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Ryan Kenny, LCSW
Meditation Instructor & Resilience Coach
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Patrick
Loving-Kindness
I particularly loved this session after a long day at work. It really brought me to a better place mentally, and the delivery was excellent.
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Zofia
Zofia
Loved this one will listen to often , feel fabulous now off to lala land with a brand new happy peaceful day ahead 😀😀😀
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Tiffany
Safety
Personal safety is more than just physical safety. Emotional and psychological harm can occur even when a person is physically safe.
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Teodora
Emotions
I was surprised by the emotions that came over me during this short meditation. And the fact I felt relieved the end...
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Jane
Loving kindness,
I am learning to love myself, to be my own best friend, to stand by me with love compassion and joy.
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Armando
Self dedication and optimism
That you can't force people to be as optimistic or constructive as you (yourself) are... but you have to keep your head up and keep moving forward and if they ever choose to bring a healthy and positive mindset to themselves, then and only then can you accept them inside your life
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Marisela
Time for my self
As a busy mommy i forget about my self sometimes and that I need me time this app reminds me to give my self more love at least for a 3 min meditation and relaxation ahhhhhh Feeling good 😊
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Darcy
Day 1 meditation
Today I learned that I can block out thoughts for a little while
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Mara
Self kindness
I learned that I need to cut myself some slack, even after a particularly frustrating work day such as today. This was a really nice first meditation and really relaxing.
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Megan
Day 1
I learned that I am too hard on myself and need to look at the positives as well when I only look at the negatives
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Mica
Best one so far ☺️
Glastonbury is my home and my home is in me. The pain of shift and chamge has past through me. I see clearly now.
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Sylvia
Great Start
By listening and practicing what this meditation offers I realized this is a perfect way to start my day. I will keep this meditation.
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Barbara
Peace and joy
The last phrase really speaks to me : may I live in peace and joy. I will remember it! Que demander de plus?
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Laura-Faye
Be kind to yourself...
Doing this exercise has reminded me to care for myself, and be my own ‘number 1 fan’, instead of being the voice of negativity and letting those negative thoughts affect my joy and happiness.
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Carmen
It's there for the asking!
May I be free of any any judgement, may I be at peace, may I be free from any harm, may I happy!😊. It's so simple and yet so awesome to know that I can sleep for what I want. May you be happy!
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Hannah
Peace and Joy
I struggle with trying to be perfect and this meditation was helpful in reminding me to be kind to myself and to aim for peace and joy rather than perfection
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Aaron
Opening ones heart center to the universe is very soothing and relaxing.
I struggle with wanting to achieve so much in my careers that I neglect to stop and appreciate the little things. This has helped me get in tune with myself and to remember to take time to unwind.
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Kim
Loving-kindness
I learned that always treat yourself with the loveless and kindness you always do be treated and respect. Love and treat one another with respect and compassion.
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Amanda
Loving-Kindness
I learned that I should be more kind to myself and not be so harsh...
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Tori
Breathe
I learned that it's okay to take a moment for you and only you. Reaching deep into your soul and taking deep breaths feels good on the mind, body and soul.
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Tash
I can be free
I learned that I can be free through meditation if I try and let everything in my head go
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Jen
Positivity.
I’m a rather pessimistic person in general. I think this made me feel like it’s okay to be me & to encourage myself more often, which I tend to not do. This opens up that part of my mind that is positive and self-loving, which seems to be something a lot of people lack nowadays. It’s important to remind yourself of the things mentioned in this meditation. As simple as they may be, they are very powerful words.
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Angela
Heart Center
I learned the power of affirmations and how powerful they can be.
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Everett
Just now
This is incredible I love this and I feel as eternal as I could feel amazing
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Shalewa
Letting go
You have to take some things as they are and not everything is meant to be forced simply because if it is meant to be, it'll. If not you might just want to let go.
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Mia
Harm
Inner harm happens only if I allow it to happen. I cannot control what is, but I do choose my reaction, where harm is produced. May I be free of inner and outer harm. May I be safe, healthy, happy and strong. May I be willing to love me and the others at all times.
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Tracy
I let go of so much stress.
I can relax and change my state very quickly. It took only three minutes to completely alter my outlook.
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Gusa
May I live fully
That was the affirmation I repeated to myself, as it felt more meaningful than the ones suggested.
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Scott
Repeating phrases
When I repeat phrases and speak them over myself, an energy shift takes place. It helps reframe my mind and body in a positive way.
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Amberly
Repeating phrase
I like the phrases to repeat but I felt myself having doubt when repeating “may I be healthy and strong” since I feel so far from that. I know I’m judging myself which I have to learn to stop judging and be kinder to myself
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Michelle
May i be happy
I have trouble letting in the happiness, i have so much shame and disappointment lingering over me.
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Debb
Loving Kindness
I think that the idea of being loving and kind to ourselves is foreign to many of us, but I realize that it is essential - and it feels wonderful when I pause with this intention.
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Shateca McGee
Peaceful Meditation
I learned that things can be peaceful & at whatever tempo I want them to be at.
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Ram
L k
The stress should be LK towards oneself and towards everything outside (as a result). This session does not stress on that - fast- paced.....
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Klair
Day Two on this app
Went into the meditation feeling good and found myself in sadness sitting in the dark, sad and alone. I think I need to start surrendering the dark parts of myself to death and being brought up by the people I have in my life that are part of the light.
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Rowena
Take time
I learned that even the smallest moments of self-care can do wonders and that I need to continue to incorporate small moments of self care especially when I am taking care of others.
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Chris
I’m a hard judge on myself
Realizing how hard I am on me, feeling totally inadequate in my personal life, while excelling in my professional one. Being kinder to myself is a big idea for me to begin to tackle.
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Nikki
Self love
Being kind to yourself is self love. Always be kind to yourself
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Paul
Be at peace...
I learned that I’m able to concentrate on a specific area when I breathe and not just hope I’m doing that. I also learned that 3 mins is actually enough time to create calm.
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Rhonda
Self Love
I am trying to change old habits and add new habits right now and it’s very hard. I’m doing well or even better than I expected with some (not drinking, no meat), good start with others (meditation, movement, mindfulness) and feeling disappointment with others (weight loss and daily feelings of rejection and low self worth). What I know is I have to love myself despite my perceived failures and short comings.
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Janet
Moving On
Hearts break. But I was blessed to know happiness and kindness and honored to share it with someone who was a great person. I wish you more. More than we had. And I hope that you find that person and that person treats you well. I accept this challenge. I’m trying to be strong, even as the tears well up in my eyes and begin to roll down my cheeks.
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Daniel
May I have
“Freedom in my heart and joy on my finger tips” — words inspired by the incantation
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Dillin
01/11/18
Found it hard to avoid distractions today. Will try this meditation again soon!
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Matt
Happiness
I have an innate desire to be happy and I can find happiness from within
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Kerrie
My fluffy BFF...
...decided to start barking about 2/3 of the way through this morning’s session. I was pleasantly surprised that she startled me. I tend to maintain a high level of situational awareness (distractions!) but this morning I was definitely turned in to my meditation.
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Precious
Affirmations
I learned that I need to incorporate affirmations into my daily schedule. Reminding myself that I am strong, beautiful and important and to wish no harm on my life.
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Krystall
Session 1
I learned that I will not always control what will happen in my life. I need to be happy with what is going on in my life and live to the fullest.spend every minute with my child and make memories with him.
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Ruth
DE-Stressing
I learned that just for a moment I can breathe and be at peace. The work is feeling like that for more than just a moment.
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Darah
Positivity
The positive mindset of this meditation really helps set the pace to be kind to yourself. Great way to start the day.
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Madison
Appreciating yourself
Taking care of yourself is the most important thing. You need to love yourself before you can love someone else. Taking time out of your day to love yourself and appreciate what you are and what you have, even for just a small amount of time, can really help in a positive way!
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Melissa
Be nicer to myself
I am entirely too harsh to myself. I noticed a very strong tendency to push sad emotions away. Yay! For awareness :) I am happy I see it more clearly so I can heal it.
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Lacie
2/2/18
I’m very stressed out and tired, breathing makes my heart beat strangely again, it’s hard to find time to meditate even for a couple minutes.
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Bliss
Loving Myself
Trying to love myself is hard for me; but I am working on it :)
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Amanda
Self-love
I learned that I am worthy of love and I have to learn how to accept it.
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Angel
Session 2
I learned that I need to see at positive and show myself love, I can’t love anyone else without self love
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Şule
Happiness
I learned that being rich or being sociable are not necessary ı can be happy without them.I am healty,I am in peace,I am strong,I am in love I have everything that i need
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Hannah
Day 17
A wonderful reminder to be kind to yourself. Very much enjoyed this guided meditation and it’s direction to look inward.
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Christine
Sometimes it’s not enough
I love meditating. I love Aura. And these meditation practices are wonderful. Sometimes the grief is so strong. I need much more than 3 minutes. But I am grateful that I have learned to keep focus on my heart center and breathing. Who knows how much more difficult it would be if I hadn’t.
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Joyce
Centered
I liked the intention of centering yourself to better open and expose that centered self to others. I am not the center of the universe, the world does not revolve around me, but we each do have our own heart centers in our presence in the universe. Namaste
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Bella
The heart thing helped. I never though of my chest as a “heart center” before.
Meditation might actually work for me. It isn’t just for other people.
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Erica
Return from CA
To not be so hard on myself. This is a transition back to my routine from a space of extreme self care and exploration. I can bring parts of that with me and need to in order to maintain my self care. Its not a state to achieve but something to remember. This change is longitudinal.
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Colton
Mindfulness with kindness to myself
I after I took the thoughts of being kind to myself from my chest into the rest of my body I felt a whole sensation run through me as if I took that physical energy and applied it to my whole self.
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Kimette
Today
Today I practiced doing rather than planning. I needed to restart my wellness practices,p so, with little planning or scheduling, I did so! I recognize that planning the “ideal” time and place has been my way of procrastinating.
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Kalin
Calm
I felt calm, as if all the stress left me. My body felt light and my mood brightened. I had no negative feelings and just overcame with happiness.
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Kristy
First Loving Meditation
I feel a little more at peace, & feel a little less stress.
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kassidy
i felt that my stress was less, and i noticed myself calm
everything is going to be okay, and that the less i stress, my life will be better
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Marissa
3/26/18
i’m sick so i need health . i don’t want to go to school tomorrow cause i’m just gonna get made fun of .
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Fiona
i can not stand myself
i always feel like i am not good enough. i can not accept anyone loving me before i learn to love myself but it is not that easy
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Sheena Marie
Loving me
I liked being forced to take the time to slow down and be loving toward myself. I am indeed my harshest critic which is amazing because I have some pretty hardcore ones.
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Lester
A reminder to love thyself
Sometimes you just gotta take a step back, assess, and remember to love and be kind to yourself.
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Stephanie
Calming
This was my first loving meditation and I felt truly at ease after completing it. All the negative thoughts I had about myself the night prior had disappeared.
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Brittany
Reinforcement
I learned that sitting still trying to gain focus even though it’s hard sometimes. it’s so healthy for your mind and body, no matter what is going on in my life. You can go back to your calm place you imagined. I love this meditation. One of my favorites.
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sarah
ME
I learned that I should be more confident in myself and love and advice myself as I advise other people whom I love around me.
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Tito
Heartache
The heart is a tender, sensitive organ that needs more attention
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Patricia
I learned that if you can't change the things we worry about a
Y about then why worry about it so I learn not to worry so much which was very hard for me to do but I have to to do just that not worry or stress about it
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Nicole
I feel that...
If fatigue from hitting 155 minutes of walking means I can't do 30 today, THAT'S FINE.
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Courtney
Kindness
I learned I need to be more kind to myself and to let myself enjoy my feelings more.
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Emma
Very positive
I have heard about the benefits of positive self talk but never really understood until now. Absolutely loved this meditation.❤️
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Ashley
Calming
It's always mind over matter. Don't medicate !!! Meditate instead
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Louis
Directing Attention to Your Heart
May I be free from pain and suffering?? That is quite a tall order and a false expectation. More effective is to ask oneself to be strong, patient and living during times of suffering.
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Michelle
So lovely!
I loved this. You have a beautiful calming, soothing, relaxed voice I could listen to you reading the phone directory! 😊
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Stacy
May be
I loved the phrases to say to yourself. It was almost a prayer but to myself. For myself. It made me feel better. And more positive.
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Minerva
Happy
It’s a good reminder, that it’s ok selfish and want to be happy for yourself. My happiness is just as important
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Linda
Loving-kindness
I kept thinking things like, Why should I be healthy and happy when all these other people are struggling?
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Steven
That was great
Being aware of any self-judgment...and not judging yourself for having judgmental thoughts...that’s just powerful stuff. May I have no inner or outer harm...just great.
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Dawn
Good exercise
But I still thought about how I need a job throughout the whole thing.
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Queenie
It’s never that bad until I make it worse
I learned that no matter how hard or upsetting a situation is for me, it’s never that bad if I come out on the other side still breathing and full of life. This means that, I still have options. I still have time to turn it around, to my advantage. I still have a chance to laugh in the face of adversity.
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Tammy
Loving kindness
Today I will put loving kindness in my day. Towards myself and others I interact with today I will radiate love and acceptance.
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Omar
Emotional response
Some tears fall out of my eyes when I repeated the phrase “may I be happy!” I wish to be happy and to see peace in this world more than violence and suffering.
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Adrianna
Note to self
We’re embracing the moment and tonight I found peace by listening.Enjoy the little things.
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Summer
Thoughts
Letting my thoughts flow away is a positive way of getting them out of my head. Rather than sitting and dwelling on what’s making me upset, I should just let them out and move on
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Valentina
learning
mind health is just important as fisical,because how we're going to be able to stand to other day if our mind is not good is our emotions are out of our control
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Joyce
Be kind to our mind
I loved today’s quote: meditation isn’t evasion, it’s a serene experiencing of reality. A good few minutes to get your mind back in sync with reality so it’s taking off form a true baseline. Namaste
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Millie
Feeling Better
I felt all this positive energy pour over me as I took a breath.
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Joyce
Open heart, Open mind
Nice to unlock, open and mingle, releases myself and accepting my surroundings. Namaste
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Joyce
Open your heart 💜
Let’s you free. Lets happiness into your heart. Let freedom into your heart 💜
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A’sauria
Loving kindness
Let your heart and mind be open just relax and think brighter .
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Katie
Work
Meditating at work reminds me to breathe and love myself through all the stressors of the day.
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Cyndee
Heart Nourishing ❤️
Taking the time to show some love and gratitude for myself is a very self neutering act that I don’t practice enough. It’s nourishment for the heart center ❤️
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Naya
I feel free and able to be happy again
Pain isn’t permanent. I can find time in a busy day to feel okay again and stronger.
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Susan
Loving Kindness
This is one of my favorite types of meditation. I love the idea of starting with yourself first and then reaching out.
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Jesse
Kindness
Kindness isn't only important to others, it's important to be kind to yourself, making sure that you are happy and contented with scenes and things around you. Having this exercise this morning helped me forgive myself for all the bad things that had happened yesterday, and allowed me to move on, it almost feels as though a weight has lifted off my chest.
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Taylor
Improved happiness
I noticed that repeating these spiritually empowering words, actually improved my mood. I had a very irritating day at work today, and recently I noticed that I am always sad because of my current work situation. This meditation really helped me become happier, and it helped me realize that I don’t need to stress about the small things in life, because I can always improve my situation.
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Deb
May I be...
I replaced those words with I AM healthy, etc... because "May I be" infers that I am lacking in those things however when I say "I AM filled with joy", etc. that creates the reality that I am actually filled with joy. What I think and what I say is very powerful, I am the creator of my reality.
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Melodie
Loving-Kindness
Relaxing meditation. I was a little too tired to do this one though, almost fell back asleep.
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Quinn
Sad
During this session I didn’t really understand what I was supposed to be doing. Accepting self-love and kindness is not something I am used to, so I was a bit lost. Then, something clicked. While I was hearing words like “Am I allowed to feel happy?” or “Am I allowed to feel safe?” I suddenly realized that your own happiness is what you make it, and it’s not going to just come to you. It made me more optimistic of the future and frankly, curious to see how it goes.I think my attitude has change and it is definitely for the better. I am ecstatic that I understand more about how to start loving yourself, being patient with yourself, and giving yourself time to calm down.
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Kirsten
Kindness
I learned that it’s okay to want things for yourself. I need to work on that.
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Elisabeth
State of happiness
Being completely happy isn’t about external pleasures, rather happiness rests within oneself. Keeping a positive point of view, enjoying the things that we take for granted, and crafting/maintaining a supportive & healthy environment are vital components of happiness.
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Amy
I learn that I deserve to love and being love. That I can be a better version of me everyday,
I can be happy by myself and I’m stronger that I think 💕 the most important thing for my in this phase of my live is peaceful and happiness is what i need!
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BumbleBrie
That’s a little surprise
I usually do the Coffee Meditation, but this was groovy too! Thanks so much for it! 👌☯️🙏❤️🙏☯️👌
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elliot
wow
idk but somehow saying those phrases out loud made me feel something i haven't felt before, like ive unlocked a sense of strength i didn't have and i got it from overcoming my weakness and insecurities
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Kera
My best friend is now my ex best friend
This really helped me because i’m going through a tough time and i’ve been crying and i did this and now i’m not
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Joyce
Let go
Let go and make a fresh start of the day ahead- rebalancing focus. Namaste
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Katie
1/19/19
I was feeling really frustrated and guilty and incapable of doing things right and this helped ground me and helped me let go of that negativity and day it was okay.
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Kayla
Pause Meditation Loving-Kindness
Gave me a moment to myself that I didn’t think I needed, and now I feel like conquering my day for myself body mind and soul.
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Susana
Loving-kindness
I felt that the negative vibes where leaving my body while some positive vibes where entering my body.
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Hannah
Loving Kindness
This made me feel really good and positive. I would recommend.
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Adele
Repeating
Is a good way of persuading yourself. I really appreciated that.
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Laura
Loving kindness
Even when others are not kind to me I am kind to myself. If I am not kind to others apologize. If I am asked for forgiveness, forgive whole heartedly.
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Laura
Loving kindness
Even when others are not kind to me I am kind to myself. If I am not kind to others apologize. If I am asked for forgiveness, forgive whole heartedly.
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Harv
I so dislike shoulds
Just to allow the recognition of suffering instead of trying to get rid of it.
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Sean
Work
I’ve had a few ungrateful customers today and it was stressing me out so I didn’t this on my lunch feeling much more ready.
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Keshawn
Inviting more love
For the longest time I wanted to feel deeper connections with people in my life and then realized, the possibility for that lies in deeply connecting with myself first! I appreciate the gentle guidance of this meditation to welcome love.
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Elisa
work
busy days at work... it's so hard to always be kind to everyone, smiling and faking a good mood when you're so sad and stressed out.
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Rob
Stillness
Simple prayers for self love, repeated and focused upon are transformative.
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Hailey
I can relax
while focusing on my deep breaths in and out I really did feel like my muscles got heavy and I got comfortable and did not want to move
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Will
Me
I feel lonely and I’ve noticed I’m not the same as others, meaning there is a separation in the groups and types of people I belong in. I belong in none I don’t in but this app is teaching me and I do feel better
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Minette
Aura helps alot.
I had a not so good day. This helped alot. And I really do feel better
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Cherish
Uplifting...
We tend to give others loving kindness, forgetting to give ourselves the same consideration. Giving ourselves loving kindness not only can reduce stress, it is vital for our overall well-being. Breathing deeply into my heart center, my heart began to fill with compassion. It is amazing how doing this simple act of kindness to my heart can induce this feeling! Repeating the positive affirmations, my heart began to fill with light. With each heartbeat, this wonderful light spread throughout my body. What an uplifting experience! I now send this light out and into the Universe! Namaste 🌞❤️🙏🏻
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Alex
Fulfilling
This was a nice exercise. Centers one on themselves and offers a moment of love and kindness to yourself. Definitely need to do that more.
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Simon
Kindness to self
I need to be kinder to myself and not self-judge. I set standards for myself that I struggle to live up to.
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Alison
Uplifting
I learnt to appreciate what I have but also there is always hope for me to get better too.
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Dena
Loving kindness
I want to send keep me thoughts to everyone who's going s d this meditation, I felt so low, did this and family finally relaxed, a felt myself let go of anxiety, just being kind, start with ourselves