
What I learned...
It's okay to not be 100% okay. Difficult emotions will always be apart of life. It is okay we just need to learn how to deal with them.
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Cassie
I feel totally lost
I attempted to communicate with someone I love today and I did it all wrong. I'm frustrated because it feels like I am constantly making mistake after mistake with this person. I just don't know what to do.
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Mary
Soften. Sooth. Allow
What a wonderful experience occurred! I felt the shame, anger, remorse, resentment but instead of fighting with the feelings I softened, then soothed and finally allowed gently more loving to myself. An experience I am going to repeat every day at least once as I go through, rather than try to avoid or lash out at this part of my path! Feel much lighter!
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Vivian
Trauma and Transformation
I am still learning how to heal my heart from trauma and transforming my life into a more beautiful successful story. Sometimes it is very hard to let go of the past and nightmares may haunt me but I’m a brave strong girl warrior and I will keep fighting for healing.
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Kenz
Guilt and shame
It's okay to feel these emotions and it's okay to live with them
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Nicole
Having difficult emotions
Difficult emotions and feelings are ok and are part of life it’s about learning how to deal with them.
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Sarah
Allowing emotions
I learned that you should allow difficult emotions to be felt but that is okay
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Nicole
The 3 minutes went by fast and I was surprised at how much better that actually made me feel .
Taking a few minutes to allow the emotions to be felt and taking some calming breaths really does make a difference
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Keven
This is a key skill to practice
This is something I’ve been practicing, just allowing. It allowed me to cry out things that felt stuck inside of me after I quit my medication, I feel better now. Thank you :)
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Everett
Obey
Nature, now, the most recent thing in the world point to me and you and I point back and say “perfect”
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Elena
Difficult Emotion
I find myself with all kinds of Emotions. The most Difficult Emotions that I have Dealt with was when I knew and feel that somebody doesn't Like me. The main thing is I have done nothing wrong to them. I catch myself trying to find out why. The real thing is that there is no answer that I can provide myself. I have done nothing wrong to the person to cause that reaction. It could be even family member or members that have not excepted you. The real thing is you can't change the person that they are. Nor can they change the person that you are. The end result is everyone will go on living. be alert and basically stay clear of that person also be aware of your surroundings when the person is around. Pray for peace protection and guidance and because Dealing with that Difficult Emotion cannot control your life. If you Count your Blessings of all the Happiness you have around you.
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Kate
Difficult Emotions
This meditation gave me a few minutes to calm myself and be kind to myself. I found it very useful and will practice it.
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Patrick
Overwhelming sadness
I am sad because I'm lonely. But I still know I deserve love. I just don't feel like I do right now. I think it's okay to feel this way for a while. It is just a feeling and it will pass.
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Crystal
Worrying
I recognize I am panicking and worrying about finances. This meditation allowed me to breath and allow thru my tight chest
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Ceyy
another day
I learned that it's okay to feel how I feel because at the end of the day, I will be stronger than I was a few hours ago. Allowing myself to BE strong.
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mimi
Difficult emotions
meditation today allow me to remember past difficult exchanges with a close family member grateful for this app for guiding my thoughts and emotions to a better place, calming voice ease exercise steps allowing my mind to feel accepted
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Valerie
Learning to cope
It’s ok to have different emotions, I just need to learn how to handle them .
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Anne
Dog...
My fantastic dog Radar is slowly dying-and I love him with all my heart... I am dealing with tremendous grief. I cry a lot-not around him, of course, but the grief is a terribly heavy burden on me-and my heart. The breathing really helps, and I try to breathe appropriately all day... I know all dog lovers understand what I’m going through...
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McKenna
Anger and disappointment
I’ve been struggling with a situation involving my sister and her friends. It’s been difficult for my to cultivate how this situation was making me feel mainly because I didn’t feel like I had the right to feel anything about it. However, the disappointment is there and do is the anger and now I have recognized it.
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Kim
Stomach
I keep a lot of my unhappiness with situations in my stomach.
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Stephanie
Kidney
I learned that I’m exhausted from trying to maintain a clean home all the time but is necessary due to the kidney transplant and my hip suffers from a pinched nerve of sorts. I just need to ask for more help.
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Maddy
12/5/17
I learned that I am struggling with the emotions I’m feeling from my recent break up, but it’s important to allow myself to feel those emotions. I need to accept the feelings and allow my heart to soften.
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Janna
Dealing with difficult emotions
I’ve been feeling very alone. I am trying to remember that I am a good person and it’s ok to be alone.
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Steven
This is good...
I currently have a headache and a sore throat, so this meditation is timely. My tendency is to take medication and keep pushing forward rather than “allowing” the pain to be there and listening to my body.
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India
Soften, Soothe, Allow
i learned that self-awareness is a major 🔑 & trying to abandon your feelings doesn’t make them go away
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Pia
Acceptance
There are times when I'm struck with sudden grief or just plain sadness. With this, I learned that these feelings won't go away no matter how hard I wish them to. They're a part of me, and the best thing I can do is to accept them as that.
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Sarah
Allowing the feelings to pass
I learned that I can't let difficult emotions stop my progress or cloud my judgement. Being imperfect is okay and I have to allow myself and others to make mistakes, rather than let frustration and insecurity guide my decisions. I can move past my emotions and anxiety by using mindfulness tools to seek clarity.
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Melissa
Allowing feelings to be
I don't have to understand difficult emotions. I can allow them to exist and be present with them. I can show kindness to myself and empathy to my own struggle with these emotions without picking them apart and pressuring myself to know why I feel them.
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Shateca McGee
Happiness
That even though difficult emotions arise that I can come to myself and calm down. I can do this by thinking and letting myself rise back. And stay happy.
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Erlind
Good start to my day
I was laying on the floor during this meditation session, and i recognized that i had this emotion stuck on my throat. I accepted it in my mind, sort of understanding its’ presence.
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Tiffany
When pain becomes sensations in the body
Sometimes we have pain and at the same our body is trying to protect itself, block us from fully feeling the sensations. This makes the body tense, stressed. You don’t know which way is up. It’s good to say soften, soothing, allow out loud.
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Camille
Letting go
I learned that I mustn't push my emotions, but understand them with love, in order to let go.
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Arana
Allow the Feelings
I learned that it’s best to acknowledge the feelings and then learn how to soothe the feelings which will help me to deal with them.
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Paula
Dealing With Difficult Emotions
It is hard for me to find a difficult emotion to think of but I know there are a few. Just relaxing and concentrating on breathing helps keep me calm.
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Matthew
Late to my Aura session today
I forgot to do my morning meditation today! Notifications of replies on other posts brought me in, and I really could have used a lesson to help me through this nearly crippling depression I'm in! 😓 I had hoped that taking a different approach to starting my Aura time today might find me a more relevant lesson. So I started by choosing that I was feeling sad today...but this session didn't quite speak to my depressed state. I guess that's how this thing works...
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Fedor
Feel the pain, don't hide it
We need to feel the pain, don't hide it. Looking for a place in our body to hold, understand and relieve it.
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Haley
Anxiety
Not to push it away just to allow it be there and to call down before my big game
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Sierra
Locating
I can locate stress in my body, soften into it, soothe the area, and allow what remains to be present.
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Simone
Soften soothe allow
Use this to lean into insecurities and hard to process emotions or feelings
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Becca
Patience
Soften, sooth, and allowing negativity. Not to judge myself for feeling certain ways but working to accept all parts of myself.
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Jamie
Stress
It’s ok for the feeling to be there, just learn how to recognize it and work past it.
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Erica
Canyons
Ive been struggling with ups and downs- trying to sit with difficult emotions. But i just came back from a hiking trip and am trying to look at things from a bit of the perspective of the hike. There are tall, high majestic peaks. Then there are low, winding, canyons. And the canyons are beautiful too- its not just the peaks. So i say to myself- there is beauty in the canyons too.
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Liz
Tricky feelings
Difficult feelings can be slippery. If I try to stay with them, they tell me they’re not really there/a problem.
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Carly
Difficult emotions
I know how he is feeling. I know his pain. I need to understand.
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Sara
Unexpected Assignments
It is ok to feel uncertain. I am uncomfortable with the feeling/anticipation of unknown. Possibility of unexpected is tough for me. It is ok to welcome change, go with the flow, get done what I can, know that my kids are in good hands, I can start my day, and if I am needed unexpectedly, my chores can be set aside till a later time. I am grateful to be given the availability for this.
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Kerrigan
Dealing with difficult emotions.
I learned that it is okay to struggle. It’s how you deal with the struggle that effects your own emotions.
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Jaime
Breathing
Focusing on just the breath rather than the act of breathing is a calming strategy.
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Bella
Today
Even though it started out with a lot of stress nausea, its going pretty good. Distracting myself helps a lot. I’m accepting the situation, but i still get pains and feel really bad because of it. Especially when I see her.
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Christine
Awareness
I learned that paying attention to and recognizing my emotions and what is causing them helps me to soften the intensity of the anxiety that is present in my chest area.
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Courtney
Emotions
It’s okay to allow yourself to feel emotions, but it’s important to take the time and properly address and recognize what emotions you’re feeling.
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Emma
Emotions
I need to take a pause from the pain I feel and accept, and learn what my emotions are. Figure out what causes them and take it out of my life. Happiness comes within and pain can get in the way but if i think and take time to appreciate the happiness and block out pain I won’t feel sad anymore. I can feel free!
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Kailey
sadness
i learned that it isn’t healthy to push the problems away rather than dealing with them
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Sara
Acceptance..
I felt a small weight lifted off me and an ease in the tightness in my chest.. Learning to accept and live with the difficult emotions rather than trying to smother them or push them away is something I'll definitely start working on..
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Chelsea
Soothe
Here I was reminded again that I need to be nice to myself. I need to change my inner dialogue.
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Jorge
Adentros
Desde una práctica anterior, la colocación de la Palma de la mano en el pecho de alguna manera me reconforta y sobre todo, evita ligeramente mi ansiedad. Ahora me he dado cuenta de que he aprendido poco a poco a recordar y sentir cuestiones que sé de antemano no me son cómodas y aún así las estoy trascendiendo y adaptando.
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Donna
Day 3
It was easy to acknowledge the feeling but hard to make it soften. Especially as it came from a dream
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Nina
Fear from childhood
I learned that I typically suffer from fear that I will come across an experience when I don’t like myself. The feelings that usually came when I was bullied as a child. This is still with me.
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J.W.
Dealing with difficult emotions
This session really helped me. I had just finished reading a book that triggered an emotional response I found very difficult to channel in a positive way. But after listening to this session I was able to produce the following reflection which lifted my spirits by allowing me to clarify exactly how I felt. Fear I just finished Bob Woodward’s best selling book. Since it was published back on September 11, 2018, many of the most dangerous situations it predicted have already become reality. America is in full retreat from economic sanity, commitments to our allies, the warnings from science, and most importantly from simple decency and truth. The cabinet members who had integrity, the most experienced, knowledgeable and selfless, have all abandoned their posts. We are now in one of the most dangerous periods of American history. Despite all that, I have confidence we will survive. Somehow. What really worries me is this: after he is gone we still will be stuck with the reality that at least thirty percent of the population can at any time be hypnotized into blind obedience by an incompetent, morally bankrupt charlatan, who, just like them, celebrates his own pathetic ignorance, abhors reading, research and thinking and revels in hatred. The rest of the free world is watching in horrified disbelief while our enemies are all licking their chops, sharpening their knives and smiling. But I know we will get through this. Together.
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Cherish
Soften, Sooth, Allow
In this meditation, we are introduced to three words that can help us when we are experiencing difficult emotions, such as anger, shame, sadness or grief. I’ve been experiencing grief for a little while now. I am moving on with my life, but sometimes a memory, a chore, or sometimes whatever comes up and it reminds me of my beautiful sunshine, Kayleigh. As I began listening, I thought of my Kayleigh and these difficult emotions engulfed me. My heart was screaming with how much I wanted her presence to be next to me, how much I wanted to see her smile and how much I wanted to hold her. Thinking of this difficult loss, my heart and mind are racing, my stomach is uneasy and my shoulders are tight. Then, I began repeating the word soften. Breathing into these areas of my body, these sensations I’m feeling began to soften a little bit. Placing a hand over my heart, I repeated the word sooth. Doing this, my heartbeat and thoughts began to slow and I began to feel the soothing touch of compassion wash over me. Finally, I repeated the word allow. As hard as it is, I allowed these emotions to ‘just be’ with me. Having wisdom that they will pass in their due time, I began to gain some comfort. These three words, soften, sooth and allow actually can be turned into a mantra we can tell ourselves to help us during any situation that we find ourselves experiencing difficult emotions. After listening, my body, mind and soul has a sense of ease. I know eventually that this pain I feel will lessen and I’ll be able to think of Kayleigh without crying and feeling sadness. Until that time comes, I will use this mantra to help me through this difficult time.
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Destiny
Calmness
This made me feel calm. I'm usually angry and I try to hide it and thats why I get angry alot. This made mw understand when I'm angry I am allowed to feel that way and can show that I'm angry
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Taylor
Serenity
This practice made me feel so calm. I’ve been very strew out lately because of my crazy schedule while in school. I really needed something to make me feel confident about my upcoming challenges, and this practice did just that. 😊
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Haley
Soften, Soothing, Allowing
All of these words are simple but powerful they teach us that stress can be built but it can also be broken just as fast. In everyday situations especially whenever I feel myself getting stressed I’ll keep these three words in my mind; soften, soothing, and allowing
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Kendall
Soften, Soothe, Allow
Take a minute. Offer yourself something kind. Soften soothe and allow.