Exploring Focused and Open Awareness

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Carla-Jo Geraghty
Mindfulness for Wellbeing
In this meditation we explore focused and open awareness, with particular reference to the breath. In focused awareness we learn to pay attention to one thing at a time. This can help us to feel a sense of calm stability. With open awareness we can observe how our moment to moment experience is constantly changing, this can help us to live a more harmonious life because we are perceiving it more accurately.  Please note: If you are struggling with your mental health it's really important to seek professional help. These meditations are not a substitute for that but can be used along side therapy to help to support you. For more on Carla-Jo and her work please see www.carlajo-mindfulness.com
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Lucinda
Open
Came outside to do my meditation today sitting amongst the flowers feels like I haven’t sat here in over a week. Feel so much more grounded and awake sitting here with my bare feet in the dirt particularly disturbing anything just watching and listening and feeling the wind blow. I like it so much because this is what piece feels like
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Carly
I feel......
Less stressed of all of the things I have to do. I also feel that I need to focus on more important thing then others. I also feel peace and happiness flowing through my body and this meditation helped to do that.✌️
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Kimette
Peaceful and Gentle
I chose the seven minute practice, which might be a little long if you’re not very stressed. I was ready to finish about a minute before the session ended, but that meant that it achieved its purpose as I was calm and relaxed.
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Cherish
Awareness of the Breath
Focus on your breathing. Focus all of your awareness inward on one part of the body where you can feel your body move with the breath. Open your awareness to other parts of the body where you can feel your body move with the breath. You will begin to realize that there are many places in your body that move with the breath. Each breath is different moment to moment. Having this awareness will keep you focused and grounded. Have a wonderful day! ❤️🙏🏻😊
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Chelsea
Focussing independently
Before I began this meditation I thought to myself “I wonder if I should start doing meditation without guidance and see how I can focus by myself because I find I am always waiting for instructions”. This meditation was perfect as it gave me just enough guidance to get me on my way and then would leave me for a long enough time to focus on my own, and every now and then would check in. What a great way to help me move into independently focussing 😊
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Kady
Being in the moment
I think meditation teaches us to be in the moment. This meditation helped me to be focused and realize the breath in every area of my body. And that made me realize how important it is. You know we only have one life on this planet. There’s 24 hours in each day. 365 days in a year. Approximately 80 years in a life (those fortunate enough can live longer). But if you think about it, we do not have much time on this planet. Therefore, we must make the best out of every day. Sure bad experiences will arise, but they will soon be replaced with good experiences. I’ve always thought that life is about the outlook you have. If you have a negative outlook— you’re going to attract other negative life forces. If you’re positive— you’re going to attract other positive life forces. Thanks for coming to my TedTalk lol
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Cherish
Changing Moment
Everything is changing moment to moment. No two moments are the same just as no two breaths are the same. In this meditation, Carla-Jo has us explore our breath in a focused awareness in the body and then expand it to include open awareness in the body. Getting settled in my chair, I brought focused awareness to the areas where I often feel my breath, such as the air flowing in and out of my nostrils and my chest and belly rising and falling. Every now and then I noticed thoughts enter my mind and how they changed moment to moment. I brought my attention back to my breath and just sat with it for awhile, taking note of how each one of my breaths changed moment to moment. Opening my awareness to include other areas in the body where I felt my breath, I noticed how my upper back moved with each breath. I noticed how my thighs even move ever so subtle with each breath. I expanded my awareness even further and noticed subtle sounds occurring in my body as well as more lurid sounds occurring in my surroundings. Whether my awareness is focused or open, one thing is for sure. With each changing moment, I am aware that I am aware. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
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Jamie 💜
Breath
I was really able to focus on my breath and breathing with this 7 minute meditation.
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