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Sacred Pauses

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Meditation
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Our breath is an ever present anchor that allows us to tune into the here and now. This meditation practice helps you to tune in and focus on your breath, and helps you to ground and center yourself. 
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Susie
Sacred Pauses
I felt tension and release throughout my body with these sacred pauses...sometimes surprised at where that tension was being held and reminding me of the nourishing aspects of my meditation practice.
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Rachel
Soothing
This meditation is great for winding down, such as before bed
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Michelle
Learning to concentrate only on your breaths
And hear the calming voice that will soon become your own inner thoughts
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Abby
Day 3
My mind may be wandering off all the time, but it’s definitely a lot easier to bring my attention back to myself and keep myself calm with just a little bit of help.
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RRF
Pauses in the breath
These are sacred moments to ground my breaths and focus on only that, the breathing. Just for a few moments it helps my anxiety pause so I️ can recharge.
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Joyce
Between breaths
There is a difference between a pause on the in breath and a pause on the out breath. Pausing on the in breath doesn’t come as naturally to me, but I would’ve guessed the opposite-that I️ would me more comfortable with the breath I️ need to live on the inside. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere for life. Namaste
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Jodi
Pauses
This was the first time I concentrated on the pauses between breaths and found it to be very effective. It was a good meditation.
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Elisabeth
Paying Attention
I learned that it’s important to pay attention to your breath, because you can always come back to it to calm down and relieve stress and anxiety.
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Christina
Pause
I am finding the key to my serenity is in the pauses of life. It isn’t the accomplishments or failures that really matter but the pauses between events. That will keep my life calm, peaceful and serene. God bless all who have found this peace and especially those who are still suffering.
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Sherry
Natural Pauses
Come at the end of each breath in... And out These pauses are nice. These pauses are comfortable. These pauses are quite refreshing now that I know that I can focus on them and appreciate them. Who would'a thunk it?
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Carolina
I learned that...
I can kinda control my Anxiety a bit by just taking deep Breaths in and Deep breaths out.
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Marcela
Liberation
Taking time for yourself allows me to hear me, my deep feelings and my scares, and I just want to cry to wash my soul. And keep breathing.
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Larissa
Pauses
I learned that pauses inserted in the chest breath can add information and make meditation harder for beginners. I liked the further concentration needed to breathe with the pauses.
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Paul
Pausing
Pausing I learned, actually makes the relaxation deeper and more meaningful.
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Analisa
The feeling of pauses
The pause between the inhale and exhale feels like a crest or peak, and the pause between the exhale and inhale again feel more strained or tense, like a pulling back.
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Ian
A loss of urgency
Realizing that your body pauses between the inhale and exhale immediately made the urgency of my day fall away. If breathing and thereby survival isn’t urgent, then anything else by comparison isn’t either.
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Dolores
I learned that
It’s okay to take pauses. If you can take pauses between breaths, which are necessary for staying alive, you can and should take pauses between doing other things that cause you anxiety.
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Diane
Why
I need to slow down and figure out why I am feeling anxious. Insomnia is wearing me down yet I haven't been able too determine exactly what is the cause of the feeling. I need to break this cycle.
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Leila
Pause
Pauses in between breaths can make it more relaxing before bed or in the car or when pressure is put on you.
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Karrina
Breathe
Let your mind rest and focus on breathing. This will take practice and time. When I’m feeling stressed I need to take 3 min to reflect on my breathing and being more present.
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Tammy
Pauses
Just like the pause between inhales and exhales I need to pause and be mindful during my day.
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Alyssa
12/19/17
The simplest way to calm an anxious mind or body is to breathe. I don’t have to do anything fancy besides focus on myself as I’m breathing in and out. I’ve started to adopt this into my daily life when things get hectic, or emotional. A few seconds to close my eyes and take a deep breath have helped significantly.
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Harvey
Sacred pauses
This session for me is the equivalent of “ reading between the lines” , nicely done.
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Everett
God
My god is today a woman far away and today I now my love for her is both sin and sacred, the distance is only bleeding me wet
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Lori
Sacred pauses
Pausing between each breath in and out and thinking of each breath.
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em
💤 before sleep meditation
this was a good meditation for me before bed, but im sure any time of day would apply.
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Delaney
Paysing
I learned that it’s important to focus on the pauses, both in breathing and in life, as they are often under appreciated but can provide great relief.
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Lily
Breathing
I really enjoy breathing out compared to breathing in. As I breath out I feel the sense of weight being thrown out. My mind still wanders during the breathing exercises but I know I’ll get better at focusing on my breathing with more practice
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Paula
Sacred Pauses
This exercise helped me realize the benefit of pausing and deliberately realizing the involuntary action of breathing.
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Kayla
The moment
When you pause in between your breathing, you get to fully relax your body
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Kelsey
The Reason Behind Every Breath
Every pause between a breath is a door letting out tension. Every outward breath is blowing it away and every inward is realizing it’s there🌬
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Don
Mind
My self control gains the ability to relax my body and soul I can make sure I am at ease
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AJ
The pauses between breaths
I need to work on this moment. Focusing on breathing I can do, but focusing on the moment between breaths is hard for me to do. I need to find the space between, and be comfortable there.
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Kellee
Wednesday 1-24-18
Focusing on my breathing was important today, but also difficult. I have a stressor today and that is military stuff and I couldn’t quite get my mind together. Hopefully I can come back to it later or use the techniques learned and focus better. Thank you, Aura. Have a nice day, Everyone!😀
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Kim
Pauses
Considering the pauses between breaths was a new (good) feeling.
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Mike
Relaxing
Relaxing is so important, we go so fast and try to do so much. A few moments to slow down, can feel so good.
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Lauren
Pauses
I learned that it’s important to focus on the pauses. Days can seem like they’re being pushed together because they are so busy. So it’s important to cherish the pauses. The moment when you wake up in the morning, the passing period between classes, or the drive home from work. Take in these pauses so you can reflect and breathe.
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Alexi
Pause
Sometimes with so much going on around me I stop as take in the little amazing moments of life. Including the gift of breathing on life
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Athena
🧘🏼‍♀️
💭🧘🏼‍♀️🌬😌⬅️⏸➡️⏸🔄 The breath and the motions made when breathing in and out aren’t the only things one could focus on when trying to meditate..
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haden
breathing
i learned that focusing on the spaces between breaths, make you feel calm
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Victoria
Focus on breath
I learned that just listening to your breath and taking long breaks in between each breath can help you to deepen you into a sense of relaxation and can also help with sleep
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Shaikha
Angrer
Whenever anger and anxiety pops up, pause, go to a peaceful spot “if you can” and breath in and out “meditation is the answer”.
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Danilo
Disagree with a friend
I really feel we can’t come to a conclusion This comes not for us being smart But from the things we don’t understand I really want to be open mind for him And I will do my best
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Kim
Sacred pauses
I pause much longer after my out breath, holding on the empty space versus after the in breath holding the fullness
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Donna
2-day
It is good 2 start in the am. This makes me feel happy. I learned this really helps me
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Maiah
I realized
There’s so much power in breath. I am blessed to have life and be able to breath.
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Robert
3/2
In my inhale the space between us anxious on the exhale it’s relaxed and calm . Don’t hold ur breath
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Shannon
I noticed something new
I've never focused on the spaces between breathes before. I was new and different and kept me in the moment.
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Leah
I realized that today my chest didn’t feel tight when I was meditating. I was so happy to have that
The way I choose to handle stress has a huge impact on how I experience life. Exercise is and not drinking is so helpful!
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Shelby
Relazed
The steadiness of my breathing is a major part of being able to relax.
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Joven
Meditation 1
When I am upset, my heart beats faster. When I rushed thru things my heart beats faster which can easily get me excited or upset
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Marisa
Day 78
Focusing on the pauses was helpful and a good way to slow down
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Katlyn
Feel
I feel pretty calm. I learned we all drift away sometimes more than not we focus on the same things as others without consciously knowing.
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Cesar
Me
I feel good now it’s a good app you can learn a lot of things in here
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Ronda
Pauses
Pausing between breaths is a good way to bring focus on my inner being. I feel relaxed and calm.
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Ava
My happy place
I realized that my happy place is me in the future with my kids running around the yard playing with their dad while I make snacks
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Vero
Between each breathe
The pauses between each breathe is where I feel the most tension
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J.W.
Sacred Pauses
Ray Charles was asked what he attributed his masterful interpretations to. “Well, I take my time, you see? I don’t rush the notes. The thing that really matters is the space between them. There’s a little gap in there, you see? I just slip in there, nice and easy. Think of a good actor out on the stage all alone. What separates him from all the rest? It is his ability to get inside between the words. Once he’s in there, there’s no rushing. He’s not worried about messing up. He doesn’t care if the audience gets it or not because he has become one with his work. It’s the same thing with music. Heck, it’s the same thing with anything in life you really want to be good at.“
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Matthew
A calming little practice
Nice for my anxious evening. I'm feeling very scattered and sad today. I know it's related to money again. I know that waiting to hear about my Social Security Disability adjudication is just going to kill me. There's just never enough money to keep the family afloat. As a provider who can no longer provide, its terribly depressing to me. The stress of it is nigh unto impossible for me to cope with. I did hear from my previous therapist last evening, and thankfully I'll be able to begin seeing her again soon. Maybe having her to unload on again will help me...but who knows? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯