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Lauren Ziegler
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Christina
Focus the breath, focus the mind
Loved this one! The wave metaphor really helped me to calm down my breathing. Thanks, Lauren!
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Simon
A wonderful tool
"We (every one of us) have a wonderful tool for working with the waves of life" - and our guide in this meditation has a lovely, mellifluous voice that gently reminds us to use it. "Breathe, pause at the top of the inhale ..." Yes. A wonderful tool. Overlooked sometimes because it seems too simple. But the best tools are. May your day out on the ocean of life be a lovely one 🙂
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Linda
very effective
this helps me calm down my turbulent and choppy "waves" and mind. quiet a powerful session! it was a much needed break for me. Thanks, Lauren!
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Susan
This late morning
I learned that I am calmer dealing with the stresses of the world when I have moments to breathe.
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sharon
i learned that she current sadness of an unexplained end to s loving relationship.. my stormy waves.
i can leave those waves alone and maybe get through this pain filled storm .
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Taelor
Settle my breathing
I learned that focusing my mind on my breath can soothe and slow the thoughts of everything I worry about. It's a great tool, and the wave metaphor was a perfect visual.
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Rafael
Calming my breath
I learned that calming my breath can take away the stress of the moment. It is helpful for me to get to my routine again.
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Althea
Day 7
This one may have been my favorite so far. It made me feel less pressure, and reminded me that I have to go with the flow. This meditation let me know that the waves in my mind and life are a completely normal part of my human experience. It made it seem less scary or as big of a problem when seen in that light.
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Catherine
Waves
I like the image of waves you can't stop. The goal is to not let the wave take you. Watch it and let it wash over you.
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Myriam
Steady breath brings cintrol
I learned that the first thing to control the mind is to have a steady breathing. All rest will follow. A steady breath does not allow a monkey mind - it is almost mechanic
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Alana
Easy breathing
I learned that to control your mind you must have a steady breath
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Elisabeth C
Windstorms of the mind
I love these meditations because they remind me that what I'm experiencing day to day is. not. unique. to. me. I've made that point before but it is so easy to forget. Our minds are like the surface of the ocean: sometimes calm, sometimes turbulent. Everyone's mind works that way. So long as you steady your focus (by means of the breath) you can steady your mind and find your way to more calm waters.
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Christine
My favorite meditation thus far!
This was a perfect meditation for me. It really put things into perspective and gave me a different way of looking at how meditation can help obtain tolerance and patience.
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Zeke
Body-Mind Synchronization
As a poetic person, I really appreciated all the beautiful metaphors in this meditation. It’s so important for me to try to keep my mind calm in spite of the storms of life. These reminders to do so are helpful.
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Liz
Morning thoughts
I really enjoyed this meditation. In the brisk morning air it really helped me be Aware
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Tatiana
Mind like an ocean
I learned that my mind can be compared to the surfaces of the ocean. I know that right now there's no waves and suddenly a tsunami shows up. I need to make sure that don't affect me
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Amanda
Calming the sea
I learned that if u slow ur breathing u can slow ur mind. Like calming the ocean . Whether the waves are steady or rough you can calm them by the way u breathe:
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Georgia
Don't think about sad
When you are sad take a deep breath and count to 10 open your eyes and stop thinking about what happened and start thinking about what you can do to stop how do you feel.so go to something that makes you feel calm and be happy because there are a lot of things in the world that you can do instead of being sad.
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David
Calm down
Yesterday was a very anxious day even after my morning session. Today’s session helped me recover from that and reset. I feel already today will be different with my calm state and I can continue to get back to that state by just focusing on my breathing.
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Matthew
Working hard to still the roiling ocean of my mind...
Got interrupted during this session a couple of times. Happy I have chosen to use Aura with my headphones on to help block distractions. Recommended method of dung Aura, if you are not yet doing so!
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Kimberly
Stopping and breathing.
So important to remember this. We know stresses come and go....like waves.
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Brenda
Navigating the External/Internal Ocean
I realized that the real art in life is about navigating the external/internal ocean. So much is beyond our control, and yet we can learn skills for navigating the waves by our presence and tending to our breath. Our breath is the wheel of our ship. Let's sail!
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Sarah
Waves
Realized the waves of my mind seem to rise and fall quickly - before the first one is gone the next one is already rising. Good to remember to come back to the breath to calm the waves
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Shatha
Good Morning
I am grateful for be able to breathe I am grateful for my subconscious who has always pushed me to be a better version of myself I am grateful for being healthy and well
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Jonathan
First day
I was distracted but learned that I am mindful of things around me and prepare myself for what is to come.
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Amanda
⚓️🌊
My mind is like the open sea. It is deep, full of the unexpected, and times can be incredibly violent. The winds of life often cause much turbulence stirring up many waves that want to suck me under. I often struggle with succumbing to the weight of the undertow, but somehow I always seem to find myself weathering the storm and emerging to the surface stronger than before. I am slowly learning to surf the waves that come in efforts to stay above water and reach that calm glass surface where I can just float.
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Amber
Slow my mind
When the audio voice was speaking I could hardly pay attention. I was still thinking about what time of day would be best to set a reminder to meditate 😅 oops hello distraction
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Laura
Take time for self
I need time for me. Time to rest. Time to relax. Time to be.
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Nelya
Sea visualization
As I grew more calm I imagined standing in front of the sea and let that image guide my meditation
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Phil
Winds of life
I learned that the winds of life, which blow in the mind, heart, and soul, cannot be tamed or controlled any more than the winds of nature blowing across a vast lake. The ripples created by both types of wind are ripples felt by the spirit and flesh alike. What we can control, however, is out internal perception of them, and mindfulness of the reality that there just is wind in life is the starting point.
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Aashi
10-19
I learned that the emptiness of your mind won't always be empty.All the things you want to relieve yourself will always still float around in your mind. You can't make it not be in your mind.
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Marie
Sad today
I learned I can’t change what’s happened but i can change the way I approach it.
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Everett
Treat
The best being is the one who is without want the best being is being here and there they go
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Mariana
The control of the breath
Maybe by controlling one thing you can understand and overcome another
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Sheran
Pain
My mind was exhausted from stress which brings pain to myself and people around me. Overthinking was somehow the cause of it. The unsure of things. This session brings me back in gaining control of the mind. Being mindfulness is the best way to regain positive life ✌🏻
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Alyssa
My mind is turbulent waves
I wish I could control my thoughts about certain things or just let them go, but I’m not there yet. My mind is an ocean of turbulent waves waiting for the calm to come.
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Naomi
Meditation in the middle of Crazy
I learned that taking time to meditate while on camp is challenging but ultimately rewarding and beneficial to all!
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mimi
Mindful moments
Interesting comparison between the sea waves and mind waves intruding our thoughts I learn today to let go of negative feelings by taking time to exercise mindful breathing
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Barbara
Concrète méditation and caring voice
I really liked the way the méditation was guided. It was concrete in the visualization. Also, the voice was caring... Thank you! 😊
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Jamie
Takeaway
I can’t control the winds of life, but I can use my breath to control the waves (my thoughts).
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Nadia
Mindful moments
When you control your breath your mind will follow and you will become stress free
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Tabitha
Ocean....
The correlation with the ocean truly hit home for me the beach has always been peaceful to me the waves always so calm so serene not truly thinking that underneath that water the murkiness the turmoil all the rage it would seem that that’s the same with me I may appear to have it together on the surface but inside my mind turmoil
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Alexa
Day 2
I need to relax Picture my brain as the ocean Don’t stress
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Ron
Mind is like the ocean
Sometimes turbulent, sometimes calm. Let the storm ride out, knowing that it will turn calm.
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Lauren
Mindful Moments
Focusing on breathing helps to eliminate past, present, and future problems.
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Tyra
Distracted
Was a bit distracted tonight as I have so much work to do, but I’m trying to get my focus ... trying to breathe and know that everything will be done in time and I can breathe through it all. I mustn’t hold my breath and let stress over take me but show myself that I will be okay.
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Tammy
Focus breath and mind
What a tool we have to help relax and focus us our minds. The breath is not only about bringing in oxygen to our bodies, it is a way we can help ease our stressful, crazy minds.
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Mackinley
Mind won’t stop
There’s a lot on my mind so trying to shut everything off at night is tough. Just taking a deep breathe and being mindful of certain things helps me to relax.
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Samantha
quiet spaces
i learned that i should try to find a quiet space for mediation , or otherwise learn to tune out the chaos around me and be more introspective
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Danielle
Just breathe
It's challenging, frustrating even when you're trying to relax & just focus the mind. But yet it seems as if the negative thoughts constantly beats you up with no remorse. I'm learning to channel my breathing. Being mindful of what needs to be done, & being mindful of the things that aren't important nor conducive in relation to my life and goals I'm attempting to accomplish. Just breathe....& everything else will flow naturally.
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Time
Waves
Life's innocuous encumbrances such that invokes pessimistic notions can truly become adverse of thy allows it.
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Brittany
OverPowerful Mind
Breathe to calm the waves as they may get too crazy to handle
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Anna
Sleep
Its hard to sleep some nights. So much going on in my head.
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Ranger
Breathe
To keep calm, focused, and mindful, I need to keep my breathes slow and steady
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Laura-Faye
Remember to Breathe
I woke up this morning feeling anxious and my mind troubled. After this meditation I feel calmer and able to focus my mind. I will return to this meditation throughout the day.
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Ingrid
Ocean Waves
I loved the idea of seeing the mind as the ocean, with waves that represent thoughts. Sometimes they’re turbulent, and sometimes they’re calm; it all depends on the breath. Beautiful.
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Jeff
I learned...
I learned that you can’t control the winds of life but you can mitigate their effects by controlling your breath
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Sheila
Ocean Waves
It helps to visualize an ocean, with life sometimes causing waves, sometime not. Using breath to calm during the rough waves helps.
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Weightlessness
I learned that when I follow my breath to the pause between the inhale and the exhale, I feel momentarily weightless and suspended in time.
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Megan
Control
I can’t control the waves of sadness that come across during the day
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Katelyn
Monday, January 22, 2018
I learned that you should just take a moment to steady your breathing to focus and calm the waves in your mind
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Kristen
Regaining control
I’ve had some extremely stress filled days/ months that have led to extreme sadness. Today’s meditation is helping me regain control.
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Cathy
Today the breath was uneven
When I wake up I like to meditate. I learned this morning that there are days when breathing deeply and slowly, pausing at the end of each in breath and out breath, is more difficult, and I get bothered and anxious. My normal asthmatic breathing is shallow and rapid. Aah. Accept my body’s breathing and relax.
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PJ
Waves in the ocean
Life comes like waves in the ocean. It is up to mean to remain calm and swim, or stress and sink.
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Cindy
Focussing on the breath
Focus on your breath and the rest will follow (e.g. Productivity, mindfulness)
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Susie
Focus the Breath....
The waves of life are always churning to some degree or another but I have the tool of my mindfulness breathing that will help me cope.🙏🏻
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Sydney
Breath
Breathing can help you with many things. I think it is the key part of meditation. It can relax your mind, or calm it down.
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sarah
stress
i learned that panicking about the things i have to accomplish will not help me succeed, i have to take my time and effort to reach my goals.
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Meggie
What I've learned
To take deep breaths and how it's okay to take a break when things get stressful.
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Mel
Waves
I can acknowledge the waves crossing my mind but I don’t have to drown in them.
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Molly
Feb 13
Don’t hold everything in and let it build up. Talk to someone
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em
relax
I need to stop worrying about the winds that make the water unsteady, and focus on how to stay afloat instead
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Clare
Focus your breath
And the mind will follow. Visualising the mind as the sea was a wonderful image to help me through the storms
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Bronwen
Focus the breath focus the mind
The connection between mind and Breath is strong and one can influence the other
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Cody
Respect
I just feel so much respect after taking the time to think and recipe over the things in life that really get to you but the goal is to keep high to hold strong and keep your head high
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Gabby
Aura
I learned that mediation is important for the body because it relieves stress
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Alan
Return to the breath
By returning to the breath, we can be aware of the waves of life without drowning in them. We won’t ignore them. We can just separate ourselves from them enough to deal with them as calm observers.
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Loren
Streas
Waves of stress may still be in your mind but you must be mindful of not letting them take over
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Laura
Calm
Focusing on the breath eases the mind. I don’t have to control my thoughts or control what happens in life. I just need to take deep breaths and face it with calmness.
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Elizabeth
Just Breath
You just need to be calm and let your thoughts swirl around you. Just breath and you’ll be okay. If you try to push everything into one section of you mind then your not letting that stress go.
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Edith
Calm
I learned that taking time to breathe can really calm your body.
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Tara
Surface of the ocean
I visualized my mind as the surface of the ocean. I saw the waves break and storm clouds far offshore. But near the shore the tide was calm and gentle and the sunlight warmed the surface. I learned I can calm my mind with my breath. Very nice.
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Ella
Amazing
I learned to that I don’t have to worry or stress about a certain problem. If I am mindful of it, it will happen
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Collin
Day 1 10:01
i felt overwhelmed and then i listener and felt calmer i learned to breath
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Brittany
I felt...
I felt that by doin this exercise that when I opened my eyes, I felt more calm. I wasn’t as anxious or upset. The breathing really helped lower my pulse and calm my thoughts.
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Bella
I felt safe
I learned that it’s okay to not be okay and it’s okay to not be calm all the time
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Grant
Heavy
I felt as if I was sinking with the weight of my body getting heavier and heavier. But a sense of peace stayed
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Orlando
Second time meditating
It helps to just take long deep breaths and just let your thoughts wash over like a wave
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Alina
Anxious sleeping
I did not sleep well last night. I am grateful to have this moment to reset and try for a better day.
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Annie
Day two: focusing the breath focusses the mind
Steady the breath and the mind will follow. Things to do, people to see, and places to be. All make the ocean of thoughts in our mind. Some things are soft calm waves, and some things are terrifying tsunamis. Breathing deeply and calming yourself helps with dealing with both things. Control your ocean. You are its creator. You have the power to let the tsunami overtake and drown you. Or you have the power to let the smaller waves drift you off at sea. Make your ocean still and calm so you can relax and enjoy life. Steady the breath and the mind will follow.
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Katie
Wednesday
I learned that three minutes is not that long for me to commit to this practice.
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Hyerim
First session
Feel like yoga. Meditation seems pretty important to remove burdens I generated during the day.
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Sarah
Peace
There’s a lot to be said about the connection between breath and the mind
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Raphael
Great beginning
At the beginning of the day it calms me and makes me more energized to begin the days work
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Megan
Thoughts
Even if you are in uncomfortable situations, you can just take a breather and take a moment to calm down and get yourself together.
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Brennen
3-24
I did this practice while sitting in a Starbucks in a theme park, chaos buzzing around me. And the practice worked—let your focus on your breath calm your mind.
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Mary
Focusing is tough
I leaned that steady, mindful breathing help me focus and stay on task. I liked the visualization of the ocean’s waves. I’m definitely favoriting this meditation.
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gabi
mind is ocean
let mind follow breath, i think too much so its nice to remember to focus on breathing
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Charice
Day 1
There is a correlation between the breath and mind. Deep breathing can help steady the mind and focusing the mind will steady and regulate the breath.
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Debb
Focus the Breath, Focus the Mind
I love the analogy of life as waves rolling in on the ocean; sometimes steady, sometimes turbulent, crashing into shore. I also loved the analogy of the windstorms of life, perhaps more so today because we’re under a weather advisory for damaging winds tonight. That said, as much as I connected with the analogies, my mind galloped back to an incident that happened earlier in the day, and as I breathed in and out like the ebb and flow of the waves, I felt my ire being fanned with each breath. This doesn’t typically happen to me. Typically I am calmed and focused on breathing.
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Jemima
Jem
I love the image of my mind as an ocean. Today the water is still and peaceful.
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Mark
I really appreciated the waves imagery
I will try to remember that when the winds of life blow up a storm.
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Jeff
Peace
Each time my mind wandered, I was able to bring myself back by seriously focusing on my breathing. This is a first in years.
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Anita
Yesterday, I felt calm and determined.
I learned that I can focus and be mindful, get stuff done and still be mellow. However, at the end of the day, encountered a personal conflict which frustrated me. Again, in the midst of it, realized a wrong behavior & tried to make it better but couldn’t resolve so have to accept the stress & anxiety of the situation - ugh!
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Sara
Acceptance
Even when I’m feeling low, I can’t forget that I’m important.
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Lauren
“Steady the breath, and the mind will follow.”
The wind is going to blow regardless - it’s about adjusting our relationship to the turbulence in life.
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Miquelle
Breathe
My mind can be like the waves unsteady wild and free. But with breath and focus I can learn to keep still and take in what my mind is teaching me. Learn to listen and flow like the waves.
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Joyce
Full breath
Just, stop, be, and breathe for a few minutes, to reflect and recharge, ready to negating the rest of my day. Namaste
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Taylor
Focus on control
I learned that i am in control, even if life’s winds are super strong. I have to endure the troubles and calm them and my self as I go on. Everything will be okay.
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Meg
Control
I have the ability to control my thoughts and shift them to a more positive and meaningful place.
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Tiffany
Breathing
I learned that it gets hard to breathe but once you listen to a meditation it slowly gets easier to breathe and you aren’t as scared anymore.
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Lydia
Lovely!
This was so calming, and I did it right before bed, so I‘m going to sleep very relaxed tonight :))
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Tammy
Focus breath and mind
If we can control our breathing the mind will follow. We can still have thoughts but, that is OK and we are mindful of that. Returning to the breath is a great way to deal with life’s stress and calm our minds. A calm mind makes better decisions in life and can see clarity in a world of crazy. 😉
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Sushi
Amazing
This is a powerful one. Lauren might be my favorite on this app, her voice is so good.
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Cyndee
Comparing breath to ocean waves 🌊
The waves of my breath are connected to my mind and breathing is so important in staying calm and focused. Being under a lot of stress causes me to lose my focus and sometimes clarity, which is very important to get things accomplished. I like the idea of comparing my breathing to ocean waves, big stormy waves crashing down flooding my mind with chaos, small choppy waves creating distractions and calm soft waves breaking on the shore gives me much needed peace of mind, calmness, happiness and many other pleasant experiences. Thanks Aura for giving me this perspective on breath and mind to practice whenever I’m challenged with stressful situations in life.🙏
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Kristen
Good morning.
I love the comparison of our minds to the ocean. Sometimes calm. Sometimes not. Directed by the wind that is life.
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Sara
Mind like an Ocean
Prior to starting the guided meditation I was attempting to meditate on my own. I visualized myself somewhere deep in the ocean, underwater. I felt my thoughts drowning me. Then when I started this meditation and visualized being above the water I suddenly felt the calmness I was seeking. I really enjoyed this one & will definitely be revisiting !
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Jess
Time
Often times I acknowledge that I’m stressed and need to breathe but I keep pushing right through what is stressing me and don’t take the time to do it. I learned that you don’t have to take time to breathe. Just consciously change your breath as you continue what you’re doing. And if you can make time to sit and just be still like I did this morning, that’s even better!
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Tammy
Peace
What a wonderful morning meditation. To wish peace for all I. The world. Asking of ourselves to be an instrument of peace.
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Tammy
Light
Great morning meditation. I am meditating outside this morning. So much more restful to hear the birds, the wind, chimes and train. Happy Memorial Day everyone! Let’s give thanks to all that served and the sacrifices they made for us all!
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Kevin
Steady the breadth and the mind will folllow
So true, so true! This was one of my favorite meditations on this app so far.
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Emily
Morninf
It’s amazing how just breathing can wake you up and get you ready for your day
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Louis
Mind like Surface of Ocean
Based on the changing winds, the surface of the ocean goes through changes. So does our minds based on changing events.
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Georgia
First meditation
I found that at the start I kept my focus but my mind began to wonder and think of stress towards the end.
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Matthew
Difficult
It is so difficult to focus sometimes. I just get so lost in my own head that i can’t get back up. It’s just difficult.
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Joyce
Can’t stop the winds of life
Bend, don’t break, breath first, then the mind will follow, to a stillness within the wind. Namaste
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Raigen
Nice
I felt very relaxed and calm after this experience. I've learned that at any point during the day when things get stressful I can just take some deep breaths and look around me and take notice of things differently.
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Maud
Stress
I learned that I may be thinking about a thousand things to do but the stress that comes with those things will not be there once I'm mindfull. Controlling steady breathing could be the solution for an uneasy mind.
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Jessamine
I am in control
Facts may be saddening or I might worry about things but I'm still in control of my body and it's reactions, there is no need to get overwhelmed. I have an escape.
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Taylor
Wanderer.
I noticed that my mind would wander without warning and I strive to work on that in my upcoming days with meditation.
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Cami
Breathing
I've learned that holding in the breath is the trick I've been missing. Thank you so much!
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Abbey
Thoughts are like clouds.
I am not my thoughts. I need to accept that they are thoughts and push them away like clouds. They come and go. Let them go.
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Francis
connected
learning that your breath and focus are connected should really help me prioritize and focus on more important things. hopefully i can get a simple and effective schedule going.
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Liane
Focus the breath, focus the mind
I really liked the coaching that went along with the breathing
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Tiffany
Forgetting
Forgiveness is not forgetting. Mindfulness does not forget. Instead both require remembering. Truthfully. Accurately. Always. We can forgive without forgetting. We can focus our thoughts so we are mindful.
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Elisabeth
Equipped
We can utilize our body to strengthen our mind. With meditation, I can enjoy listening and learning to breathe, while I’m mindful about my mood, my worries or my journey through life. I can rest knowing I’m equipped to conquer, to enjoy life and to succeed.
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Erin
Breath & the mind
I feel tried & my mind is saying stay a wake & feel relax & write my journal & keep writing don’t stop until the page is done
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Fabiola
breath
Sometimes we forget to breath, we don't realize how helpful it is to manage our feelings, even more if the feelings are worries or tensions...
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Fabiola
:)
I llok up for this session when I am full of stress and tensions, it helps me to identify what are my feelings when things happen.
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Luqe
Thumbs Up
It is a very nice app. I just recovered from anxiety and this improves upon it.
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Heather
First Meditation
I learned that it's ok to see good in myself. I'm not this hideous person I think I am. I have Major self esteem issues that I need to work on and if I can sick to this app I can honestly see myself getting the confidence in myself to love the happiest life I can.
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Fiza
I felt good but scared of losing my mind
I learned that I was on a beach alone.. enjoying the warmth of sun..peaceful and relaxing
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bobee
Storm & Wind of Life
Life is like the surface of the sea - unpredictable yet beautiful. :)
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Joel
I feel...
I feel energised. I was tired before this. now I feel rested and ready to study
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Hannah
Focis
Although the practice wasn’t the most successful for me in terms of my ability to focus (still sleepy after waking) it is definitely one to do again and work on using the breath to bring focus and the way the breath was used and controlled would normally make me feel more energised. Perhaps at another time in the day
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Michelle
Well
I felt very comfortable and it really helped me to get out of the stress I had.
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Meg
Waves of the mind
That's the most wonderful description ever for my thoughts as they ebb and flow...
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Tammy
Focus the breath and mind
Working on changing how we breathe really did help me to focus my mind and stay engaged with the meditation.
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Rob
Skmple
Breathing. 😁 mindfulness breathing mindfulness. All beautifully connected.
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Sasja
Total change
The background music immediately made me calm down and relaxed. The things she told where truly eye opening
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Tanika
meditation
I don't usually meditate but I think it's very good for your mental health to relax for a few mins and go back to what you were doing
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Aubrey
Stressed out
Breathing certainly helps me to calm down and take each thought in about what I must do collectively.
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Cameron
Bad
Terrible I was even more anxious after it.No one should do it.
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Shelby
Facts
"calm your breath, and your mind will follow" This is so true. Once you focus on your breathing and are aware of what's going on around you, your mind begins to relax and calm itself as well.
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Vanessa
Great way to start the day
This was a great little reminder of the importance of focusing on the breath. As soon as our thoughts become too much it takes control of our breathing. By getting back in control of our breathing we too take back control of our mind. Although I know this technique, I feel sometimes I can become complacent and don’t push myself to do things that make me feel uncomfortable in fear of feeling all those emotions/ physical symptoms associated with anxiety. I still live my life day to day doing what I have to do, but I do it the way I want to and sometimes that may be taking shortcuts to avoid any discomfort. I need to start pushing myself more to do the things that make me feel uncomfortable and remember this technique so I can get through it, opening me up to move avenues in my life rather than allowing myself to stay comfortable in this new world I have created for myself.
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Barb
Short & sweet
I really liked the imagery of the mind as the ocean surface. Want to think about this some more!
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Jose
Peaceful
I learned how to focus my breathing a lot more steady, not to worry about the waves.
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Millie
Thoughts and the breath
I noticed that thoughts kept surfacing. I let them pass and focused on my breath more and more.
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Alexxis
Ocean
I imagined myself the entire time on the beach. A place that always calms me but I can never be at. It felt nice.
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Joyce
Mind and Breath
It feels good to sync up and settle down, ready to start the day. Namaste
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Ashley
Focus the Breath, Focus the Mind
I learned that we need to think of our life and our mind/thoughts just like the waves of the ocean. I loved this comparison or enology. There is nothing we can do about the pace or the waves.. we need to learn to embrace them. Sometimes they can be heave and intense, other times there is peace and calm, stillness other times it’s a little storm.. just as the waves the same goes for our life and our mind. It’s not what is happening it’s how we deal with it and manage it. We have to ride through it and make the most out of it. The more we practice mindfulness the easier it will become to not let things effect us and we will be able to control and handle the big storms when the arise. Namaste 😌🙌🏼
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Aries
Mind Like an Ocean
I learned that your mind works like the ocean. Sometimes the waters are calm and still, and other times rapid winds form large, terrifying waves, but when you just breathe, you focus your mind. and though the wind is still blowing, you're aware of the things going on around you.
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Susan
Focus the breath, focus the mind
The winds of life will come. Some will be greater than others but by focusing and calming the breath, so you can calm the mind. Slow the breath, slow the storm
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Harmony
I feel so much better
I am very nervous and unfocused for my exam today and this really helped to calm me
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Sarah
Waves
I feel the turbulent waves of my mind. I have the power to calm them through my breathing. The turbulence may be out of my control, but I can handle it.
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Matthew
Quick and easy
Nice short practice in stillness and calming your mind. Good for slotting into a busy day.
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Natasha
Reminder
I reminded myself that someone else’s irritation, anger, or need for my anxiety should not influence the way that I feel.
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Tuscany
I felt that it was hard for me to breathe deeply in the beginning
Pausing between breathing in and out creates space and a steady rhythm.
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Cat
Mindful
Ignoring problems forever isnt possible and wont fix anything, acknowledging them and being mindful is what will help best
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Jessica
Sleep
I sleep better and deeper when I listen to a meditation. This is better that watching shows on my ipad.
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John
A nice pause in life
The ocean waves was a nice analogy. Sea way get rough with wind of life but we'r can calm with breath.
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Myranda
I liked the relation to the ocean and the turbulence of waves
I’ve recently been experiencing a lot of turbulence in my life and this reminded me that I can still find moments of peace and stillness within myself.
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Christina
Meditation
I realized that as I was able to level my breathing, my mind was able to calm, which calmed my body. I am super relaxed and able to sleep now. This one was def my favorite and really worked. Wow.
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Julie
Waves
Waves of the ocean... like the waves of life...uncontrollable and ever changing
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Jeanisse
Steady breaths
When you feel like the waves are turmoil, take deep, steady breaths to keep your mind clear. This too shall pass.
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Julie
Steady breath, steady mind
The mere focus on the breath almost always helps to manage the thoughts
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Cheryl
Calming
The imagery of the waves works wonders for me! Just what is needed today.
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Marwa
It was really good iam so sad but it makes me feel better ♥️
Its normal to have bad moods life is not perfect so i can fight what makes me sad and do want i want and i love
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Eduardo
Ease the breath to ease the mind waves
Enough said. I think this is a key piece of understanding. I reflects teaching from the one book I have read about this.
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Vera
😕
You should be in control of your thoughts and feelings I don’t know how I’m feeling again Neutral I guess And sad maybe I’m sad and can’t cry
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Caitlin
The ocean is my brain
I love that analogy. Sometimes the winds pick up out of no where are damage the things, but time can always heal.
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Kendall
Waves of the mind
Like the ocean, our mind will experience times of calmness and turbulence yet, it is all related to our breathe. Bringing awareness to our breathe in these turbulent times can help bring peace and tranquility. You can choose your relationship with the waves.
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Dan
Oceanic vibes
I appreciated the visual guidance of an ocean representing the mind, and the reminder that the thoughts cannot be controlled but the breathing can
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dani
Breath Leading The Mind
Today I learned that we cannot artificially slow the busy ways of our mind, but we can help to slow it by focusing on breathing deeply.
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William
Pause
Lauren, yes! Found new meaning in pause! Ocean works! Simple deep breath! Thanks.
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Valerie
This was a great breathing exercise
I loved the sound of the waves as well as the metaphor. I feel more relaxed after this exercise.
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Melodie
Breathing to calm the calm
I’ve learned that by just taking a breath, I can be more mindful and stop the wave from getting too big. I will try this out today
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Sonya
A visual for breathing
Imagine the wind as your breath and the waves as your emotions. When you calm the winds by creating calm deep breaths, you regulate your emotions and create a clear, peaceful mind.
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Lorena
Am meditation
Focused relaxed awake at 6:53 am 1st day out of bed meditation
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LeChelle
Need
I would be nothing without meditation. Timeless, proves itself time and time again.
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Amy
Pausing
Slight pause at the inhale and slight pause in the exhale. Don’t check out of your mind
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Cari
March 1
I learned that I am naturally a care taker, and it feels unnatural for people to willingly want to take care of me. In order for me to heal, I must show myself grace and allow unconditional love to enter my life in every way possible.
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Cari
Breathe
If I focus on my breathing, my mind will always follow. God got me.