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Investigating Breathing

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Lyndi Smith
Nature-Based Mindfulness & Sleep Stories
Distracted? This practice directs our attention away from thinking and onto the precise movements of breathing.
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113 reflections
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Jsie
A quick focus on breathing
There are different ways to focus on breathing and in doing so the meditation is deeper
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Rhonda
Focus and refocus
Focusing on the body and how it is reacting allows me to focus more on actual breathing. Also, my mind might wander, but I can pull it back and refocus on my breathing.
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Dane
Breathing is Life
Breathing guides you back to focusing on the now and present and appreciating life thus taking all stress, worries, or thoughts that run through your mind to a muted level to focus on the present and just be.
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rebeka
time for yourself
taking the time for having a moment for yourself before starting the day is great!
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Althea
Day 4
Early AM meditation today. I enjoyed focusing on my breath, feeling my belly expand and contract. I felt a small release trying to emerge as tears. Focusing my breath during an anxious moment should prove helpful in the future.
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Miranda
Calm Before The Night
This was very helpful in calming my thoughts before bed. Otherwise I can have vivid nightmares and have too much tension in my body.
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Jamie
Investigating breathing
Focusing on breathing guides the mind to remain in the present moment. It seems obvious, but I never thought about how we never think about past of future breathing. Only the present matters when breathing.
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Carla
Focusing
Today, I learned that focusing on my breath will allow my mind to stay in the present.
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Katie
Breathe
Sometimes it's hard to get the motivation to start the daily sessions. However, it's always worth it. After learning about meditation in school, everyone should take time to do it. Meditation really helps with anything in life and helps make everything brighter. You don't have to be unhappy or stressed to meditate. Meditation helps you reconnect with your body and move forward towards your future goals.
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Stephanie
Understanding
Calms after a great workout. It relaxes my body. Also helps before I do school work.
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Niche
Breathing
I realized that I had not meditated in a long time. It was good though.
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Lauren
Breath
Focusing on your breathing is very important because it keeps you calm, mentally and physically
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Bianca
Improved grades?
This is great before a study session! I’ve noticed my focus and attention span has gotten much better.
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Kim
Breathing relax my mind.
Breathing relaxes my mind and calms me down with listening to mediating music helps me get through the day:
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Kep
Losing the moment
I realized that I veer off easily to worries and it takes a bit before I notice
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Josie
I learned
It is important to take a break everyday and think about your presence
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Jaro
Biofeedback
Breathing is one of the most visible and controllable biofeedback.
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Callie
Breathing
Is a big deal it helps relax and replenish the body and mind
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Michael
Everything comes back to the Breath
Breathing is the center of focus for a lot of my personal meditation practice. This was a great reminder that it all begins and ends with the breath.
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Alexis
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It doesn’t take long to rebalance. I did the 3 minute meditation and I feel more connected and collected.
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Björn
Breathing works
Breathing always brings me back to the essence, it helps me to relax, and connect with myself again.
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Everett
Little
Justice in every inch hello I forgive you take my forgiveness and chop my head off
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Janet
Breathing
Concentrating on my breathing calms me and makes me feel very relaxed
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Tim
Breathing begins at birth
As a baby we’re born with the ability to breathe, its evolutionary. As an adult we forget to breathe sometimes. Practice. Every day. Be mindful. Breathe outside in the green, by the water, wherever you are.
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Karen
Calm
By focusing on how my breath felt made me let go and if the days activities. Calmness followed...
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Annie
Calming my mind
I feel relaxed and rested after such a short time. I’ve been sleeping through the night lately!!!!!
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Justine
Basics
Learning to breath again, not just doing it automatically without conscious thought. Feeling it fill your body and calming yourself. Precious.
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Joyce
A Breath in many parts
A breath is made up of thousands of parts- I liked to think on that. I’m a procrastinator and always like to take on more than is practical, so breaking done tasks into smaller chunks is always a help to me, but I never thought of breaking something I do down to that small a level. A moment is a microcosm. Namaste
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Tammy
Investigating the breath
Thanks Lyndi for another relaxing meditation. Concentrating on where I was feeling the breath kept me engaged and helped limit the mind interruptions. Great choice for bedtime.
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Janna
Breathing
It was interesting to focus on the muscles you use while breathing. Since they are the muscles that often are the most tense, being mindful of my breathing should certainly help with lessening the tension.
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Mimi
Monday 12.4
We breathe to stay alive and we often don’t think about the mechanics behind it. There are so many intricate flashes of information that go back and forth between muscles and bones and tendons and organs to make a breath happen. We don’t have to think about it, but when I do take a moment to be aware of my body during this miraculous oxygen exchange, I am awed.
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Anisa
You and Breathing
Breathing and focusing on your breathing makes these sessions a lot easier to connect to. Which helps you get more out of your time
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Lisa
Find The pause
It really helps me to focus when I pay attention to the start and stop of the inhale and exhale and try to find that “pause” in between. I’m less distracted and can really tune inward and relax.
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Nige
The breath
Focus on the breath and realise that the breath is made of many component, movements and feelings x
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Alex
The body
This session made me appreciate the human body more, how it functions by breathing etc. However it also reminded me of the finiteness of the body which brings up scary thoughts that I haven’t yet mastered control of.
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Crystal
Investigating breathing
This exercise really helped me focus on where I can feel my breathing in my body. I felt it in my abdomen, chest, back, throat, shoulders, and nostrils. I didn’t realize how many places you can feel your breath from. It was very relaxing and good discovery to actually pay attention to my body and it’s breathing.
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Ana Laura
Investigating Breathing
After doing many Breathing meditations I’ve realized that counting one’s breaths and focusing on your breath can really relax and calm yourself.
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David
Breathing is Fundemental
Beyond the necessity to breath, breathing is so fundamental to how our body feels. Hyperventilating in anxiety, panting through a workout, or taking a deep breath of cold fresh air to invigorate. When I control my breath I control my whole body in response b
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Ian
Micro movements
The idea that there is more to breathing than the chest rising and falling is quite intuitive, particularly if you have studied any sort of in-depth task analysis, but the specific verbiage of "thousands of micro movements" fit surprisingly well into the meditation practice, and that wording allowed me to settle into a familiar sort of analysis, repurposing it for mindfulness. I think this may be a turning point in my understanding and practice of mindfulness. Time will tell.
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Cindy
Breathing
I learned that if you take some minutes to close your eyes and breathe everything else around you will slow down as you zone in your own breathing rate you body eases and feels a bit refreshed.
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Charissa
Focus on breathing
With each breath I felt the biggest movement in my chest/lungs and I tied that to my heart. Remembering to lead with my heart.
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Time
Thousands
A single breathe can possess numerous amounts of energy that I tend to neglect
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John
Not the app
I had insomnia last night. Hard to get pumped up after that
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Alyssa
Great meditation!
I learned that really focusing on your breathing can really help you clear your head!
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Donna
Investigating Breathing...
I can get completely lost in the mediation - relaxed, focused and happy to be there for a few moments before my day begins.
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Kyla
Before bef
Focus on where the air fills your body as you breathe. Focus on the rid”se and fall sensations.
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Randy
Investigating Breathing
I was unaware how good it could feel to just relax and really breathe for 3 minutes. Stressors and anxiety were simply put on hold for my first session. It felt good to just be able to lie down and relax - a feeling I haven't experienced for a long time. Can't wait until my next session!!!! 😜👍
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Charlie
Gateway to myself
Focusing on my breathing has become the most basic yet powerful tool that keeps me in touch with the universe. There is a fine line between autopilot and being present. The breath is the line for me. If i drift off, I know where the starting line is back to living with intention. Have a great day!!
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Jasmine
Calming
This helps before bed when your thoughts run wild from a tough Monday.
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Miles
Feeling the whole breathe
It helps to keep my mind from running while I'm trying to meditate
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JC
Daily Grind
Of the myriad of thoughts and movements we perform ritually during our daily grind, none is more profound, or essential, or life-giving as focused breathing for reflection.
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Kellee
Snow Day Tuesday 2-6-18
In this meditation, I felt my breathing in my chest and my neck. It was was particularly interesting to take the time out and pay attention to our own breaths. This is a good meditation to have on board. Thank you, Lyndi. Have a nice day, Everyone!😀
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Pam
Investigating breathing
It’s very difficult to investigate breathing when you have the flu and all the hacking and sore throat that accompanies it. Otherwise a soothing exercise.
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Deanna
Remember
Sometimes, it’s okay to have distractions, as long as we always come back to the present
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Neil
Christine
Strongly ruminating about my relationship with Mei. Doesn’t feel like boy/girlfriend just good friends. Feeling sad and depressed, and meditation doesn’t ease my pain at the moment. Is Mei only wanting companionship? Somebody just to do things and chat with?
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J.W.
paper hands
yesterday after the gig we circled the room thanking all the residents for showing up to hear us play it had been one of those special sets a man from switzerland yodeled with us as we worked the room, igniting all the orhers to join in the joy on thier faces was priceless a visiting wife sat next to her husband I could see the sad surrender in her beautiful blue eyes she looked drained from the stress of losing him slowly he was wrapped up in blankets unable to speak barely awake when we started but the music touched something inside him just for a moment he came alive as Amelie played “A few of my favorite things” on her violin a definite look of recognition came into his eyes, along with just the slightest hint of an actual smile... When I took his hand as we said goodbye it felt like paper but his grip was strong and he did not want to let go I understood it was his way of saying thank you on the ride home Amelie was telling me about her world history class, they are studying the Greeks “What is the meaning of life?” the teacher inquired Amelie was the only one who raised her hand “That’s an easy one; to love and be loved”.
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Jordyn
Breathing
It help me to calm to down so I learned breathily is important.
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Hannah
It’s about the smaller things...
We are so focused on the big picture, of what’s gonna happen next or what do I️ need to do in order for this to happen....that we forget the basic building blocks that allow us to do such things. Breathing has become so ingrained in us that we no longer remember it’s importance. By focusing on each breath you are able to focus on simple, meaningful steps...breaths to get you to the next one and the next one and the next one. Not the big picture, just small simple breathing.
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Kristen
Short and sweet.
This was a great short, easy meditation that took my mind off of my thoughts for the three minutes while doing it. Thank you.
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Meagan
Helpful
Made me stop and take a minute. Calmed me down so I can think clearly
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Ravi
3-3-18
I felt anger today towards my parents and others trying to decide for me while not even considering what I want. I’m tired of pleasing others and want to be happy and content with my life as well as the choices that I choose to make. I don’t feel that that’s too much to ask!!
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Kelly
I don’t know
This helped a little, I think? I don’t know. Thank you.
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Voula
Oh breathing
Today all I can focus on was my 75 pound dog breathing as hard as I was. I try to take these moments for myself but she’s bound to my soul and has an invisible leash around my heart. Today Stella and I investigated our breathing together.
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Erin
Feeling stressed 😩
How I feel better & relax & now I need to write my journal & write my stress way & stay a wake
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Antoinette
I felt
I felt sadness. As I try to use meditation as a form of healing from betrayal I find it hard to focus because my mind drifts back to the pain I feel. I just want to be ok.
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christiana
an amazing experience
breathing is key to help you feel more relaxed take nice long deep breaths and it makes you much more less anxious.
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Ashley
Breathing
I learned that taking just three minutes to focus on my breathing really makes a difference.
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Beth
Investigating
I feel breathing in all those place Will come cack to this. Needed to focus before I start out on my day. Amazing how ungrounded I am sometimes
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Lexi
Investigating Breathing
I learned that there are many micro-movements involved in what we call “just one breath”.
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Kierra
That was relaxing
This one just really calmed me down. I loved it!❤️ I really recommend this to you if you are feeling a little stresssed.
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Pearl
Breathing
I learned that deep breathing connects me to my inner body and soul. Relaxing and Healthy feeling.
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Marisa
Day 76
Today I felt very distracted by my thoughts but occasionally was able to bring my focus back to the breath
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Carol
Aware
I like this session. It helped me to stop and be aware of my body and how relaxing simply breathing can be.
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Helen
Busy mind be still!
My mind is full of many thoughts right now, and this really helped me focus on being still for a few moments ☺️
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Nora
Nice first session
I learned that I never paid attention on my breathing until I now.
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Ella
I felt comfortable with my breathing and body
I leant that deep breaths can help you fall asleep quicker and easier. The sound of a calming voice helps relax the mind.
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Rachel
Day 1
I learned that it is more important to connect with your body than one might think. Focusing on breathing patterns is very relaxing and helpful to relieve stress.
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Janelle
Trying something new
I learned that I can focus on my breathing and allow my mind to escape all the busy thoughts
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Angel
I feel anxious all the time.
This really helped me find an anchor to the present, and it helped me to forget about my past for those moment. However, in my everyday life I still feel anxious and stressed all the time because of the events that happen near me and that involve me.
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Megan
Breathing
I felt a strong weight lift if off my body during the meditation minutes x
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DorDor
I really appreciate being given permission and
understanding about when our mind wanders away during meditation. I always feel badly when that happens. I also like being reminded to bring it back to the breath. This is like being reminded that we are human after all. And this all takes time.
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Sunny
Day 1
I learned that being mindful of my breathing made me realize where it is centralized
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Masoud
In the name of Love
I learned that love can change our mood to the best mood what do u think I love to live in love for the rest of my life
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Shalona
Feeling Present
I felt present and in the moment. I could actually disconnect from everything else around me and truly focus on feeling my breathing and it brought me a sense of calmness.
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Maria
Breathing
It’s nearly impossible to pay attention to my breath during every moment of every day, but practicing this meditation reminds me how rewarding it is to be mindful of my breath, even if it is just for a few moments. Realizing everything my body does to keep me alive and healthy, I am grateful for every breath I take, even if I don’t think of it at the time.
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Debb
Investigating Breathing
Although I don’t feel that I investigated breathing as much as I focused on my breath during this meditation, I still found that it was calming, peaceful and held me in the present moment.
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Angel
This didn’t do anything for me
And there is only 3 of them you have to pay 59.99 for a year 😂
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Jose
Investigating breathing
This was a very effective meditation on the control of our breathing and exhaling.
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Emily
Yeet
I felt relaxed and focused on my abdominal movements while breathing.
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lacey
so relaxing
after this session i felt so relaxed. i have a lot going on in my life right now so this session was a wonderful escape
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Lily
Breathing Calmly
I learned that taking just your thoughts and put in mind while breathing deeply. In a car or on a plane. It works.
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Shari
I love meditation
It’s very relaxing and slows the world down. I enjoyed this app a lot like taking a little time out for myself I don’t do it much but when I do it does help me I have anxiety and depression PTSD from childhood trauma
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Jess
08/06/19
I found this meditation very soothing, it was hard to shut my thoughts out but the calming narration helped me to try to refocus my mind on my breathing without judgement.
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Yanira
Confusion
I’m not feeling so well, In fact I feel a little bit sad. maybe because I’m going through important changes in my life. I hope to feel better soon
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Brenda
Investigating breathing
This helped me a lot by just feeling calm and setting my mood for the morning .
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Mark
Time Out
I’m enjoying these sessions where I take a few minutes away from the world and just focus on something as simple as breathing and clearing my head. Looking forward to more.
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Amber
Investigating breathing
It’s really helping me feel relaxed ..and more stress free at this moment because I really needed this today, it been a rough day for me
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Nelly
Day 1
I definitely noticed that this calms me fast. So I could use this technique in a stressful situation and value myself.
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Laura
I felt happier..
I noticed that I started to smile :) and feel better immediately after this short breather
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Ali
Good
I noticed that after it I just feel got and a lot less weighing me down.
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Rox
Focus on my breath
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Laura
I felt extremely sad today for the things that have happend this past month
I learned that I am in control of my actions and my reactions to the way others feel towards me and the way that others feel about me. I’m extremely sensitive to judgement cause I don’t ever feel good enough. Like I’m just not ever good enough for anyone cause I’m always getting bullied or picked on. No body is in my life for me anymore cause I’ve hurt everyone in my life once and it’s really selfish and irresponsible. My constant fear of being rejected an isolated is exactly what I get.
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Sam
Thinking about my breathing helps me become calmer
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Mike
Breath
Breath is the “dynamic” controller of all emotions. You are able to be calm with a slow steady breath as much as a fast-paced stressful breath in any circumstances.
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Thorolf
Reconnect
I felt very present and reconnected. Beautiful practise, after a long day! Quite „compelling“ voice, that came through clearly and made my third eye vibrate.
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Leesa
Breathing
Something I take for granted but this made me focus on all parts of the body touched by this will try to practise
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Amy
Lovely Awareness Exercise
This meditation is an excellent awareness practice. Lyndi’s voice is very calming.
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William Bennett
Balance
I am wiccan, so I need balance in my life. I love the fact that I can just sit and breathe to the sounds of nature and not have to worry about bring peace or causing chaos towards others.
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Ashmika
Quick Breathing Exercises
I was surprised by how quickly it worked and I even almost fell asleep. I learned how to more breathing exercises.
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Virginia
I feel very relaxed.
I learned that breathing can help you calm down and refocus your body and mind in many ways that I never thought possible.
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Jaden
The best one I’ve done so far
I feel so much more relaxed. This did an excellent job returning my concentration to my breath. It was excellent.
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Haley
The Importance of Breathing
For me breathing exercises are super important to me because they keep me sane and they help whenever I’m not feeling the best
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Taylor
Feeling your breaths
I really liked how this practice had us focus in where we could feel the movement of breathing. This helped me stay calm and kept my mind from wandering.