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Jiva Masheder
Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Teacher
The practice of gratitude and appreciation for the good things in our lives can be a great way to boost mood and help us not get sucked into negative thinking. I love to practice with everyday things that I take for granted, and find the more I appreciate my life, the happier I am.
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anna
take joy in simple things
I learned to take joy in the small and simple things in life, try and enjoy life and love it.
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Tammy
Starting day
Nice morning meditation. A simple but, powerful message. There can be joy in each and everyday. It does not need to be anything big. The importance is in seeing the joy and enjoying that moment fully, when it occurs. That pretty much sums up being mindful!
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Tasha
Reflection
Everyday is a learning experience so take a moment to reflect on it.
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Kelsey
Gratitude, Not Dread
Often, dread can wake us up in the morning rather than gratitude. However, we should be grateful each morning, even for the little things about our day. Are we going out with a friend, relative, or spouse later that day but still have the work day ahead of us? Rather than dreading having to get through the entire work day, we can express gratitude for what’s to come. Rather than dreading writing that essay that’s due, we can be thankful for the opportunity to learn about a new topic. It is important to be grateful for both the potential negative (yes, even the parts we’re dreading) and positive parts of our day because each and every second shapes us, and makes us be a more mindful and better person.
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Sharmine
Joy is what you make of it
We are the masters of how we feel; how our day goes; and what we make of the opportunities and moments given to us. When we experience these moments, take the time to savor each second. Joy is ours for the taking; only if we let it be joyous.
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Sara
Thankful
Being grateful at the start of each day and being happy to have a fresh start. Always have something to look forward to that will give you the positivity to make the day better
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Shirley
Morning began at 3:33 PM
I learned that it is hard to focus on meditation w/ distractions in my mind and in my surroundings. My body was pretty restless, but it was nice to think of the things I look forward to in the day. Hopefully I can have that mindset in the future.
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Erica
Midterm
I have a stressful exam today but this was helpful in reminding me of the small things I have to look forward to such as this practice, my run, connecting with C, learning more about my career, sharing excitement over my research. I am grateful for all of these- especially this change I'm manifesting in my life.
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Milton
Good Mornings
I need to focus on positive energy before I walk out the door for work. Focusing on things that bring me joy and keep me from feeling anxious and stressed
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Harvey
Thank you
Starting the day with gratitude is a joyful guided instructional that helped me see beauty forward of all else, thank you.
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Ali
Day 1
It feels good to relax and steady your mind. It’s hard sometimes to concentrate on things but focusing your mind to simple things like the weather helps calm you and relive pressure you feel.
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Julis
Joy
There is joy everywhere around us, no matter how big or small.. there is good to be seen and done. Enjoyed this experience.
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Aneesa
Grateful
I learnt that everyday thr is something to look forward to and thr is joy in everyday if u focus on the good and nt d bad
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Tara
Starting the day with gratitude
I did not wake up this morning in a good frame of mind or even feeling well physically. But a few moments expressing gratitude changed that and I’m feeling better. I’m always amazed at how a few short moments of gratitude can make me feel so much more peaceful and in balance.
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Kristiawan
Anxiety feelings
Thinking about what I've done is motivating me to go ahead and advance in my day. Got a chance to thankful on how lucky I am meeting new friends, calling anf messaging colleagues as well as families
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Kayla
Nice
This one was great for right before I left for work in the morning. Helped me gain perspective on my Monday.
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Jonathan
That I had a hard time
I noticed that I had a hard time thinking of things I looked forward to. I felt numb to the daily events, even with a daily gratitude practice. I also started going into doing mode instead of being.
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Christine
Appreciate the little things, they’re not really “little”
I realize that it’s important to live in each moment and not just rush to get them over with. Everything is an experience, a memory. Even something as routine as getting the kids ready for bed. Love those moments. They make a lifetime of happy memories.
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cailee
encouraging
sometimes the future can be daunting rather than exciting. i like how this meditation reminded me to feel enthusiastic about things, even the small things, rather than dreading or being afraid of them.
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Jen
That in reflecting on what looking forward to was simply washing dishes alone and Chanting
Forgot fun and it will come back Knitting ... Happiness simple
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Kimette
Too easy
Today,after 6th period ends, my Spring Break begins,so looking for the joy in today wasn’t exactly a challenge!😃
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Joyce
Enjoy the ride
What great advice- identify a few things you’re looking forward to doing today, and when you get to them, make sure you’re really present in the moment to get full enjoyment from them. For me it may mean taking some time out for a nap before so I’m not distracted by fatigue. Namaste
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Catalina
Changed my day
I woke up feeling grumpy and irritated, after this meditation I immediately felt lighter and happier. I said the words “wow I feel great” out loud to myself. What a good meditation session.
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Caroline
I liked this one
My mind becomes so overwhelmed with negative thoughts that I tend to forget about the positives so this was a nice reminder to think about the positives a little bit more.
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Amy
Pleasure in life
I understand that I don't take enough pleasure in life. This meditation was a great reminder.
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Jenni
Distracted
I noticed that my thoughts are racing this morning and I was lost in them before I realized it.
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Trey
Breathe. I can actually breathe for the first time in my life
I’m a healthy 27 year old fit dude and I never realized how much I have been suffering from allergies and asthma my whole life. Laboring extensively just to get a breath in no matter the time of day or season. Waking up in the middle of the night with shortness of breath giving me anxiety even throughout the calming hours of the day. I am very conscious about being good to my body but I was ignorant to the fact that I can not breathe like a normal human being. Explore and learn about your body, pay attention to what it’s trying to tell you. It’s also hard for someone my age to accept help and try not to be so hardheaded. BREATHE
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Rose
Mindful and stress!
I don’t like taking the cell phone as my bed time companion for midnight meditation session. I need a meditation session before 8:00 pm and not a midnight one.
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Hazel
Starting the day with gratitude
Sometimes we’re so caught up on everything that’s going wrong that we forget about all the good. Most likely the good overweighs the bad, and you should always compare how you’re doing to that. Always count your blessings and make sure you’re grateful for what you have. You will be rewarded with more greatness.
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Cheryl
Vitamin P
This simple meditation was a great reminder of how potent taking in Vitamin P- Pleasure can be- a simple choice we can make anytime, anywhere :) Thank you for guiding us today!
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Jess
Positivity
You can always find at least one thing whether it’s something small to look forward to during the day and soak up the joy you feel in that moment. For me it’s the quiet time I get coming home for lunch to reset for the rest of the day at work. As well as coming home to my husband in the evening.
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Matthew
Gratitude & Joy
I am grateful for the things that will come today— each breath, my morning tea, time spent with a friend. Anticipating and then truly appreciating those tiny moments brings joy to my entire day.
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Mary
Appreciation and Gratitude
“I noticed and appreciated the energy I received an embraced from the sunshine of the day, atmosphere of the Now changed environment and the coolness from the water of hurricane bay amusement. I am able to inhale Thanks and exhale You all day with gratitude”
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Iz
Appreciate
We should really take a moment to enjoy and appreciate everything in life. Even the small things. A nice thought to start the day
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Lela
Gratitude
I learned that I don’t need to over analyze what’s coming up but look forward to it and embrace it. Focus on the simple things that make you happy.
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Mikaela
Looking forward to things.
Making plans or having the simplest pleasant thing, makes me have something to look forward to to focus on when my day gets tough.
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Julie
Appreciating the small things
During this meditation when she asked for us to think of something we are looking forward to...I immediately thought of the nice weather this morning. Enjoying the pleasant breeze with a little sunshine. I could feel myself smiling during this meditation.
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Crystal
The little things...
During the work week I often struggle to find gratitude because I am so busy. It was great to be reminded to appreciate the little things like a cup of coffee. ☕️
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Kassidy
Six deep breathes🧘🏼‍♀️
I actually did this ending my day I started my morning a bit rough but as I got home I put aura on an it’s just a liberating feeling just letting go from the world outside of us an really getting in tune with the vibrational frequencies 🤙🏽
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Macy H
Exciting
One thing can change the whole day! Everything can be better with one thing that your looking forward to!
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Tiffany
Power of Now
Learning to live in the moment and there are no problems, only situations that need to be dealt with. The past causes pain. Hope is for the future to avoid pain. Focus on the NOW. Be present in all things.
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Tiffany
Power of Now
Learning to live in the moment and there are no problems, only situations that need to be dealt with. The past causes pain. Hope is for the future to avoid pain. Focus on the NOW. Be present in all things.
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Linda
Starting the day with gratitude
I was a little annoyed when I sat down, but the sound of Jiva’s voice made me relax and be ready for the meditation. Her reminder to really enjoy the events I’m looking forward to when they are happening was good. There are so many distractions in a day that remembering to be present is truly challenging!
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Joyce
Little things mean a lot
Enjoying my day is one of my responsibilities in life. Namaste
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Charli
Today I want to be more grateful.
Today I learned that sometimes it the everyday things that need to be appreciated. It’s those small things that we can take for granted. I want to be more aware of them and appreciate them more.
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Annemarie
Feeling Calm and pleasant
I learned that We all Struggle Whenever We Feel Mad Or Upset
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Chiara
morning
I feel tired, cuzz I just woke up. But I feel very good and happy
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Eve
In the Moment
I think that if I take the time to enjoy things in the moment, rather than worrying about other things I have to do, I'll be more productive when I come to do these things, as I won't have exhausted the thought of them or stressed about them too much.
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Toby
FEELING REFRESHED
Great start to a Monday afternoon! Can't wait for the next session....
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alexas
relax
i always feel so much better like everything moving slow and if i don't want something happening i can catch in time
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Pippa
Refreshed
I feel after listening to her calming voice and regulations breath technique I feel like the start to my day will be better
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Debb
Starting the Day with Gratitude and Appreciation
This meditation felt a bit rushed to me; perhaps trying to get too much in a 3 minute time span. The old adage “more is less” seems to fit for a more relaxed meditation. That would slow the pace.
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Walter J
Hearing...
I had a hard time hearing Jiva today. I am not sure if it is my ears, the recording or the settings on my phone. The waves seemed loud, almost drowning her voice out. Does anyone know how to get to the volume controls for the background noise? I was looking forward to this session but ended up having a hard time hearing her ...😕
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Avery
10/1
At first I noticed my exhales were kind of raspy and inconsistent, I could tell I was still stressed. But once I thought of something I’m looking forward to, my exhales really did become smoother and smoother. It was an amazing feeling, feeling content for a minute.
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Alexa
Starting the Day
I found it easy to focus and now I am way more excited about the whole day then I was before.
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Susan
Starting the Day with Gratitude
I am reminded to be present. To really enjoy life while it takes place. To be in the moment. To look forward to things. To be happy.
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Taylor
entry 1
I felt calmer and more clear headed. It was easier for me to decide what to start on next.
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Joyce
A wake-up Thank You
The day must hold at least one bright moment. What will it be today?...Namaste
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Jen
Open to Happiness
The world is hectic, especially these days. Internal grief, societal pressures and current events come at us from all sides, trying to collapse the warmth and openness of our hearts. It's nice to be reminded early in the day that even the smallest of joys are worth reveling in. We should stop, notice, and appreciate them while we can. Because the world has enough strife and struggle. As difficult as it be, stay open to Happiness.
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Angela
loved it
at the beginning I noticed that my breath was shaking while breathing all out but at the end, wow! it gave me peace
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Rawan
feeling
I felt very relaxed after morning mindfulness. I learned to pay attention to daily small life pleasures.
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Erin
Relaxing 😌
I feel relax & at peace & less stress it relax day & do my swim therapy & relax & do my destress therapy
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Fabiola
relaxing
Just takes a moment to stop a few minutes from the day take a deep bresth session and continue to your day but less stressful
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fadi
calm
I felt so calm and my body was slowly giving in to sleep, I cant wa2t the next session to unlock
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Krissella
I felt this
I’m exhausted these days. It’s been a week since the puppies were born and they are precious and growing and a whole ton of work. Ready to sleep for 5ever. Very excited my parents are coming into town for Christmas today
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Tiffany
Joy
Comes from happiness. I am happy when I submit a project. I have a due date coming up. I can’t seem to summon up the interest to work on the data analysis needed to complete the project. With each passing day I remind myself there is always tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and goes with little to no progress. I just need to finish.
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Liz
Gratitude for the small stuff
I learned that thinking warmly about something I’m looking forward to today - no matter how small - gave me a positive outlook & good feeling about the whole day to come. I want to take the time to appreciate the small things, to take pleasure in life’s little joys.
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Kelliah
Somewhat helpful
Made me realize how stressed I was, because the only thing I could look forward to was going to bed, except that by then I would be so worked up, I would’ve stressed myself to tears, followed by insomnia and dread of the day ahead. Sometimes I feel so lost.
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Meg
Joyful
I was told to think of something today that I was to do that would bring me joy... I thought of the grocery store.
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Katie-Claire
my heart feels light
starting my mornings with gratitude helps me everyday because i am able to enter the day with happiness for the things i have and in anticipation of the events of the day. my heart feels light because i have taken that opportunity to reflect on the amazing things around me.
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Mackenzie
Grateful mind
I learned that starting off the day with a simple grateful thought can affect your entire mood. I will continue to take a moment to breath and think about what I’m grateful for or what I have to look forward to for today. It’s a great practice for me to avoid all of those negative thoughts that come into my mind during the day.
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Tara
Grateful for Encouragement
This morning I shared some thoughts about my anxiety regarding my doctor appointment tomorrow and Matthew gave me some good advice and words of encouragement. Today I’m grateful for Mathew’s comments and help. When I go to this doctor his words will stay with me and they’ll help me assert myself so I can get the care I need.
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Rob
Mindful
Whether simple and small or complex and big, each joyful moment needs to be appreciated, enjoyably experienced, and given thanks.
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Nawshin
day 4
i think i should start everyday with thoughts about what i’m looking forward to that day to be in a more positive mindset
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Emily
Distracted
I was too focused on what she was saying so I wasnt actually able to fully relax.
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Joyce
How does it feel?
Good intention, to realize that as much joy and pleasure as I take from an event in the present does not reduce the amount others can also take from that event. In fact, it adds to it. Namaste Aside: I’ve been having trouble getting into free aura lately- stalls out or ‘not available’. I manage with a self-directed meditation but I miss all the friends- I’m thinking of you all and am thankful for you.
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Cyndee 🌊
Savoring thoughts
Thinking about pleasant things I enjoy helps take my mind off my cold that is still hanging on. It’s raining outside and I’ll be staying home today treating myself to whatever makes me feel good! Hope everyone’s savoring this day! Namaste
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Cherish
Savor the Little Things in Life
Beginning your day with this meditation really helps you savor the little things in life. Take the time to find joy in everyday activities and you will be thankful you did.
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Lexie
Being excited for the days events
During this meditation I learned that focusing on the good events that will happen throughout the day, whether big or small, can help bring a sort of happiness and excitement to the beginning of the day. Also, once at those events, it is important to fully enjoy them.
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Jose
Good
I feel much better now starting my day with this. This app has helped me a lot, I’m so thankful for it.
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Zephania
Good day
Thinking forward gives me motivation to rise in the morning. Plan the day, savor the momebt, live life, say thank you.... Be grateful.
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Andy
Relaxed and ready
I feel calm and ready to start my day in a positive attitude which I will carry with me throughout the day.
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Billie Jean
Sad
I’ve noticed that when people leave, I put on myself. When in reality, they are leaving an amazing person.
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Brianna
Anxious
I woke up this morning feeling anxious and worked up about the issue going on in my life. I still don’t feel totally better, but i am trying to remember that i am the one causing this and i am in control of my emotions, no one else is.
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Elisabeth
Joy
By practicing mindfulness and concentrating on my breathing, I become calmer. Anticipating an upcoming event brings positive attitude. I can enjoy my life by focusing more on whatever lies ahead (something I can look forward to).
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Susan
Starting The Day With Gratitude
Not only should you hold the good things in your heart but try to remember to see the good in all things. Also enjoy your day. Really be there and be happy.
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Katie-Claire
gratitude
i realized during this practice, that i find a lot of joy in the most basic and seemingly menial tasks. i realized that i’m excited to do laundry today. and i also realized that no matter how other people may perceive this, it’s an emotion and experience that i will respect and enjoy.
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Hannah
Joy
This practice really helped me find the small moments in my day that matter to me and truly help me find joy. By finding what I’m looking forward to, I’m able to find that they’re small things, and they’re there every day.
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Marianne
Little things
Appreciate little things and look forward to those little moments like breakfast, naps, good baths... don’t forget to breathe 👃🏻🧘🏻‍♀️
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Candy
Reminded...
I feel reminded to be grateful, pleased, thankful, and to actually take a moment to actually, mindfully, submit to that which Greater than me Who has provided for all that I am and have.
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Zoe
Joy
I can enjoy the simple things in life, and look at everything more positively
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Susie
Morning Gratitude
This meditation is a powerful beginning to my day. I plan to focus on gratitude and am always grateful for your gentle guidance, Jiva 🙏
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Dodge
Joy
I learned to take as much as joy and pleasure as I can from life.
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Kimette
Difficulty
I still learning to be grateful, so at first I had trouble thinking of something in my day that I was looking forward to.😏
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Ann
Thankful
I learned that I tend to think too much about what to be thankful for; but it is okay to be thankful for seeing a bird or butterfly when I look out my window in the morning. The little things in life are important, too.
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Kristen 🧘🏻‍♀️
LOVE this
I love this meditation - thinking about/looking forward to the good that this day will inevitably hold. ✨ ☀️ ❤️
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Cherish
Savoring Thoughts
Beginning our day with gratitude and appreciation is the best way to invite positivity into our lives. By being positive, we look for the good in our day. This has a domino effect, as looking for the good in our day gives us the ability to see more good in our day. In this wonderful meditation, Jiva has us savor thoughts of our upcoming day. I settled in my chair while getting lost in my breath and began thinking of my upcoming day. A sense of excitement arose in my heart as I began to think of the cruise my mom and I are going on this morning. I am looking forward to being out on the water, feeling the wind on my skin and perhaps having the opportunity to capture eagles, other birds and even mammals with my new camera. I thought of the birthday cupcakes that will arrive after our lunch to surprise my mom. I can’t wait to see the look on her face! I thought of the beautiful sunshine that we’ll be able to enjoy. I thought of our dinner we’ll be enjoying later. Finally, I thought of the warm and comfortable bed I’ll be able to crawl into as I lay down to go to sleep tonight. Savoring these thoughts tells me it is going to be a glorious day indeed! May the eagles be flying! Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
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Susan
Starting The Day
Focus on the things that you are looking forward to and then when those things happen, really be there and be grateful
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Kendra
My sonshine
I saw Ayden hugging me first thing in the morning and it made my heart smile. He ran up to me hugging me in the kitchen and I gladly and openly embraced him kissed him and told Him how much I loved him while spinning and rubbing his back and the sun was shinning through the kitchen window as if it were shinning just for us and that particular moment.
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Kendra
My sonshine
I saw Ayden hugging me first thing in the morning and it made my heart smile. He ran up to me hugging me in the kitchen and I gladly and openly embraced him kissed him and told Him how much I loved him while spinning and rubbing his back and the sun was shinning through the kitchen window as if it were shinning just for us and that particular moment.
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Hayley-Rose
Gratitude in the small things
I smiled at the suggestion of finding gratitude of something I was looking forward to today when it was suggested at even breakfast, because at the moment it is indeed the small things that we have often taken for granted that I now realise it is beneficial to be grateful for. I then focused on looking forward to snuggling with my beloved bunny Reginald later... as if on cue, Reginald decided it was a perfect moment to start digging and being destructive in his litter tray and making it hard to focus on what else was being said in the meditation. But then I thought “he’s 10years old and still as cheeky as ever, how blessed to have him still in my life & keeping me company”. Without the meditation shifting my focus I may well have thought “oh Reginald!!” 🙄😂 Wishing everyone a wonderful day, full of all the small things to take a moment to be grateful for 🤗🙏
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Haley
Gratitude
In today’s lesson we have been taught how to show gratitude towards everything in our lives even the biggest or smallest things
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Verena
Morning Meditation
To look forward to the pleasurable moments today. I will enjoy my day and embrace every moment as it is.
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darin
Mornings
Off to a better start when I meditate. This is one I downloaded, really enjoyed the simple message around pulling back in if the mind wanders.
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Anton Taylor
Looking forward
I learned that it’s important to look forward to things both BIG and small
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Deb
Appreciation.
For the big and small. Enjoy it all! Every moment is precious.
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Angela
Perfect Sunday
A perfect Sunday meditation to start the day! Fill your days with gratitude awareness, your life will change , become the best version of yourself!
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Alicia
Look for the good in every day
I feel that this is such a positive way to start the day. I tend to wake up and immediately think through everything I have to do during the day which means I tend to start the morning feeling stressed. But with this meditation, choosing to focus on one thing I am looking forward to each morning, hopefully I will begin to break the habit of starting the day with a stressful thought!
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Haley
Learning to Show Gratitude
Showing everyone gratitude even if is somebody you don’t know or somebody you know it doesn’t matter always show how much gratitude and gratefulness you have for them
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Alyssa
Focus
On the positives and appreciate the small moments that make you feel good. Learned lesson of today
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Jamie
Womderful
Wonderful little meditation. I learned that your breath is the anchor to your attention. By noticing and focusing on your breath it brings you back to your quiet mind. Also try and focus and notice the joyful things in life 💜
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Reemy
Gratitude
It shifted my attention to what I’m looking forward to fulfill today and this shift made me more enthusiastic about my day!
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Taylor
Happiness
I learned that just embracing the small feats and life, and being able to look forward to better things can improve the health of my mindset
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Mrs. Dawson
Better
I learned that when I take slow and deep breaths I begin to feel better mentally
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BumbleBrie
Wow!
I just meditated to this. REALLY awesome, and I was just at the moment where you would bring Joy to your day! Can you please meditate to this, too? Coffee on, my friends! ☕️☮️🐝☯️☕️
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Amy
Gratitude and appreciation
Every time that I wake up and meditate on gratitude and appreciation for all the things and people in life, my heart grows fuller and I’m happier throughout the day
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Rodney
A few years ago:
I wanted to have a big CV now I want a short one that represents what I’m passionate about. I wanted to work with people seen to be making a change, now I want to work with people who make a change. I wanted a huge house filled with many things, now I know it will be a form of oppression. I wanted to work on multiple things, I want to work on a few things. I wanted to move quickly, there is nowhere to rush quickly to. I wanted to be my mentors, now I want to mentor myself and others. I wanted people to be happy with my happiness; but now I realise that very few people are genuinely happy with others progress and see it as a threat even if they themselves are ahead. I wanted validation from certain people, now I realise that secretly they want validation from me. I wanted to be a meditator with many hours of sitting. Now if I can get my ten minutes in on a busy day or an exciting one where meditation is the last thing on my mind then I have won. I wanted to be invited to certain meetings, specific gatherings. Now I realise that one less invite is a full day or nothing (maybe multiple jugs of coffee and that book that needs to be read). I wanted to people to see the error in their ways. Instead I chose to focus on my own errors and learnt to forgive people. It is not easy to forget but letting go is different. I wanted many things and many people but I’ve seen their drawings rooms, and their conversation, and the bliss that they outwardly project, and their high impact statistical resumes; now I want to sit at my desk with those that care and if somehow someone finds within our work the capacity to be challenged differently then that is alright. Namaste 🙏
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Julia
Gratitude
I am learning I need to be grateful for all I have and not reflect on the negative
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Kenny
Good to be still, notice breath, switch gears
I like quieting energy and time. Good to bring up images and positive thoughts and give focus
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Russell
Appreciation
I learned to intentionally focus on appreciating the joyful moments of today
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Tracy
Grateful
I usually find something everyday to be grateful for. It’s the long term happiness that is difficult because of all the stress and worry’s.
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