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Savoring

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Mark Quirk
Mindfulness teacher
Without awareness, it’s easy to spend quality time focused on the challenges of life, far more than what is good.  This meditation invites us spend a few minutes with something great in our lives!  In so doing, help us to improve our ability to pay attention to the pleasant moments in our day.
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73 reflections
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Stephanie
Helpful transitional meditation from past to present.
When it’s difficult to settle into meditating this session does a great job of helping you to do that. It uses a pleasant memory from the past to bring about body awareness and observing thoughts to the present. This way your body relaxes you can observe your thoughts and then release them.
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Everett
Rolling
Tumble back ouch the back I. Kill the dead horse in my corpses surrender
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Tammy
Savoring
Tonight I learned an easy way to bring positive feelings and sensations into my present day by remembering past positive experiences. This can improve any day that is less than joyful, by savoring these positive memories.
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Paula
Breath
I’d never really thought about it until today, but conscious breath—breathing in deeply, holding a moment, then fully exhaling— feels good. Conscious breath contains joy.
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Rick
The past is past, but still here
When I started my meditation practice, I would dismiss the past as “no longer.” This meditation reminded me that the past lives on in its influence on now, much like the influence my grandparents or a teacher who is now past still influences who I am. Selecting the positive past to mindfully impact today is a powerful way to set the tone I will take with me as the morning unfolds.
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Adrianne
Remembering pleasures
It was lovely to think back to a pleasure that I hadn't thought about for quite a while - a very good practice.
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Gaby
Day One
The day I landed in Poland was one of the happiest points in 2017.
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Christine
Savoring
Our wedding day! Spending time with my niece doing crafts. Watching the birds come to my yard.
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Kayla
Savoring
I savored the thoughts of my wedding day, the joy I experienced with my husband and our family and friends. I will be taking these thoughts with me today.
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Susan
Family
Savoring joy can make you feel warm inside and allow feeling of happiness start your day.
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Richard
Resilience
Throughout the second half of my long life I have been forced to accept the unacceptable. Belief in my ability to succeed and my belief in a loving God have resulted in a happiness I would never have expected!
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Johnny
Recollection
Mindfulness, meaning being aware of the present moment without judgment, is actually pretty hard because of all of our past experiences in addition to the present circumstances, not to mention worry of future events, can alter our reaction to the present circumstances. And by recollecting a good event or a happy time in your life you can bring a joyful and pleasant attitude into the present circumstance. It does seem kind of weird that by recollecting something nice, in other words thinking of the past, you can alter your present moment. Peace...
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Amber
Warm Heart
This session really felt good to my heart center. Remembering a positive experience in my life during such a lonely time really brought me happiness now.
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Kathleen
Savoring
I learned that appreciating very simple things can rap boost my mood for the day.
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Kellee
Timely Tuesday 1-2-18
Savoring. This was a particularly good meditation because of what it teaches you. It helps you to value something important but not worry about so much. I have my uncle here for the holidays, we had a great Christmas and now we have pneumonia for New Year’s. He leaves in a few days, I feel sad. Thank you, Aura! Have a great day, Everyone!😀
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Time
Recollection
One's management of state can progress to aid and ameliorate the outcome of day
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Joyce
Savoring
I am the same person now as I was that day I felt really great about myself. Namaste
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Lori
Savoring
Thinking of something positive in my life and remembering how it makes me feel throughout the day. Savoring every minute of it.
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Chris
Crazy
It’s crazy how simply recalling a positive memory can have such a huge positive impact on our present moment. It really just hammers home for me how much control I have over my mood at any given moment and reaction to anything that may arise.
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Madi
Trying to feel good by remembering a good memory
I️ learned that we have to take all the small things that make us happy into each day with us as a reminder of reasons why we are okay.
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Joan
Bringing past joy into the present
I reminded myself that I can be in the flow again. It’s been a while but it’s not a lost possibility. Made my day a bot more joyful
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Jess
Stepping back
I am someone who always wants to improve myself, learn and grow. More often than not, I don't give myself the time to recognise my past achievements or to celebrate them. There is always time to celebrate!
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Selina
Day 3, what I learned
With this session, I learned that when I am in a certain situation, whether I’m having a good time with friends, enjoying the company of my family, or even treating myself to something I enjoy doing, I should embrace that feeling of happiness and recognize that happiness is so easy to find. I should focus on the smaller things that make my heart happy now, instead of worrying about what the future holds.
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Kim
Crowd out the other thoughts
Working to refresh my mind with good and positive thoughts and crowd out the other thoughts and feelings.
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Precious
Appreciation
I learned to appreciate the little things that life brings. Whatever craziness might be going on I can take a moment and smell the sunflowers.
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Luke
reflecting on good experiences
i reflected on my wedding day and great times on holiday. i remembered being surrounded by family and friends. i remembered the warm feeling of the sun on my back. thinking back made me feel happy and relaxed
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Angela
This was my favourite meditation, yet.
I have a hard time taking pleasure in my life and noticing what genuinely feels good or taking the time to do things that feel good. This meditation helped me to remember what makes me happy and feel good.
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Mike
Conquer
We are conquerors. Own up to your potential. Dominate, be the person you want to be.
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Nicole
Warmth from Reflection
Too often, I feel like we're encouraged not to live in the past and focus on the present. While being present is a good message, it was nice to reflect on a truly happy moment from the past, which made me smile and feel warm, and now I'm in a happy state of mind for the day!
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Alyssa
2/2/18
I enjoyed doing this meditation because it made me recall events that were happy and joyful. For me, my current days are what I thought of which was amazing, because I have been feeling like my best self. Even though I may not be able to stay focused on the meditations each day, I still am proud that I do meditate every morning.
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nicole
what makes me happy
i learned that when someone tells me to think of something that makes me happy, a time or anything, there’s only one person that comes to mind. one person that doesn’t think or feel the same.
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Francoise
Day 3
Not only can I access happy moments, but I can utilize those moments to bring forth joy and bliss in the present time. I felt light and airy, and some of the best I’ve felt in stressful times, so knowing that I can access this excitement whenever I want/need is really wonderful and it makes me feel powerful and happy!
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Kassie
Happiness
I always need to stay positive and feel and think good thoughts and Alaska’s stay at my best how I was when I’m with someone or just taking to someone I love
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Kassidy
Find your bliss🖖🏽
You have to feel it as if it is in order for it to be it 🧘🏼‍♀️
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Tara
Savoring pleasant memories
I learned that I can bring the pleasant sensation I experienced from past memories into the present, into my day. Replace unpleasant feelings with sensations of pleasant memories.
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Janna
Savoring
I need to capture the physical feeling of my body when I am happy and try to remember that as a go to when I need it. I struggled to remember a happy moment fully tonight during this meditation. It was challenging.
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Ashley
Being happy.
Just because things around me have changed, I can still find something to be happy about. I’m still the same person I was, I just have to bring her back out slowly.
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Shateca McGee
Savoring
I can savor moments by just taking the time to sit back and enjoy the moments around me.
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Sai Varun
Remembering
Remember the most beautiful experiences of your life, take a sip of it and bask in it. Then infuse it into your present moment.
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Lynn
Sad
Need to think about different experience like a good vacation, not new babies
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Krysten
Savoring
I need to be better at savoring my feelings in the moment and being grateful for what I have. I need to get back into mindfulness, because it helps me to start my day in a positive mood.
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Jeff
Rejoice
Rejoice rejoice you have no choice. It’s important to savor the good things and remember how they made you feel then and how they make you feel now.
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Chris
Positive Baggage
I learned that you can replace your negative thoughts with more positive ones.
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Garrett
I learned that my go to happy moment was the first time my son walked
I learned that my go to happy moment was the first time my son walked
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Susan
Meta joy!
I loved creating new feelings from past experiences and I’m amazed at how much I loved the joy I felt as a result of the memories! Kinda crazy and oddly decadent.
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Danielle
Notice
To notice is to enjoy and savor. I am grateful for the opportunity to do so
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J.W.
recollection
the coach was surrounded by his players in the locker room after the championship game they were all down on one knee you could hear a pin drop bruised battered bloody exhausted victorious they all looked up at him and waited “It has been said that all glory is fleeting. Time will take away your youth, your strength, your quickness. Perhaps bad luck or the choices you make will take away your money, your friends, your family, maybe even the ring that tonight’s victory gives you the right to wear. But the one thing they can never take is your recollection of this season, of this team, which you will always belong to, of what you achieved. Together. I couldn’t be prouder and consider it a privilege to have been your coach.”
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Susan
Love this practice of savoring moments
Falling asleep or waking to this meditation is like wrapping myself in a big warm blanket. I find it very calming and effective.
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Megan
Eh.
From my other sessions, I gained so much but I did not feel any change or sensation during this session.
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Ash
WOW
I felt great! I had a small problem a day earlier and it involved the person I thought of during this exercise. Savoring the good moments I had with them really helped me feel better and bypass what had happened!
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Presley
Savoring
i felt really good after this bc i was just laying in bed and my heart started pounding and i got really happy, but the voice kept me calm in a good way:)
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Emaline
Finally found some peace.
This sounds cheesy but I felt the image in my mind really touch me. I felt my grandfather take me in his arms again, and for a moment I felt at peace with the situation I’m in. I felt at home once more.
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Maebh
Day
Take time to appreciate the good times instead of the bad Life had so much appreciate it
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Molly
Today March 25
I learned to let go and carry on. I also felt very happy in the moment of his presents band now I can feel even more detail of the feelings I had when he was around.
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Jenny
Deeper
I learned that I can continue to develop my intereoception. The more I can soften the more I can fall into a different world; one that is alive in me❣️
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Beth
Savoring
I have difficulty thing of good moments and I know there have been many. I need to return to this
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Rosie
Savoring
At first I had a hard time thinking of a good moment .... and then so many came flooding in! Including times with my husband, friends and family, wonderful vacations, magical events like weddings, weekends at the beach or upstate. Good times. So many of them. So grateful. Need to enjoy the moments more as they’re happening.
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Mel
Absolutely alive and free
I can be happy in any situation and be so energized from happy experiences and live and happiness that mediation is arms my heart with I feel free reenergized and ready for life !
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Hannah
Happy times
Every experience we have no matter how little or how big it was has affected us to this very moment for if something was different we wouldn’t be who we are exactly today. I think that’s so hard to grasp and understand but the world truly brings in and out things that are needed. Hold on the happy moments. Never let them fade.
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Ram
Bask in it
Recollection of a pleasant experience and bask in. Great! Along with the tonic of smile, the recollection does put me in a pleasant frame of mind ( anxiety gone)....thanks for the nice presentation.
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Kathy
Mood Enhancer
I noticed so many sensations during this meditation. Recollection of wonderful and happy times. Savoring those moments and memories became a beautiful way to influence my mood and the feelings I have about this wonderful day I have been given and allowed to experience. Savoring makes the day feel much more special.😍
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Alexis
Home
Oddly in this session I learned how controlling I am in instances in life. I went back to a time I felt most at peace, content and wanting to savor the moment. It was with an old love. I had woken up and he poured me a cup of coffee I sat up early that morning enjoying the sunrise from the living room in the rental house. Beautiful kitchen beautiful place. I felt at home. He on the floor cuddling the dog. In that moment I just wanted it all to last forever. Maybe I need to learn to let go and just be more present like I was then.
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Krystan
Joy
People often tell me, that when I am feeling and doing well I bring a sense of pure joy with me. That I fill a room with laughter and smiles. I’m not the clowning type—it’s not like that. I can’t express it. When I did this meditation and thought of that particularly pleasant moment I felt that same joy and freedom sweep over me. I even let out a small chuckle!
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Susie
Savoring
It felt good to take the time to savor a pleasant memory! I am always amazed at the mind-body-spirit connection🙏🏻
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Athena
Realize
The thought that something that no longer is in the physical does still exist in the non-physical is heartwarming and simply excruciating at the same time but, I hadn’t been able to do that until now. Experience a recollection of one hundred percent pure positive love. I had been focusing on the lack of something that wasn’t able to let go of. Not trying to be grateful for the love I had been in when he was here... Thank you for that. I needed it more than I have ever needed anything before.
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Cherish
Simple Pleasures
This meditation is wonderful to begin your day with! The practice is that you think about a time in your past where you were happy, excited and full of joy. Begin to feel the sensations that arise in your body by remembering that memory and then bring those thoughts and sensations into the present moment. I felt an array of sensations, mainly in my heart space, when I thought of my memory. It was of a time with my late father and us going on my first roller coaster together At Knots Berry Farm. It was so thrilling, yet a little terrifying at the same time. He held my hand and I knew that I would be okay. I remember being so happy that I began to have a smile on my face during this meditation. My heart space began to warm remembering such a lovely memory of my father. I will relish in those sensations and bring it into the present moment. Each moment is precious. It is the simple pleasures, moment to moment, that I will savor. Namaste! 🙏🏻❤️😊
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Matthew
Disneyland!
Since Cherish went back to Knott’s Berry Farm on her listen of this session, I went back to Disneyland on one of my most favorite trips ever to that theme park! We treated our best friend and her son to a big extended family trip there several years ago, before my stroke. Had a wonderful time! All seven of us crammed into a nice hotel room off-property. Big morning breakfasts at the hotel together. Walking hand-in-hand with my best friend Amy along the path between the Matterhorn and Sleeping beauty Castle. A visit to Build-a-Bear Workshop in Downtown Disney, where Amy bought my youngest daughter Ariel a cute kitten character plush animal. Running into friends also visiting the resort that day! Our whole group ”DisneyBounding” one day (I dressed up to emulate my spirit animal Goofy!) What a GREAT trip that was! The stroke could never have erased that particular set of happy family memories!
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Jenny
Savoring
We are often preoccupied with worries, thoughts of work and challenges we are about to face in the day. This exercise encouraged me to focus on the good and pleasurable experiences of the past, bringing them forth to the present - to savor and keep through the the day. Happy thoughts make happy days. Namaste.
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Michael
Barcelona. Sunshine, golden light, hostel, potential, openness, possibility, excitement, awareness,
Freedom, spaciousness in my stomach, chest face head and heart came into me and golden warm light. Freedom and possibility are so so important to me.
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Haley
Savouring
In today’s lesson I learned that savouring each and every moment is healthy for your mind and body
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Wendy
Good memories
I learnt that not all memories are bad. I really do have good memories. By practicing this regularly I can see a hope to "repackage" the past unpleasant memories. This hope is exciting for me.
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Kellie
Melancholy
This practice just made me sad and melancholy because those moments are gone and I am no longer my best.
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Liesl
Savoring
It was interesting to reflect on how thinking of past moments to savor changed my experience of the present moment. I felt more satisfied and like I was living the good life.