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Lucy and the Weeds

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Jiva Masheder
Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Teacher
Gardening is a great analogy for how we work with our minds - listen to find out just one way!
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49 reflections
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Matthew
Happy to say
I don't believe I truly have any deep-rooted habits to overcome! I have some small personality quirks which I need to work on though! I am a procrastinator for sure! It's one of the things I'm working to banish as I can.
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Linda
Lucy and the Weeds
I enjoyed the story and agree that the longer you practice bad habits, the more difficult it becomes to get rid of them. However, I think it can still be done after many years, given the proper training and lots of practice. Yes, this is the voice of experience! As I listened to the story, I was reminded of Brian Tracy, a motivational speaker I learned lots from in the 1980s. He suggested thinking of negative thoughts as weeds in our garden (a/k/a our mind) and advised weeding that garden daily.
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Kate
Calmer
Habits can be good or bad, not all need to be pulled out as tiny weeds. As I am working to relearn patterns of relationships that became unhealthy habits, I am seeing the power of adding new habits that bring me happiness. Mindfulness, gratitudes, breathing, intentionally being in the moment. These are easy things to do, and over time and with practice, they have become rooted. I may take a break when life tosses hard things my way, but I have always come back to those places of comfort that bring me peace. And from that new patterning of my view of life, that new way I am in my life, I have found love beyond measure. Love in fullness and honesty and unconditionality that I didn’t know existed. It found me.
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Maryann
Lucy and the weeds
I learned this morning to handle my situation one step at a time. To see my habits when they are small and nip them early! one major one is trying to plan a night time ritual. I plan on a time and blow it every night. I need to work on this!
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Susie
Lucy
This was my first of your stories, Jiva. Nice life lesson🙏🏻
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Lisa
Great Story-Deep Meaning☀️🌱🌺🌸
This is a short yet thought-provoking story. I love the narrators voice on all these tracks: she sounds calm & soothing, allowing her words to capture your attention and think, “Where is this going?” The life lesson at the end is quite simple; but often timed, the most simple technique seems to be the most complex to place into action (IMHO). Definitely worth listening to ... give it a try!
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Linda
Lucy and the weeds
I started out anticipating enjoyment and learning from Jiva, but also thinking I done this one before. I noticed that instead of just listening, my mind kept jumping ahead trying to figure out how it would end. And, to my surprise, I noticed this time that only half listening is a weed I’ve grown for many years! I’m gonna need some heavy equipment to remove that weed!! First time I listened to this, I thought of Brian Tracy teaching instead thinking about how I’ve not done a great job in my garden. Glad I listened again!
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Emmett
Habits
I was thoroughly surprised, but delighted by the message that they had to offer. Coming from the perspective of youth was also quite fresh too.
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Walter J
Weeding...
I was just Speaching on this subject the other day about how our habits eventually define us, so we really need to be careful which ones we allow to develop, or in this case, grow. I really love the simplicity of this story, powerfully true but yet it is easily understood by young & old. And it seems the Energy field around us right now is multiplying the effect, especially with bad habits so... B Careful! ❤️☮️🍀
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Cristi
habit
Bad habits I've taken place in for years will be hard to overcome. it will take work.
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Torsten
Roots are everywhere ...
And most people do not even know or want to realize how their I-do-it-later or why-does-everything-need-to-be-put-in-the-same-spot approaches make life harder for themselves. By doing little by little all the time the right thing you can achieve great things!
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Julie
Changing old habits
I do not agree with the last thought of this story of it being too late to change a bad habit. In my opinion as long as you have a will, desire, and are committed to make a change it is possible.
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Tom
Lucy and the Weeds
What I took most from this is the flip-side. The longer you maintain a good habit, the easier it is to follow and harder to disrupt! Keep nourishing the good habits and they’ll become unbreakable
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Samreen
Story
I learnt that the habits instilled from the past are deep rooted and hard to break but not impossible. 💪🏻🙌🏻😇
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Laura
Weeds
Awareness is vital. We need to learn to be aware of those habits and then pluck them out! Out with anything that doesn’t serve us!
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Jesse
Habits
Change your habits, change your life, habits are hard to break if they are deeply rooted
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Tiffany
Old dogs
Old dogs can learn new tricks. We as humans can learn new habits. The longer we have practiced a habit the longer it takes to change it. Malcolm Gladwell contends we need to practice something for 10,000 hours to become proficient. I have started a new bed time routine. I can already see progress. I have many more hours to practice.
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Kristina
Lucy and the Weeds
Lovely voice, lovely story! But not really a “can’t sleep” meditation! Something more calm and soothing would have been perfect!
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Karsha
Lucy and the weeds
I know when I'm doing something that is a habit that I'd rather not have...like cursing--i hate it; and I don't want to do it. I'm finding that after 5 years of doing it, it's more difficult to stop. so I am praying and asking God to help with me stop again.
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Raisya
lucy and the weeds
it's a good reminder for me since i feel like i'm doing my bad habit more often than the good one lately. great story!:)
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Cosmin
bad habits
These bad habits are the hardest to conquer and get rid of and you will always try to do anything else rather than doing what u actually need to do. MOTIVATION IS THE KEY, BUT IT'S THE HARDEST THING TO FIND IF U DON'T HAVE IT
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jess♥️
Bad habits
I learnt that if you pick up on a bad habit that you have been doing, you could stop that bad habit easily if you’ve only been doing it for a short amount of time. But if you have been doing that habit for a long time, the harder it is to stop that habit
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Holly
Sleep
last night I couldn't sleep at all and tonight I couldn't either. In a way staying up late is a habit which I am trying to change but I always have stuff on my mind
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Elisabeth
Bad Habit
I can easily stop a bad habit that’s been occurring for a short time. However, I’m gonna really struggle and endure pain when I��m fighting a deep-rooted habit. Throughout my life, improvement is possible and an important feature of growth.
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Hannah
Bad habits
It reinforced that bad habits I have regarding bed time in the evening have become deep rooted so changing them will be a challenge. However I’d like to believe it can be reversed unlike the story that suggests that too deep a root cannot be removed.
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Rachel
I'm feeling bad
Tonight has been difficult. I struggled at work. But I loved this story about the weeds being like habits. Maybe getting upset and frustrated has been my weed with years-worth of roots. Maybe this process of breathing away anxiety will take much more digging at deep roots than I had thought.
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Danny
Helpful
I feel as if this will help me keep up with the current good habits I’m trying to keep. I’ll try to always keep this session with me.
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Samantha
Happy
I really happy right now because I just typed out my feelings, it made me feel a lot better
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Tre
Lucy and weeds
Story was insane. The more you do a bad habit the harder it is to try to stop is the essential theme. They become these deep roots within us that we can’t seem to pull out of our system.
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Jaelynn
Amazing
The story sounded weird at first but I have it a try because I’m trying to be better and give more chances and let me just say I’m so happy I did this taught me a lesson on a lot of bad habits I have and need to stop but a huge one that I’ve had for years has been holding me back from being me and I think I can really try to get over it with this app so happy that I can experience this!♥️
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Anuj
DON'T SHOW THEM UP WHEN I CLICKED CAN'T SLEEP
I WASN'T SLEEP AFTER LISTENING TO IT😅😅 Bad experience Why it is showing reflection are too short
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William
Bad Habits
I feel that this has highlighted a few bad habits that I need to be honest with myself about to get rid of them. This is mainly procrastinating, which I’ve noticed worsen. Luckily, I am also cementing some good habits, like triathlon training, which is getting tough and rewarding.
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André
Habits
Made me think on my routine and habits, and How i should stop doing some of my bad habits asap, cuz if i take too much time to cut it, the harder it will be to totally stop doing it!
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Sally 🌷
Great visualization meditation
I really like this one, visualizing a safe inner space to go to whenever I am feeling stressed during the day.
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Carmen
really needed this perspective
this story made me realize I need to work on the habits I never even noticed that are bad
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Carmen
really needed this perspective
this story made me realize I need to work on the habits I never even noticed that are bad
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Aaliyah
I felt high
I got so relaxed that i honestly felt like I was high and my body just kinda stayed in bed while my body went somewhere else I felt like I was floating and one minute I was listening to the story the next I was dozing off and when I remembered about the storybI only heard a few more words before going into a deep sleep
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Brian
Mind opening
It helped me to understand where I should fix my priorities and what I should focus more on
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Hans
Perspective
This story gave me a new perspective on the habits that I have and how they have grown over the years. I'm afraid I might have some "trees" of bad habits that I have allowed to grow.
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Marie
procrastination
I learned that habits should be dealt with sooner than later, and maybe I need help with long standing habits
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kim
habits
habits should be stop as soon as you see them developing. in order to be your better self you must change some actions.
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Julie
Habits
I love the analogy of thinking of weeds as habits. The smaller the habit the easier it becomes to change. However, the longer you adopt a bad habit it becomes harder to change that habit. At the end of the story, it states that if you have been practicing a habit for many years you will not be able to change that habit. I don’t agree with that. I feel if someone really wants to make a change, puts the time and work into it, will be able to change that habit. What are your thoughts?
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Susan
Lucy and the weeds
Do not allow bad habits to take root in your life. Also plant seeds of good habits
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Rikki
Bad habits
My bad habits are a gigantic thorny bush, and it’s going to take some time and work to get them bitches out
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Brenda
My first shot at mindfulness
I learned that it's easier to change bad habits early on before they grow into big problems.
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Linda
Lucy and the weeds
Boy, I should have remembered this when I first heard it years ago!! Staying up late every night, getting little of value done day after day, eating too many cookies - all of these are weeds that have grown and grown! Perhaps I’ll listen more often to this one so I can pull the weeds before they grow so big!!
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Destaney
Hmm
Lucy was not super exciting. Wasn't a big fan...... I feeel that she needs to be more.... With the emotions of it all.
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Obunikem
Uprooting the weeds
Habit are second natures. A bad habit is a weed and with a little effort, it can be totally uprooted.
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Susan
Lucy and the Weeds
Be aware of what you allow to take root and grow in your life. Cultivate good habits.