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Kindness to Self - Using Imagery

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Carla-Jo Geraghty
Mindfulness Teacher and Mentor
This meditation uses imagery to help you begin to cultivate kindness towards yourself and can help you feel more peaceful.   Please note: If you are struggling with your mental health it's really important to seek professional help. These meditations are not a substitute for that but can be used along side therapy to help to support you. For more on Carla-Jo and her work please see www.carlajo-mindfulness.com
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46 reflections
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Adam
Seeing it, feeling it
Found it very useful to attach an image or a tangible sensation to a feeling of calm
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Jordan
Today
I found it easy to imagine a peaceful image it helps set the mood for the rest of my day.
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Deb
Sitting on a rock in the sun
Gazing at Rocky Mountain national park helps with the feeling of peacefulness on a beautiful fall day.
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RRF
Sunshine
I had forgotten how rays of sunshine could feel on my body much less radiate from within my heart. I have been in a raging storm of depression for so long. This helped me to remember. Some things I want to forget but this I need to remember.
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Amber
Focus
I was already really stressed with the day from the Chaos of the morning and the thought of the rest of the things I need to accomplish today. I honestly don’t usually want to stop and do the Aura meditation but I always feel better after I do. now I’m just going focus on one thing at a time and get everything done today and have a good day
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Kathryn
Sunday heat
This mediations reminded me of when I was a kid and church would be hot but I love it! After church lunch would always be in an air conditioned room and I froze. So when we finally went home I would run out to the car and sit in the hundred degree car warming myself up until my family came out to "air out the heat" from the car. I would be crushed that I had to go back to a cooler environment but always appreciated those few minutes of heat to myself. All I could picture during this meditation was sitting locked in the hot car staring up at my parents and brother soaking in the day. This was a good memory for me, this meditation started my day off right.
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Nick
Chaos
Another day of chaos. Another shooting taking innocent lives. I don’t know how to respond anymore. So I sat, and imagined the sun beams on my body. Brought my awareness inward. Sometimes I feel that is all I can do, is be here. The chaos of the world, in all of its inevitability, is right outside our door. Cultivating peace in my heart could possibly allow my everyday actions to touch others. That is why we must continue to do this daily; to heal amongst the chaos. The world is chaos. Compassion is our only true weapon.
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Taylor
Self love is the key
I️ learned that no matter how stressed out I️ get from working full time and going to school full time that everything is for a reason. I️ have to keep my goals in mind but more importantly I️ have to love myself as well.
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Shayne
Sunshine
I was reminded why I love sunshine so much-- it's glow and warmth makes me feel better. Here's to sunny days! ☀️
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Ir
Day 2
It does not take much to remove myself from the chaos. I can find a quiet place to change what I feel.
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Marlow
Warmth
The physical radiation of warmth throughout my body completely surprised me. Mind over body, or spirit over all else?
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Pam
The secret of life
Kindness. Kindness. Kindness. Kindness. Kindness. Kindness.
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Ron
Meditate even on good days
Feeling very good this morning, but meditated anyway. The routine is still quite comforting, and made me feel even better.
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Addison
Kindness
Kindness everyone. Treat yourself. Radiate the sun from within you.
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Clare
Kindness to self
Imagining sunlight as kindness in my heart was really powerful, relaxing and very pleasant
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Savannah Grace :)
Note to Self....
This meditation is recommended. I enjoyed it. All you have to do is control your breathing. You can do this. ILY😇
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Sheila
Warmth
I liked the imagery of warm sun rays filling my heart and body with kindness. It was cozy and a nice way to feel.
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Ella
Kindness
I learned that I liked the idea but needed more time to process the words the guide was saying.
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Martina
To be in present moment and feel my body presently
Presence is powerful state of being Be present is life, happiness, joy, purpose and recognising as much moments in day as much as I can would bring me awareness for myself, know how I feel, what I am thinking 💃🏻 Namaste
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Emelie
To equate sunshine with kindness
I often feel a great peace when I am out and feel the sun on me. This was a good image for me to have to bring more kindness to myself and to my husband, whom I feel I can be hard on and then afterward hard in myself for doing so.
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Jen
Sunshine
The warmth of the sun is a great way to use imagery to feel better. I will try to remember that.
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Christine
Sun and kindness
In todays session the sun was used to represent and imagine kindness.
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Claire
Drifting
I learned that if you drift off from meditation, it’s ok just slowly bring yourself back.
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Lindsay
Kindness to self
Without kindness to self, its very hard to share kindness with others.
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Clay
The sun is a powerful aid
Can’t wait to feel that warm 60* sunshine today. Gonna be a good day.
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Jess
Imagery
Using imagery is new to me and is powerful! I imagine my self taking in the suns rays and them radiating out of me to the people around me.
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Amanda
Save this for Self-Love
The answer to so many problems is to love ourselves more. But those of us who find ourselves hard to love may also not know what steps to take to learn how to self-love. Practicing kindness to self through imagery is a great step.
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Dennis
Aware
I noticed my breath coming in thru my nose cool.... and out again warmer.
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Savannah
Good
There isn’t always a day where I feel good, but this helps me to center a lot of the good that I do have that I take for granted because it’s always there.
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Marisa
Day 70
I enjoyed the idea behind this meditation but found it hard to picture the warmth
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Matthew
Cold this morning
I was feeling too cold physically to properly experience this session...no matter how strongly I attempted to radiate heat as from the sun into my body, my body was cold. My toes are freezing, even covered up! The heater in the house just kicked on, so I know the house is cold as well. But it is clear and beautiful.outside today, rain last night has left everything clean and wet here! I enjoy my winters here on California’s Central Coast!
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Mary
Kindness to Self
I learned that I need to pay attention to what receiving kindness “feels” like. I’m glad this was picked for me today because I learned that I should slow down and acknowledge kindness.
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Stephanie
First day
My mind wanders a lot. Its hard to keep it focused. But taking my mind off of the usual things i think about helped calm my anxiety.
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Lauren
First Day
I feel unmotivated and lost with every decision. Today was long and tiring and I can’t go through the motions anymore. I need a change but I do not know what to change.
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Jess
More
Today was the first day that 3 minuted didn’t feel like enough. I welcomed sitting longer and just focusing on breath and body
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Susie
Kindness to Self
Using imagery is always helpful to me. Feeling the warmth of the sun and rays of kindness throughout my body was a wonderful imagery to use on this chilly spring morning. Thanks for your gentle guidance, Carla-Jo 🙏🏻
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Kellee
Tumultuous Tuesday 4-17-18
I went into this meditation feeling anxious. It started with the sun hitting my body and it felt good. Then, when then the sun was to warm my heart and I was to fill my body with kindness and gentleness, I had a hard time because it was to myself. I just thought of a very close friend of mine that is kind and gentle that gave me peace. Thank you, Aura! Have a nice day Everyone! 😀
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Mia
Very much enjoyed this imagery
I how to carry this idea of radiating sunshine from my heart through the rest of my day.
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Walter J
Sunning...
I felt as if I were a very tall hotel on the East Coast, right on the beach. It was dawn and the sun peeked over the horizon and the first rays of the rising sun had the top of my head, I mean roof feeling warm. I stood tall and felt the rays work their way down, floor by floor warming me with radiate love. People were waking up and coming out on the balconies to watch this spectacular sunrise, which made me very happy. As the sun became fully visible, I was beaming with pride and joy to be a most usable vehicle for so many people to enjoy themselves, find comfort, rest and security with my walls and see the marvelous beauty that I see all the time while looking out at the world... A most satisfying session!! 🧡🌅🍀
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Cyndee 🌊
Busy mind
My mind was busy and I had to keep trying to focus on this meditation. I’m going to try it again another time during the day sitting up like the instructor suggested. It’s late now and I’m tired so I thought I would just try it lying down in bed and it was helpful. I’ve just been having a lot of trouble sleeping lately due to anxiety and that makes me very tired during the day. I keep getting a late start and then it’s off to work again. Everything is out of sync right now and I know why and I have to do something about it. Not every day has been bad I’ve had some good days that I’ve gone on power walks getting my heart rate up carrying my 3 pound weights and I felt great and I slept good.
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Julie
Hugging Myself
I am standing outside at the park on a warm sunny day. I feel the rays of sunshine warming my face spreading to my heart filling it with love and kindness. This feeling spreads throughout my body. It feels like I am giving myself a big hug.🤗 Wonderful uplifting session to begin my day with. I will definitely be revisiting this one.
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Maria
Kindness
I learned that you can feel the sun in your body and feel warm even without being in the sun!!
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Patrick
Carla-Jo
May you be blessed to overflowing with a gentle kindness, compassion and love. You, my sister, are amazing. With your meditation, I was reminiscent of my times on a Pacific island, thousands of miles from “civilization.” It was/is heaven on earth. Your meditation also reminded me of a quote from my book: “The Soul is the Sanctuary for the Heart.” A heart with the deepest wounds and scars is still capable of kindness, compassion and love. Carla-Jo, you are my friend. You are an angel ... spread your wings and fly! ❤️❤️❤️
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Cookie
Kindness
It was hard for me to focus on this . Will have to try another time
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Em
Loved this!
I loved the imagery of warm sunlight on my body and filling my heart. I felt full of love and gratitude. ❤️
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Shannon
Warmth and Kindness
Very peaceful and healing to fill yourself with warmth and kindness to yourself. 🥰
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