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Lauren Ziegler
IAYT Yoga Therapist & Mindfulness Coach
An exercise to understanding ourselves during different moments, the triggers, and effects.
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81 reflections
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Pat
A more compassionate point of view.
I learned that sometimes it takes more than one session to find my center and find a more compassionate view of my day and how I will spend my time. 😊
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Evan
Concentrated perception breeds elation.
An active mind contributes to a feeling of well-being. When I go on auto-pilot, that's when I have my knee-jerk, defensive reactions because I am not truly listening in the moment. I need to stop, breathe and create space before I just fly off and react.
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Kellie
Concentrated perception breeds elation
I am just beginning the practice of mindfulness but it is already clear how helpful mindfulness is in so many aspects of life. This is especially true in how I have been managing my anxiety. I am finding that if I am mindful and choose to be present, it is impossible to be anxious. One of my mantras lately is "relaxed and in the moment". Taking 2 seconds to say this to myself when anxiety bubbles up is so beneficial it's almost hard to believe. I am so thankful to have begun this journey.
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Tiffany
I'm tired
Survival protects use from threats. Living is about thoughtful, meaningful, and loving actions. I want to be different. I want to love and live rather than survive. I am getting better one step, moment, and day at a time.
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Libbi
Distracted
Trying to do this mindfulness thing has made me realize how busy and distracted my mind actually is. Today I was running late for work forgot my lunch traffic was ridiculous and I was trying to clear my mind and zero in on my breathing and things like that with this inquiry meditation however I was still feeling anxious for being late and it's my first week and just all those emotions of inadequacy and things like that were just so much more powerful and distracting today that I could not relax. However I'm learning that just taking the time to realize that is a type of mindfulness practice and so I am getting better every day so if you were also distracted like me just now knowing that you're distracted and knowing what is going on in your mind is also a good thing
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Anthony
Reaction and contemplation and sereni
My state of mind changes my response to stressful events and situations. I learn that I can alter my state of mind before reacting to the situations sometimes. Maybe most of the time
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Charlie
Breathe your way back
I am still amazed by just concentrating on my breathing, how fast it pulls me out of the vortex my mind can create. Breathe on everyone! 👃✌️
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Alison
Inquiry
Short and sweet. My mind was racing during this session, but I kept trying to bring it back.
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reese
it was hard for me to focus during my session, my mind kept wandering to other places.
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Joanne
Inquiry session
Although my mind did trail off a little during the session I was able to recognise it & being myself back to the present moment. Since practicing mindfulness over the last few days I have noticed that I am acknowledging my surroundings with more clarity & taking time for the little things. I'm really enjoying seeing the change in the season & the leaves falling from the trees as we welcome Autumn.
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Dane
Autopilot your Happiness
Too often we go through life on autopilot mode. Our minds are not present in each situation and we loose control of how to handle events, situations or what we think of. Time to take that back and keep our minds present on a feeling of being and happiness.
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Sheridan
Time
I learnt that every second matters and going to la la land is wasting time which bought up the subject that some people's time run out early and to be grateful for the time you have right now
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Jennah
Seamless days turn fleeting moments
Hearing this word “mindlessness” opened my mind and ears to my inner self shouting “SLOW DOWN!” “Breathe for a minute.” “Hold on, think.....” all of those moments that got away from me because I misplaced my keys while being distracted by other things, or was just so overwhelmed I gave in and did nothing because I didn’t want to deal or be in that moment. Even moments of joy I was running from, escaping to get onto the next moment. When my mindlessness streams out of control moments fleet away, I will be more aware to be in and with every moment.
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Tapua
Mindless patterns
This meditation made me super aware of how mindless I can be. The questions raised during the session made me really think about where these mindless patterns come from, how they're triggered, and how I can challenge them to improve myself and be more productively and positively conscious.
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Cheryl
Awareness
Being conscious and aware can give you a better perspective in any moment.
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Linda
Auto pilot vs. Mindfulness
I think I only recently started to notice how much time I spend on auto pilot. I would often say, I don’t pay attention to myself, but failed to even wonder about the actual damage that can cause. What I realized with this meditation is that being mindful makes you a better person. When I am on auto pilot, I’m not a nice person because I am constantly reacting rather than acting. Here’s the irony: I was annoyed the other day when this program forced me to set a goal and becoming a better person wasn’t one of the choices. I chose Learning Mindfulness instead! Lucky me!!
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Stephanie
Worth a second listen!
This meditation has a lot to offer. It offers the listener the opportunity to increase self-awareness by asking questions that allow you to become more observant of your thoughts and live a life that is more engaged and less on auto pilot. Living on auto pilot means that joy and happiness I less accessible to us.
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Adina
I didn’t understand
I didn’t understand a word except for take a deep breath lol
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Sâmara
Couldn’t concentrate
It’s really a good meditation but I’ll probably need more time to meditate about everything, it seems like too much for such a small time
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Justine
Distracted
Today I was distracted, I let anxiety in and over rule my inner peace. Every noise of the country life intruded rather than added to my mindfulness. I smell fear on the wind.
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Liz
Distractions
Unfortunately my cat kept screaming at me so I didn’t get as much out of today’s meditation....
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Amber
Too wordy
I felt that this recording was too wordy. A strong vocabulary is a positive thing, but it was “cringey” because it seemed as though the speaker was trying too hard and being preachy.
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Allen
Directed Thinking
Sharp images of what is mindful and what is mindless arose; which, among a few other reasons, prompts me to try this one again. Thank you
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Katie
Still worried
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Clare
Mindful
Bringing myself back to mindfulness is really needed when I get carried away with thinking
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Alyssa
When I’m on auto pilot
I don’t really think of what the long term picture is, just that I’m going through the motions. I want to learn to be more mindful of my actions because that in turn makes me mindful of my choices.
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Alex
Will do agajn
I combined this session with my yoga stretches after a tough gym session. The words resonated strongly with me but I wasn’t in a place to take it all in at that moment so I will do this one again.
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Everett
Sign up
Turn on tune it in right now the moment that passes was just your life then give it in to now
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Paul
When on autopilot with stress
I learned that when I am stressed, I really am on autopilot and the day and time itself just passes and I don't notice what is going on around me. It is not that I don't interact, I just don't remember the interaction. Not a good way to go through those periods, I'm just lucky I haven't messed up friendships or relationships during those times.
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Chris
When I go on autopilot, I react, meaning I allow well worn buttons to be pushed (by kids, wife, etc)
By being more mindful, I can think about what’s happening and be thoughtful and mindful of how I choose to react. This is my power, my choice. Autopilot takes away my power to choose.
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Pam
Bringing the puppy
Back to the paper. With gentleness and calm. I am safe. I am loved. In this moment of kind guidance, I am.
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Jennifer
Action not reaction
When I’m on autopilot I am only reacting to situations. I’m not truly experiencing them good or bad.
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Amy
Learning
I learned that being on autopilot contributes to more anxiety and stress.
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Matthew
Deadline stress
Before my stroke put me out of work, my career had aways been deadline driven. Now, without it, I'm constantly feeling stress about where i find myself! Not working is actually adding stress to my life! I hate it!😢😡 It makes me sad and angry! I totally miss my work, my career😢
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Sam
Questions
I feel like I don’t ask myself enough questions. I don’t know myself as well as I think I do and I feel like that could be something that affects my anxiety.
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Aegeda
Silence the noise
Being a mother I find that my life is full of noise. I hear My son’s screams of excitement while playing video games, listening to music as I clean, watching television before bed. All distractions from listening to my inner voice. This meditation helped me to silence the noise and amplify my voice. I found that listening to myself leaves me with peace and clarity for the future. I will strive to have at least 30 minutes of silence everyday.
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Alexa
Alertness
Alertness increases the state of wellbeing, even when just observing Appreciate the small simple moments
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Chris
Functioning Right
I learned that in order function with intentionality, remembrance, and a stress free mindset, I need to remember to slow down, take a minute to myself, refocus my priorities, remind myself of the big picture, and to listen and heed the advice of those who are going through the same things I am. All of y'all on here writing comments and being transparent, you are helping me, and that in turn makes me hope that by listening and learning I can not only help myself, but others as well. Thank you.
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April
Autopilot Engaged
Autopilot is my default for dealing with stressful situations. This makes it very difficult for me to be present for others and myself.
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Jeanette
Mindlessness
When I am trying to do too much without relying on the help of others, I often become more stressed and hurried. This keeps me from thinking and analyzing just reacting with autopilot. When my autopilot is engaged I often make snippy remarks and judge people harshly. I don’t look at the situation clearly, and become hard,selfish, and blame everyone else. This hurts my relationships. I must try to remedy this.
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Shafiq
Inquiry
Be more aware and mindful of the things I do or say. Always find a new perspective when doing things to increase vitality.
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Sammi
Thinking
I have been worried recently that I haven’t been able to focus on or pay enough attention to what I am learning. Paying greater attention to how I am thinking, and the kinds of thoughts pass through my mind most frequently, might help that.
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Samantha
Mindfulness
I need to be more present and stop going through life on autopilot
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Jorge
Little simple things pleasure
Autopilot keeps me away of feeling joy of little simple things.
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Barbara
The little things
I feel irritated. Jealous. I am not in a good space. Enjoying the simple things and “little moments” might give me more gratitude and enjoyment.
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Sean
Seeing clearly.
Meditation is a wonderful way to learn about your mind and how to better use it.
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David
Day 1
You have to be alert in your times of mindfulness and we let our actions result what we are seen of from other people’s perspectives
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Lita
Mindlessness
I need to work on keeping my control over my actions rather than allowing myself to act only on impulses.
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Matilda
Checking in
When I'm feeling empty (as I do often dealing with depression) it's hard to understand my true feelings. Today I learned that it's important for me to check in when having this sense of emptiness, to ask myself "how are you, really?" When nobody else does.
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Bill
Free from thoughts
Used these few minutes to reflect and release today’s thoughts and actions.
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Arlette
Breathe and exhale anxiety
One is stressed and anxious due to lack of self control, gain control and takes things slow everything is going to be okay.
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Alyssa
2/12/18
I learned that our bodies handle stress in different ways during different situations.
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Maria
Autopilot
I’m currently reflecting on how I am often in an autopilot mode in the morning. I tend to stay in bed for an hour after I wake up, mindlessly refreshing my email, checking Instagram, and reading articles I find on Facebook. It’s hard to actually get out of bed and do alternative activities. I strive to have a more screen-free morning, perhaps replacing scrolling on my phone with checking in with myself, practicing yoga, and setting my intentions for the day. By doing so, I hope to work towards living an intentional life, moving away from a life filled with habits and mindlessness.
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Bear
Break from work
I noticed my mind ironically going back to the work I was trying to momentarily escape from. I try to watch these tendencies from an objective, observant standpoint instead of being patronizing.
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Joyce
Ground control to Major Tom...
I realized a go into auto-pilot when a hurt I’ve experienced before occurs again. Instead, I need to recognize how I’m feeling at the onset, really feel it, make myself aware of this exact new moment in time, unlike any other, let my feelings go, and proceed with what at this new moment in time I mindfully consider to be the best best step. Namaste.
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Syd
I’m forgetful & messy. I need to change.
Stop worrying about the small things. Focus on the big things in life
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chloe
peaceful
i need to be mindful and not to take things for granted. ok
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Sierra
Mindful Moments
I learned that focus and perception comes within. That all the little problems I have, don’t need to follow me. That I must let go of them to achieve peace.
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Beth
Autopilot
I need to establish better boundaries in my life in order to avoid going into autopilot mode.
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Shannon
I could be enough
Most often I let thoughts about feeling lonely and reaching out for connection with somebody- anybody- derail my plans when I am working or getting ready to do something good for myself. I can find the same satisfactionIn my own work as I do from the company and approval from others if I catch myself getting sidetracked by loneliness and get back on track
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Sheena Marie
Elation
Concentrated perception breeds elation ❤️. Also autopilot is not as helpful or productive or protective for me as I thought.
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Monica
I feel as if I can finally take back what is mine and become fit and healthy again.
For a healthy body you need a healthy soul. I’m so motivated to do things for the better and it feels so good to know what I want and how to do it. It’s also a helpful distraction from other things.
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Tammy
Inquiry
It seems that the thing we were focusing on, thinking and being in the moment, was exactly what I struggled with tonight. I was not in focus nor was I really thinking. I was just coasting....
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Kelly
Mindfulness
I need to accept things as they come to me. Deal with them. Let them go. Don’t let them hold me back.
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Celeste
Inquiry
Paying attention to the issue as it is, not passively, taking into account how I think about the issue in a way to solve it and not just get through until the next time. Slowing down to get an understanding into each moment of the day more open and aware. Being More Mindful 💛
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Charlie
Questions
The older I get, the harder the answers are to find to my questions. Today I won’t get stuck in this deep introspection. I will participate fully. Im going to set aside a special time for deeper thoughts. Ask myself the questions that i still may never find an answer. There is a life to be lived and i can choose when i want to search
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Shawna
Let things go
I need to learn to let things go more and dwell on things as much
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Lexi
First day
I’m feeling optimistic about really focusing on my mental health!
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Maria
Reflection
I think carrying my stress mindfully is much more challenging than being on autopilot. I recognize familiar thought patterns and being mindful of my emotional state results in me questioning my negative thought patterns. These patterns are familiar and “safe” but since I’m not on autopilot, I am forced to find healthier ways to confront my stress. Whether that is practicing self-compassion or taking time to journal, I find myself challenged to move away from autopilot and into another way of being.
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Abby
Lets try again
I still get so lost even when im thinking about trying to be in the moment. I guess thats just something i need to focus on the most.
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megan
i noticed just by relaxing that my stress level has gone down
i learned that just staying calm can help you concentrate and can release stress.
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Alicia
Consciência a todo tempo
Mesmo nos momentos de stress e pressão eh melhor estar consciente , efetivamente estar no momento
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Marisa
Day 82
I was able to follow along with the breathing but had a hard time following along with the rest as i found it hard to tune in
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Aaliyah
How I’m feeling
I noticed that I am now very calm. I needed this I feel a lot better and not so stressed.
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Laura
I noticed how deeply tired I was.
I learned that this might help me daily, just give it a go even though I felt sceptical. When the meditation finished I actually felt restored even though it was only for 3 mins.
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Niki
Vitality
This served as a great reminder to listen and observe. Slowing down and observing revitalizes.
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Christine
I needed the reminder
I learned that I am more stressed when I am on autopilot. Things are so much more enjoyable when I am living in the moment.
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Debb
Inquiry
I discovered that the time I set aside for mindfulness/meditation is not a time I want a lecture. I was seeking some mindfulness time, not a lesson.
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Austin
New start
I’m starting to learn I should get comfy before starting 😅
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Walter J
Concentrating...
This short session is pact with some gems of thoughts about getting back to mindfulness. But one line: “Concentrated perception breeds elation” really jumped out at me. I had to replay that part to get that last word. When I just observe something I may feel one emotion (maybe irritation, anger or happiness) but when I can mindfully focus on something or someone and concentrate my perception on ‘why it is that way’ or ‘why they are doing that thing’ or ‘saying those words or acting that way’ I can actually bring on the feeling of elation that there is a deeper reason for it, It is going to the higher vibration of responding, that that of just reacting. Thank you Lauren for this little gem! 💚💎🍀
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Cherish
States of Mind
What is the difference between auto-pilot and mindfulness? Put simply, auto-pilot is when we mindlessly go about our day. We are not in tune with our surroundings and are often distracted by endless thoughts. On the other hand, mindfulness is simply to ‘wake up’, gaining a sense of seeing everyone and everything from new perceptions. When we ‘wake up’, we gain vitality. When we ‘wake up’, we are in the Now. How do we feel when we do activities in auto-pilot vs. when we do them mindfully? When we are in one state of mind over the other, how may we react to circumstances differently that are out of our control? How may we show up differently in our relationships with others as well as ourselves?. Answering these types of questions gives us the true essence between these two states of mind. Because auto-pilot is our mind’s default mode, we must remind ourselves on a daily basis to be mindful. We can do this in many ways. For instance, if we find that our thoughts are in the past or future, we can interrupt those thoughts by pinching ourselves to bring us back to the Now. When we are in the company of others, we can give our undivided attention to them. When performing an activity that we do on a regular basis, we can perform it with a sense of child-like curiosity. We can even set an intention in the morning to be mindful during our day. Just knowing that we have a choice between living in one state of mind over the other gives us a sense of freedom. The freedom to choose. It really comes down to how we want to ‘see’ our world, mindlessly absent or mindfully alert. The choice is ours to make. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️