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Lauren Ziegler
IAYT Yoga Therapist & Mindfulness Coach
Relaxation is an art and a science. By relaxation we mean a release of tension in both the mind and the body for a period of time to allow complete rest and revitalization. Like sleep, only these days we tend to go to bed with so much tension that we wake up feeling exhausted. It's a life changing thing to get to relax. It means more enjoyment of life and smoother relationships.
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137 reflections
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Daniella
Relax
It actually helped me relax!!🙀😏 It tells you about breathing and all I wanted to do was relax my whole life. If that was a job I would totally do that for a living
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Sumedha
Inhale your future, exhale your past...
With each breath we must inhale our future and exhale our past. The lifting your shoulders up to your ears and wearing them like earrings while you breath in and letting them go while you exhale is a beautiful and powerful exercise. With each breath let's remember to inhale our future and exhale our past. Good morning.
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Jenny
Cleansed
Breath out all that is bad..and breath new air that is good.
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Kathleen
Shoulders to ears
I learned a good tension releasing action that I can use when I need to relax
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Althea
Day 8
This meditation and exercise caused an emotional response. I have a lot of releasing to do. As I did the forceful exhale and dropping my shoulders, tears formed in my eyes. This technique may help me release some aggression that comes along with my anxiety at times
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Renee
I need to think about the things in life I do enjoy and spend more time on those things.
I need to concentrate more on the things that make me happy not the things that frustrate me. I do enjoy my job so I need to think about what I do like and go from there.
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Jeremy
Subconscious
I learned that my subconscious is stronger than I think and I need to trust it and God to have my mind come up with what it needs too at the moment it needs too and I don’t need to spend time thinking and planning every just in case scenario
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Vivian
Healing
I learned that one must be willing to help his or herself to heal invisible wounds and trust others. Forgiveness is a stepping stone to recovery and living life to the fullest potential; trust is a two way street from forgiveness. I am still learning how to trust others and myself.
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Kayla
I learned that
I have a hard time shutting off my racing thoughts. But I agree that the mind will provide answers when it's time
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Sam
On Target
I woke up this morning with my neck feeling terrible. I began by enjoying the thoughts for meditation that were provided. And the exercise involving shoulders neck and breathing was amazing. So simple but right on target. Thank you!
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Jillian
great
i learned that it’s better to go to bed with an open mind and u can get less sleep with an open mind too!
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Jenny
I should..
Take my time and relax my mind and clear and solve my problems and basically just think positive
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Chorelle
Overthinking
I think too much and it gets the bette of me. It takes away my power to create my universe, be confident, and accept right now. It's so hard.
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Dom
A lot on my mind
I can’t sleep I’m up when I know I should be asleep right now but I can’t because my mind is still active going a 100 miles a minute.
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Natalie
Mindfulness Magic
I learned that you just need to see your inner self and be happy to touch the bottom of your heart!
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Audrey
My subconscious
I learned that I should trust my subconscious and let some things that clutter my mind go away.
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Lizzie
Letting go and relax
I went to bed thinking about the events of the day. I couldn't sleep as I was still carrying the frustrations from the day. I was so tired and I skipped my meditation practice. I woke this morning knowing that I need to get back on track as I need to relax. That's the whole point of me taking this sabbatical. To learn how to be mindful and present, to not let my frustration and daily stresses get to me. This is a good reminder session but the guided process can be better.
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Shannon
First meditation
I need to close my eyes and listen with headphones. I also learned that I can change the time of day I meditate based on what is best for reducing my stress level.
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Julya
Regular practice
The more I do this, the easier it is for me to relax. I’m getting better at letting go!
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Ethan
Feeling good
Feeling better after a stressful day. Now I can end the day on a great note
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Justine
Tension
What would a world be like without tension... without conflict and drama. We are taught that great inventions have come from wars and experimentation. But in truth if our focus was on our growth of spirit and heart where would we be now. In a different reality/dimension there must be a version of us that is free of the fetters of ego, that it is so harmonious with its universe - ultimate goal?
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Fran
Tension is in my shoulders
I love the fact it’s simple to breathe shrug and exhale and release 👌🙏🏻😍
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Maeve
Reflecting
All my life I’ve been carrying hate upon myself feeling like a burden and I always am behind on school because of the people that made me feel this way, and after the first session I feel the same but a little stress leaving my shoulders.
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Lina
Relax
Seize the moment ... see through your heart and soul .. breathe deep with in and relax .. trust your mind.. your body and take it all in .. relaxing is giving fully to the stress inside then letting it go ..
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Nicolette
Trust
Trust the capabilities of your mind. Lift shoulders up to ears, breath in and out as you put your shoulders down. It helps so much with stress. 🙌
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Drea
Be in the here and now
Let go Be present My thoughts shape my feelings My feelings are abstract perceptions that I talk myself into, not objective reality
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Angel
Trust
I had a hard time trying to relax today my neuropathy kept me from doing hat I normally do each day but he only thing could do was trust in mind to keep me calm and focused just as this session was able to do thank you for the reminder to live in the moment 💛🙏🏻
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Rik
Be as dog.
Be absorbed in the task at hand. When a dog plays, she really plays. When a dog sleeps, she really sleeps.
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Kellee
Rolling With It 11-9-17
I learned to let go and trust your mind/thoughts and Gracious God, Mother Nature, Higher Power, Great Devine all the above help with what whatever needs I may encounter throughout the day, hour, hour or minute. Thank you, Aura!
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Karen
A time for everything
I learned that even if I am feeling exhausted and overwhelmed a 3 minute meditation can help me to re-energise and refocus and renew. Thank you!
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Erin
Restless
I learned that before bed I need to do these more as I couldn’t sleep due to being so restless but this calmed and made me think about how to tackle the next day
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Everett
Capital
The high point the most important and highly impossible point is that I am not you, dismiss my lies
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Lauren
Mindful mornings
That doing this first thing in the morning not only sets me up for a good day by having me relaxed but keeps me going as I remember that things will take their course and I need to be calm and focused on what’s happening now.
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Aaron
Relaxation
I learned that without proper maintenance negative moods can be carried out to the next day when you wake up
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Tammy
Relaxation
I feel that my mind and body want to slow down but, with the holidays there is such a push to get more done in the time available. I need to slow down and enjoy the present. This meditation reminds us how important relaxation is for our well-being.
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Gabby
Open awareness, sharp focus
My mind is a remarkable tool. I can use my energy and focus to truly work, play and engage. However, without awareness of the need to revitalize and relax, I cannot be my most keen, calm or confident self.
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Johnny
Mindfulness
I liked the shoulders part of the meditation... I also liked the part about paying attention to the business at hand...
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Kylie
Awesome
I woke up 2 hrs later.. refreshed thanks mindfulness it’s becoming a part of my everyday
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Janet
Do everything to the fullest!
Children play to their fullest. Sleep deeply. Think and concentrate with intent. As an adult we believe we aren’t working to our fullest unless we are multi tasking. Who made up that standard??? Relax with the intention of getting your entire body to become limp.
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Wasay
Relaxing
I have a science exam tomorrow and it is the last day of school before winter break I was a bit stressed for the test but after the mindfulness session I feel calm and I’m ready for the test Bring it on
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Linnie
Stuck
I have felt stuck for a while now, between different worlds, different roles, and different paths. I feel tense with the weight on my shoulders and my mind. I want to lift that weight, but it seems to have cemented with time. These little moments do help. Just to keep me from tipping over.
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Tammy
Relaxation
Trust that your mind will problem solve for you without needing to worry. Wow, it is almost like our minds don’t need us as much as we need out mind. Our minds are truly amazing.
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Chris
Staying focused
I learned sometimes multi tasking is a bad think. Today I will focus on one important task at a time and leave multi tasking for my “busy” work, allowing my heart and mind to focus on what is most important.
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Molly
Escape
That even in the middle of a hard time if we focus we can escape for either a short moment or move on completely.
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Lori
Relaxation
Feel the tension slowly leave your body by breathing in and out. Do this through out the day when you need to just relax feel less anxious.
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Talon
Worry fer
There is no need for worry our minds will give us they answer but we don’t need to worry ab it
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Kain
Jan 4: Relaxation
Breathing is a key of life. It opens doorways to locked pathways. Cherish these breathtaking moments as they are not very so often. Remember you can count to four. Do not rush it, become it.
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David
Two Minds In Sync
My conscious and subconscious need to be in sync for me to be relaxed. When I strain myself with over-thinking things consciously, I cause stress and anxiety. If I let my conscious focus on the present, I allow my subconscious to unravel my issues and work with my conscious for solutions. Now I can be relaxed.
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Melike
Amazing
I love a meditation that gives me a new perspective on myself. Thank you.
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Meredith
Tension and Relaxation
This exercise really helped me in realizing how tiresome being tensed up is. It also taught me that in order to relax, I should focus on relaxing and not let my mind wander into so many tasks.
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Sophie
Lifting and dropping shoulders
This is a great technique to get rid of tension and feelings of anxiety or nervousness
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Ronaldo
Muscle relaxation
Sometimes we need to tension and relax to perceive we were tense..
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Tammy
Relaxation
Today I really relaxed and allowed myself the time I needed to relax. It feels so good, yet seems wrong some how. Got to let that feeling go and just enjoy life here and now.
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anna
To relax
You need to take time to relax and just breathe in life, in order to be more productive.
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Nadya
4 days of mindfulness
I’m so glad I’m keeping this up! I want to reflect more on ‘your subconscious mind has an incredible ability to problem solve without you needing to be conscious ‘
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Rowena
Be
I learned that as much as I can be stressed off of my child, I can also use her as an example to completely “be” whether it is to play, sleep or feel.
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Carol
Letting Go
Boundaries you set for yourself can limit yourself from opportunities even though they are safety nets, it’s okay to explore and step out of your comfort zone.
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Maddiie
Day 1
I learned that i need to be able to focus on one task at hand. Like a child - REALLY do just one thing. “Your mind will churn out answers when they’re needed.”
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Irene
Absorb the Moment
I learned that when I am in the moment absorb it. Really work. Really play. Really sleep.
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Pam
Complete release of tension
This exercise sounded lovely. I wouldn’t know if it worked because of all the disruptions created in the tiny 3:35 window it required. I’ve got to go in a closet and close the door to do these exercises when other humans are in this house or I will lose my mind.
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Aesia
Be in the moment
Being in the moment........Focus on that moment not every thought that tries to interrupt that moment. The thoughts will come but I chose how they're dealt with. I chose how I allow them (thoughts) to affect me. I must defend my peace......
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Elyse
Relax
No matter how much I sleep I never feel fully rested and I think that’s because I never let my mind rest. I am constantly planning and worrying and I never give my mind a chance to relax. I’m going to actively try to empty my thoughts before bed so that I can try to be more rested in the morning,
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Abbey
Relaxation
Relaxation is feeling your breathing in your fingertips. The key to being happy and healthy is to forget your tasks when you have too much else to think about.
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Ludwig
'Stress-free' tip
One should 'trust in the capabilities of their own mind.' The effect is much more enhanced when breathing deeply in and out.
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nicole
breathing
breathing is very useful when it comes to relaxing, this was a great way to let everything go at the end of the day
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Tommy
Release
I learned that I can become tense and then relaxed very quickly with just a little mental effort to focus on the breath.
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Brennen
February 15
Using earbuds allowed me to block out distractions and focus on my breathing and relaxation. I prefer to do meditation while lying down because I tend to better focus on my breathing and can feel my breathe in more of my body.
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Susie
Relaxation
Physical pain is a huge distraction when trying to relax. Breathing through it is challenging yet an be somewhat rewarding.😕
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Amethyst
One day at a time....
Live in today! Don’t take any of your troubles into tomorrow. Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy life.
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Megan
Sharinf
I learned that I can share my practice with others. I shared this relaxation moment with my husband and it felt nice to both sigh out during those exhales. It’s a reminder to share my practice with others when possible.
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Lauren
Subconscious problem-solving
Your mind will come up with answers on its own, without the need for conscious effort. Trust that. Be like Murphy, wholly focusing on one task at a time and really resting when you rest.
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Maggie
Shoulders
Doing that exercise with shoulders and breathing helped me a lot and I want to do it more it’s very easy to implement in every day
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Esa
Stress
It’s actually not necessary to be stressed at this time. Give to the activity at the time and let the subconscious figure out the answers at the appropriate time.
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Clare
Trust
Loved hearing to trust the capabilities of my mind while doing nothing but focusing on my breath. Feeling anxiety and excitement but the breath really helped
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Alex
Day 1: relaxation
I learned that relaxation helps the mind and body and improves sleep and focus.
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Kevin
My toddler has it right
There was mention of how children and animals can focus completely on doing one thing, sleep, play, or work. I’ll hold onto that, thanks.
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Beth
Relaxation
I was ready for this today. Hearing that my mind was perfectly capable when it needs to be is such a good message that it’s good to relax
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Monica
day 1 4 am
still couldn’t focus on three minute meditation. brain was elsewhere at the same time. i don’t know if i have slept at all. i don’t feel tired
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Eywa
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always anxious and this helped me be in the now. I know I won’t stay in it very long but it helped root me to the ground.
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Sarah
Internet interference
Couldn't really get into this meditation, my phone kept losing the internet. The track wound up very stilted, not so relaxing - but not the fault of this practice.
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Jaz
Refresh
I feel relaxed. I feel that everything will go smooth tomorrow and work out. I feel refreshed and I will carry that with me tomorrow.
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Sam
Relax to sleep
I never sleep enough due to stress and constantly thinking of my never ending to do list. This helped me relax and quiet my kind a bit. I am hoping it helps me sleep.
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Cathy
My mind
I learned that I need to remember to depend on my innate thoughts and that my brain will work through things and figure everything out without overthinking. I need to remember to trust that process.
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Joseline
Relaxed
Today was a stressful day and after this session i felt calm
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Katy
Learned that the reason I sometime wake up exhausted is because I went to bed with lots of tension
Loved taking my shoulders to my ears and breathing out as I released them. Took lots of tension away
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Tessa
Mindfulness
It was helpful to relax a little and I felt good as she was speaking like I could fall asleep right then but I’m still not tired but now I’m more tired than before.
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Patricia
Day 1
I learned that breathing is more importante than I realized 🙂
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Legna
relax
her voice was soothing to me I listened to it bc I couldn’t sleep and it made me sleepy
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Maria
Day 7
I wake up and I need to fall sleep again. It is to early. Relaxation always help. 💙👏🏻😴
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Ella
Ok
I need to breathe thank you for helping me do that. I have bad anxiety and I need to just breathe
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Gracie
Loved this
I learned that I could clear my mind in a whole different way and to feel more relaxed
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Eric
Relaxation
that did literally nothing didnt help me go to sleep at all i felt like i was still wanted to stay awake and not go to sleep thats why i downloaded the app so i can actually go to sleep easy
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Hannah
Day 2
I learned that we can learn relaxation techniques from kids and animals
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Paul
Do it for yourself
I started to feel calmer just by hearing her voice and noticing her effort into putting less strain on words to make them more comforting and less pointed. This allowed me to really focus on my inner thoughts and I look forward to more.
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abby
Better
first good session i’ve has on this app very well done improvements!
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Sonya
Need to focus
In this fast paced world how do I learn to just be focused on the moment. That is my challenge
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Lerozier
god
this is the best practice on AURA. it will allow you to live an abundant, extremely successful and brilliant life in every fuckin way.
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Erin
The 7 minute meditation was better.
The 7 minute meditation was better. I felt more relaxed . I might be able to sleep now. Night. Night.
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Caroline
Sleep
This was nice. The 7 minute long is probably better but this still felt nice. Hopefully my anxiety will let me sleep
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Isabella
Relaxation
I hadn’t realized how much it took to relax. I need to become more committed to real, full relaxation. I deserve the fullness of that reviving and rejuvenating experience.
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Tiffany
A tense body
Doesn’t relax without a calm mind. Breathing helps calm my mind and relax my body.
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katia
trust the now
being fully immersed in whatever you may be doing & trusting your subconscious mind that if there is anything that needs to be brought to your attention, it will be. relax, enjoy & trust the now.
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Mia
Relaxation
I felt like all my intentions came out and i am comfortable to have a good night rest and it was a beautiful happy inside my body the world is upside down in a happy way
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Dey
Meditation 8
I had a really good day, i felt motivated and this session was the perfect ending for my day
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Patty
Trust
The mind will turn out answers when we are quiet. A simple lesson to remember. 🙏🌺
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Victoria
Stress
I felt very stressed today because of exams and a big test i have tomorrow but this really helped relax me
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Matthew
Sad tonight
This session wasn’t what I was looking for tonight...attended a rosary service for my wife’s great aunt tonight. Auntie loved me very much, and I loved her in return! A wonderful woman, our second matriarch of the family, she lived a terrific life, and is very much missed. We were certainly all blessed to have her in our lives! Not being Catholic, the rosary service meant little to me, but I spent the evening thinking on Auntie, and all she meant to my wife and I. I think I’ll go see if any if the Aura stories helps me deal with my loss tonight...funeral services tomorrow morning to get through! Goodnight everybody! Be sure to hug your loved ones tonight!
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Louis
Getting Your Mind Off Your Mind
It is amazing how distracting your mind from racing tension-filled thoughts with physical exercise will relax the mind.
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Mary lou
Sleep
I need to practice at letting my mind relax! The deep breaths help calm my thoughts. Hopefully I can sleep 💤
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Time
Authenticitt
To allow oneself to fully engage in the presence of others is to dismiss any notions that derive harm
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Charm
I realized that compassion is not an easy learning not everyone knows the meaning of this word. I
I am lucky to have felt,discovered the fruit of compassion. Thank you Universe am happy to be an instrument for this value. Lead me on. Namaste 🙏
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Mohammed
Time
I’ve noticed that I’ve been giving thinking more space that I should,sometimes it’s better to relax and give your mind it’s own free time to recharge,rebuild itself and from there,it should all be clearer by time
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Bridget
Being Relaxed
I’m going to use this a few times each day to stay anchored and relaxed.
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Claudia
Reassurance
I learned that it is okay to feel anxious at times, just as it is to let my self relax and open myself to different experiences.
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Jane
Repetition
I found it hard to focus, but that could be about me rather than the meditation. The meditation is really repetitive (at least the three minute version) which I think could actually help draw your focus back to the breath.
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Dayna
This was great
This was the first time I was actually able to concentrate on the meditation without thoughts popping into my head and taking over.
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James
Thank you Lauren!
You know what's up – this was a perfect meditation for feeling a little down in the morning. Have a great day everyone! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Ashley
Relaxation
I learned that... it’s important throughout the day, in our day to day life to pause and make time for relaxation. Weather it be getting a good night sleep, pausing and reminding ourselves to breathe throughout the day, utilizing our lunch break at work for mindfulness, etc. There is always time we just have to make the time and put forth the effort to relax and always focus and engage in the tasks that are at hand but even through them it’s important for us to pause and step away and re focus ourselves and come back to them later on. I really needed to hear this message tonight. 😌✌🏻❤️
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Candy
Mediation
I’d be in a world of hurt without mediation, relaxation therapy, focused breath, biofeedback, whatever it is... it has worked for me for some 40 years now. It helps reduce my BP, pulse, tension, stress, pain, anger, etc while aid in increasing my poor ability to breath. Even the drs can tell it works. They witness it happen in sheer seconds, not minutes. Thank you ☺️ Lord, for this gift, along with tai chi, yoga, acupuncture, massage, osteopathic manipulation, and whatever else works positively for the body, mind , and soul.
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Hi
Relaxation
An excellent tip is that we can look at animals or little kids to teach us how to relax. Instead of being a wound-up adult taking my kids to the park, I’m going to try to experience life as they do—enjoy the moment and relax.
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Dina
Nice
It only got me when she mentioned kids and animals, so I'm feeling sleepy now.
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Erin
Long day
It has been a long day now I am really tired I can’t wait to relax in my bed sleep
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Fabiola
distraction
I come here looking for something to distract me from my thoughts, even in the session I have to restart it because they come stronger than the session, I have to keep learning to focus
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Natalie
Focus
I noticed that when I scrunch my shoulders I take up all that stress from deep down and simply breath it out. What I really liked is when she told me to Focus on breathing and only my breathing. Please try it. In those few moments I was so relaxed. I was repeating to myself “there is nothing I can’t fix”. I was so calm and peaceful.
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maddie
onethree
this one is a very good visual especially if you’re struggling with an inner conflict that you don’t know how to talk to someone else about ! :)
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Joyce
Dealing with stress
I felt really stressed because I have to finish my work deliverable with tight deadline tonight. I love this meditation and esp the last quote on be with what you’re doing. It helped to reset and calm my mind to get into a focused state.
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Kimberly
how I feel
I learned that it is ok to feel sad. just dont let people make you sad.
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Gayasssss
Improvements
At first I was feeling really stressed, but after 3/4 minutes aura totally changed my mood and I feel excellent right now😆😁👌🏻
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Kady
Relaxation
I learned that I need to be with what I am doing. I need to be focused on the task at hand. When kids sleep, they really sleep. When they work, they really work. I have been neglecting this. My mind is always elsewhere when I am sleeping or working or anything. I need to be present. I need to be with what I am doing.
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Asta
She kinda sounds like a nonce.
She has a nice relaxing voice although I couldn’t really hear it over the whole little kids really play and sleep thing. I wasn’t really tuning in that much to be honest 🤷‍♀️
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Chloe
Relax
I learned that I need to focus on the task I am doing in the moment. Take things one step st a time, and breathe. Things will work out.
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DeLaney
Brain
My Brain has more abliliyies than I think and I need to let it do it thing. And focus on the task at hand
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Julie
Relax
This meditation was easier to do sitting up. It did help to ease the tension in my neck and shoulders. It also talked about all the benefits of being able to relax.
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Illary
Relaxation
I learned that the mind is very powerful and it can solve problems.
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Lisa
Clear your mind before bed or it will keep working
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Alice
😊
I felt so relaxed and the tension immediately flew away from me. I am blessed to be this channel’s subscriber.
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Manny
Relaxation
I learned a new, quick way to relax during tense moments. Also, I learned that the mind is powerful when it comes to making decisions.