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Slowing Down

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Christina +& Darrin
Heart Awakening
When you're feeling stressed or anxious, everything seems to be moving quickly: thoughts race through your mind, and your heart may feel like it is going to explode in your chest. In this meditation, you'll intentionally slow down the breath, and then check in with your thoughts and your heart rate to see if they have also slowed.
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Jane-Amelia
Very soothing & calming
Very soothing,A great meditation for calming the mind,Great for a check in anytime of the day to re-Centre yourself Namaste 🕉❤️🙏🏼
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Luiza
Relaxed
I'm feeling so relaxed, it was an amazing session that made truly stop for a little while.
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Harvey
Slowing Down
I have been dealing with an ongoing health issue for 8 yrs and recently hit a bump in the road. My anxiety level has heightened today...this lesson has been a life saver for me . Simply wonderful!
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Ellie
Thoughts are just that
I learned to pay attention to what I am thinking and what it means to me and slow my thoughts and analyze them to tell my self it's just a thought don't get stuck with that
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Antonia
Relax
It's good to just relax and take the time to distance yourself from what has happened, and to focus on yourself for a moment.
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Rebecca
I enjoyed this session by learning how to comfort myself. How to hug myself and feel good about
Myself. Taking the time to remind myself how to feel comfortable. Thinking positive thoughts.
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Patty
Responding vs. reacting
I, on occasion, am very reactive, usually when I'm caught off guard. I need to remember to "slow down" as it accomplishes nothing to react.
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Val
Anxiety
I can practice on my heart rate to slow my inner self down! It's ok to have my though but anxiety stops me understanding them.
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Dee
Great!
It’s just a thought respond don’t react. Hope I can remember this
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Justin
Stress
Being able to neutralize my worries into a smaller scale helped me with the stress these problems originally induced.
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Keiren
Neutralizing my thoughts
This session really brought focus to neutralizing my thoughts, and allowed me to really slow down my heart rate - the breathing helped a lot! I really enjoyed this.
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Naomi
anxiery
i’ve been having really bad anxiety lately & this totally felt like a break. i need to pay more attention to my thoughts so i can slow them down!
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Zenobia
Slowing down does work
Slowing down does help me get my thoughts in order. When I start to get anxious and stressed everything starts moving really fast. This helped me curve some of that.
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Hazimah
breathing
i learned that we don’t exactly have to stop thinking about all the problems we have. our problems cannot go away just like that, so wishing them to go away won’t work. just take deep breaths to calm us down and from there we can try and solve them.
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Kenz
Focus
To zoom in on a little piece of the problem helps to understand it better
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Aeryn
Today I learned
that meditation is not about silencing the mind, but rather to increase the gaps between thoughts, so we can respond to them with wisdom instead of relying on instinct and emotion.
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Sam
Today I learned ...
... meditation is not about stopping thoughts or clearing the mind completely. It is about creating space between the thoughts so we can respond with wisdom. We are neutral observers of our thoughts which helps slow them down and help give us clarity.
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Sherry
Slowing Down
Looking at my life's problems/issues/stresses by taking an " outside looking in" approach is a wonderful way to not take so many things personally;to worry less. Great strategy for me! Loved this one!!!
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Elena
Good Morning to Slow Down!!
Today my family and I are going to slow down and take a break. We are up and going to have a fun day. We are taking our children out to enjoy the day. Hopefully we will Slow Down well having fun watching our children speed up and have fun. Can't wait to see the out come 😊🙂🙃😌
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Everett
Term
The deal is good and sealed the boundaries forged the forgotten retooled and fixed
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Nicole
Take a step back and relax
I learned that I just need to slow down and take time to look at what’s going on inside my mind, heart and body. Experience how I’m feeling, take a step back, relax. It’s gonna be okay...
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Ashton
Neutrality
I learned that looking at your thoughts and feelings from a neutral outside view can bring a new understanding of the temporary hold we allow them to have on us.
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Amy
Dedication
I learned that I need to be dedicated to mindfulness and meditation. It only works if I do too.
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Ben
Peppermint
Peppermint capsules and tea are extremely useful for calming the body day-to-day.
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Elena
🌹Take♥️ Action🌺 Slow♥️ Down🌹
This one is probably the most important one of all. We all daydream and wonder about how better our lives could be "if..." Well, the ones who act on those dreams are the ones who have success. Everything else is for naught if you don't act. I like the way I feel with this meditation.
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Desirae
Take a moment to breathe.
I learned that this practice will be healed close to my heart. I fell into the rhythm of breathing almost immediately. This one just clicked.
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Jaclyn
Slowing down
I learned I need to be able to breath to learn and retain more.
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Alex
Breathe
Remember to take breaths in between thoughts to better respond to your surroundings.
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sydney
breathing
breathing and focusing on your breath and the sensations calms anxiety. letting thoughts come and go is helpful.
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Annee
Inhale - Exhale
Inhale filling your lungs to full capacity and then exhale slowly as if you are giving all of your limbs and organs a massage.
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Steven
Gaps and massages
Increasing the gaps between thoughts and massaging my organs with breaths were a couple new concepts I enjoyed today. Thanks!
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Amie
:)
I learned that thoughts can be controlled through breathing.
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Mary
Listening to my heart
I started pretty anxious, my thoughts were rapid between daydreaming and planning. Just listening to my heart and noticing the tightness in my chest then breathing through it made a world of difference. Once I looked at my thoughts as clouds passing by it comforted me.
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Beth
Slowing Down
The purpose of meditating is to become more mindful of our thoughts, not to get rid of them, but rather acknowledge and provide more space between them to bring wisdom. Understanding this will help me to be more mindful.
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Ali
Observe your thkughts
This was an enlightening practice; I always run slightly anxious and the imagery of slowing down thoughts and noticing gaps was very interesting.
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Amanda
I learned that it is important to slow down my thoughts and acknowledge them
I have been suppressing them to encourage myself to let go. This is not working it is just prolonging the issue. Need to deal with it
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Elicia
Stress is a choice
We stress ourselves voluntarily and the excess of emotion really isn’t helping.
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Madalyn
Slowing dowb
Really focusing on my breathing and getting my body to relax really makes all my worries disappear
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Kelly
Slowing down
I need to slow down... a lot. I couldn’t even make it through this practice without racing thoughts about my shoot that I’m about to do.
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Lauren
Slowing Down
I learned that in order to stress less and calm down I don’t need to dismiss my thoughts but be more aware of them and slow the rate that they are coming in so I can accurately and consciously think about them.
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Irmalys
To slow down
To slow down breath and relaxation bit. Some Thoughts can be very stressful at time.
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Ronize
Relax
It’s so impressive how our brain works, it can project images only with the sound of a voice. My entire body was relaxed and I felt so good that I almost slept.
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Jesse
Breathing
I don’t think I got calmer with this mediation. On to the next meditation app to get calm.
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Christine
Slowing down
Snails pace is calming. This is a soothing meditation practice. Much appreciated.
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Jessica
Slowing down
I was able to acknowledge my thoughts and be more mindful of them. This meditation taught me how to slow down my thoughts and breathing when I am stressed even though i found it hard to when I had 2749 thoughts going on. Next time I hope to neutralize my thoughts better
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Jenna
This morning 2/13/18
I could clear my mind and make my breathing slow down, and just really calm down if I focused.
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Kim
Stepping away
Starting to learn the importance of not taking everything in or trying to make it mine to fix. Some things can’t be controlled and that is okay.
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Heather
Slowing down
I learned that I don’t realize how much my heart is racing until I take a minute to listen to my body and slow down!
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Heather
Slowing down
I learned that I don’t realize how much my heart is racing until I take a minute to listen to my body and slow down!
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Christine
Calming my emotions
This meditation helped me to slow the speed of all my different thoughts down to a pace where I can decipher each one individually. I am able to maintain a better handle on my emotions.
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Aghnar
Slowing down
What a wonderful meditation. Responding vs reacting. Love it. Thank you.
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Samantha
Slowing Down
Slowing down is so challenging! Especially with anxiety I feel like my mind and body is always rapidly moving.
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Margaret
Not that helpful
I am not so much a fan of the meditations that assumed that you were under stress right this second. Stress is sometimes a lifetime condition, and particularly stressful moments are not usually the perfect time to run to my meditation chair.
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DorDor
I particularly enjoyed this meditation. I get much
Chest tightening and it worries me. I have been to the cardiologist 3 to 4 times. Nothing wrong every time. I also liked the voice and reassurance that all is well and meditation is a process. Just wish I knew how to find this again as my mind was doing a bit of wondering.
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Arianna
Noticing your breath can help you notice whether your thoughts are racing.
I learned that becoming aware of your internal breaths can help you become aware of the speed of transition between your thoughts. Thus, when I need to calm my thoughts, I will try and continue to slow down my breath.
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Zoey
Pleasure
I feel a little tired. But calm I really don’t know about the stress going away , but now I’m sleepy...
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Drea
I tackled with care
I couldn’t sleep because I had so much in my mind and kept plowing through my thoughts, I was able to assess them deeply and calmly while I breathed.
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Ash
Calmed
I feel WAY less anxious than I was! I am now prepared for the day of tomorrow!!
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Juan
I just loved it
I was really stressed out. It helped me a lot. SLOW DOWN! Take your time and accept
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Matthew
Trying to relax
Resting in bed, listening to my Aura practice for the evening, and suddenly my room is like Grand Central Station! Wife, son, youngest daughter ALL needed to tromp through here?!? NOW?!? SHEESH! Going to go listen to an Aura story now, to try this again!
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Brennen
4-15
My mind is awash with thoughts that are borne out of anxiety. I need meditations like this one so much now. I really did notice a drop in my heart rate and the rapidity of the thoughts.
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Tiffany
Day is done
Gone the sun. Slowing down, down, down. One by one. Quiet the mind. Relax the body. Slowly & gently drift into dreamland.
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Ross
Hard to focus tonight.
Wasn't in the forest, though I could picture it. Long day at work.
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Justine
Star
I saw a star above the hill top, sitting so prettily, the steady rain blurred its outline but yet it shined through. I see a shadow just beyond the light, though blending in it still stood out enough to be noticed. Step out of the shadow, shine through the rain f not now, when - don’t live a life of regrets and what ifs. Listen to your heart, feed your soul with gentleness and love, live the life with wonder in your eyes and wisdom in your soul.
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Mohammed
Wow
I’ll have to be honest with myself,i’m going through life with a rush in my steps,a rush in my thinking..but i think it’s okay to slow down,it’s okay to remember the baby steps we all learned from,maybe it’s time to re do them.right? I mean those steps were the happiest moments in all our lives..I’ll do my best to remember that and just simply take nice and smooth.
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Mekel
Hiding from my thoughts
A lot of times I get frustrated with myself because I allow the stress that comes into my life to rule my thoughts. Practicing slowing down my thoughts and acknowledging that they are there brings me a sense of calmness because I don’t have to push them away and hide from them
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Matthew
I’m stressed. Very stressed
Medical school apps are here and I am struggling to keep up with the secondaries. I catch my head worrying so often about the future and what comes next. It’s scary. It’s frightening. But I want to accomplish it and get it done. Meditation allows me to slow down my mind and breathe to hopefully work with a clear mind.
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valerie
learning to slow down
i’m beginning to learn that meditation is not about stopping your thoughts, but simply slowing them and realizing their presence.
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Kris
A moment
I really needed this moment with my breath to get my thoughts in order. I was feeling very scrambled. Nothing is wrong with being stressed, I’ve learned not to let in consume me
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Louis
Slow Down Your Thoughts
The goal of meditation is not to stop our thoughts but to widen the gap between our thoughts. We don’t want to react to our thoughts harshly but with wisdom.
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Tricia
Slowing down
By being aware of something allows one to put it in perspective and react accordingly.
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Anja
First session after some time
Missed these sessions. I like the reminder at the end that it is okay not to feel a huge difference from the beginning of the session and that it is called practice for a reason
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DearlyLoved
Luxurious
Slowing down my breathing and being more focused on the inhale/exhale helps so much. This morning in particular it felt luxurious and I am calmer as I face a busy day.
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Susan
Slowing Down
What a wonderful reminder that this is a meditation practice. It does not have to be right or prefect. I just need to keep trying! I also like how I was reminded to slow down and focus.
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Time
Unappealing
One’s own external appearance has begun to diminish, self-love who?
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Elisabeth
Break time
I really enjoyed this meditation practice because I recalled that I must continue to practice daily. I liked to hear that there’s no right or wrong feeling, just be mindful of our thoughts and emotions. Recognizing my state of well being enhanced my mood.
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Jack
Slowing Down
I learned that being aware of certain thoughts dealing with the future can simply be observed as a neutral.
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Debb
Perfect 👌🏻
I don’t know where this sweet little meditation has been hiding but I am grateful that I just discovered it. It was just what I needed! I just downloaded it so that I can revisit it on a regular basis. 💫🙏♥️🙏💫
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Tara
Feeling Groovy
“Slow down you’re moving too fast. You’ve got to make the morning last... Feeling groovy ...” 🎶 🎶 This is one I will remember as I go about my day.
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Kathy
Gentle Reminder
This brief meditation is a gentle reminder of what meditation practice really is, why we do it, and it’s value. I found great value in this meditation this morning.
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Olivia
Pretty good:)
It’s necessary to slow down and intentionally place gaps of nothingness between your thoughts
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tulali
slowing down
you guys change me i hade a lot of stress and you guys made a diffrent in my body love this app
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Shayla
Food
I learned that if you focus on your breathing you can slow down your thoughts and heart rate. You can reduce feeling anxious.
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Julie
Massaging Your Organs
Before starting this meditation, my mind was caught up with my to-do list which today some things are taking longer to accomplish than other things. I was feeling a little overwhelmed. Even though I know I have plenty of time to complete what I need to do. Christina starts out this meditation with checking in with how your chest and heart rate are feeling. Acknowledging that feeling and then proceeding to take in a slow deep inhale which is providing nourishment for your body. Then slowly exhaling providing a mini massage for all your organs. I liked that thought. After doing this a couple of times, Christina has you check in with your thoughts which immediately my mind went back to my to-do list which I felt anxious for a moment. Then switched my thinking to I have plenty of time.All will work out which brought me back to the present moment. At the end of this meditation, you check in again with how your chest and heart are feeling. I am feeling relaxed and centered. I will definitely be revisiting this one.🙏
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Jessica
Relax
Learning to relax. Learning to slow my thoughts down and take things one at a time
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William
Slow
Christina, wonderful, simple but strong practice! Gaps to slow mind, to separate thoughts for wisdom! Long breaths to fortify! Always love the toe and finger wiggles, too! Thanks.
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Amy
Slowing down
Massage all your internal organs, long deep inhale to fill your lungs and treating your internal organs have a massage