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Mindfulness: Leaves on a Stream

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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation
This guided meditation invites the listener to use the image of leaves on a stream to observe thoughts without engaging with them.  
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Vivian
I feel I can have a great day.
Life will always be a challenge. It’s how we come out of it that matters. Maintain peace within our souls.
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Samantha
Mindfulness: Leaves on a Stream
I love guided imagery. I also liked how the stream would directly take my mind or thoughts away. Often in meditations I get frustrated when my mind is elsewhere, but this gave me a quick redirection, while allowing me to stay immersed in the meditation. I felt very calm at the end of this.
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Matthew
Day 3
This was one of my more enjoyable meditations recently it was very calming and relaxing.
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Chante
I could actually send my thoughts down the stream and my thoughts actually stopped briefly.
Picturing nature helps me relax and recharge. I saw every thought land on a leaf and float down the stream. I was slowly acknowledging them and letting them flow away.
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Natasha
Stopping Thoughts
At first I felt a little empty watching all of my thoughts go by, but I appreciated the brief moment of separate serenity that it brought me. It was definitely different.
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kait
mindfulness
at first it was a little hard to control all of my thoughts but as time passed, i became aware of all of them
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Tammy
Leaves on a stream
Great way to deal with thoughts while meditating. Place each thought on a leaf and place in the water and watch the stream whisk it away in the current. Thanks
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Daphne
Great Meditation
This was very nice because it made me feel like I never had to worry about anything else ever again. I noticed that the more “Leaves” you sent down the river, the less your body and mind wandered and I felt very relaxed.
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Justine
Stream
I sat on the soft mossy bank, giant trees surrounded me, grassy knolls spotted the area with small colourful blooming flowers scattered upon them like freckles on a face. In front of me was my stream, pebbled and flowing, diamond sparkles glinted in the sunlight as the water chuckled over its bed. Silvered fish darted between the rocky bottom and autumn coloured leaves meandered their way down. I breathed deep, stood and slid into the water. Cooling my body I undulated and melded into the depths, upon my back I felt the pebbles, within me the water and above me the sky. I was my stream and it was me, I continued my journey, I was the beginning, the middle and the end.
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Louis
Leaves Floating Down Stream
This meditation allowed me to be a passive observer of my flowing thoughts. As I observed my thoughts floating past me I found inner peace.
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Sam
Anxiety
Super anxious session, continued meditating after the instruction and I was just a big ball of anxiety. Listening to people give instructions while I have anxiety only makes me more anxious because I feel like I shouldn’t have the anxiety. Meditation is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life, but I keep coming back to it.
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Julie
Frustration
Nature is the constant. I am not. What is not stable in my life is me. My choices. My choice to not let the negative thoughts float away downstream. Even though a want them gone they stay. The positive float and become a part of nature, a part of me. Why do the leaves with negative thoughts not float eventually to the sea.......
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Laura
Leaves on river
This exercise is similar to the cloud in sky’s exercise. What i enjoyed about this one is speeding or slowing down your river. We all are magnificent beautiful beings.
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Cara
Stream
I felt this meditation was very helpful for me as I’m laying down trying to fall asleep.
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Kristina
Thoughts
I love putting all my thoughts on leaves and floating them down the stream. It was so wonderful to have them float away so that I could get some peace and rest.
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Kristina
Floating thoughts
I love putting all my thoughts on leaves and letting them float down the river. This gave me a chance to get some peace and rest.
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Debb
Leaves 🍁 on a Stream
Having spent countless moments watching leaves float on streams, dancing and bobbing along as they skirt their way around obstructions that would otherwise keep them stuck, I loved loved loved this meditation and the visual connection to our thoughts. Thank you for this! 🙏
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Mike
Relax/ leaves floating meditation
I felt good visualizing and knowing it was a short meditation. There is some tension between visualizing and not holding on to thoughts, but I didn’t obsess over it or worry about controlling it too much.
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isabel
...for the first time in a long time
i can honestly say that i haven’t felt this peace in my body for a long time...is like a temporary but lasting emotion...
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Tiffany
Floating leaves
Are big enough to hold my worries. Strong enough to hold my hopes. Gracefully float in soothing water. One leaf at a time my mind clears.
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Tiffany
Thoughts
My thoughts are floating downstream on leaves. I am in harmony with my well being; relaxed, recharged and fired up - tuned in, turned in, tapped on! I’ve been in my Vortex for a solid 6 days and counting on to infinity. This place of allowing is the best place to be. When I look within there are no worries in life and I’m so excited to be in love with myself and others. #OmShanti #Love #Light
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Walter J
Cleaning...
The sunshine playfully danced its way thru the multi-colored leaf canopy & down to my bubbling brook. . . I find a sunny rock & sit down to watch the mesmerizing water as it rolls along, over & around the rocks & branches making its way “lazily” downhill. The warmth of the rock contrasts sharply with the Crisp, clean-smelling air. “Fall is definitely here” I think, as I watch the orange & brown leaves parachute from above. I notice one particularly beautiful one fall right into the middle of the current. As it changes directions instantaneously & is whisked away, I notice writing on the underside...! I jump up to follow it to see what it says. Scrambling along, over & around the rocks & branches is not as easy as it is in the movies. After awhile I finally catch it and it reads “Dreams” !?! Have I been chasing after someone else’s dream... ouch! I wake up to hear... “place your thoughts on a leaf and let it go,” allow it to flow... so I Do !! I put work on one, my boss on another, projects on others, my garage goes on a big burnt leaf! I put everything I am concerned about on them and watch them go downstream...👋 bye! (I hope no one chase them). Then she says to put Every thought, good or bad, on there and I start to unload my car, my new garage plans and everything else dreams & goals, etc. onto a bushel of leaves. And the next thing I Know - I am freely blank... blissful nothingness - aware of everything & nothing but I Am
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Mike
Letting go
Letting go of all emotions liberate you to create beautiful things.
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Debb
🍁 on a Stream
A favorite that I return to again and again. ♥️ Perhaps this resonates with me because I have spent countless hours watching leaves dance and drift on streams. Close your eyes and Cassandra expertly brings you right to the edge of the stream, feeling the cool fresh breezes as you watch the leaves drift on by. You will feel calm and refreshed after 3 short minutes.
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Becca
Refreshed
After having a stressful day, I found that this meditation really bought me back to basics and after just 3 minutes I felt so much more relaxed and ready for whatever else the day may bring to me!
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Julia
I feel like I’m the only one who really understand what I’m going through i just broke up with my bf
It’s ok to feel that way just let them float right by it doesn’t matter what they are just let them float right on by
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Maddie
attempt three
what a day, long and successful listening to people thoughts and opinions and stories and coming back at the end to refresh rethink and recharge about everything is very worthwhile and fulfilling
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Susan
Mindfulness Leaves on a Stream
I think that I have found my new favorite mediation. I love to be in a forest with water. I pictured myself there in the fall. I let all my stress and worry and planning just float away. Those things will not change what will really happen. Let the water take them
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Hannah
Good
I can have a good day 😁it is really really good and you should try it 😀
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Julia
Mindfulness in a forest
I like to be in nature and a forest is a good example for that. It’s calming, quiet and peaceful, the best place to meditate and connect with yourself and the nature :)
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Aubrey
Nature
The place where I long to be. I have a certain place, Hoggsback, which is my place of comfort and imagining myself there sitting next to the stream alongside a beautiful waterfall brings nothing but peace inside of me.
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Cameron
Love it
I came panicking I did this one and I was so calm I forgot my bad thoughts. I think everyone should do it.
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Sean
First day
I have my first day at a new job today so I was feeling anxious about it. But this was a lovely way to start my day now I feel like I can take on anything.
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Matthew
Nice one Cassandra!
I recommend adding about 50% river and just a smidge of music to this track when enjoying it. Had a weird, stressful sort of day today.😳 Volunteered to run a STEM activity for this evening's ”Spring Fling” event at our school tonight, but it wasn't what I expected it to be at all! The principal wanted me to run a LEGO robotics demonstration, and we found out the hard way that after our school was used as a staging ground for the district to bring in new furniture for all the schools, someone had moved most of our expensive LEGO robotics supplies, but NO ONE knew where! We spent the afternoon scouring the campus trying to locate our bins of LEGO and last season’s robot game playfield! Luckily our most expensive supplies; robot brain bricks and motors, had been secured in my co-coaches’ own classroom! Thanks to a few dedicated team members I managed to put on a good demo with what we could find! Super proud of the kids who helped out! Wouldn't have had a demo to present without their help!
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Brenda
I felt stressed but after listening I felt better like the running water in background
I learned to put my thoughts on the floating leave and let go
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Charlie
Relaxing break
The leaves on a stream imagery was very effective for me in releasing thoughts as they arose. This was a nice break during my day.
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Rob
Simple
Controlling mindfulness and focus. Action of moving leaves. 😁
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Barb
Leaves
I want to do this one again. I wish that it was longer than 3 minutes! 🙂
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Cherish
Letting Go of Thoughts
This visualization guides you sitting by a stream, smelling the fresh air and watching leaves float down the stream. Each thought that enters your mind is placed on a leaf as it is guided by the current of the stream. This meditation makes your mind feel relaxed, calm and refreshed. 🍃🙏🏻
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Poppy
Everything is so stressful
Im supposed to be on break but everything stresses me out immensly for some reason. Im sorry
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Jose
Anxious
This was a great exercise for fighting against your anxiety and nerves.
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Jose
Anxious
This was a great exercise for fighting against your anxiety and nerves.
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Jose
Anxious
This was a great exercise for fighting against your anxiety and nerves.
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Jose
Anxious
This was a great exercise for fighting against your anxiety and nerves.
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Jose
Anxious
This was a great exercise for fighting against your anxiety and nerves.
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Jose
Anxious
This was a great exercise for fighting against your anxiety and nerves.
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Jose
Anxious
This was a great exercise for fighting against your anxiety and nerves.
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Jose
Anxious
This was a great exercise for fighting against your anxiety and nerves.
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Jose
Anxious
This was a great exercise for fighting against your anxiety and nerves.
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Jose
Anxious
This was a great exercise for fighting against your anxiety and nerves.
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Paul
Nice but...
This meditation requires putting your thoughts on leaves as they float down a stream. Nice idea, but the facilitator literally never stops talking which is very distracting and thus the meditation failed. Even in the short meditation, facilitators need to give you time to do what they’re asking you to do so that you can learn to do something and accomplish some of it during the initial meditation.
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Kim
Too fast
I learned to place my thoughts on leaves so they will drift away
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stef
Wednesday before Napa. Stressed.
Leaves are floating by me on a stream and my thoughts can too.
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Gaby
Mindfulness: leaves on a stream
This mindfulness helped me clear all the Thoughts that were giving me stress/anxiety. At least for now. Thank You 🙂...
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Linda
Helpful
I found it helpful to have something concrete like the leaves to deal with the thoughts that keep coming into my mind when I am trying to meditate. My mind doesn’t want to be blank so it helps to have the leaves to focus on.
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Andrea
Coming back to the moment
I struggle with doing it right and I need to work on letting that go. I am okay not to do things right.
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Jenny
Leaves on a Stream
Delightful visuals to gently empty the mind of thoughts! My thought bubbles floated and landed on the leaves, leaving my mind with a stillness that lasted longer than the session. This stillness is excellent ground for the seeds of insight to be planted after this meditation. Plans and solutions come clearly and easily for me to face the day.
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Chaun
Great for disconnecting from less beneficial thoughts
I enjoyed this meditation because it offers another way to disconnect from thoughts that aren’t beneficial. The visualization of a stream is calming, the water flowing past, taking certain thoughts with it gently, is beautiful imagery and very effective.
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Kady
So helpful
This meditation was so helpful!! I really enjoyed putting my thoughts of my crush, organic chemistry, physics, my quiz today, and everything else on a leaf and letting it float on the river. Symbolically I think this helped me to let things go
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Kena Gordon
Grateful
I can be relaxed as I handle the inconveniences of the day!
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Gregory
Osho
Where there is no mind, there are no thoughts. A peaceful, still, empty mind.
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Jonetta
Let them pass by
Not every thought needs my attention and energy. Some I can take on and others ai can gently let them pass by
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Reyne
I felt so relaxed as I placed each thought on a leaf
I learned a new way to meditate.. With so much things on my mind I felt all of my worries, fears, and thoughts just float by on each leaf I placed them on... What a relaxing experience.
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Lynda
I feel I care too much what other people think about me.
I need to care about myself and my home forget what everyone else thinks
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Nev🌻
Whoaaaa!
I loved this!! So easy to not focus on things that I didn’t need at the very moment I needed to focus on what mattered, the innocent stream and the calming sweet winds of youthfulness, and the stream that carried my weight! Beautiful! This medication/meditation could be so useful for healing! It is healing! Thanks for these awesome moments! Thank you! 🌸💡
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Christiane
The best yet
I love this exercise! My therapist introduced me to this technique years ago and it’s so fun to find it again here! I have found this technique so useful in so many ways through the years- it really Luis so grounding and balancing
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Jennifer
Stress
I am so relax after using this app it makes all of my stress and worries go away
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Walter J
Refreshing...
I always like these kinds of meditations! Picturing yourself beside a nice clear stream and watching the leaves float downstream. When a thought come along, just place it on a leaf and watch it float downstream. Simple & effective way to becoming the ‘Observer’ of the situation. Within seconds of doing this I am in a calm relaxed state of being... and within just a few minutes I am refreshed, clean & whole again. I have mentally done this one a lot whenever I need a quick mind cleanse & refresh. Do-able almost anywhere! Try it... ❤️👍🏼🍀
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Tats
A great practical tool
It worked. And am looking forward to using it when I get out of bed to see if it really really works 😊
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Robert
Thoughts
When I am meditating, my mind seems to bounce from thought to thought. When I prepare myself to let those thoughts float downstream, I seem to stay focused on the image of the stream with very few thoughts.
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dani
Leaves On The Stream
I learned that bringing my mind to something to focus on besides just leaving it to wander is a great way to slow the thoughts.
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Trav
I feel amazing this morning, great sleep
I learned that going to bed early pays dividends. I want to test using sound just before sleep and consider the impact.
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Haley
Thoughts Are Like Leaves on a Steam
In many ways our own thoughts are just like leaves floating on a steam; sometimes our thoughts come and go. There will be times where we get too many thoughts/ leaves that they are harder to deal with and other times we have less thoughts to deal with and things are very peaceful
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Val🍃
Simply amazing.
Being able to visualize my thoughts slowly drifting away helped me clarify my thoughts and my mind. 🍂
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Rick
Leaves
I tried to let go of my thoughts of anxiety and let them leave my life on a leaf on a stream. Very relaxing.
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Joachim
Leaves.
I tried letting go of the thoughts always on my mind that always contribute to the tense nature i always find myself in
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Kat
Amazing
I love the analogy of letting go of worries. I definitely feel relaxed and ready for the day
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Jennifer
Detaching from thoughts
Visualizing my thoughts moving on leaves really helped me not get attached to them and feel like they were me.
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Adam
Letting thoughts drift by
This is a really nice mental/visual metaphor for the process of thoughts coming and going during mindfulness
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Liesl
Leaves on a Stream
I think this might be a really good practice to try without the meditation. That way, you wouldn’t feel distracted by her voice or any other elements of the meditation and could simply focus on the stream. The time also seemed to fly by so I think it would be beneficial if practiced for longer.
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Vladir Dakar
Leaves
I learned how simple visualisation can ease the tension in my body and mind. Great practice and useful.
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Deanna
Meditate
I felt very anxious upon meditating. Once I began this listening session, I felt like I grasped control over my anxiety. Although, I still felt a little anxious afterward.
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Adrien
First meditation
I’ve never meditated before, and I’m astounded at how much this small three minute exercise immediately took away the pit in my stomach and the stress in my jaw, I was overcome a bit with a feeling of relief. I’ve never realized that my thoughts can be let go so easily, or that they can be escaped, even the arbitrary ones. The visualization helped tremendously for me.
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Cars
Leaves floating by
I realized that in a state of anxiety, my thoughts linger and there is not a flow with thoughts coming and going. I can think of the stream and attach thoughts to the leaves and they float downstream
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Lisa
Within minutes I felt the calmness of the meditations. I have never experienced meditating before, but feel this is something that could help me a great deal.
I learned to lighten up on myself !! Let it go !!!! You are carrying this, making yourself sick…… Causing Anxiety 
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Joshua
Thoughts
They can come and go. It’s natural For them to appear and with practice, I can either attach to them and make a mental note for future action- or I can simply let them go.
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Cole
Stress
I learned that the human body is truly amazing and it’s a lot easier to learn and get better with you happy! Stress is something that needs to be taken seriously for everyone! But where I’m coming from especially males we are all taught from a young age you need to be a “man” and be tough which I don’t disagree with that completely but I think it would be a lot easier for us to “cowboy up” and be tough if we have the correct way of doing so! 😊
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Emily
Practice makes perfect
It has always been difficult for me to not think, or to let my thoughts go, but this visualization technique using leaves was useful and I will try it again
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Christina
Let it go
I was remarkably very relaxed and at peace during this mediation. My heart and mind have been heavy and I was able to just be in this moment, without any of it weighing on me. As I opened my eyes the sky appeared brighter and the trees around me more vibrant.
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Rebecca
Peace
That as I feel more at peace inside I can relax more easily, which makes me actually begin to feel the healing♥️💫
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Elina
I feel a little better today I know it will take one day at a time😍😇
I need to focus on me a little more I would always worry and take care of everyone else.. My kids yes always come first but I need a little me time😇😇😊