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Dealing with Thoughts

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Harvey
Wandering
Excellent explanation of a wandering mind during practice and help with bringing one back to mindfulness
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Laura
Wind down
This is a good way to leave unimportant thoughts behind and tuck them away momentarily or leave them behind. The reminders to focus on your breath in the moment and the weight of importance on the breath, over those fleeting thoughts that are always buzzing around and bogging you down after a chaotic day with a lot of encounters to process, is very helpful... A good grounding reflection.
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Angelita
Accepting
Great short meditation to embrace and accept the wandering mind
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Corinne
Racing thoughts
It's okay that our minds wander. The mere fact of noticing racing thoughts shows we are in the moment. Great mediation for a loud mind.
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Katie
Wandering thoughts
Wandering thoughts during a meditation are natural, they do not harm your meditation but allow for an opportunity to refocus.
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Cuauhxihuitl
I give myself permission
I realize that I often wonder, not about the past or future, but about things that are happening now, in a different space. I beat myself up for not moving fast enough to be there. Instead now, I get to be okay with what is. If I'm not there I don't need to carry it. I give myself permission to be content with what is and focus on where I am NOW. And when my mind goes there, I'll thank it and send it light but will no longer give it my power.
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Marianna
I like this one
Helped normalize my constant "wandering thoughts", and made it easier to manage those.
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Marianna
I like this one
Helped normalize my constant "wandering thoughts", and made it easier to manage those.
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Marianna
I like this one
Helped normalize my constant "wandering thoughts", and made it easier to manage those.
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Meredith
No judgement
I liked that it gave a way to clear thoughts going by without passing judgement on myself, or feeling like I'm doing something wrong. Thank you 🙏🏻
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Sarah
Feeling Normal
Usually I feel so different and separate from other people due to my tendency towards anxiety. But to audibly hear in the meditation that a constant wandering mind is normal and even if your mind wandered during the meditation, that it is okay and no reason to stop or start over, helped me feel more normal in regard to anxiety. And simply the fact of acknowledging your wandering thoughts when they do happen is a huge step towards mindfulness.
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Chris
My Mind Is Wandering
I noticed my mind wandering during meditation and as suggested, I thought to myself "my mind is wandering." It worked! I will try to remember this mantra for the next time I notice myself wandering to bring me back to peace. Thank you for the great content!
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Jamie
Dealing with Thoughts
My problems oftentimes need to be put into perspective, and meditating is a time for me to do that.
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Kelsey
Wandering Thoughts and the Present
I know I need to practice being more mindful each day but especially when my emotions are running high. They are doing so right now. I will continue practicing to bring my mind back to the present moment. With time, this will help me to stay focused on what’s important, and not continue to ruminate in the past or future.
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Kyrstin
Day 2 meditation
I must turn my phone off before meditating so that I can get through the full session without interruptions. Feel better than when I started!
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Rebecca
Wondering
It is when my mind wonders that I have expectations and a story starts to form.
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Genaya
Dealing with thiughs
You can wonder in your thoughts but are able to redirect them when you need/want to.
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Dillon
That’s a relieving realization
Simply noticing that my mind is wandering is in fact “being mindful”. So often lately I feel like I’m trying try “too hard” to meditate.
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Tony
Wander
It’s okay to wander and come back to the body for the body is always in the now, in the present moment.
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Marilyn
Sometimes all it takes is silence.
I've been very distracted and frustrated lately and I think it's because I haven't taken the time to just close my eyes and breathe like I just did. Three minutes of simply focusing on my breathing cycle and I feel so much more relaxed.
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David
I’m normal
I learned in today’s session that my wandering mind is not something to be worried about as it’s normal for this to happen. This is something I have heard and read of before but didn’t really seem to take notice of it until today’s session. This is important for me to remember because my wandering mind usually leads to my anxiety.
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Colleen
wandering mind
it’s perfectly normal to have wandering thoughts. i shouldn’t ridicule myself for having them but rather let them pass and not let them take me away from what i should be focusing on.
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Christina
2nd session
I learned that it’s normal to have a wandering mind but I can gently remind it to focus back on my breathing.
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Lianna
Practice 1
I can do it! It was easier than I thought. I would like to continue. I used the square breathing technique. It helped me focus.
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Char
20/10/17
I can focus on now and it doesn't matter if I become distracted as I acknowledge that then come back to now
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DorDor
I learned it is perfectly okay if my mind wanders. My
My mind wanders all the time. Honestly wish It didn't. I can understand it is okay during our session and we can pull it back to our breath but that isn't the same as all day. All day is tiring.
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Patrick
It's ok
It's ok if my mind wonders. I used to think I was doing meditation wrong when that happened
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Nancy
Mmmm....
I learned the breathing feels GOOD! 😌. Enjoy the feeling of my lungs expandng and taking in new fresh life.
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Linda
Dealing with Thoughts
At first, I thought the narrator was talking about a “wondering mind”, then I realized she was saying “wandering mind.” I love the just noticing and not judging whether your mind is wandering or wondering! Such a relief to not have to chastise yourself. Nice that the mere act of noticing means you’re being mindful. I’ve been noticing my thinking and planning mind every morning while showering and am delighted when I go back to feeling the water in my hair and on my back, the smell of the soap, etc.
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Nathaniel
Mindfulness.1
The breath can function as my anchor. That allows me to remain in the present and not the future or the past, because I cannot escape breath.
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Sam
Stay Aware
This is a nice exercise for helping you stay aware. I have noticed that I can go extended periods of time without really stopping to get into the now. When I do it’s almost as if I have awakened from sleep. This felt like a great exercise to help you stay aware. Thank you!
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Everett
Clandestine
A fellow came up to me or I came to him, fellow or me both had eyes and a shape I can recognize as divine
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Shaya
The if, the now
Focus on task at hand and if my mind drift, make mental note of where it drifted then proceed to the task at hand. Do not reprimand the brain/mind for doing what it's intended to do but acknowledge it and focus on the present.
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Mikayla
Focus on Healing
I need to understand that the process of healing and becoming a better person will take time but I know that if I spend the right time doing it, it will seem almost instant.
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Marissa
Wondering is Acceptable
I am thankful for having the mindset of acceptance and of being an observer rather than letting my thoughts control my emotions and define me. If my mind wonders during meditation, I will gently accept and bring it back which will ultimately lead to more focused mindfulness. This was a great and relaxing meditation.
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Elisabeth C.
Dealing with thoughts
I first started meditating in late 2016. Its been about a year. I used to obsess over getting through a meditation without letting my mind wander. If it wandered too much id get frustrated and start over. Im to the point where I understand that a still mind is not the point. A wandering mind is okay. Its normal. I need to be able to acknowledge the wandering mind and return to my breath. Its getting more comfortable and easier with each meditation. I also notice a sense of calm about me that i didn’t always have. I think its due to my meditation practice. It doesn’t last forever, but it gets me through a lot. Im getting very good at noticing a shift in my mood when im no longer feeling so calm and i feel more in control.
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Taige
Mind
Letting your mind wonder is normal. If your mind starts wondering, let your mind wonder.
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Kelsey
Wandering
I️ get that my mind wanders and that’s ok. But what if it wanders negatively? Like if I️ wander and begin to beat myself up over something stupid I️ did or said. Or wander to my bodily traits. Should I️ stop that because it’s wandering?
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Christine
Thoughts
Too tired to have very many of them but I d find this meditation very peaceful.
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Susie
Dealing With Thoughts
Distracting thoughts during meditation practice are perfectly normal. I had no idea...always felt I was doing something incorrectly. What a relief to have learned this tidbit! Thanks 🙏🏻.
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Pedro
Emotions
I learned that doesn’t matter where you go or where you are, if you don’t sort out your emotions and understand it, you won’t be able to deal with it and it will affect you
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Deziree’
Day 2
Try and focus on breathing, and if your mind wanders make yourself aware and bring it back.
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Matthew
Missed my morning session today
I guess you could say that it "slipped my mind" which made this session funny to me! In my mind, I literally called my wandering mind back to attention as I would admonish a wandering dog to return! Here boy! *whistle ** whistle*🤪
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Anne
Distraction
It’s difficult to focus through the instruction of these meditations sometimes. I’m good at realizing when my mind has wandered, but then I get off track again with thoughts of my future. It’s a process.
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Judah
day 3
it’s okay for my mind to wonder when i’m doing something because i’m not the only one with this issue. we all do it.
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AJ
Focus on breathing
If I visualize myself breathing my mind will wander less from the moment and though it will focus on the sounds and sensations around me as well, I will stay in this moment longer and easier.
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Hailey
Happily surprised
I learned my mind doesn't wander as bad as I had earlier judged it would. I was really able to focus and relax.
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Susan
Mind wandering
I noticed that when I focused on the mind wandering it didn’t seem to wander as much. Know that it is normal is very reassuring that I’m being mindful correctly.
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Fee
Wandering mind
It’s okay if my thoughts or mind wander at times. I need to encourage myself to stay on task and be focus.
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Stephanie
Peaceful when breathing
Pay attention to breathing feels alive and peaceful. It’s interesting to notice the wondering mind and to bring it back.
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Stephanie
Meditation is about acknowledging
Meditation is about acknowledging and accepting. Hdjdjaaknaianchw jajzbsd
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Ray
Wandering Thoughts
Wandering thoughts can be wild at times but it's perfectly normal. Just observe, recognize, and not judge. Remember to bring your focus back to your breath and eventually back to peace.
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Emma
Meditation
It’s ok that your mind wonders. It’s completely normal! I did it a few times but I think that this helped me realize when my mind wondered!
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Falyn
Wondering Mind
I’ve learned just in the past couple of weeks with meditation that my mind wonders a lot. Which is completely normal. But I am aware of it now and can refocus my mind on my breathing at any given moment. I don’t fight the thoughts, I simply let them go and recenter myself. Anxiety levels have been at an all time low, and life has been moving in a beautiful direction. Keep practicing my friend. You’ve got this!
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Alyssa
2/4/18
I learned that it’s okay for my mind to wander during meditations. I have to acknowledge it and then return to focusing on my breathing. This meditation was helpful for me
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Michelle
Thoughts
I learned I can bring my thoughts back to where I want them without feeling wrong.
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Sébastien
Gaze
I can meditate with my eyes open keeping a relaxed gaze not fixed on a particular point
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Cassie
Breathing
You don't have to be mean to yourself when you draw back your attention to your breathing. Just simply tell yourself that your mind has wandered.
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Krista
Not all who wonder are lost...
I learned that wondering thoughts are quite normal. Made me ask myself what are the other things that I do and think are weird, crazy, or abnormal but are common. Really good to feel that connection with everyone. We’re all just people experiencing the same ordeals one way or the other.
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Jorge
Pensamientos sueltos
Últimamente he estado reflexionando mucho acerca de los pensamientos que me llegan cuando comienzo a meditar. La gran mayoría son recuerdos de momentos pasados y cosas que ya no sucedieron. Creo que se ha hecho menos incómodo el pensarlos puesto que ya no duelen igual. Ya simplemente los acepto y los digiero para seguir.
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Olivia
It’s omay
Wandering thoughts is okay and it’s normal. This session focuses on how to bring your attention back to breathing and to not be discouraged by a wandering mind
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Bree
Thoughts
I’ve had a lot of negative thoughts running through my mind today. However, they’re just thoughts. And I️ have control over my thoughts. It was good to sit down and realize that I️ can just be aware that it’s merely a thought and to return to myself. Let go of the negative thoughts 🌹 or notice them and turn into positivity!
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Al
Relaxed my brain
I enjoyed learning about how thoughts work and with such a busy mind, any extra insight into why I overthink is very helpful
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Thad
I was very present in my childhood.
I remember times when I would sit in the grass and listen to the birds or watch the bugs. Being mindful today takes me back to those memories.
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Nthabi
Thoughts
To be more present & take note of thoughts and where they wander off . Also that’s it’s okay.
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Antoinette
I learned that
It’s ok to be sad, to cry, to let all stress, hurt and worry release. It creates a path for a healthy, happy, more receiving soul.
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Janna
Dealing with thoughts.
It was nice to be reminded that a wondering mind is perfectly normal. You need to call attention to it and bring it back when you are meditating.
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Madison
My reflection
I noticed how she kept letting our minds space out and she retired and my mind would start focusing on my breathing again lol
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Pam
Thoughts
When focusing on the breath, and the mind wanders, just acknowledge that my mind has wandered.
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Time
Mindfulness
Inhaling conscientiously of breathe itself, allows for a meaningful exhale
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C. Clayton
Thinking...
Just being aware of my wondering mind is a positive step. Then being able to smile as I say to myself "thinking" is a positive step.
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Jeff
Wondering
Couldn’t keep my mind centred on my breathing for more than two breathes.
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Evelina
Very relaxing
I felt my mind coming back to that mindful state I haven’t been in for a few weeks. Very satisfying.
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Jasmin
Dealing with thought
I learned that to have wandering thoughts is most normal thing in the world, especially in meditation. Just note “thinking” & go back to focusing on the breath.
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Inannadae
Wandering mind, not very peaceful
Not my favorite of the meditations thus far. It may help if you want to learn to focus but I didn’t find it very calming.
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Mk
Thinking
Each breathe is like a thought in your mind.its okay to wander during mediations and is common and can result in training your mind to come back
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Jose
Happiness
This exercise helped me kill my depression and let go of sad thoughts, replacing them with happiness.
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Mya
Happy
I love listening to this channel before bed. Helps put me in a deep sleep
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Rob
Mindfulness hues
Mindfulness has many differentiations. Simply recognizing a wandering thought is Ana act of mindfulness, is natural, and healthy.
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Sharmain
It’s normal...
I think it’s amazing to know that the practice of meditation doesn’t include an end goal of perfection; that it’s okay if you can’t follow the guide perfectly, that it’s okay if your mind wanders whilst practicing, that at the end of the day, what you wanna achieve is just to learn how to focus your attention to the simple idea of breathing—even just for a couple of minutes. Most people think that they cannot meditate “properly” because they.just.can’t. I think, they just won’t bother. But to each his own. So I’m very grateful that I’ve tried it way back even though I felt like a fool. 😂
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ANFAL
I felt so calm and relax
I learned that you have to meditate more often , it’s make me too happy and I feel that I done something important that my body needs.
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Jill
The ease
I think the hardest part for me is to figure out that there’s no wrong way to meditate. To think is natural. And it’s only natural to have wandering thoughts.
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Walter J
Steering...
It is not so much about controlling our mind as it is about guiding it! Resist not and steer on!! Cowabunga... ❤️🔛🍀
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Jenny
Dealing with Thoughts
Some thoughts are quite helpful, such as affirmations of self-worth and empowerment. The purpose though of this meditation is to clear the mind of extraneous, distracting thoughts and is a reminder to remain in the here and now. Hence, I go with the flow of the breath and find peace. 🙏🏻
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Hope
Feelings
My mind kept wandering but my heart rate started to slow down. Everything is okay, anxiety doesn’t have control of you. You are healthy, you are happy you are calm and you are loved. God is with you.
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Maddy Miller
Dealing with Thoughts
So as I was meditating this meditation really helped me to slow down and to label my thoughts when they appear at inappropriate times. Breathing and recognizing thoughts pop into my head makes me feel in control of my thinking.
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Tuscany
Relaxed and at ease with my wandering thoughts
This meditation really helped me relax, be okay with my wandering mind, and be able to focus back into deep breath work. I feel wonderful🙌
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TAVA
Happy Thoughts
To bring my mind back to focus on breathing when it wonders.
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Alichia
Beginner meditation
My mind definitely wanders easily and often! This meditation was easy to follow and continue to remind yourself to be in the present moment. I feel a bit more relaxed now, thank you!