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Christina +& Darrin
Heart Awakening
There is a common misconception about meditation that it is all about "stopping thoughts." But that can be an exercise in frustration, since our minds are accustomed to thinking. Rather, mindfulness is about bringing our full awareness to whatever is present for us, including our thoughts. In this meditation, you will practice naming the kinds of thoughts coming up for you. You will learn how to be the observer of your own thinking, which ultimately will allow you to respond to events in your life with wisdom, rather than being in reaction to them.
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100 reflections
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Karlisha
Naming thoughts
I learned that having thoughts is okay. Being aware of the thoughts I have is powerful.
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Desirae
Thoughts
I learned that I become lost in thoughts and lose sight on breathing
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Linda
Stepping outside of my thoughts
Naming the thought helps me step outside of it. I can observe them without getting involved with them. I can also see patterns of my thoughts eg worry, work, relationships etc
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Jason
Thinking...
I noticed that I could name a thought, without giving any attachment to it.
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Tumisho
Connectedness
I learned that my body and my mind aren’t one, my body stays calm but my mind wonders all the time
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Maria
Focus
I realized I think to many thoughts at one time making me brain scattered. I need to focus on taking it one thing at a time
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Kellee
Columbus Day 2017
This is my 2nd ever Meditation and I am getting addicted now🤗 Actually, I really like this one because it had me focus on 7 major thoughts that are going on in my mind right now: Bella (no reasons), Tara (having hard time right now), Job Interview (important), Stress, Tim (I need to write a letter for him for court), Finances (we’re struggling), and Necessities.
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Taylor
Naming my thoughts.
I learned that overall I feel hurt. Hurt from Brandon. Sad, hopeless, and stuck. I learned that I don't know what the answer is. I know that I don't want to feel this way anymore but I also know that sometimes he makes me feel so good. BUT I don't know if it is worth it to feel like this. I don't want to be hurt anymore. I just want to feel happy and I don't know how to get there. The other thought I had was of Gracie lying on me. This was a loving thought and she is my everything. I am so happy to have her with me .
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Kimberly
Thoughts
Naming thoughts is a good ideas. How much time do I spend planning and worrying. It is a good insight to have as I move through my day.
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Najma
Focus
I learned that I can change my focus if I relaxed and just thought and listened to my thoughts and getting my focus back by allowing myself to think over the things that stress me out.
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Heather
Multi tasking!
Even when I was trying to focus on my breath, I was finding myself having multiple thoughts, trying to name the thought and focus on the breath at the same time! It wS amusing and frustrating.
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Everett
Hint
All knowing and being is embodied and the body is the will of a spirit we can never grasp
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Darriane
Control
I find that now naming my thoughts lets me have more control over them. Like it’s okay to worry but if I realize it’s only a worrying thought, then I can dismiss it easily. Also realized that a thought is just that, a thought. I spend too much time thinking than I do acting on my thoughts.
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RRF
Naming my thoughts
It seemed that all my thoughts would have been named worry but they were not. This helped me to realize even though most of my thoughts were worry I had other thoughts too. Great meditation.
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Rik
So many different thiughts
I'm noticing how much my mind wanders. Planning, imagining, daydreaming, wondering how conversations might have gone differently. So busy.
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Justine
Thoughts within thoughts
Multitude of thoughts cascade through my mind but underneath is the calming ocean that I float upon. My thoughts dive through my mind like a lithe dolphin cresting the surface and then diving down. Joy in being, living in the now while the ocean leviathans move lazily in the deep to appear occasionally above the sea. Large eyes contemplating the world before they sink below again. My mind an ocean of life.
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Naya
Coming back
I broke my meditation streak this past weekend while on vacation. Normally, I’d have a hard time returning to a good habit after breaking the streak but this time I jumped right back into it.
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Morgan
I learned that
..I️ struggles with naming my thoughts. I almost struggled having thoughts outside of breathing in general. Doing this mindfulness when I go to bed has been really good for me, I sleep better and feel better during the day.
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Aghnar
Naming thoughts
Not resisting the thought and giving it a name or description actually calms that thought and can let it go.
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Kartik
Observing thoughts
I learned that thoughts are just there in our mind . They come and go but the thing that stays with us is the present moment. We can get distracted by thoughts but by simply observing the thought and naming it helps us to get back to reality.
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Michael
Naming
Naming thoughts acknowledges them allowing them to pass. Clearing your mind.
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Jt
Too much
Often we can get caught up in the mundane day to day style of living. We need to focus not only on the present, but the future and past as well. By living using our thoughts to retrace our steps, and plan our day we can allow our minds to be stable
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rebeka
naming the thoughts! super useful
trying this meditation show me another way to identify my thoughts in order to recognize and let them go...
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Mike
Sort: acknowledge, return
By naming my thoughts (analyzing, planning, remembering, worrying), I do them justice. This allows me to return to noticing each inhale and exhale, each stimulus of the moment. Maybe I’ll even notice patterns of thoughts and become more self aware as time goes on
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Vincent Brian Tiu
Stressed
I learned to think positive things since I got no choice! Need to let go and never look back for the bad choices I made from the past.
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Angela
When we are stressed or have anxiety it is our spirit trying to communicate with us but we don't
Always listen. When we meditate breathe and listen answers will come to us naturally. We all need to be kind and compassionate to each other and the world will be a better place.
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Maisy
Many thoughts
I never realized how many varieties of thoughts go through my head in very little time. Categorizing them gives a new perspective on my thoughts and thought patterns, making it easier for me to identify the thoughts that provoke my anxiety in unwarranted situations.
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Susie
Naming Thoughts
This was a good mindfulness technique for me. Now I can name my thoughts without judgement and come back to my breath while practicing mindfulness. I especially liked the reminder that my breath is my “touchstone.” Wow...I still have sooo much to learn! Mindfulness for me still requires much PRACTICE.
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Mikaela
Taking more time to myself
To take a step back from worrying and planning, when I️ get overwhelmed to just refocus to my breath
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Sam
Giving thoughts a name
This was a very good technique for me. I tend to get lost in my thoughts, not really being in the moment, especially during meditation. This allows me to recognize and acknowledge my thoughts rather than just trying to push them away, where they will always resurface. I think I will try this even out of meditation, with practice this will help me to potentially stop worrying and end obsessive thought patterns.
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Anne
naming thoughts
very helpful delighted with this meditation and so grateful for it on this christmas eve morning
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Walter J
Waiting...
I felt like I was in the desert waiting for a thought to come by so I could name it, but one never did...?! I’m hoping this is a good thing and my mind was just extra clear this morning and not that I am going brain dead!
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Kahyra
Organizing
Naming my thoughts helps me organize and not continue to dwell on anything in particular.
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Yana
Naming
It’s a very interesting concept, I like how after naming the thoughts you can actually somewhat relax and evaluate what you think of in the 3 min after the section. Really helpful!
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John
3 minutes
I need a few more minutes to “get into it”. I should do 7 minute meditation
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Micha
(Over)Thinking is wasting energy
A lot of unnecessary thinking is wasting energy. Being aware of this helps you gaining energy.
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Margaret
Acknowledging your thoughts
Wow. I never thought to name my thoughts... For whatever reason, giving them a name - worrying, planning, remembering, etc - helps me understand the thought better; and then coming back to the breath helps me move past the thought, instead of getting stuck on it like a feedback loop. Extremely helpful technique.
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Rachael
Naming thoughts
Thinking about how we feel emotionally and what kind things we have to do, helps us in our daily life to stop. Take a moment to breathe. And realize what we have to proceed in our life, telling our self what exactly it is we have to get done. By building strength and seeing things in perspective that everything is okay, expressing how we feel makes us as people feel better. Moving on, in our busy lifes
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Nancy
Naming thoughts
Working on pinpointing my thoughts could help me to have more control of what I allow myself to think about. I’m still healing from my dealings with someone else and my heart hasnt caught up to the healing that my mind is ready for. Naming thoughts could possibly help me to identify my feelings and let them go.
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Maxim
Обозначения.
В рутинной суете, в условиях хронического недосыпания и постоянного эмоционального давления, меня часто атакует паранойя в одном ряду с излишней суетливостью. Вовремя определить «разновидность» мысли может быть отличным способом создать психологический барьер от ненужных мыслей.
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Jorge
Pensamientos nombrados
Hace poco un conocido compartió una frase: “amor incondicional es verdaderamente aceptación incondicional”. Durante estos cuantos minutos de meditación, no pude evitar pensar en las cosas que me han sucedido con cierta persona, y a pesar de que la logica indicaría que no tendría si quiera qué pensarla, de algo estoy seguro, la amo de una forma incondicional y a pesar de los tratos cortantes que ha tenido conmigo, acepto lo que está pasando y sobre todo, acepto que quisiera y quiero hacer lo que pueda hacer en mi propia cancha para apoyarla en lo que sea que ella decida. Y no porque al hacerlo pueda estar con ella, si eso pasa bien si no, mientras ella esté bien, me daré por buen servido. En caso de que no me quiera cerca y es bueno para ella, bien. Creo que es la muestra de que en verdad estoy enamorado y no necesito algo más.
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Cody
Awareness
I learned that awareness is key when meditating to be able to tell when you are thinking and to be able to see it and then let it go without it having power over you.
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Lizz
Naming Thoughts
How strange that the one day my mind isn’t racing with thoughts, this is the mindfulness prompt. It was a good tool to use for future days!
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Susie
Thoughts
Many thoughts appeared while I meditate! Only one remains through is to flow through the day!
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Sofia
Noticing thoughts
I realized that I wasn't even having many thoughts to name. My mind was completely blank, which was really unusual
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Ray
Awareness of thoughts
Being aware of your thoughts or feelings is essential to developing awareness, and strengthens the mind and spirit.
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Tammy
Naming thoughts
By naming my thoughts I acknowledge them and then divert my attention back to the breath. I realize that we all struggle with our thoughts and I too, just need to let them go and return to my home, my breath.
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Bara
Really practical!
I will try my best to name the frequent happening thoughts. Thank you! 😊
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Daniel
Day 1
I learned that the Naming Thoughts Exercise is Similar to the anxious thoughts exercise for managing anxiety.
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Brian
Planning vs worrying
Could planning and worrying sometimes be synonymous? Over planning and over thinking sometimes coincides with worry for me.
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Lisa
2/13/18
Thoughts are fleeting, and so are emotions. Just as good emotions seem to go by too quick, bad ones will too. Do not dwell, just let it be, let it flow through, and move on.
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Aileen
Compassion and Sadness
I learned that sadness is a feeling that can be addressed and does not need to be internalized. Feel the warmth and work through it.
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Ram
Naming thoughts
Very helpful. Great method to clear up mental cobwebs, cesspools and thorny brambles. Do it, do it , and do it, friends, particularly during times of anxiety, loss and general stress!
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Liz
Naming thoughts
It’s interesting how trends emerge in the types of thoughts.
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Joyce
What’s in a name...
After giving a name/category to my thought coming in during meditation it was easier to let it go, and interesting to see what categories were on my mind- planning, remembering, worries. I named a category stories, my mind churning over a great fantasy book I’ve been listening to on audio while I commute. Namaste
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Valeria
Calming
Really stressed out this changed and calmed down my inner self
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Cyndee
Felt so natural
I liked naming my thoughts, I only had a few that weren’t bad just things I need to do. The thoughts went away shortly after naming them, it felt so natural. There was a simplicity about the breathing that I liked and I started to roll my shoulders back to try to loosen them up because they felt so tight. This is a meditation I should do every night! 💙
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Ila
I wonder what will happen today
The possibilities are endless. Remembering to have an open heart and mind through the day and to share the wonder and curiosity with others is what I will strive for today. I loved the messages shared in this stimulating meditation! Thank you!
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Sydney
Thoughts named
I had a few thoughts that came with every breath and when I named them it helped me to focus on which is really negative and which is just my over exaggerating
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Jennifer
Staying Focus
By naming thoughts, it is much easier to get back on track to your focus point. Implying this method throughout the day can help fully engage and stay focused on tasks.
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Maria
Rushing
I found myself wanting to meditate to “get it over with,” so I can go on with my morning. It took a second for me to realize that this isn’t the reason why I began meditating in the first place. As I focused on my breath, I found myself wanting to blink my eyes open and see how much longer I had left. I have no reason to rush, yet I am so used to rushing that it has become my default mood. Reminding myself this morning that I continue to practice meditation to live more fully and mindfully. Meditating reminds me of the way I wish and strive to live; it is more than just another task on my to-do list.
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Louis
Naming My Thoughts
I like the idea of naming my thoughts and then returning to the touchstone if my breathing. All thoughts do not need to be negative or erroneous . Some thoughts are planning, remembering or worrying. Some are just thoughts.
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Joyce
Name my thoughts
I really enjoy it helped . I thought that it helped me identify my feelings with my thoughts. I thought by doing that you had help on not making bad discussions.
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Joyce
Name it to understand it
Categories is very helpful to me to more quickly name a thought and let it go. A good intention for the day, to be aware of and name and release thoughts that are not what I’m trying to focus on. Namaste
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Rachel
Just noticing
I realised that I don’t have to totally empty my mind to be mindful. It was helpful to just notice what type of thought was coming up.
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Susan
Mindfully, yet aware
Thoughts can feel distracting when practicing mindfulness, yet naming these thoughts allows for the to freely come and leave, one after another without disturbing the process of mindfulness.
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Tiffany
Softness
Buck up buttercup. Stay soft in a world that desires toughness is a strength we need in more people. It is softness that leads to relaxation. It is softness that allows us to be vulnerable. Gentleness and kindness make the day easier to survive.
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Tiffany
Living in the NOW
If I name the thoughts, then maybe it will remind me that I’m not living in the now. Especially when thoughts of the past come up. If I can live in each series of ‘nows’ then I don’t have to categorize the thoughts, each thought will be about now.
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Lauren
Naming my thoughts
If I name my thoughts, it gives me an idea of what I need to do. In the video my mind started wandering, lost, deep in thought, about simple nothingness. Possibly, if I name my thoughts, it will remind me what I need to complete, for example, if I started worrying about homework, id make a mental note to get that done. If I started planning my timetable, I would make a mental note to write it down. Or if i started getting anxiety, i would name my anxiety, and what is making me anxious, finding the root of the problem, and fixing it. Naming my thoughts helps me find a solution to most of my thoughts and worries. Naming my thoughts. Breathe in. Breathe out. Problem solving.
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Taylor
Interesting
I like the idea of naming thoughts neutrality instead of trying to resist them.
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Cameron
Name Those Thoughts
Sometimes my phone is so fast, that it causes me to not have a minute to pause. pause, so that I can focus on things that matter, not comparison.
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Meg
lesson
I learned there are many things to be grateful for in my life.
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Sampa
Naming A Thought.
I like the idea of naming a thought instead of ignoring them.
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Maciek
strange
not sure what to make out of this meditation. perhaps another one longer one explaining this process better is required?
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Liz
Great for mindfulness newbies
This one is super helpful if you’re just learning how to meditate! Perfect for beginners or anyone who struggles to focus.
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Krystan
Naming
I thought taking time to name my thoughts would be be more distracting because than I would get stuck inside that that thought but it actually helped me name the thought and push it aside faster. I recommend this for people who get easily distracted during meditations.
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Matthew
Labeling
Elsewhere, I learned that this aspect of mindfullness is called ”labeling”, and is a way to cope with those random and stray thoughts which flitter across the brain during mindfullness sessions. It can work! Try it today!
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Cyndee 🌊
Moving on....
This meditation was really good for me at this moment, it was nice to label everything as it entered my mind. After labeling my thoughts I was able to put them aside and now I will move on with my day. 🙏
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Melodie
Naming thoughts
I gave a lot of attention on trying to think of something then naming it. However, it was still a relaxing meditation and felt good!
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Joce
calming and relaxing
this helped me alot cause I get stressed everynow and then and this helps me come to my senses. and makes my day better, I love this app NEVER GETTING RID OF IT!!❤❤😍
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Joyce
Past, future, who needs me now
I had really good luck today in naming then moving past my thoughts by sticking with 3 categories- remembering, future, and ‘does somebody or something need my attention right now?’. Deciding no one/nothing needs me in the next 5 minutes was able to experience 20 breaths of present. Namaste
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Mima
Releasing and letting go
In this meditation I was thinking of how my ex cheated on me and I’m letting go while I think.... and breathe . Out with the bad , IN with the new ...
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Liz
Neutral thoughts
Naming my thoughts made me feel so much more peaceful about them. Often if thoughts come up during my mindful minutes, I feel frustrated by them or feel like I’m failing at being present. Naming them & letting them go makes the thoughts neutral & took away the feelings I had about them. I was able to allow myself to have that experience without judgement.
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Kelsey
Naming
It helps to remember that thoughts are just thoughts-they are not emotions, and they do not define who we are. It’s how we act up them. Naming them reminds me that they aren’t ME, they’re just a part of me.
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Joyce
Naming thoughts
Naming thoughts definitely help to pass them through and clear my mind more quickly. Namaste
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Sharmain
Her voice
It’s so calming that I get to concentrate on doing what she says than just letting her speak and doing what my mind wants me to do. No distracting background music ever. Simple yet effective 👌🏻
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Alison
Thoughts
I noticed my transition from stress to worry and then planning
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Nicole
Morning thoughts
Helped me distinguish and name my thoughts. I have lots of worries today but I know I can get through them as I start my day with a meditation!
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Kelly
Naming Thoughts
I felt that most of my thoughts were planning thoughts, and realised I am often normally thinking about what I'm going to do next rather than what I am doing now.
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alaura
naming thoughts
i learned that acknowledging my thoughts and naming them helps my mind stop racing and relaxes me
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Vanessa
Naming thoughts
Another moment for me to go back to basics. This is one of the first things I learnt when my anxiety first started. I learnt to name my thoughts rather than resisting them. Once they were labeled I was able to move on. Having become complacent in my ways, I often forget about this technique and try and find ways to avoid the though rather than just allowing it to come and go. A great short meditation and reminder.
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Cherish
Great Practice
I learned that if you can begin to name your thoughts (worries, planning, etc) and then put them away. A great practice to try so that you ‘move on’ from your thoughts and bring about focusing on your breathing.
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Lily
Thoughts
I learned that if you acknowledge your thoughts, you can feel a lit more relaxed. 😊
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Jessica
Day 38
I like the practice of acknowledging thoughts and bringing attention back to the present moment. It’s a good reminder to me to not be afraid that I can’t push those thoughts away all the time. It’s better to say “yes, this is a thought I have, but let’s get back to the now.”
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Viviana
Naming Thoughts
You have to name what thoughts come in your head don’t worry if you have bad thoughts just name it
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Jennifer
Thoughts
I loved how it embraced my thought as a name rather that just repeating them with same worry over and over again. I felt so wonderful to be able to let thoughts go by naming my thoughts!
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Jeanisse
Acknowledgement
In this meditation, we understand that calming thoughts is not always a good thing; it can be just a sign of not confronting what's keeping you up at night, or what's making you fidgety. When we acknowledge our thoughts, and name them or put tabs to it, is when we will truly know how to control those thoughts.
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Michael
Remember
Naming thoughts is immensely insightful. You know what you're feeling and can shift this as needed. I felt incredibly sad remembering some things about her, but ultimately it's for the best. Remember.
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Ben
Acknowledgement
I learned that naming thoughts and acknowledging them is very insightful for self reflection and life.
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Adrea
Naming Thoughts
This mindfulness session assisted me in becoming more aware of my thoughts and thinking patterns. Labelling my thoughts assisted me in accepting and identifying my priorities. Mindfulness sessions don’t always have to be rainbows and unicorns. We can accomplish tasks and change the pattern of our thinking to become more mindful and self-compassionate.