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Manage Overwhelm

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Karuna Priya
Meditation Teacher & Former Monk
This meditation invites you to learn skills to deal with feelings of overwhelm and release any tensions from the body and mind.
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In this highly fast-paced and competitive society, it can be very easy to experience overwhelm from time to time. Putting demands on ourselves, we try to juggle as much as possible. While it is good to have high aspirations for ourselves, it can lead to burnout if we aren’t careful. In this wonderful meditation, Karuna has us acknowledge this feeling of overwhelm in our body and then we finish by repeating an excellent mantra. This year, I pledged to myself that I’d become better each and every day. Having a tremendous amount of self discipline, I knew what I wanted and went after it. The reward has been great as I have learned so much. However, ever since finding out about my beautiful boy having lymphoma a few months back, things began to change. While getting my boy treated, I have still been signing up for free summits and masterclasses so I may continue learning valuable life skills. Even though my body has felt rundown and feelings of overwhelm have surfaced, I have still been placing high demands on myself. I guess you could say I’m a high achiever. Following my breath, I began to visualize my inhale go to the depths of my lower abdomen. On my exhale, I began visualizing anything that didn’t serve me go down the middle of my legs, out the soles of my feet and into the earth. Feeling this overwhelm in my stomach and heart, I began repeating Karuna’s mantra. Practicing self kindness, I began to feel much better. Knowing that I will be mindful of what is important to me and let the rest go, I will keep these feelings of overwhelm at bay from now on. Thank you, Karuna! Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
Slowing Down
This helped me slow down at a busy moment. It helped me reset. It’s so important to stop and recenter at moments when our minds are all over the place.
This helped me to take breath that I really needed at that moment.
I just have to keep going. Take a breath, reassess, and take another step forward. I DO have lots of things on my plate. But I CAN manage them. I just have to take a breath and keep going.
Kindness to yourself
Overwhelm is just a part of being human, be gentle with yourself
Feeling overwhelmed is apart of being human. Take one thing at a time, just like one breather at a time. Being on my phone too much overloads my brain. That makes it’s time for a social media detox. 😇
Peaceful Morning
It felt as if this meditation fell into my hands today. Balancing two jobs, a PhD, and family duties has gotten the best of me lately. This meditation helps me realize I am more than my tasks - I’m human and need to take it one moment at a time.
Manage Overwhelm
This was the perfect meditation for me. I am very overwhelmed with work and life. This meditation really helped me
It’s ok to feel overwhelmed. Work on one thing at a time. As a mom and a grandmother sometimes it feels like I don’t finish anything. I need to work on my relationships and be a good mom, wife and nana.
Walter J
My overwhelming thoughts and feelings come from getting my house & gardens ready to sell while finishing out my current position at work(aka retiring from home improvement sales - during the busiest time of the year),looking for a new place to live in New Hampshire (while still living in PA) & setting up a new business to retire into. Then there is trading in two cars for a new truck, Church, Sunday School,Toastmasters & Rotary obligations and of course my day to day life to live... So it simply boils down to this: 1) getting a clear image of what I really want my life to look like in 3 months (house is sold, move is complete & I am Speaching full time to Youth & having time to finish writing my books) 2) doing the next task to the best of my ability, while imaging #1) 3) taking another breathe 4) repeat steps Staying focused on the desired image with positive, anticipating feelings, attracts energy to it more quickly, helping it to manifest more rapidly. Each completed task is 1 step closer. Feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks yet to do actually attracts more energy to all the things that need done and that list seems to grow and the neglected desired image never materializes. Pretty obvious which one I should do... Right?! How about you, What does your ideal future look & Feel like? Get the Image!! Namaste, ❤️🎙🍀
From this practice I learned that feeling occasionally overwhelmed it’s normal. I also learned helps take time to acknowledge when you are feeling overwhelmed, and to base yourself. I am grateful to the perks for this app for offering me this advice. Next time I am overwhelmed I will pause, breathe, and put this practice to good use. I am also grateful for the community on this app. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I hope you were all OK, happy, and well.
Marques Pizarro
I learned to take one task at a time. One step at a time. One breath at a time. Like a runner, focus not on the whole marathon itself, but at the mile ahead of you. Daunting tasks and responsibilities can feel like a burden, but if you brake them into separate parts, it feels less stressful, less scary. Running a business, being a brother, a son, and a friend can feel like a lot of hats to wear... but be present and wear one hat at a time. You won’t look to weird either. 😊
Slowing down
Slowing down is okay. Every problem doesn’t need my attention
I felt
some form of calm. Atoll overwhelmed but im being productive now
Initially I returned to the Karen Finley experience, feeling nothing. No emotion. But not numbness. Almost begging for a way to feel.
By the end of the 3 minutes guilt had floated upward as a feeling. Not quite an emotion but something besides nothing.
I felt support and encouraged to allow calming self awareness.
I knew I had been experiencing a great deal of emotions lately but not anything specific. As I settled into this session fear became the prominent emotion which was not what I expected. As I focused on it and breathed through it tears began to fall down my face. But there was so much beauty and acceptance in acknowledging this feeling that in the end I appreciated it.
I’m floating in a lot of emotions at the moment,
Some how I keep coming back to Happy. Happy breaking through my clouds, hard to explain the whelming up feeling… Peace and Love and Light♥️
Manage overwhelm
I feel that I need this meditation as I very often feel overwhelmed by life. I will use “ I’m grounded I’m balanced mantra to help me when I feel like this 🙏♥️
It’s okay to feel them. But it’s really hard to sometimes. Hand over heart to signify peace.
I appreciated the permission to feel what I’m feeling and the the lovely reminder to go “gentle” into my day
I learned that taking a moment to silence negative and judgmental voices creates time for me to trust myself once again
Normal Human
The way I feel is normal. It is normal to feel overwhelmed, pressured and stressed. This is all apart of being human. It’s normal.
I am very often feeling overwhelmed. I am grateful for this meditation and the mantra is soothing and reassuring. Be easy on yourself, a difficult but comforting thing to do.
Self nurturing
I learned that I need nurturing and it not only is okay to ask for that ; it is also something that I can do for myself too. Putting my hand over my heart taught me that today.
Helping to heal the feeling of being overwhelmed
I learned that being overwhelmed is normal and to help heal it, I need to stop & take things one at a time, slow down & take a few deep breathes when things are getting tough.
May I be grounded May I be balanced May I be at peace May I be grounded May I be balanced May I be at peace May I find silence when I need it
Exactly the grounding I needed
The invitation to open myself to the feeling of being overwhelmed and to treat the feeling with compassion was illuminating.
Wow ! This is SO Groovy!
I think that I’m going to listen to it at the full length later! Thanks so much for this! & now I’m going to meditate to my coffee…. ☕️☯️🐝☯️☕️
Overwhelmed is a good way to describe how I feel. I
I learned to listen breathe and it helped me from wanting to kill my mother right now. I hate her dementia. I do not hate my mother. I hate feeling forced into a role that at one point I wanted. to have to parent your parents is overwhelming. I am angry that I don’t have an excuse to get out of this mess without precipitating a crisis in my family. Mom can spend the rest of the night sitting on the toilet. I will not let her juvenile behavior bring me to the level it did last night.
This was excellent. I'm uneasy right now around someone who is unpredictable. He is dramatic and yells a lot. The more I establish boundaries the more he fights it. This meditation helped put me at ease. Thank you so much!
I felt calm and learned to take one thing at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed
i also learned to be gentle with myself and others,One step at a time.
I learned that it is human and natural to have this feeling and to breathe and tackle one task at a time.
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