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There are certain times in the day when we just need to take a breath and reconnect with ourselves. This meditation helps you to step out of the busyness of your day and gain back some clarity.
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90 reflections
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Kelsey
Good Practice for Calm and Stress
This is a nice meditation for one experiencing anxiety, or for one that just needs to slow down from a stressful day. This practice had a slight pause in between the in breath and out breath which is great for calming the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) thereby activating the parasympathetic branch. This process helps my ANS to slow down, along with those pesky anxiety or stress symptoms. I appreciate how this instructor gradually went up on both the in breath and out breath, keeping them at the same level for much of the meditation. To me, this is a more efficient practice than having a short in breath and longer out breath (i.e. 4-7-8 breath practice). Why? The meditator is not focused on breathing in enough air to pause, and then, have an extensive out breath. I will definitely come back to this one!
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Lyric
When you're stressed to the max.
This session is very great to use whenever you're under maximum of stress from work, person issues, school or even life itself. Sometimes during the day we all do need take a breather to release out the stress and tension.
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Hannah
#2
My breath is always there for me, no matter what. It's always an anchor.
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Kofi
Take a breather
My breath is always there for me! I can count on it to take away the busyness of my mind.
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Elizabeth
Take a Breather
I learned that my breathe is always there for me to take a time to re center myself.
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Delaine
As a first timer, I was a little distracted as I was focusing on something else 😔
Need a quiet space as this my first time, I think with more practice I will get better
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Selby
Remember
Breathe is available to me. Any time. No need to schedule a break. No need to lose my breathe.
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Angela
Breath
Taking time to stop during the day to focus on your breath is important and can help reset your mind.
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Tapua
I can always count on my breath
It's comforting to know that, no matter where I am or how I'm feeling, I can always rely on my breath to bring me back to a grounded and centered place.
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Aramide
1
When in doubt take a deep breathe and try and relax. I have a lot on my shoulders from present worries, friendships and commitment such as uni are draining me and the pending thought of being jobless and helpless. I’m so stressed that some times I forget to breathe
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Lina
Self awareness
Self conscious is crucial for self esteem.. time can reveal possibilities and having time for yourself gives the sense of that awareness you need to create.. indulge more and fill in the gaps ... Give yourself to imagination ...Breathe.. every breath count .. no matter how hard and stressful your life is... you always have your breath...
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Sam
Just breathe
Taking a moment to do some deep breathes really helps you relax and calm your mind. I was stressed as heck because of school work and after this exercise, I feel a lot better. So yeah, just breathe dude, you’ll be okay.
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Jordan
Happiness
Happiness comes from within. No one can make me happy, I have to do it myself.
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Shannon
Taking steps
I have to want to get better. I have to make active choices to get better. I can’t be complacent in my own life.
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Nadir
Relief after this meditation!
I learned that. There a a magical effect to taking a breather. In the middle of your busy day. Or at the beginning of your morning. Or even at the end of a long hectic day..... by bed time. So even though looking at it in the beginning thinking it wouldn’t work. Just let go of that feeling. And follow your guided meditations with blind faith that they will always work.
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Joyce
Breathe stress away
If it was only so easy to breathe are stress away. But it’s a start.
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Keilani
Distractions aside
Listening with every being in you, you get the feeling of calmness. The meditation helped me with breathing through stressful situations.
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Heather
Counting
Starting with 3 sec inhale, 3 sec exhale, then 4, then 5, is a great way for me to quickly calm my thoughts. 💭 ✌️
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Clare
Breath
My breath is always there when I need it to ground me and that is always useful to remember, particularly in times of stress and anxiety.
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Dawn
New here
I’m not to sure if this app is good for me. I have a very hard time mediating. This app doesn’t seem to be for me.
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Ron
Worth a few minutes
I learned that even taking just 3 minutes to relax and breathe, can change my mood
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Fouad
It is too overwhelming Sometimes
Nothing bring calmness to me better than breathing . The 4,5,6 seconds breathing technique is really good
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Romilly
Breathing Helps
I learned that breathing helps. The 4 5 6 5 4 technique made me focus on the breathing rather than the thoughts that occupy the brain. Also the thought of the breath of air cleansing the brain helped to clear out negative thoughts.
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Lynn
Focus
Focusing on the breathing in a different way really helps calm my mind.
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Everett
I’m
A total weirdo and my roommate left for the holidays and soon I’ll go home and for now the silence and still is my bath
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Nicole
Breathing
I lessened that breathing really allows you to get back into sync with yourself. You sometimes will get so bogged down with things that you become so anxious sand busy that it just takes your time and energy away from you and you forget to do one important thing... Breathe
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Jazmyn
Third session
I learnt that meditation makes everything that’s going on go slower and that with it Life becomes much more easy.
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Ashley
Just breath
I want a little reminder ever couple hours for this to play and me be able to just breath.
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Sandra
Breathing
How soothing just deeply breathing & relaxing by counting longer breaths & exhales. All the tension & busying left as I focused on the soothing breaths!
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Hev
I have learned that my breath is always there for me
Anytime I feel stressed or overwhelmed I can just refer to deeper breathing to bring me back down from my heightened state.
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Kasey
Breathing
Hard to breathe with a stuffy nose and after you've had a bit of road rage
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Christine
Breathing
Taking a breather, literally and figuratively, excellent exercise. Deep and restorative.
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Micki
In/Out
Breathing in and then exhaling the busyness is a really good visual that could be useful for quelling stress in my daily life
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Candice
Breathe
To calm your breath is to calm your mind We all need that stillness. Gentle yoga has saved my life in so many ways 🙏🏻🧘🏼‍♀️💕🦋
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Hev
I have learned that this is just a job.
I should stop stressing about a job. Because it is literally just a job. Teaching is just a job. It’s not who I am. No job should consume your every thought. The stress of it shouldn’t reduce you to tears every night. You shouldn’t dread going to work every morning to the point of fear. I am done with allowing this job to crush my soul.
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Riley
Breather
I learned that I can always count to three, four, five; while breathing in and out
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Ali
Rely on your breathe
The power of breathing is always with you and is powerful while grounding.
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Regina
Take a breather
I learned that you can always stop to breathe; even when stress is all around you.
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Sharon
Calm
My breath can ground. Bringing me back to a calm and peaceful place.
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Des
New day
I am in control of my body. My thoughts, my actions it’s all me and it’s my choice. Today I am TRYING to let out the negative that’s been clinging to me, focus on my Husband and my Kids.
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Jacquettae
Take a breath
Knowing that my breath is always there for me! Taking the time out of my day to create mindfulness.
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Abi
My breath erases my busy mind
I can focus on my breath going into my busy mind and taking away some of the many thoughts. They get erased in the exhale. Each inhale grabs a little stress and on the exhale it is taken away.
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Mel
Taking My First Moment
I feel better and so inspired to push forward. It almost felt hypocritical that I used my phone to destress when it’s normally the cause of my stress. But oh well, things change.
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Lia
Breathing
I learned that that no matter how busy or stressed my mind may be, by breathing like this I was able to clear my mind quite quickly.
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Gregory
Relaxed
Taking a breathe can soothe the soul and bring you back to the moment
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Tori
Finding some chill
This really helped quiet my busy mind. I have zero chill normally, so it was nice to find a bit for a moment.
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Kyle
I felt as if all my troubles were gently swept out little by little, like I could truly relax.
I learned that I don’t have to always be stressed about everything. That I can take a moment to myself and relax and that would be okay.
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Kimberly
Ready start my day.
I was feeling overwhelmed by what to begin with today, and this meditation helped me calm and choose the one thing I want to accomplish.
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Ram
Breath - Prana
Your breath is always there for you- is a new revelation for me- a deep and simple way of reminding oneself of one’s Prana - the life giving air AND the spirit sustaining Cosmic energy. If ‘God’ cannot be remembered always as a friend beside (which is quite difficult anyway) , the next- best Prana can be easily remembered always. That’s what I learnt, friends! God bless.
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Anna miller
What I learned from the first session
Tonight I learnt that regardless of how stressful things get, And how ever meany things overwhelm me, I shall remind myself of my constant breathing pattern and how it can help me to calm right down in situations where shouting seems like the right thing to do.
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Ella
Learned
I have been getting anxious more often and I’m just stressed, but I need to remember although my problems do matter they are not the worst things in the world so just take a breath and learn from the experience then move on. Stop worrying about the future and live in the present!
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Matthew
Breather
Having a busy busy morning today, just 10:00 and I've been up, out and moving since about 7...stopped by my lawyer’s office to drop off papers, hit the grocery store, visited my mother-in-law, even picked up frou-frou coffee from.that mermaid place. Now just a couple hours off before heading out again for the afternoon! You know? For a guy who is disabled, I sure do manage to keep pretty busy!
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Brennen
5-7
This practice reconfirmed my need to focus on intentional breathing. My mind is much more clear of mental clutter after a session like this one.
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Shaina
Anxiety
This sessions which is only 3 minutes helped to calm me down, which prevented me from having an anxiety attack.
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Tiffany
Stressful day
Change is hard. It becomes harder when someone tells me how to change. How to act. How to parent. Breathing helps me to let go of fear and stand up for myself.
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Torsten
Breathing is life ...
Even when others try to bring you down you can just get away from the influencers for a moment and take a breather.
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Tara
My breath is always there for me My breath is always there for me
I learned a new technique for accounting breath and calming myself. I feel relaxed and grounded
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Matthew
My breath is my space
It is the key to unlocking the calm within me. Even when the darkness of anxiety surrounds me, my breath leads the way to calmness
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Danny
Breathing Pyramids
Reminds me of training for soccer when we would do pyramid push-ups, starting with 10, then 20, then 30, then back down to 20; and so on, and so forth... This breathing exercises really helped me gain control of my breathing and release my tension and stress.
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Mia
Breath is always there me
It is a tool I can use to silence the noise in my mind and bring myself back to the moment
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Kristina
Take a breather
I like the concept of finding the distractions and releasing them with the out-breath! A good way to clear the mind, relax, and find peace!
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Jasmin
Take a breather
I haven’t been meditating as consistently as I should, but this session reminded me that my breath is always with me. Pretty stressful day so I’m relieved that I’m calm now.
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Anja
I need to take a breather
I like the reminder that my breath is always there for me! I plan to do one session in the morning before starting my day and one session before going to bed to get a good night‘s sleep!
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Susie
Taking A Breather
This breathing technique was new to me. I have been moving through these past two days with a headache so it felt good to release some of the tension through breath work. Thanks for reminding me to breathe.🙏
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Joyce
Breathe
When you take those deep breath it push the old air from your toe out and bring fresh air in to your toes. Out with that old air goes that stress. Make your body cleaner. Deep breath.
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Jennifer
Its been a busy couple of days
I learned that I need to take some time to breathe even when its a very busy couple of weeks. It helps me to get back to work with clear head.
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Lalala
Yay
G o o d y g o o d m e d i t a t i o n👍 This helped though I couldn’t concentrate much, but that’s my own fault.
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Susan
I Need To Take A Breather
What a wonderful and peaceful start to my morning. Things are crazy at work and at home. It is nice to be reminded that I can take just a few minutes and return to the breath
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Elisabeth
It matters
I enjoyed the meditation and liked counting my breathing, it felt refreshing and peaceful.
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Marsha
Xmas evening
I learned that everything will be just fine tomorrow 🤶🏻😊
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J.W.
Taking a breather
Perfect timing for this session! New year’s eve has always meant taking a breather to me, a pause for reflection, for introspection, for giving thanks and living in the moment, mindful of the miracles that present themselves each and every day if I can just learn to see them... Fogbird The quiet dripping on the forest floor pops and crackles as she cleans her wings. I cannot see her but I know she’s right there. The flutter of her wet feathers gives her away as she flies lightly from branch to branch, creating a cascade of staccato droplets each time she lands. Does she know what today is? Does she have any sense of the passing of time? Of the importance of milestones? Of just how very quickly it all goes by, in the blink of an eye?
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Sabrina
Breathe
I loved the 3,4,5 seconds of breathing, really helps me calm down
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Yenzie
Breathe
My brother had said something very rude to me and I just wanted to explode at him but instead I just put my headphones in and listened to this. This made me very calm.
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Krysti
Bad bad day
I'm so stressed and very anxious. I've noticed that a small breathing session helped a lot.
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Shayla
Take a breather
I learned that I can relax my mind and my body by focusing on my breathing. I can bring myself back to the present with a simple breathing exercise. We all deserve this.
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Kaylie
Peacefully Calm
I learned the simple practice of breathing renews my mind, body & spirit. Immediately after session my cluttered mind is clear, body energized, and soul extremely content in the present moment. It’s such an amazing zen experience.
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Kaylie
Joy
True Joy comes from being still without the white noise of the world. For example, News, Social Media, Phones, Tablets, etc. I’m the #1 offender of the above. Stillness, breathing, allows me to experience the beauty of the present. This feeling is so phenomenal nothing compares to being fully engaged in the immense joy of mindfulness.
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Kaylie
Joy
True Joy comes from being still without the white noise of the world. For example, News, Social Media, Phones, Tablets, etc. I’m the #1 offender of the above. Stillness, breathing, allows me to experience the beauty of the present. This feeling is so phenomenal nothing compares to being fully engaged in the immense joy of mindfulness.
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Kaylie
Joy
True Joy comes from being still without the white noise of the world. For example, News, Social Media, Phones, Tablets, etc. I’m the #1 offender of the above. Stillness, breathing, allows me to experience the beauty of the present. This feeling is so phenomenal nothing compares to being fully engaged in the immense joy of mindfulness.
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Kat
I need a breather
As my life seems to be continuing on a hectic path, I need to make sure I take the time I need to calm my thoughts. My breath is always with me to allow me the space sit and simply slowly breathe in and out for a few moments as I need to; making sure I take those moments as what can be challenging.
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Julie
Needed A Breather
Today has been one of those nonstop days where my to do list has been full. I have been looking forward to my late afternoon session to take a few minutes to “just be”. It is a beautiful afternoon here which I decided to enjoy this session sitting outside in my backyard. I really enjoyed this meditation. I liked that there was less guidance with it to be able to appreciate the silence around me. This meditation brought me back to feeling refreshed, grounded, and ready to get back to my day. I will definitely listen to this one again.
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Virginia
Breathe
No matter how busy my day gets I will always take time to relax and breath even when I have anxiety
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Lucy
Breather
I learned that it's ok to be busy and everyone has busy days and we all just need to take a breather..
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Karla
I need to take a breather
I was feeling very stressed, anxious, and crabby. Overwhelmed. My mind was racing. I learned that I found peace by breathing white healing light into my mind, letting it gently fill my mind, crowding the busy-ness out of my mind, so I could push that busy-ness out, and release it with my exhale. I did this many times before I started to feel better, but I just kept going, relaxing into the repetition. Now I feel calm. I feel gratitude for this peace. Thank you.
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Jamie
Perfect for quarantine
Since the virus, I have been trapped in a very non-welcoming household due to my differences...and it’s awful. I’ve grown to be lonely, and very depressed because of the lack of acceptance in these confusing times. Not only do I have the virus to worry about, but I also worry about my day to day life, and future family fights I’d much rather avoid. I cannot move out just yet, but I’m working hard towards it. But...despite me being lonely, at least I have myself, and I know I love myself. I’m deserving of peace, and so are you, the Perosn reading this. It’s difficult, but I know you can push through, too. This little breathing exercise is one of many things we can do for ourselves when we are feeling alone or stressed. A beautiful meditation, thank you for posting! Take care and stay safe, everyone!! 🧡
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Kendall
Taking a Breather
Your breathe is always there for you. By focusing on breathing and taking deeper breathes, 3 seconds, 4 seconds, then 5 seconds on each inhale and exhale, we sorta distract our busy mind and reset it.
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William
Breather
Great! Five-four-three second inhale and mind exhale! Mind cleaning! Breath always there for grounding. Thanks.
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Dawn
Clear the noise
I feel calm and able to clear the noise today. There is something so cathartic when doing deep Durga type breaths.
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Amber
I need to take a breath!!!
Wow this was an amazing exercise for me and worked so well. The counting of breath helped me focus back on it and not the thoughts racing in my mind. Terrific Thank you 🥰
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Kendra
Break much needed
I love that this meditation reminded me that my breath is here for me whenever I need to relax and break myself from spiraling after a busy work day. So peaceful and perfect. I am thankful for this meditation!