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Mindfulness of Thoughts

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Carla-Jo Geraghty
Mindfulness Teacher and Mentor
You’ve probably noticed that when you are trying to meditate that there are lots of thoughts popping into your head taking you away from paying attention to your breath. This practice is an opportunity to bring more awareness to this and see if you can begin to let the thoughts go using the breath as an anchor. 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 alongside therapy to help to support you. For more on Carla-Jo and her work please see www.carlajo-mindfulness.com
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72 reflections
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Denise
Lovely, Centering Meditation
Nice to know it's normal for your mind to wander during a meditation. Love the gentle easy method of just coming back to the breath.
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Major
Calming
Nice, Calming meditation to do first thing in the morning to get the day started off right.
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Novella
Thoughts
I don't have to judge my thoughts...just notice that I have them and calmly return to breath.
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Mark
Thoughs
I don't need my eyes to see. I don't need my ears to listen. I don't need my hands to feel. Be guided by your soul and follow your path of dreams.
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Mark
Present Moment
Everything that's has ever happened to you right down to the smallest detail has brought you to now, the present moment. Tougher for some than others, all relative to us individually. Like a blank canvass, draw your life moving forward, do what you want, be who you want to be, go where you want to go. Travel along the lines you want to draw.
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Alicia
Letting thoughts go is a practice
I learned that letting thoughts go is a continued part of mindfulness practices. It's especially helpful for me to remember this when I'm feeling anxious and am using deep breathing techniques.
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Isabella
Awareness
That was very calming. My body stood in the breeze of the air and relaxed in emotion. Take a moment to do the awareness meditation to feel your body relax in minutes!
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Callie
Sadness
I feel sick and sad. I just want the stress to go away and want to be happy with the one I love.
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Charlie
Alive with intention
I often go into a state of unthought full motions mostly at work. I go to office with a great outlook. I get to meet new people and get to listen to some extraordinary life stories. That's a good thing when there are people to meet. When it gets slow I lose my moxy fast. I start to waste valuable time with worry, things I can't work on at that moment. These are the times that I am great full for these little meditations. They bring me back to a wakeful state of being. I soon realize that every minute is valuable. I can still live with intention and enjoy just being alive. It's all good just have to notice it. 🤙
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Matthew
A nice little relaxation starter to kick off my day!
Starting the day relaxed, even more so than sleep alone would afford, can feel pretty good!
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Muhammed
I feel more comfortabl
I could manage my thoughts and i organized what I'm going to do tomorrow specially with the English presentation.
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DearlyLoved
Pace of breath can determine how I relax
Today's meditation made men more Aware of my ability to relax depended on my breath. It felt like I have a bit more control over my relaxation response. This felt Powerful!!
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Samantha
Stress relief
I learned that you can let go of negative thoughts even when its hard to
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Patty
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I learned that although this meditation is beautiful and has great meaning to me, when I am angry it just distracts me more. I did save it and will listen to it again though.
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Selby
Even.
About 2 minutes into each meditation an ‘evenness’ kicks in, almost each time.
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Jena
Well being
You must be aware when you are feeling distracted and control your breathing when feeling stressed and go back to the situation
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Joey
Soothing
Very warm, fresh and soothing experience taking in that voice and her suggestions :)
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Kayla
Thoughts
I learned that I need to release thoughts when they become a distraction.
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Karly
Mindfulness
Not to get too far away with thoughts and how to get back to the present
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Sienna
Reminder
It doesn't matter how many times I get distracted, I can always regain control of my awareness.
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Kari
Regaining control
I must regain control of my mind, body, and thoughts when needed.
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Rachel
Thoughts
My thoughts are always there, they are continuous. I always think about exams
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Rachel
Thoughts
My thoughts are always there, they are continuous. I always think about exams
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Patches
Thaughts are there
Notice them and let them go. Return to self Breath recognize body.
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Darriane
Recognition
I learned in this meditation that as long as I can recognize when I’m getting distracted I can bring myself back to the present and be in control. Being mindful to the thoughts and then letting them go instead of pondering on the problem, or whatever the distraction may be.
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Amy
Wandering
Wow my mind constantly wanders! I mean, like constantly. This is something I definitely need to somehow work on.
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Everett
Third
My carcass my understanding all build the same stars from dust from far away
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Marianne
Passing thoughts
With practice and focus my mind was wandering less today. I was able to focus clown on my breathing and letting thoughts just pass.
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Elena
Just thinking...
Morning came and went so fast. The weather is definitely changing. I really didn't have time to think much. Hopefully tomorrow will be a more relaxed for easy day. Thinking about today for it being such a hectic day it did go very stupidly. I must say it was one of the most peaceful days I have had in a while. This sky even looked peaceful. I must say today was definitely Peace on Earth 🌏.
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Rebecca
Thoughts
Thoughts come and go but the breath still remains. When thoughts are to much, come back to the breath.
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Keven
Thoughts can pushed away as fast as they come in
It’s nice exercise to practice, especially with intrusive thoughts.
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Fede
Quickfire
These 3 minute meditations are over in what feels like a second or two. I guess that is a compliment to how well they pull you outside of time
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Ginny
Sloooow down
I learned that even just three minutes of meditation helps me calm my mind down. Helps me notice my thoughts and bring them to a speed where I can be aware of them instead of them just whizzing past and leaving chaos in their wake. I am less irritable or stressed now. Thank you
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Hannah
Thoughts
I do get carried away with my thoughts when I’m trying to focus on something, but focusing my mind on deep breathing can help pull myself out of the wacky things that come into my mind🤪
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Darah
Mindful
It helps to just be mindful of a thought. You don’t need to stop thinking which a lot of people try to do. You just need to be aware of a thought. Notice it and then let it pass.
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Tammy
Mindfulness of thoughts
Our minds are truly amazing. They do so much for us without our direction. I hope my mind appreciates the breaks I give it from thinking. I know I feel better.
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RRF
Thoughts come and go
I had not really paid attention to how many times my mind wandered off to bad thoughts. Now I know to refocus on the breath and let those thoughts pass on by. Interesting .
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RRF
Thoughts come and go
I had not really paid attention to how many times my mind wandered off to bad thoughts. Now I know to refocus on the breath and let those thoughts pass on by. Interesting .
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Natalie
:)
That helped me focus back on what I needed. Calmness. I love this app so much it helps with every thing.
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Naomi
Noticing Thoughts
This is the first step to empowerment. We need to be aware of our thoughts and the effect that they have on us before we can choose again. What thoughts serve us and what thoughts would we be better off without?
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Jeffrey
Breath in thought
Focusing on your breathing when negativity comes into your head helps to calm the mind and put yourself at ease.
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Amy
Breathe
I learned that just noticing and not judging can help you relax.
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Tim
Breath
Breathing is natural, but can be relaxed or forced. Be mindful of the times when you are holding your breath and release it.
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Anne
Clearing the Mind
Even as thoughts come and go like waves, it’s so calming to know that this is normal and even expected, and that a gentle return to the breath is the end goal.
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Bene
drift
take a moment, drift away and still be in control. I'm able to feel my thoughts and by visualising them i can elemeinate feelings i dont like
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Katelyn
I don’t know
Honestly my head was all over the place and I could not focus no matter how hard I tried I just could not bring myself to focus on my thoughts.
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Tiffany
Be
Still. Be silent. Quiet mind is a rested mind. Breathing slows time. Breathing calms me down.
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Erin
The weekend
Relaxing weekend at home with Emma & do some yoga & meditating &write my journal play Emma
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Matt
Working out
When I have a good workout, I feel great afterwards, almost euphoric
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Susie
Mindfulness of Thoughts
I appreciated the reminder that my goal is not to eliminate thoughts as I meditate, but to acknowledge them and then return my awareness to my breathing. Usually I scold myself for straying from my breath...thanks for reminding me just to refocus.🙏🏻
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Amanda
My thoughts are not a bad rhing
Learning to acknowledge them then letting them go is the key to my happiness
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Shateca McGee
Thoughts
I control my thoughts by how and what I think on. Whether it good or bad I can make my own decisions.
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Shelby
Allowibg
I’m always eager to try and fight my thoughts, but it’s important to remember that suppressing them only makes it worse.
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Jeff
Notice your thoughts
The more mindfulness exercises I do the more I realize it’s all about breathing and being aware of your thoughts and when you get distracted which most of us do just be aware of your thoughts and keep breathing.
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Maggie
Thoughts are just thoughts
Just because I have a bad thought doesn’t mean it’s real. I used to think that if I had a bad thought and continuously kept it in mind it would actually happen; but thoughts are just thoughts.
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Brennen
2-23
I learned that I should not try to suppress thoughts when I am meditating, but rather to be aware of the thoughts and then to let them pass. For me, those thoughts tend to invade my mind when I am not as intentional as I should be about my breathing.
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Anastiasia
Focus
I need to focus more on my breathing instead of the thoughts that lead me astray
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Kodi
3/2/18
I feel calm and collected today an I feel as though the full moon has just cleansed my anxiety
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Kodi
3/2/18
I feel calm and collected today an I feel as though the full moon has just cleansed my anxiety
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Harvey
Wednesday
I learned the focusing on now, is the best feeling and breathing helps you remind yourself, what you’re currently doing and how relaxing it could be to just be in the moment!
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Carla-Jo
Exploring thoughts
A big misconception about meditation is that you have to stop your thoughts or try not to have any thoughts. This is impossible! Minds wonder! In mindfulness meditation we cultivate awareness of our thoughts, we let them be and then let them go and return to our point of focus like the breath for example. In this meditation we practice this ☺️
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Bailey
Mindfulness of Thoughts
Focusing fully on breathing and having someone remind me to do so really helped keep my mind from wandering today. I noticed it was so much easier to focus during this session.
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Darlene
Mindfulness
For several years I have jokingly called Donald, my ginger cat, my personal yogi because he comes to me with total love in his gaze. This morning he seemed to like the tones of this meditation, and came to me to join in. My thoughts did leave my breath, but somehow the gratitude and affection that I experienced were probably as valuable 💕💚💜
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Rachel
I started off anxious bc of the number on the scale this morning.
I want more than 3 minutes to really reset my mood and ground me in peace. Also, screw the scale!
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Julie
Anxious
This definitely helped calm some of my anxiety. I’m waiting to go in for an audition and I’m feeling a bit antsy. This helped some. I’m still anxious but at least I’m more connected to my body.
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Leslie
Wednesday morning
I learned that even just taking time to notice my breath makes me feel a little more centered. Even when I’m a bit tired this morning, noticing my breath and feeling a bit grounded gives me a small boost of energy to go about my day.
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Priya
4/9/18
I am starting to learn how to control my emotions and make myself happy and not get upset over little things.
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Hannah
Day 34
After unexpected disruptions over the last two weeks, it felt good to start my day by focusing on myself and my body, to center myself before the start of a new week.
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Jaqui
Without judgment
I do not have to judge or suppress my thoughts. By simply noticing them I can let them pass and return focus to my breath or to other things. I accept my thoughts and allow to go with ease
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Telma
Practice
It takes consistency and practice. Day 2 and I’m still impatient.
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Tenacity
Taking a moment
I felt as if I can move with greater sense of well being just by practicing returning to a reliable weight of life’s challenges, letting thoughts go, while breathing with the sound of the ocean meeting and retreating the shoreline.
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Rebecca
Feeling
I learned that I am learning to listen to my breath more easily, although my mind does wonder a lot, I’m able to bring it back to my I guess essence…
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