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Lyndi Smith
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Feeling distracted? Busy mind? Noting helps us to focus on and define our experiences, and to let them come and go.
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90 reflections
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Vanessa
Breathe in clarity breathe out serenity
I learned that labeling thoughts that pass by as “thinking” and feelings that pass by as “feeling” allows me to return to my breath faster
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Allison
achievement
Achievement is something i consider and think about a lot of the time
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Tiffany
Strong thoughts & feelings
I struggled letting go of my thoughts & feelings. Our marital home should have been put on the market weeks ago. Today was spent trying to understand why it still wasn't listed. This was after I couldn't get into my home for warmer clothes. So I joined a singles club in response to my frustration. Somehow my brain was so focused on this, I couldn't concentrate on breathing. Even when I noted. Well tomorrow is a new day.
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Laura
Noting
Just labeling the act of thinking 'thinking' can help me get back on track to breathing. I don't come across feelings yet. Just lots of thoughts.
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Ann
Looking Forward
I like the subtle reminders to keep me on track. Looking forward to incorporating this exercise into my days.
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Danielle
First time
Must have quiet moments and looking forward to next meditation
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Megan
Thinking and feeling
You can observe your thoughts and feelings and label them as such. By labelling you can bring your awareness back to your breathe and stay focused.
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Erica
Noting
To connect with my breathing mentally and to acknowledge what and when I feel something/ what i am thinking at the present moment
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Susie
Noting
This practice helped me by naming my breath work, thoughts, and feelings throughout my meditation. By doing so, I was able to come back to my breathing more easily when I became distracted. Thanks, Lyndi! Namaste 🙏🏻.
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Everett
No
Hey I’m sorry to bother anyone else I just want you know that you have been doing a great time and you have to do a great time and you have a good day love and love love and god love and love love
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Carmen
Noting
What noting is... typing, breathing, in, out, thinking, wondering, 🤔, feeling... noting, judging...🙄 noting!
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Karl
Just taking a breather
The focus on the breathing is really helpful for me. Since I've started this my lungs seem healthier. I have COPD and the constant exercise and awareness of each breathe really seems to help.
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Shell
Subconsciously slipping
Often I slip into daydreams that interfere with my day. Maybe noting “thinking” or “feeling” will help me snap back to what I need to do.
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Savannah
Breath
I am right about to take an exam and I could calm down to think. I listen and took control of my breath and this really helped.
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Keiren
Reducing stress
This session really allowed me to take some time to wind down after a very stressful weekend of getting assignments done for school.
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Debbi
Restful
This meditation gave me such a wonderful feeling of restful ness ... a release from tensions.. from the stressful thoughts of the day... a focus on my own need just in feeling my breathing.
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Jennifer
Nice
I learned how easy this technique is to center myself again.
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Elena
🍂🌿🍂Noting 🍃🍁🍃
Very relaxing breathing in and out I was listening to this Noting I like it. I'm Sitting looking at Trees on a car ride. Thinking how beautiful the shades of green there are how nice they blend in. On the road doing nothing but relaxing breathing I see all the shapes and sizes of the Trees. Such a great time of year Fall is here definitely with the time change and I am seeing lots of colors Now and how they blend in with the earth.
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Kimberly
Breathing
Simplicity in this practice. Very calming and peaceful. Just breathing.
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Gem
Pause
Taking a moment just to pause is so effective for calming and brightening the day. Simple and effective!
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Tammy
Noting
This practice helps me to redirect my mind when it wanders. Noting also helps me to concentrate on my breathing. Good practice. Thanks Lyndi I find your voice to be so relaxing to listen to.
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Walter J
Duly Noted
I noted that it may be better for me to do this type of meditation early morning. Otherwise, her soothing voice and my tired body were soon snoozing...
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Susie
Great for concentration
I can use noting to center my thoughts and concentrate on the things that bring me focus.
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Stephanie
Great technique for those who are easily distracted.
I liked that while you were able to note the physical sensation of breathing the narrator also included the opportunity to label distractions as thinking and/or feeling. It’s one way to get you quickly back on track. The other importance I find is that it continues to allow me to practice putting distance between my thoughts and feelings. I’m not either one of those things but rather the observer. I also like that it gives me the opportunity to distinguish quickly between thoughts and feelings. It’s useful as I explore how my thoughts cause my feelings.
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Emily
Noting
Just simply becoming aware of what you are doing with simple notes. Simplifying things, getting better at not getting distracted and returning to my breath
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Beth
Distraction
This is a good exercise to help with focus....over time with noting distractions one can retrain oneself to stay more focused by acknowledging the distractions and returning to the focus....my mind tends to wander a lot and this is very helpful.
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Joyce
Noting
Accept that the mind is eager and willing and driven to continually do its jobs-thinking. Note it, thank it, then let it come back to silence. Namaste
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Marianna
That was SUPER HELPFUL.
I would love to do this one again, and will try to remember the cues in the future
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Brandon
Noting... or nothing?
Based on the description and reviews, this meditation seemed perfectly tailored to alleviate my symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder... after trying it, I felt like I needed something with more focus or direction. In my other “noting” exercises, I was encouraged to describe in detail, with many adjectives, how or what I was feeling (internally and externally) which helped distract me from the negative thoughts by acknowledging and focusing simply on the facts. This meditation simply said to “breathe” and “think.” The long silent pauses also made me think the meditation was over when it wasn’t. Sorry, but this just wasn’t enough for me and left me wanting much more.
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Kristen
Good morning and thank you. 🧘🏻‍♀️❄️☃️🌨
Thank you so much for this clear meditation on noting. I’ve heard about the practice in numerous books and podcasts, but never fully grasped it until this meditation. Thank you!
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Briel
Relaxation
I need to relax more stay calm and turn off the TV I also need to get this into this more and begin Relaxation and become more confident no electronics will help me stay calm and fall sleep.
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Ginny
Note:Ebb and Flow
My breaths are like the ocean They Ebb and flow My feelings are like the ocean They Ebb and flow My thoughts are like the ocean They Ebb and flow I am made up of 75% water, of course I am like the ocean.
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Time
Rising and Falling
Acknowledging the precious gift of air can truly awaken one from taking it for granite
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Kathleen
Noting
I learned that taking note of what your body is going through helps to concentrate my actions on simple breathing.
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Sarah
12/21/2017 Noting
Noting each and every breathe. It’s a good day ahead of me I can feel it 🤗
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Ebru
I learned that I can.
I have what it takes to be myself. I am grateful of my mind and my passion for life.
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Lillian
session 3
i learned that focusing on your breathing and the movements are important and calming
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Alexander
Noting breathing
Noting the rise and fall of each breath as it comes can be helpful when we wonder away from ourselves.
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Christina
Calm Focus
This was a great one for me. I have had a lot of problems focusing lately. I found that focusing on the words as well as the breath brought my focus back to center. Time to refocus on peace and serenity.
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Rowena
Noting
I learned that “noting” your actions, thoughts or emotions is another way to stay present and focused.
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Natalie
Perfect for a Friend
I think this meditation is perfect for people who are scared of meditation or think that they’re doing it wrong. I also think it’s perfect for experienced meditators. It’s some you can do at your desk for a moment. It’s the meditation you can start off with when you haven’t been meditating for a while.
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Valeria
Thoughts and feelings
It is ok to think and feel, what matters is not letting those feelings or thoughts affect me
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Narra
Just a thought.
You can define your thoughts and feelings to notice them without reacting. It’s just a thought.
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Alysson
Note in motion
Starting my day with the few minutes of meditation sets my day into motion. It helps set the direction of my focus & attitude for the day.
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Jeanine
Noting
Deep breathes and cleaning out my head or identifying- thinking, feeling, hurting is important. Enjoying this app at night before bed.
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Bill
Focus
I leaned that noting helps me to refocus and quiet my inner voice
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Abbey
Noting
I noticed that noting is a very effective way to take inventory about what is going on in the system at the moment. Noting for me actually separated me from the feeling, therefore taking myself out of what was going on. I never realized how effective it is!
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Katelyn
Me?
Is it bad that I just dont have the ability to focus anymore? I just push my thoughts away that I think do not pertain to me. God I sound just like a poem I ready at school about being hypocritical about my surroundings and to others.
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Lia
Going to try it
Using words like “thinking” and “feeling” to pull my mind back to my breathing worked well. I’m going to try and use this tool throughout my day and see what happens.
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Triana
Woooooo.
I have a sea inside me. An ocean of breath. An ebb and a flow. It’s so vibrant, as is the water in my life, my breath. My source, my function of being.
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Jessica
Every action is connected to your body
Every breathe is connected to your body. Every thought is connected to a feeling or action. It's all connected in you and you're in control of all of t when you take a moment to recognize its connectivity
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Bryanna
Mental Notes
I noted the thought "thinking" more than I would have liked.
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Patty
Rising/Falling
An excellent way to enhance my breathing exercises. By silently saying those two words, I was really able to keep focused and aware of my breathing. Any thoughts that came were kept in the periphery and didn’t interfere with the meditation. ❤️🌷👍
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Annelise
Words
I️ learned that saying ‘thinking’ when you notice your mind drifting off to unnecessary thoughts helps to stay in the present.
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Arana
Focus
This session helped me to clear my mind and focus on nothing. When I concentrate on breathing every outside distraction goes away and I feel good.
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Melike
Talking to yourself
Often in meditation I try really hard not to talk to myself. I guess that can be described as thinking, but as this exercise shows, you can talk to yourself to focus and prevent divergent and distracting thinking. I really enjoyed this method.
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Celeste
Noting
Noting is very good for me centering my position to total stillness. Great for my start to meditation.
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Katie
Noting
I could not focus for this meditation. Not sure if it was the inflection of her voice or me being restless, but this was by far my worst meditation.
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Di’Ana
Controlling my thoughts
I can bring my attention back to my breath every time it wonders to other thoughts or feelings.
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Micki
Breathing in, breathing out
I liked the idea of noting “in/out”, “thinking”, “feeling”. That’s a strategy I’d like to take forward with me from this
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Alexa
Rising, Falling
You don’t have to lose yourself in thoughts. When you are thinking or feeling when you should be relaxing, note that you are thinking/feeling and then focus on breathing.
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KayDee
Reconnect
Stopping and thinking and feeling what is around you and yourself.
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Mairead
Redirection
Very helpful to have notes to get the brain back on track neutrally
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Chloe
Day 3
I learned that it’s helpful if you note when you are focused on breathing, thinking, or feeling, by saying a few words in your head.
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Jaree
Noting breath
Noting each breath even if your mind wanders acknowledge it and then return you attention to the breath rising and falling.
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Nancy
Noting
Taking note of what ever you’re thinking or feeling is almost as if you’re calling yourself out. You’re bringing attention to what is going on and when you do that, you’re able to have more control of how to handle it. Taking deep breathes really does help when you take note of what is going on inside you.
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paige
breathing
breathing is very calming. I usually lay awake at night thinking about all my mistakes and things i haven’t done that day unable to rest, but as i breathe out all my worries i feel so much calmer. breathing is a very very natural sedative.
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Amy
Breathing
I really need the focus on my breathing, and keep practicing :)
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Marisa
Day 56
I really enjoyed this meditation and am hoping to note throughout my day today
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Danielle
I loved!
I loved this meditation. Too often I find myself over analyzing my emotional state and churning myself into a tizzy. What a powerful tool: to acknowledge the emotions and thoughts for what they are, and to leave it at that.
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Kyara
Day 1
I need to take more time to become calm and to get in touch with myself again.
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Olivia
Day One
I need to learn what I can control and what I can’t right now.
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Mike
Willpower
It’s a constant struggle to be disciplined. Once achieved through, it’s an uplifting feeling.
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Sophia
Letting go
Letting go of what you cannot control. Letting go of perfection. Letting go of what is right and wrong.
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Regan
First meditation
I find it hard to focus on what I am guided to do, and hard to even focus on what my thoughts get distracted to think about. I was very anxious before I began about ridiculous things like freak accidents and death, and that happening to me, and me not living my life to the fullest. This meditation provided very brief and fleeting distraction and relaxation from that. I hope to get better at this.
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Mia
Breathing
How much you have to concentrate when you breath. Inhaling and exhaling really do relax the mind! Thank you.
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Autumn
I noticed when they mention thinking or feeling during the session my mind tends to start doing that
I learned I am distracted very easily and it bothers me I really want to focus more but it’s hard
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Clare
Rising and falling
The noting technique helped me to feel calmer this morning. Noting the rising and falling of the breath, noting thinking and feeling without judgement. It made me feel more grounded and centred.
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Mel
Day 1 focus
I let my body Feel My breath and the powerful feeling oh acknowledging my still feeling in my breath , I feel like there is a link in these moments to something greater than my own self that it shows me the way I can acknowledge my thoughts and feelings and reconnecting with my body mind and soul noting the passing of each element in me
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rosemary
Distracted
Today I was distracted and stressed, thinking about anything and everything. Throughout school I found myself being hyper to a point at times, and then crashing, and being super tired. There were no changes in my health that could have caused it, just an off day. That being said there are things in my life to be stressed about, grades, softball, etc. but there are also things, many things to look forward too :)
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Bailey
Peace
After Avery long and stressful day that didn’t allow me to relax, having these few minutes of peace is what I look forward to at night
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Aria🧚🏽‍♀️
An anchor
I felt that this gave me something to hold on to. I often stress out during the day, and this gave me something that I can always come back to. Like an anchor, amidst a sea of thoughts.
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Marion
Simple but efficient practice
Something you can do easily throughout the day when needed. I liked that there was a minute or so when I could practice on my own. As I have used Aura for a year now I am more into to semi-guided than fully guided meditations.
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Jeff
Feelings
I need to be more mindful and assertive. I feel bad about everything that I did and said today, I feel that I was wronged to but was never apologized too.
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Jeanisse
Take a breath
Be in the present by clearing your head and take deep breaths and release them. Let your mind and body take a break from everything that's going on and just breathe as deeply & release as hard &slow as you can: note the rise & fall. Focus on that.
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William
Noting
Lyndi, wonderful! In and out, expand and release! Post thinking and feeling! Works! Thanks.
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Lauren
Grounding & calming
Before starting this meditation, I could feel the anxiety building up within my mind. Now I feel calmer & Centred. Thank you!!
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Andrea
Focusing is hard
This one was difficult for me as I had to really focus. It’s been hard to turn off my thoughts lately, they run so fast and so many all at once. But I like the challenge and I’m definitely trying again until I can master it.
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Mary
I felt Challenged
I realise this will take time and I’m committed to getting there.
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Susan
Noting
Thank you for this practice. It was a wonderful reminder not to get caught up in my thoughts and feelings. Just note and return to the breath.