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Releasing Tension from the Body

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Suzie Brown
Mindfulness teacher
This practice involves letting tension go from each part of the body sequentially.
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87 reflections
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Harvey
Perfect
This meditation is absolutely perfect in both its message and time.... I wish that it were longer .
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Shannon
A gift of ahh
I love this meditation, it's absolutely perfect for the start and end of my day. As a busy mom and grandma I couldn't ask for a better gift of relaxation. A mini escape in the middle of chaos and noise called motherhood.
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Alexa
Relaxing
I am not a parent (unless cats count!) but this mediation was perfect for me. I became relaxed and released tension/stress. I will use this meditation in the future if I get overwhelmed and need to center myself.
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Shani
Meh
I learned that I have a ton of tension in my forehead. I'll also have to practice releasing tension from my hips.
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Simon
Others' recommendations
I value reading others' experiences and these often guide my choice of each day's meditation. So thanks for sharing your thoughts. And thanks for this particular meditation.
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Kayla
Relaxing
I learned that there can be a lot of tension in the body that you don't even notice until you sit down and focus on trying to relax.
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Rochelle
Possible
I learned that I can do this! I can allow myself to relax and focus on my meditation.
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Margueriete
Practice
This meditation takes practice. It is easier said than done and it was difficult to release the tension today. I will try this practice again.
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Kimberly
Longer
Although this meditation was helpful, I require a longer version. Include releasing tension from the ribs, upper & lower spine and offer more quiet time between body locations. I felt rushed by the transitions.
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Danielle
Tension
My shoulder muscles (right where you carry all your stress) have been killing me the last week, I loved the fact of really focusing on letting go of all that tension but I could have used a little something else with it.. My brain is at a lost for suggestions, but just felt like it was missing something throughout the session
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Verónica
Time will tell
I like it, it felt nice, yet I didn’t totally relax. I think I just need more practice, since my mind can’t focus too much on any of the meditations. Yet I feel like everyday it’s a little easier and better. Tho some days, if I’m in a sad or bad mood, it gets even harder. Today I was feeling okay and the meditation was very nice and calming
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Ryan
Tension
I have way more tension in my body than I would have ever expected. I need to relax and let loose.
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Ruth
Perfect after a long day
After a long & productive day this is the perfect meditation to unwind to before bed. I didn't realize how much tension was in my face & body, really helped relax me & get me ready for bed. Sweet dreams everyone 🌙
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Charlotte
Letting go of tension
I've done this before, it's a great thing to do, lying or sitting, but for longer. It's also good to scrunch/Tense up parts of your body, hold, and then relax. Feeling the fresh blood pore into that part of the body. It's so important to let go of tension, it can be so physical
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Jess
Relaxing
I learned that taking a few minutes out of my day is going to help me stay focused and relaxed.
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Tiffany
Time is love
Growing up, I was a latch key kid. Now I have this belief that time is love. On Wednesday it will be two weeks since I have seen my daughter. I am terrified she will think I love her less because I have only seen her for 1 hr since Aug 25th. My heart is silently breaking.
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Barbara
like a spring
I learned that it is hard for me to let go when my stress has me in a tight coil
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Barbara
Releasing
I learned that I can control my feelings better and to return to the breathe to refocus and also to release tension
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Niki
Tension
I learned I hold a lot of tension in my body and it feels good to let it go.
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Herber
First time using app
I went in feeling that it would be a waste of time... slowly, but surely my mind started to relax; then my body followed; by the end of the 3 minutes I took a nice sigh of relief. It was pretty good!
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Alicia
Taking time to release tension=selfcare
I learned that sitting or laying down to release tension works well for me during the day and at night before sleeping. Tensions from the day almost negate my a.m. meditations so taking time tonight for me again was a blessing.
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Addison
What I learned today
That I am enough and relaxing my body’s every for a few minutes is important
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Janel
Massage, tub & meditation
I am enough. I can let go of trying so hard all the time and feel fabulous. The many helpful tools that give me relief are within my own reach; it is ok to ask for assistance. It is ok to treat myself to feeling good and great.
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Angie
Releasing tension
I learned that I am enough. Relaxing the body for a few minutes felt good and I would like to try it for a longer period.
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Ron
Let stuff go!
I tend to hold on to things (obligations, unfinished tasks, something said in a meeting, the way society is going, finding that my dog had shredded several important items while attempting to get to fresh homemade peanut butter cookies.....) This was nice! Pleasant, calming, a way to Stop - refocus and start this day realizing that it is a gift from Almighty God and a time to rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24. Now, the tasks I have before me today don't seem so bad after all ! ;-)
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Selby
Killer
Tension is a killer. Mood killer, mind killer, joy killer. Letting go, especially the face, is key for me. Just this simple reminder is helpful.
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SeVeN
Hella chill
That accent was cool and she got my forehead to relax...did know that was a thing.
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Matthew
Dad's Relief
My nine year old daughter stressed me out greatly this morning, so it was nice to encounter a session that offered a release from her! I allow my mornings to be far too stressful, and it's not good for me. I need to do better in many, many areas.
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Everett
Enough
I was enough for me for years, my body bleed only to my eyes, today I try to be enough for them and bleed out my eyes my love and it is sweet
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Christine
Excellent
This is more my speed. I appreciated the release provided with this exercise. Thank you.
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Lauren
Relax
This is exactly what I needed, I didn’t even know I has holding so much tension until this meditation. I will definitely be using this in the future
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Samantha
Focus
The session taught me the day will take care of itself. I never need to force anything. Just let everything be.
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Samantha
Focus
The reflection taught me to just let the day be. Everything will simply take care of itself in due time.
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Scherrie
Enough already
I. Am. Enough. As I am, already. It gets easier to believe when repeated internally.
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Patty
I am enough
Just breathing, releasing and being in the here and now...words to live by. 🙏
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Diane
Let go
I need to be kind to myself. I am the one putting unrealistic expectations on myself. I can ask for help.
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Susan
Let go
Things stay with me after a busy day and I need this transition and peace so I don’t carry the stress to sleep with me.
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Tammy
Releasing tension
Today I concentrated on deep breathing and relaxing my facial muscles to combat the headache I had. It worked!
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Pauline
Letting go
“Leave your responsibilities outside the door.” I needed this to let go of the stress I was putting on myself...I kept worrying about tomorrow and whether what I had planned for my class was enough. This session told me that it was.
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Abbey
Stress relief
I learned that it was good to take a minute and leave all my responsibilities and stressors at the door. I have felt the tension in my body building up in the past two days and this meditation was perfect for tonight. Would highly recommend.
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Time
Wnough
Out degrading perspective on ourselves can pay a toll in the long run, it's time to acknowledge our self worth into today to possess a meaningful tomorrow
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Tammy
Tension release
Felt good to let go and release tension in my body. Just be in the present moment with nothing to do but breathe.
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Wendy
Tension from the body can stress one out
You need to relax your body and let it breathe, nourish it with healthy food and it will better to you
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Justine
Sometimes I don’t feel enough
Sometimes with the stresses of life I don’t feel enough ... all these thoughts of I could have done this better, I should have said that run through my mind. And then I stop, I take a breath and look around me. No one is perfect, no one judges ourselves as much as we judge ourselves. It has taken me years to be me, without giving a damn what another thinks and you know what, I like me. In truth I love me and all my imperfections, my humour, my crazy side and my peacefulness. I love you Justine don’t stop growing, learning and being truthful to yourself.
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Walter J
Loosening
I learned to release the tension I kept in my face that I did even know was there! My eyebrows and forehead, cheeks and even my chin. I always knew my jaws are an easy place for me to store tension, although I am not sure what for!? Time to loosen up and allow the Energy to flooooooowww thru me...
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Jasmine
This body is enough.
This body is enough. I am enough. Learning to accept myself is one of my bigger struggles, but I hope to reach that dream.
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Freshteh
I’m trying
I’m trying to let go of the (fake) control I have over my life. I am just here. Trying to survive. But I want to thrive.
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Sophie
Enough.
I am enough. I am more than enough. That needs to be my 2018 mantra.
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Sarah
1/12/18
Letting go of all the tension I had for this day. And finishing all the event and deadline for this week feels amazing 😩😊 Have a wonderful weekend ahead!
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Nick
Letting Go
I learned that I can release the tension in my body and in my mind and focus on me, cancelling out everything around me.
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Craig
So nice to let go
Feeling all the tension I didn’t even know I had is amazing, feel so relaxed and ready for this day
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Amber
I learnt that
I’m an enough, let go of the stresses and believe in myself more. Do one job at a time and take my time
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Nimisha
January 17
I need to keep focusing on my body today, especially when I’m feeling tension. Focus on the forehead and shoulders. Pause when they’re starting to feel scrunched and practice a restring exercise and take a short walk.
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Dirk
Enough
“You are enough.” What a simple and powerful message. What a more wonderful world we’d have if everyone truly lived that truth.
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David
Mr
I’m becoming calmer and more relaxed with each session. All of the sessions are enabling me to remember what’s important And from that peaceful perspective my day is easier and happier
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Madi
Telax
I learnt that if I focus on relaxing and giving my mind the gift of allowing to be at peace with where I am, I can be very happy 🌈☀️
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Michelle
Tension in forehead
I’ve so much tension in my forehead, so I need to really focus on releasing this more often.
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Valerie
Release the tension
My body carries tension from a hectic day that I need to let go of to move on and relax. Sometimes things get crazy and it starts to feel overwhelming but it helps to stop and breath and focus on the here and now.
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Olivia
Before Work
Started the session while brushing my teeth. I’ll have to start practicing with this app when I first wake up, as my morning gets pretty busy.
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Kim
Relaxing
Taking deep breaths and relax my body and mind letting go the tension helps me feel good makes my day better everyday.
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Debb
Enough
I am grateful for the reminders of “enough “ in this meditation. “Just being here is enough.” “This body is enough.” For too many years of my life I believed what I had been taught; that I wasn’t worthy. Today I will try to embrace the belief that I am enough. ❤️
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Kassie
Tension
Just need to release the tension from my body and sometimes just let everything out and take a minute to relax and think
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Lydia
Tension
I suffer with tension headaches and always have knots in my shoulders and back, this is a great meditation to release all of that.
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Elizabeth
Relieving body tension and stress
I am enough and that my body is enough. No matter what kind of day I had I just need to remember that I a enough.
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Ellie
Day 7
I learned that focusing on my breathing is my best source of relaxation. When I really slow down and don’t think about anything else, is when I can truly find peace and quiet.
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Chris
I got relief
I learned that I can feel a bit inadequate when she said that I was enough
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Erin
I felt really relax & calm
I feel really relax & warm in my bed & meditating & writing my journal before I fall to sleep
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Jodi
Perfectly imperfect
You know, the more of these I do with Aura, the more I realize that we are all perfectly imperfect. In coming to that realization, we need to not only be kind to others, but more importantly, be kind to ourselves. In this crazy world where we are constantly pushed to do more, do it better...we get caught up in that and don’t make a few moments to regain our sanity. Take a minute to just take a breath and be thankful in this moment... and know that being perfectly imperfect is absolutely enough 💕
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Carrina
Tension
I should release all tension and negativity in my body to be more relaxed within myself. Holding on to so much can cause me more stress and make me weaker, exhausted and overwhelmed. I learned that taking a couple minutes to relax and be more mindful of my overall well being is more healthy for me.
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Karen
I need quiet!
In order to really connect with my inner peace, there needs to be physical peace too! Outside noises are difficult to shut out
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Allie
Better
It felt relaxing to breathe and let all my muscles and tension loose.
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emma
my day 3/18/18
Today i was with my friends and realized how truly lucky i am to have them and i realized how i felt, i feel like i still have feelings for him and i am enough even if he doesn’t feel that way
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Joyce
Relax and recharge
All my body parts enjoy a good relaxation. My mind wandered to dreamlike thoughts and I kept gently bringing it back and let it relax too. Namaste
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Erica
I love my body
I spend a lot of time providing physical attention to my body- running and yoga, what im going to put on it, my adls. But i wonder if this idea of paying some mental attention to it too can be strengthening as well. It seems so important for healing to not just rest my body, but be kind to it, relax and cherish it.
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Jorge
Tensión
El día de hoy nuevamente me quebré. No como la vez anterior, pero pudo haber sido mucho peor ya que estaba rodeado de mucha gente. No pude evitar sentir una enorme tensión en mi ser y cómo es que las cosas han sucedido. No pude evitar pensar en lo que ya no es y no será. Y todo eso se acumuló en mi garganta y pecho. Tuve que luchar conmigo mismo para contener el sentimiento, pero la verdad, no quería. Quería soltar todo, pero no debía. No era el lugar ni el momento. Y comienzo a pensar que el lugar y el momento no estarán cercanos
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Kala
Me
It really helped me out I feel calmed down and peaceful! This app is a life saver!
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Clare
Tension
Found this practice really easy to go with this morning, sometimes I struggle but this morning it feels good
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Jess
Enough
Being right here in this moment is enough. There is Nothing else I need to be doing or thinking about. It feels a little uncomfortable to release tension. My body isn’t used to feeling relaxed.
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Sofia
Tense face like an English bulldog
I learned that even though I walk around smiling I carry tension in my face like an English bulldog
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Elisabeth
Enough
Stress and tension has not kept me from anything, but only created as defense mechanism for times I need to survive. Happily, I will thrive and let go of time-consuming things that only bring me down. I’m enough, my children are enough and we will flourish.
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Krisia
Relaxed
I felt very tense free by the end of the meditation, “this body is enough” This is the type of phrase that I needed today. Wish it would’ve focused more on self love but overall a nice meditation.
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Janelle
Relax
I felt very stiff at the beginning but more more softer afterwards
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Sofia
Love this
I have a bunch of anxiety from homework and listening to this made me have less anxiety,I love this app
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Dalton
took a huge load off me
my body was so tense and over reactive until i listened to this. helped me relax immensely and i feel like an entirely new person.
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Sharon
I feel relaxed
My body has been in pain because of exercise .This meditation made me feel so relaxed and calm .I was also very peaceful. Thank you
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Christina
This was so relaxing!
I wish it was longer! This was just what I needed! Loved every second! Thank you so much!
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Gen
Calm
I needed to calm right down and come into my body. I did. I am in the bath tube and will let the negative energy Darin away.