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Reinforcements

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Lauren Ziegler
IAYT Yoga Therapist & Mindfulness Coach
In this session, we bring in all the reinforcements. Bring in your special memories, places, and people that give you a sense of peace and well-being. Evoke feelings of comfort and rest. As the felt sense of ease and security remains, discover that you have these inner resources with you all of the time.
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Brandon
Nervous energy
Going to meet a lady for a first coffee date and was feeling a little nervous. This helped me find my calm space deep down and refocus that nervousness into excitement. Have a great day everyone!
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Daniella
Distracted
I Struggled to concentrate and think about what was being asked
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Ben
Reinfotcements
When I'm feeling anxious, to go to a "happy place" so I can get through that anxiousness.
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Meredith
Safe escape
This meditation was perfect before a job interview today, left me feeling calm and peaceful after creating my own safe escape from my nerves and anxiety. Thank you 🙏🏻
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Kyara
Place of Peace
When I am feeling stressed I can go to a place in myself that gives me a sense of peace and contentment, them when I go back to the stressful situation I am able to get through it.
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Riley
Safe Place
I learned that this place is available anytime throughout a stressful situation
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Dave
Trouble focusing
I'm having a hard time with complicated visualization right now. The images flicker and change and it is difficult to focus. Each comforting thought seems tied to fear and anxiety. However I just woke up from a nightmare and I know this state is temporary. I still felt a little calmer after my practice.
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Charlotte
Happy place/thoughts
Need to remember when I'm stressed and flustered - remember the feelings of security and happiness that surrounds me, and let them make me feel at ease
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Brenda
Sacred Room
Inside me there is a room full of peace, beauty and stillness. In this room I am safe, loved, full of grace, and fulfilled. The door is always open and the invitation is always there. I just need to remember to enter. 💗
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Brenda
Destiny
The part of the universe is to supply me with everything I need to fulfill my destiny. My part is to willingly walk the path of my destiny with great courage. Every aspect of my mind and body offers courage on this path. If there is an area that is in need of nurturing and healing, I must tend to that area with compassion and love. All symptoms are indications of needing healing. I have the courage to go deeper. I have the courage to heal. I have the courage to live my destiny in wholeness. Amen.
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QueenTakiyah
Peaceful place
The safe haven of love, shelter, protection and ease that I want is already inside me. It's like having a personal Retreat of my own that I can go to anytime.
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Jill
Restful moments
I need something longer to relax me. My mind is just too busy at night.
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Tiffany
Loving & losing
It is better to have love and lost than to never love at all. The greatest thing we have is love. Before I can love another I have to love myself and trust myself. I give my heart easily. I trust quickly. This means I hurt deeply. The only way for me to love again is for me to choose a person who will love me the way I want to be loved. Right now the best person for the job is me. My heart has been broken.
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Matthew
My peaceful place and memory: sunrise at the beach
All of my peaceful places and memories revolve around my best friend and wonderful wife Jill. Our sunrise visit to our favorite beach just a couple of weeks ago made the perfect reflection spot for this session!
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Jamie
Stress
When In a stressful situation to give myself a moment to return to a clear mind and go back to the issue with a new and better strategy
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Nicole
Peace within
We can create a sense of peace from within if we take a minute to dive deep.
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Eileen
New
Inner peace can come in small moments of tranquility. Even a few tranquil moments a day can lead to an overall sense of peacefulness.
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Shani
Inner Peace
My peace consists of imagining water and loved ones that really value me for who I am. My breathing got deeper, and I began to physically feel warmer.
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isaias
what i’ve learned
i learned that there’s always a place in your mind that you can retreat to if you ever feel overwhelmed.
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Yesenia
I learned..
I had to fight my urge of wanting to cry, i was very nostalgic thinking about my peaceful place and pple. This didn't help much:(
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Rachel
Beautiful
If you think hard enough you really can get taken away to another place
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Sherry
Peaceful Place
A lovely peaceful place to escape stressful situations is only a heartbeat away. Just close your eyes, and think of that place, those special people, and focus but for a moment on that... And then return to the real world. What a refreshing strategy, this one!!
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Jennifer
A tool to relax
When overwhelmed and lost I can bring up this relaxing image to put things in perspective. It's a good tool to remind you that you can change an uncomfortable situation by just changing how you look at it.
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mimi
affirmative thoughts transform your sad moments t
Comforting message for a stressful day let go of negative feelings
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Rob
Reinforcements
I learned that I have the ability to refocus my mind using a store of positive and happy memories
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Olive
Wonderful today
I learned to thinking nothing. Brighten and warmly. Try to do everyday.
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Lily
:)
I learned that. Taking a minute to calm yourself and think of what comforts you the most. Can help majorly.
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Nadir
Self wellbeing.
I learnt that self wellbeing is easy to achieve during breaks for a 3-7 mins of meditation. On daily basis, for it is important not to go through the day mindlessly wondering why are you not focusing on daily tasks. At work or at home or simply through a shopping list.
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Balthazar
My safe place
I learned that whenever i do not feel okay, I can go to my safe place where every thing is peaceful and harmonious.
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Everett
Lesson
Lessen the pleases and the no thank yous and still stumble back into your own loving embrace
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Brenda
Peace
I don’t need to understand everything to feel peace and happines if I breath to let it go.
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Chris
Distracted
Sometimes I’m a little too distracted to get into the the moment for a short meditation. I wondered if the simple sound of a low-pitch bell being struck once or twice would help bring me into the moment.
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Abby
S. 17
I need to start doing these again. All the stress in my life has officially come down on me today.
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Barbara
This meditation made me feel less stressed
Visualizing secure places and loving people with our senses... warmth and liveliness in our body during stressful and anxiogène moments : thank you for these tips and for your caring voice! 😊
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Erica
12.14
I learned that I have a difficult time calming down and checking out.
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Ginny
Manifesting this dream
This meditation helped me see that it is possible to align myself with source, source wants nothing but love,joy, and happiness for me and by thinking of the people places and things that bring me contentment helped raise my vibration one aligned with source. Thank you universe for giving me the ability to dream. Thank you for blessing me with the ability to move forward
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Grace
Hm
My grandma interrupted my session. But still a feeling of well being
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Brandon
Remove sadness
I learned that if I take a moment to find that place that puts me at ease during sad moments, I can refocus my thoughts.
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Stephanie
A sense of peace is ours to take wherever.
Evoking images that are comforting, peaceful and stress reducing can be done almost anywhere. I’ve learned that I travel with this ability and when I encounter a situation or difficulty that may seem overwhelming I am able to take a few moments to step out of the situation and practice this meditation. When I do I can re-enter whatever it was that was troubling with a more positive and thoughtful perspective.
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Chris
Peace
Peace can take many forms, an image, a place, a state of mind. It's liberating to let your mind wind wander to these places.
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Kleneice
Creating My Own Peace
I can always cultivate a sense of peace and wellbeing no matter what is going on around me.
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Van
Tools to help
I learned that these meditations can help calm my life. I really hope they develop my well being in 2018 and improve my life. This year I must make time for looking after myself
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Anna
Reinforcements
Even the moments you feel most alone. You have warmth, gratitude, and positive moments to mindfully revisit and remind yourself of.
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Whitney
Reinfrocement
Today I had a hard time trying to focus and get into this mediation. I relaxed but it was hard for me to close my eyes and find that place were there was peace to envision of tranquility. I still took the time to mediated but it was not as good as how I felt when yesterday’s mediation was spot on. I was a bit more relaxed when I went through my stressful day and working through it instead of trying to mediate. I will work on this tomorrow and hopefully get back to how I have been feeling.
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Kathleen
Reinforcements
I learned that finding a place for safe and content thinking during a stressful time can change the way you see the situation.
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Morgan
Happy place
I found that my happy place truly brings ease to my entire being. I felt calmer, and I found myself opening my eyes with a slight smile. I didn’t want to open my eyes!!
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Kaitlyn
Day 1
Today I am reminded that no matter where I am I can draw myself to a peaceful place, a place of joy and comfort. So, when times get tough and everything around me becomes extremely stressful, I can find ease in that place.
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Ryan
myself
i learned that this is available to me anytime that i am feeling stressed, i can look at stressful events in a different way and take them on with ease.
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Riley
Let go
I learned that if you think of that one special place it will just pull you in, and then you can finally let go; you could finally look at the situation differently.
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Camille
Busy mind
Sometimes my thoughts don’t allow me to follow the guided meditation, and that’s okay
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Lauren
Beach
I learned that when I am stressed or upset I need to go to the beach in my mind. Breathe. Smell the salt water. Listen to the waves rolling. And smile at my best friend. Then I need to open my eyes and keep this warm energy inside of me.
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Mary jo
Focus
Couldn’t quite get to the place where I needed to be but the breathing really eased my mind.
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Momal
8/feb/2018
I learned that there are people who care about my well being and who are proud of me. My parents, Eman, Mrs Silvestri. And I should be more appreciative towards them too. They don’t have to tell me again and every day that I am loved and I am good and that I am a genius. I am a genius. That will forever remain within me. Nobody can take that away.
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Love
I'm struggling more than I realized
I'm just getting so weary, just when I get strong enough to try boom! New test. Tired of imagining a safe peaceful place in my mind I wanna be in it already. I slave for it, I deserve it by now.
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Walter J
Sunning...
My happy place turned out to be on the sunny, sandy beach. Laying out and feeling the warmth of the suns rays being absorbed by my skins solar panels relaxes me. Smelling the familiar salty air makes me feel safe somehow, like I belong here, like I am home again! As the waves splash on shore, their rhythm builds me into a levitating mood and I feel my body rising slowly a few inches above the sand. I hear the seagulls calling for me to join them, but not today I say... I want to feel safe & grounded and I do!
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Mia
Peace in stress
I learned to become more gentle and peaceful when it comes to stressful things. I can return to my haven, feel peace and return to the stressful event in a new way.
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Ronda
The park
I returned to my teenage years when I spent quite some time at the park in my town. It was a canyon and many people camped there for the weekend and even weeks. Particularly, I was taken back to a day when my husband and I (dating at the time) spent a day just hanging out there in a cove area. We had a blanket and just relaxed together in the sunlight. This is a happy place for me. I will use this practice to take me there when I feel stressed.
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Debb
Resources
I learned that we can easily and readily have resources with us at the “close of an eye”; warm thoughts of the people, places and things we treasure offer us a sense of calm and peace in the midst of stressful or anxiety ridden moments. As a teacher, I believe we need to make certain our youth have this resource, too.
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Monique
Peaceful place
I learned that where ever I am, what ever I’m doing, I can take a moment to go to my happy place and relax, then come back better.
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Monique
Peaceful place
I learned that where ever I am, what ever I’m doing, I can take a moment to go to my happy place and relax, then come back better.
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Bryana
Reinforcements
I learned that my dream vacation can be a relaxing reinforcement
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Mallory
Special place
I placed myself standing on the tall grassy cliffs of Northern Ireland. Wind blowing through my hair. Euphoria washing over me. Helping me realize just how small I am and how my problems now are just a blip on the radar. Warm sunshine and a happy heart.
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Courtney
Comfort
I know where I am most myself and most comfortable. Even when I can’t be in those places, just the thought brings happiness and ease.
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Time
Warmth
Taking into account the warmth and rejuvenation of life and happiness
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Yvette
Me time
A little reminder is all you need to take care of you...if a time setting is all it takes then it worth it.
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valerie
my happy place
i learned that if i’m ever in a stressful situation and i just need a break, i can think of my happy place and be at ease.
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Christine
My Happy Place
I learned that no matter what chaos of emotions are going through me I have everything I need right inside of me. From the heart that beats for me to the happiest memories in my brain. Cultivate it. Capture it. Let that ability comfort me.
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Jenni
Reinforced
I learned that reinforcements can come from within. What an empowering discovery to create my own safe house in my mind and realize I can rest and retreat there when the world is too much
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Caroline
Peaceful place
I learned that my peaceful place is with my family and the people I care about. Even if I am really stressed, I have those people in my life and in my peaceful place.
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Evelina
My bed
I started out this meditation with imagining a paradise with a waterfall and beautiful trees. But then, I noticed that that didn’t give me such a comforting or calm feeling. Towards the end of the meditation, I still couldn’t decide which place was my safe place. Until it dawned on me, what is the place that you usually feel most comfortable and that you spend a lot of time in? Your bed! I started to imagine laying in my bed and just like that I was calm at last. There’s no need for an amazingly beautiful place to feel comfortable, just think of your bed :)
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Fggfdgg
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I went away from reality it felt like . I was In a forest with my friend and family
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Athena
Thank you aura
I am sorry, I didn’t feel the relief that I usually get to experience within the 3 minutes of meditation. I appreciate every single practice that has been available for me. Some a little more-so than others. I just have been dealing with this dilemma that has been going since November and it was on the night before 3 days ago that things finally began to look up and I thought it would be all over but it instead got so much more upsetting and it really hit me so instead of crying any longer I thought I I should try to meditate and well here I am. I know that its possible to feel love and bring it to my senses through memories and focus. So for that alone I wanna say I learned how to feel some thing I wanted to so badly for so long. What hurts I guess is not being able to reciprocate those feelings and unconditional love to that loving and very deserving friend. And I am struggling with that right now.😓
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Seitebogo
Happy place
I imagined a happy future . Where things that I want will be things that I have . My reality .
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Alex
Peaceful Place
My peaceful place is standing along a mountain looking out into the forest. Birds chirping, with a woman at my side holding my hand, the crunch of leaves as animals move about the forest.
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Lexi
Place of Wellness
I learned that if you go to your place of wellness, it will make you feel better:)
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Adrienne
Peace
We all need peace in our lives. I love how this brings to focus the fact that we can always have peace in our lives no matter what. That we can tap into that peace whenever we need it.
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Paula
Reinforcements
Following this calming meditation helped me to bring back the natural balance and peace I usually feel. Thank you!
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Sarah
Happy place
My happy place is alone, cooking a meal for friends that are coming over later in a house that does not yet exist. It’s a tiny two bedroom, fixer upper, but quaint. Anthony is out running his errands, I am making a stew on a cold day for everyone that is going to show up later to enjoy it. In the meantime I am sipping on some wine and dancing with the cats between cleaning sessions. They enjoy watching me dance and sometimes join in to play. There is a fire going. The whole house smells like cloves stew and warm yeast or bread.
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Sheena Marie
No happy place?
I couldn’t find my happy place. In 7 minutes. I’m not sure what that means. If my mind was just too everywhere, my anxiety was too high, or something more depressing lol. I have difficulty remembering a place or time I’ve ever felt totally safe and/or cared for I suppose. Still nice to try to go through the process of breathing and allowing thoughts to come and go nonjudgmentally.
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Katherine
Grieving
Sometimes at this point I find great difficulty in finding a happy place. Mostly my happy just revolves around the closeness of the relationship that I share with my 13 yr old daughter.
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Susannah
How I feel
I learned that to calm yourself to breathe in and out to think of things that make you happy. This helped me out a lot.
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Laura
Happy Place
I learned that it is good to have a happy place that involves all your senses to escape to.
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Beth
Reinforcements
Even though I picked a present moment place of happiness I slipped back to my early childhood and the sense of safe, secure unconditional love and contentment of my Grandmothers and grandfathers
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Kimette
Too busy
I spent so much time designing my perfect retreat, that I missed the rest of the session!😀
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Sergio
I am grateful for
I am grateful for my body, because I ask too much of it and it never lets me down, it allows me to run almost every day, it lets me ride on my fixie, it carries me when I’m down, I’m really thankful for being healthy. I am grateful for all the people that care about me I am grateful to have my mom and my brother And i am thankful for all the sunrises and sunsets
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Lizzie
friends.
not everyone you meet remains in your life and some come and go as they please but the good will never leave.
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Sierra
Feeling
Taking a step back from the stressful situation, to just go to that “happy” place can be a lot more therapeutic than you may imagine. Going to your paradise and collecting yourself, making yourself feel safe, and then readdressing the situation after a few minutes can make you react a different way. A more efficient way.
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Verity
Peaceful
I felt very peaceful during this practice, like all my worries were fading away and my favourite sounds and my favourite environment was taking its place.
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Felicia
Warm
I pictured being in the warm, sweet air of Hawai’i. I like this helped me think about a special place/moment I can call on to get me through some upcoming stressful deadlines.
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Lonnie
Cool
I was at ease surrounded by the people that I love and love me. All of my old pets were, it was nice to picture them all again. It’s okay to miss people who are gone, nothing last forever.
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Tracy
Cultivate happiness
I learned that I can go to a place I feel at ease and peacefully content anytime I close my eyes and summon the place and time. I have access to a safe heaven within
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Tammy
Ocean of love
Sounds like a song to me. Meditation was OK only. I struggled to keep with it. 😔
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Matthew
My place
My happy place was in a small house on a hill. A sun room with breezes in the trees outside, sitting in my chair, looking out past the city to the ocean. The faint scent of sage and bergamot. Two little boys there, my dog—and her. But my boys are almost grown. She is gone, the dog with her. The house and the room—no longer mine. I’m alone. Sitting in my chair. My happy place.
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Joanne
I struggled for a bit looking for that special place. I thought it had to be an actual place.
I learned though that I could make up that place in my head where I can retreat and fill it with people precious to me and feel calm, happy and secure.
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Louis
Up in the Roof
When this old world starts getting me down And people are just too much for me to face I climb way up to the top of the stairs And all my cares just drift right into space On the roof, it's peaceful as can be And there the world below can't bother me Let me tell you now
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Torsten
Seeing images behind your closed eyes...
... takes so much practice. I just started my journey in seeing flashes of images and this felt good. I can just assume the goodness felt once one accomplishes seeing a “real” picture behind one’s closed eyes.
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Jessamine
7 minutes
That didn't feel like seven minutes, I was totally transported, and amazing discovery and gift to keep
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Jessica
9-10-18
I think of the forest when I think of calm. I am thankful for nature. I picture tall, giant trees just after a light rain storm.
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Amira
First Time
I learned that it doesn't always have to be a bad feeling. Feel positive!
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Hannah
11/2/2018
I learned that when you have stressful feelings, focusing on inner peace and spending time with yourself, loved ones, and animals can be all you need when mindful moments are needed.
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Ishaa
Feelings
I felt all the negative thoughts flowing away and found this tiny memory that brings me warmth
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reegan
:)
i felt safe in the moment. It brought me back to my safe and happy place
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Mary
This really helped me relax in the moment as I get ready for bed. This is a great practice for me on a daily basis when I feel anxious, stressed, out of place, or even lonely. I can do this to calm the unpleasant nerves and begin to feel the warm and welcoming sensations that my image brings me and remember that I always have this place for myself to escape and reconnect.
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Rich
Work in progress
I aspire to be at peace and at ease. It is a constant struggle.
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Victoria
People
I didn’t like when people where brought up into it . But overall it help me want to think off my save place that helps a lot .
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Elisabeth
Overwhelmed
Stressing out and anxious thoughts are harmful and unnecessary. Giant strength is recovered after I let go and breathe.
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Sabrina
My first time writing
I’ve been very stressed from work, relationships/arguments with families and friends, and it’s taken an extremely negative toll on me physically, psychologically and emotionally. I’ve cried a lot in these past few weeks and I didn’t know how to get myself out of the slump I was and slightly still in. I’m usually a very strong, independent and goal focused individual where usually others come to me asking for advice and strength. It was hard to realize that I am not as strong as I had thought or wanted to believe that I was. Life is hard sometimes and we don’t always feel like it’ll get better. However, I started doing yoga with an amazing yoga teacher on YouTube (Yoga with Adrienne) and meditating (whenever I need it or am just wanting some self-love) and it has helped a lot. I’m learning to re-love myself, to be my own bff and find myself again. It’s tough sometimes but you got this. Find your inner self and love yourself. Embrace your beautiful/handsome, unique self. Be your own bff. 🙂
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Tammy
Reinforcemens
Imagining your special place is soothing to mind, body and spirit. I love that it is only your place. It is always available to you to return to when needed. Every time you visit you can adjust it to your liking. That is the full power of our imagination at work. It is free therapy.
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Paul
Energy
I felt connected to the ones I was thinking about. I feel like they know when I think about them
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Jason
Red mountain - manitou springs
This is my place. My refuge from the stress. But it's not the place, it's the feelings.
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Logan
i felt scared
i have to let my feelings go and relax sometimes, not always stay caught up on the small things
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Sydney
Stressed
I felt stressed not being able to think of a happy or relaxed place. I didn’t know what to think of and my mind went crazy
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Hayley
Safe haven
I felt that I have little to pull into a mindful safe haven, but what I do have is powerful. My father and my experiences with him, my sister and the unconditional love that I have for her, even when she drives me batty. The excitement I feel when I get to come home to my son and the immeasurable love I feel for him, times in my life that were pure and beautiful. I CAN pull these things into my haven, even if they are perfect.
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Dan
taking a breath
Despite having learnt this technique a long time ago, it was nice to be re-reminded of the powerful effect this practice can have
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Sarah
I felt comforted
I learned that I can come to this place of tranquility when I’m feeling overwhelmed. It’s okay to attach emotion and use this place as a way to disconnect from the stress that has been weighing on me.
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Elina
The Beach at night in Playa Del Carmen
I can calm my mind easily if I bring it to a place it feels most calm, like on a night walk on the beach or laying in the grass in a big open field on a sunny day.
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Asia
Hating my self. .
I am here because I hate myself .and I cant deal with pain very well....
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Karla
Reinforcements
I chose to put myself in nature - the tranquility of a birch tree forest with the leaves dancing in the breeze, and the rhythm of the seashore with waves rolling and booming, the water trying to meet my toes and then receding only to return. I appreciated being told how it is possible to return to my nature retreats in times of stress, and being able to meet the stress in a different way. Thank you.
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Solangel
I was relieved to find myself easily acceding a relaxing place; a beautiful, lush green rain forest.
I can reach to this safe haven when I’m stressed, breathe in this space and come back to the present.
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Mary
Inner Strength
Really liked this one after a difficult day. I can imagine the feeling of inner strength will only get stronger and more powerful with repeated use. Going to try that, will be especially helpful during these difficult times. Thank you!!
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Jean
Relaxing my inner self
I need to stop over thinking and let go. Let my many thoughts flow through me and not against me.
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Julie
Peaceful Haven
When the outside world seems overwhelming, we can cultivate a place in our mind that brings us feelings of calm and comfort. My mind went back to last Sunday afternoon when I was laying in my hammock in my backyard on a pretty day reading a book. I felt a cool breeze on my skin. I would read for a little bit. And, then pause to look up at the trees and inhale the fresh air along with the damp earth. In this moment, I am truly content. There is no one or anything needing my attention in this moment. This is my time to myself. As I let go of this visualization, I am smiling. I am feeling calm and grounded. Anytime, I start to feel stressed I can take a few moments to close my eyes, focus on breath, and return to my peaceful haven.
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Christina
Reinforcements
I appreciate how positive this is at a time when most headlines point in a negative direction.
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Sonni
Reinforcements
‘Reinforcements’ was exactly what I needed. There are currently so many stressors in my life, the main one being watching my father’s dementia steadily steal him away. Add in a complete lack of support from family, letting go of the toxic ones and struggling with depression and ongoing grief ... it feels like my life is at a standstill while I deal with all this. Every time I visit my darling Dad now, I end up in tears when I leave. The grief is overwhelming. I was looking for something to help me be strong for him through this coming visit, and to recover more quickly afterwards. I’m hoping doing this lovely meditation before and directly after a visit will help. Thank you Lauren.