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Everyday Mindfulness

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Lauren Ziegler
IAYT Yoga Therapist & Mindfulness Coach
A natural byproduct of mindfulness is that it gets us to becoming aware of what is in the moment, and what's possible. It's not to change us, but to help us hold presence. This ancient technique of gazing is a potent mindfulness practice in order to grow consciousness and to cultivate fierce focus.
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Shannon
Started my bday off right
Today I gave myself the gift of peace and happiness and focus. Loving the vibes.
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Riley
Objects
I learned that you can always focus your attention on another object in order to help or direct your emotions on something else
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Nelly
Day 5
When controlling your thoughts practice makes perfect... and always repeat repeat repeat...🗝
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linda
Mindfulness
I Love to focus on what My senses are! What I see, hear, smell and taste. Everyday Mindfulness is about all of our senses and how great it makes us feel, when we let our mind heal!
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Omar
Courageous focus
I take the time to focus and meditate. There is courage in that.
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Karen
Working on transforming
Today I was not in the best of moods, not sure why I am so stressed but my words were not always kind - they were not intended to be mean, I was just feeling overly frustrated with no idea why. Tomorrow is a new day and I will work to be mindful of how I speak, both the words and the tone -as I want my words both spoken and implied to have a positive effect on the world.
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Shahrokh
Miracle
The life not worth too much for have lots stress Thanks Aura♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
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Alex
Practice
Today i’ve been really stressed out and doing three minute meditations every day has really helped me to get back in focus and to not stress as much and have anxiety. Sometimes I’ll get so worked up over my anxiety and stress I’ll have to stop what I’m doing and walk away. Not all the time all this happen but sometimes it all happened so much that I’ll fall and hurt myself. The three minute meditations of taught me that I don’t always need to do that and that I can call myself down.
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Emily
Mindfulness
I can use outside objects to practice. I’ve always internalized my mindfulness, which is difficult with a chronic illness because I end up focusing on the illness or discomfort instead of focusing on the present.
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Jess
Everyday things
I learned that I can use everyday things to bring my focus back.
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Kimmy
Fear
Most of the things I stress over the days are the most insignificant things... and that the underlying stress I have comes from fears I have to address.
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Chatty
Taking time..
Being able to stop and take a moment to let the daily things float away and be here with me... is great for me...
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Perla
Stop
To just take some time. Two minutes of my day to just stop what I’m doing and just be in the moment and focus
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Jess
Intentional awareness
When dealing with anxiety, I think I often don’t want to focus on awareness. I just want to try to escape the moment. But even bringing awareness to those moments of anxiety could remind myself that everything is actually okay. Nothing catastrophic is happening in this moment.
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Linda
Quieting the Mind
My mind always seems like a crowded, but very fast super highway. Thoughts and ideas coming a going quickly, constantly, and all at once. Mindfulness helps me to clear the highway and allow a single thought to take its time as it travels down the road. It doesn’t last long, but it is a welcomed reprieve.
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Everett
Horror
A season a mind all full and reflecting a moon a reflection the very sacred fear in space as a heart unbroken
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Christina
Awareness
I really enjoyed this today. It allowed me to center myself and feel some peace this morning. Blessings from God!!!
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Justine
Focus
I woke up very early this morning and wandered outside. The night sky was breath taking - a multitude of stars filled the sky. More than I had ever seen before and even as I watched a shooting star whizzed by. Still as an adult I wish upon a shooting star and a part of me believes in them. This meditation brings me focus onto what I need rather than want. Concentration on a goal, realise when you have lost focus to open your eyes and look again. I now understand my viewing the night sky was my refocus onto what actually matters - my needs and not those currently unattainable wants.
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Abby
Day 10
I talked again to someone i love today and im getting better at going to bed earlier and happier
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Matthew
Day 3
I’m getting better at concentrating and being happier and more peaceful when I go to bed. I am also able to sleep soundly at night and wake up feeling refreshed instead of being constantly tired.
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Nige
Focus
Focus brings awareness of our connection with nature, we are one and the same x
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Susie
Everyday Mindfulness
Gazing is a new technique for me. I am always happy to learn more about mindfulness.
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Kelsey
Gazing
Because I️ love to write I️ gaze at a lot of things. I️ take on every tiny detail that there is to take in. Sometimes I️ do it just to bring me back and calm my racing mind.
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Irinel
First Time
I felt. calm and relaxed and look forward to being guided towards a more relaxed self.
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Paula
Focus Shifting
Sometimes when we focus sharply on one, central thing—once we close our eyes and look for the image of that central thing—everything else around it may pop more brightly. Curious. I’ll need to contemplate this.
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Joey
Discovery
I think we forget in this day and age to discover. We are so worried about sucking in the information we forget to enjoy the process, the journey to discover.
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Dab
Day3
Let go. Breath and ease in. No effort and just stay in the present
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Ali
Relaxation
Relaxing is good!!!! When I close my eyes after gazing I can still see the energy of the image. Nice meditation
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Amber
Awareness
I learned to redirect my focus to the present moment Nick learned.... "purple is tight"
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Tara
Appreciation
I thought of the advice of only keeping what brings you joy. If I was to pick a different item in my view each time I did this meditation I would find what does and does not bring me joy and perhaps decluttering would come easier to me. Not the intention necessarily for this meditation but this is what came to mind.
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Kelsey
Gazing: A Simple but Effective Mindfulness Exercise
I did not realize how much relaxation I could get out of simply gazing. I like the title of this meditation, “Everyday Mindfulness.” Why? Simply because one can use gazing every single day as both a mindfulness and relaxation technique: What is also nice is that one does not need guided instruction to make this technique work for him. Thanks for teaching me a new concept, Lauren!
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Melike
Mindfullness
When I meditate, I often slip into a dream-like state, not thinking anything, but not being present either. This technique helps to bring me back into the moment and stay there actively.
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Sergio
Around me exist perfection.
Every thing was designed with a purpose. The square ir rounded has a meanning.
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Hoda
Mindfulness trick
I learned that You can gently train your mind, not to space out.
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Qatta
Dear diary
I learned that if I focus an image on where I am in that big spot of things, I intentionally know that I needed to be very aware of things that are good and bad and it suits me well that I had to pay attention and rely on myself because I will never that something is happening
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Jan
I enjoyed this one, very relaxing
I learned that looking at river reminded me of all the help she gave me when she was young
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Matt
In the moment
The more present I am, the more relaxed I feel. I need to channel this feeling when racing thoughts get the better of me
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Kayleigh
Focus
I learned that staring at an object and taking it in, i can literally picture it in my head and helps me focus on the specific object
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Sean
Illuminating
I remembered how illuminating meditating can even be to someone who has done it a lot in the past.
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Debby
Focus
I learned that you can meditate while keeping eyes open and focusing on an object.
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Kayla
Just open yourself up and truly believe
This meditation allowed me to open up my mind more to the spiritual plane. And learning how to open up your minds eye in a very creative way! This one is highly recommend.
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Philip
For me!
I need this time for cleansing my mind. It's for me and I deserve it.
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Ethan
Day one
It stresses me out to try to be on track with the directions in the meditation.
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Mahmuda
Grateful
You should always express your love for life and the people around you and never forget that your self-worth and happiness is most important.
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Lina
Gazing
That’s the first time I’ve practiced gazing in meditation. It was interested by going from external object to what I see in my mind’s eye. I liked this! I will do it again.
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Matt
Day late
I haven’t really noticed a difference over the last few weeks. It’s relaxing when I do it but I think it’s more of me just taking time out of my day to breath and destress not really meditating and trying to focus on something.
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Weston
Take time
Take time to be present. Focus on the little things. Appreciate what moments come and make the most of them.
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David
I can control my mind with focus
I can control my mind with focus. By breathing and relaxing focus on something around me, I can focus on now.
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Alicia
A atenção em si é mais importante que o objeto da atencao
A atenção pode ser treinada com qualquer objeto, e a pratica da atenção plena pode/deve ocorrer durante todo o dia. Estar presente e "segurar" essa presença, não Importa o que esteja ocorrendo no momento🙏🏻
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Charlie
Mindfulnes: the door is always open
It is easy to step out of mindfulness throughout my day. Can it be just as easy to step back into mindfulness presence? It is always there for me. I just have to recognize it and I can walk through the door again. Today’s goal is to notice these moments where I slip out of the present moment and use the tools I have to notice when I do and return myself to a centered fully aware presence. I’ve said this in my head many times. Perhaps writing it down will galvanize this practice into my daily experiences. Practice, practice, practice. Who’s counting anyway?
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C.J.
That I was able to keep mind focused during my meditation today👊🏾
There was peace in this moment. I felt calm as I did nothing but focus on what was told of me to do. I had no worries about any internal or external problems in my life.
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Reno
Learning to mind
Everyday i get addicted to the art of meditation, i feel myself drawing closer to myself and I learn more about myself in the process. So far a my decision to go on this journey wasn’t bad at all.
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Makenna
Journal Entry #1
My first lesson went well. I was really able to focus on the purpose, and had complete control of my mind; every time my thoughts drifted away, I was able to bring the thoughts back to my focus.
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Beth
Mindfulness
I would prefer to be outside but again pleased with the new knowledge of everyday mindfulness and how I haven’t been aware. This will become one of my favorites
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Stephanie
Day Two
I noticed that I need to be more focused on things. I really liked this exercise because it helped me focus on one object and be mindful of it.
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Jeff
Gazing
At first I didn’t like this exercise I don’t even remember why maybe it started slow or didn’t explain things very well. But then it gets into the gazing part...the gazing exercise; that was really good stuff! I wanna favorite this so I can do it again.
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Georgi
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Anastasia
Not what I expected
In fact, I don't really know, what I expected, but I don't feel focus.
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Walter J
Gazing...
I learned I need to try this gazing again to see what it is all about. Not sure I was awake enough to do it properly. I will get it next time ☮️
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Josh
Gazing
I did it Learnt a new powerful stuff today I made a whole object actually vanish
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Sally
Waves
A very peaceful meditation on breathing. I am getting better without my mind wandering. Feeling or thinking my breath as waves really helped.
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Tammy
Everyday mindfulness
Focusing your attention on a outside object and then closing your eyes and visualizing it in your mind. With each turn I noticed more detail. This helped my mind to stay focused.
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Tina
different
i like how this meditation included your external surroundings as well as the internal ones. thus, it helped me really tie things together with my inner and outer self.
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Anita
I felt happy, relaxed & aware.
I learned I can in an environment of outside sounds & general distraction, take a moment to focus on my own mindfulness and breathing meditation. I was aware but not taken out of my mindful meditation. Gave me a sense of relaxed happy...
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Glad
Refreshing
This felt particularly good because I was outside and when prompted to find an object to gaze at, I had the moon conveniently out and at my disposal. Felt great. Thank you!
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Ekta
Great practice
This actually really helped me stay present in the moment as I looked out my wi Dow at trees
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Krisia
Mindfulness peactice
During this exercise I felt like when I would focus on the external image to later retrieve it internally, the object seemed more relaxing when I was internally focusing on it.
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Rylan
Mindfulness focus
I felt that this helped me focus and taught my mind to zero in, ignoring the “white noise” that surrounds us.
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Katiuscia
everyday mindfulness
interesting exercise: I focused on the radio in front of me, when I closed my eyes and imagined it in my mind's eye, the radio speakers almost became like two big owl's eyes and I could see an owl in my mind, no longer a radio ...
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Jesse
Learning
I learned that mindful meditation gives clarity to any disorganization I was feeling, living, or observing
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Debb
Everyday Mindfulness
As a teacher I know that I must make a connection with my students to engage them in the learning process. It seems to me that connection is even more important when facilitating meditations. I have learned that being lectured rather than joined on a meditation doesn’t allow me to focus on the meditation.
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Tiffany
Flickering candle
Peppermint Basil fills the room. I watch the dancing light emitted from the candle. Slowly my eyes tire. I can imagine the flickering candle in my mind. When it is gone from my mind I slowly open my eyes. Bit by bit my body relaxes.
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Tiffany
Gazing
I focused on an object then I closed my eyes and saw it. I captured the moment in my mind, the sounds of the ocean, the waves hitting the beach and the distant sound of a blaring boat horn. I am in this moment only.
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Cherry
Being present
Daily pratice of bringing my mind back to being present again and again and again ✨🖤🙏🏻
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Jonathan
Tree in parking lot
A young tree in an empty parking lot. As good an object to focus on.
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LeeMichael
The fog
The fog can be so peaceful and calming in the moment. Often an annoyance for travelers, but now I think I’ll see the fog differently. Like a cozy blanket.
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Jesse
Tiredness and the feeling of Peace
I woke up this morning, tired and unwilling to start my day. By focusing on the outside object, I was able to push away my thoughts and feelings of tiredness, and brought peace in instead. I'm feeling much more awake now, and I'm happy that I was able to wake myself up a bit.
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Jana
24/11/18
I found the idea interesting but I think I’m to tiered to fully appreciate it as my mind kept drifting off to sleep throughout. I will be sure to try it again when I’m more awake to fully experience.
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Saaj
Everyday mindfulness
I found it difficult to image the image in my head. I did feel calm and oddly aware of the image at the present moment. I found beauty in a shower curtain!
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Carlen
What to notice
Using the breathing and gazing technique I was able to find a better calmer focused attention.
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Cam
Day 40.
Very peaceful practiced with my gf and I appreciate the gazing activity
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Jessica
Day 13
It was hard for me to find an object to focus on, but I suppose that means I need to practice not forcing it so much
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Ashley
Everyday mindfulness
This gazing practice really helped me. Just get myself focused and recharged. I feel more calm and my mind feels at peace. It’s always racing and thinking about this that and the other that we forget to stop and give our minds a break and this mindful practice really helped me. I really enjoyed it and will be doing this more often. I need to remind myself to do this throughout my day. Namaste 🧘🏼‍♀️❤️
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goran
so good to be true
I'm glad to have this app for a few minutes to go to your computer or your reall in a few days
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Conor
breathing
I felt a little heavy and too alert, need to concentrate on breathing out
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Matt
Awesome
Great quote!!! Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.
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Maritza
Doing Nothing
I noticed I kept trying to fight it without even trying in the beginning. Like she said, once we focused on breathing I started trying to control my breathing since it was what I was focusing on. In the beginning I kept wanting to move my position or move my hands to better rest them. Once I let go completely it wasn’t until the last 30 seconds of the meditation, although I gradually got there as time went by, it was a great feeling! Truly relaxing.
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Kheens
Everyday Mindfulness
I have noticed that the mind’s eye is quite exquisite and can be a tool to focus on the present moment by gazing at objects and creating them again in your mind. I will definitely practice this.
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Haley
Learning to Be Present
Meditation has taught me how to focus on the simplest things and be more present when it comes to the important parts and things in my life