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Experiencing the Breath

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Dea Rivera
Mindfulness Teacher
This brief guided practice will assist you in feeling your breath as you begin to notice the tendencies of the mind- returning to the breath over and over again. 
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65 reflections
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Steven
Drama-free zone
“Without a story. There’s no right or wrong here.“ I love this reminder that breathing is a drama free zone. Thank you.
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Kylee
Careless
I learned that I can be more carefree without being careless.
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Baylee
Breath
Learned to focus on my breath and when my mind pulled away from breath how to pull back my focus
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Anura
Breathe
Just breathe and let everything else melt away...great experience
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Mia
My capacity for joy
Lies in my openness to the present moment, to let it flow through every pore, through every orifice. To know with my whole body that the universe, all that is, this Earth, everything that surrounds me, supports me, and nourishes me, and loves me. This is happiness.
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Natalie
Inner director
I learned that it is hard to be present without narrating my experiences
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Balthazar
Breathing
I learned that breathing is a wonderful thing and concentrating on this breathing can really relax you.
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Jasmin
Breathing
I remembered how well concentrating on the breath can soothe anxious or overwhelming feeling.
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James
Double-edged sword
When we meditate we breathe slowly and calmly to calm ourselves down and bring us closer to ourselves and our spirit. But let's not forget that breath can be a double edged sword. We forget that short, quick and rapid breathing can raise blood pressure and causing anxiety. And sometimes when we're anxious we're breathing like that without realizing it. It's important to seeing all the kinds of breathing we do and how it affects us
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Jaime
Breath
The cuing was good to notice the variations within my breathing...
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Anne
Breathing
I count when I breathe-is that okay? Can someone please answer me about this? Thanx, and Happy Thanksgiving!!
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Lexie
Day 19
Focusing on my breathing and relaxation. So I will not lose control and my let myself go again. I’m doing better and I can see that but it still frightens me that I’ll go back the same person that I was a couple months ago who I do not want to be. This meditation help me calm down and just lay back and relax.
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Hilo
No doing it “wrong”
Realizing I can just bring my mind back from wandering, without judgement, helps me release my main hang-up about meditating.
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Triana
Breathe.
Breath is so important. Remember to breathe. It has the capacity to elicit calm at your most nervous heightened and scattered control systems. When my thoughts are out of wack, all I️ have to do is tend to myself. I️ bring my awareness to the sensation and the miracle of breath that exists within my body and I️ receive ultimate calm and renewal. Thank God for breath!
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Everett
To be
A lover that can leave all night never return and still never let you forget
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Allie
Serenity
Focusing on breathing can help you direct your attention to wherever you’d like it to go.
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Christina
Wouldn’t life be simple . . .
. . . if we could harness that feeling of peace from meditation? . . . if we could experience that kind of calm all the time? . . . if we truly were able to just be without judgment? Intention for the day!
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Carron
Wouldn’t it be nice
...life would be so much simpler if we concentrated on life and living and being aware and thankful for the breath of life 😊
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Falyn
Day 2;
It was a hard day for focusing. My mind raced all over the place, especially in places o didn’t want it to go. I felt distracted and out of touch with my breathing. I’m in a much happier mood today though. I need to re-center my mind and focus on myself.. and my breathing!
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Victoria
Focus
I learned that having a single focus can be a way to de-clutter the mind after a long day. Breath in, breath out. Repeat.
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Michelle
Day2
I learned that I breathe differently depending on the noises that catch my attention
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Keziah
Breathing
Breathing is necessary and we can do it with ease and comfort...it is something that we should focus on more.
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Sarah
1/9/18
It actually feels good meditating with a face mask and some candles☺️
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Cho
Get distracted frequently
it’s an enjoyable meditation but her narrative occupied most part of it, making it hard to concentrate
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Christine
Experiencing the breath with Dea
I loved the gentle and easy approach to this meditation and enjoyed my brief pause. Thank you for simplifying this exercise for me.
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Nancy
Experience breathing.
There is so much about ourselves that we take foregranted. Usually because we are so focused on others. These mindfulness moments have really helped me to remain calm and stay in tuned with who I am as a woman. Although I’m still going through the heartache of being with someone, I’m slowly coming back to myself. I now have my own routine and plan out my day accordingly without having to worry about him. Some days are hard, but breathing helps take my mind off of the anxiety of the unknown and helps me get through the day.
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SHEREE
Focus
Not on things in the world but upon myself and my breath. Letting go of past, present and future.
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Amelia
breathing
only focus on your breath and let everything else melt away for a few minutes is a great feeling and calming experience!
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Jhuan
The breath
Being able to clear my mind of everything except for my breathing and the expansion of my chest truly lowered my stress levels and released tension caused by work today. I’m definitely feeling much freer.
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Patty
Breathing
It’s always there; like the heart beating. It sustains my life, helps me to calm down when I ask and provides nourishment necessary to function as well as an outlet to release the gases that are no longer useful. 🙏❤️
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Sage
👌
I️ loves this one I felt so relaxed and at peace! It helped me relieve my stress
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Ali
Poignant
‘The experience of breathing’ is something we gloss over in our daily lives, but worthwhile to recognize
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Hannah
Mindful
It is so calming to refocus and be mindful in order to fully experience a moment. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE
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Jorge
Sincronizar la respiración
Después de varios intentos, ha sido un dia bastante interesante por el simple hecho de que pude conectar a un nivel distinto con una persona de mi entera confianza. Y aunque fuera por un momento, nuestra respiración se sincronizó de una forma muy peculiar.
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Yelizaveta
Pause.
For the first time in a long time I realized what a healthy pause was, even if it lasted just a moment.
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Aaron
Control
It’s all about attention. I have to constantly direct mine to breathing to get the great release.
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Garrett
Time Consuming
Today was particularly tough for me. I'm a lawyer, and have been fighting one particular case since I earned my license in 2012. My client was nearly killed when his truck was pushed under the back of an 18-wheeler. One of his passengers died, and my client's pelvis and femurs were crushed by the engine being forced onto his lap. > $1M in medical bills. On top of that, two of his sons had been killed in a similar accident a few years earlier. The trial court dismissed the case. The Court of Appeal reversed. Today, I got notice that the Supreme Court reversed the Appeal, and dismissed the case - without an opportunity for argument. I put years into this and fought as hard as I could against lawyers far more experienced. I put my sweat blood and tears into this case, and now it's hard to not feel like a failure. This meditation didn't make anything better, HOWEVER, it taught me to focus on the good. "Lawyer" is what I do. It does not define me. Father, husband, friend - that's who I am!
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Rachel
Experiencing the breath
Focus on breathing in and out feel your body and listen to it.
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Hailey
Awareness
Your mind tends to wonder when you slow down and think about your breath.
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James
Mindfulness is about...
...knowing your whole experience, whatever that may be and not just existing or drifting on autopilot or wishing your life away.
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Karin
2.16.18
Focusing on just breathing can ignite a ripple affect throughout your body mentally and physically. You to fill the void internally to become whole or you with stuff with unnecessary damaging people places and things.
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Lacie
Breathing
I bite my tongue naturally, if you keep talking about stuff lady I can’t concentrate on breathing, I am a sarcastic pessimistic a hole. I guess this meditation is harder to do than I thought.
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April
A few moments to breathe
At first my breathe was stuck near my heart and felt heavy. But once I pushed my thoughts away I could feel the breaths in my nostrils and my body relax. That felt good.
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Salem
Sometimes I need to stop the planning and thinking about the future and what’s coming next.
I need to focus on myself sometimes. Sometimes all it takes is a few deep breaths and knowing that I can stop sometimes. Not everything has to be planned.
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Time
Breathing
Focus on what's salient, inhale confidence and exhale insecurities
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Tammie
Relax
I need to relax my face!! Pay attention to my posture. Relax my body think good thoughts breath!
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Ivan
Experience breathing. Focus on where you feel the breath the most
Experience breathing. Focus on where you feel the breath the most
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Jocelynn
Sleppness
I’m kinda more tired and sleepy I love the warm feeling of my breathe being calmed in and out of my body as I rest and refocus on the bigger things in life
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Hillary
Day 1
I learned that I don’t pay close enough attention to my breath on a regular basis. When I honed in on it, I could really feel it filling up my body. This was harder because I did it before bed and easily could have fallen asleep. Curious to repeat in the day time.
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Ella
Experiencing The Breath
Breathing is my favorite! Seriously though, noticing and focusing on the breath is such a delightful thing to do. It’s so divine that breathing is something we just do as living being and brimming the attention to it highlights the awesome nature of something that is so easily taken for granted. This is a lovely meditation! Thank You!
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Sydney
Breath
Breath seems to be the center f most meditations and it really works.
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Sheikh
To be aware even of negative
i learned that being mindful is as much being aware of the negatives (feeling, thoughts)as the positives
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Laura
Be aware
Being mindful has taught me to pay attention to different things in my life
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Halle
I felt relaxed and calm, and just as I listened I could just sleep that’s how relaxed I was.
I learned that listening to myself breathing, and feeling the air go in my nose and out my nose, and my chest rising and lowering when I was breathing made me relax and calm down and not think about anything else but that.
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Madilyn
3rd
I feel relaxed and calm inside, I learned that focusing on ur breathing can help with stress, and with the right breathing u can calm ur self when in a stressful situation
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Shadimon
Experiencing the breath
I felt good after doing my mindfulness breathing meditation because it opened my mind up and made me happier and realize my surroundings and releasing negative thoughts
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Clee
Being with
What is always serves me on my healing Journey... Mindful awareness is my best tool
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Garrison
First Day
I’m laying in bed with Josiah. I’m not sure if that was the best idea but I feel better.
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Tammy
Experience of breathing.
I was able to focus on my breathing really well this morning. I did not even realize the meditation was over right away, since the time went so fast. Good morning everyone. Hoping you all have a great day!
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Lauren
Great
I learned that sometimes you can just let go of your worries, even for just 3 minutes and do something as simple as focus on breathing. It clears your head and gives you a fresh start before turning your brain back on.
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Sandra
My tongue
I noticed I am often super conscious of and uncomfortable with where to put my tongue. This was short and sweet though. Nice.
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Cordelia
Relaxation and Peacefulness.
I learned that just taking a moment to focus on the most simple things can cause a great feeling of relaxation and peacefulness.
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Rikki
Overwhelmed
Everything has been overwhelming at the moment In my life, even with the guided meditation it was really difficult to take a breath and be present in the moment.
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Donna
🤷🏼‍♀️
Why do some of the meditations end so abruptly? The experience would be more satisfying if the words/music tapered off instead of coming to a halt.
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Laura
Experiencing the breath
I learned how challenging yet rewarding it can be to focus on one place in your body where you feel your breath.