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Stop, Sense & See

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Meditation
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Lisa Pollard
Yoga & Meditation Teacher
We often get caught up in the fast pace of life and forget to take some time to Stop, Sense & See. This short guided practice is an invitation to remember that we can choose to stop and sense into our physical sensations within the body and notice what is here. Are the sensations pleasant, neutral or unpleasant? Learning to be with these different physical sensations is a wonderful way to be awake and alive in each new passing moment. We can open to our awareness and include what we can see in our visual field as a way of tuning into the freshness & beauty around us. I hope you enjoy your ongoing practice and it can anchor you back to the present moment again and again. 
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26 reflections
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Elena
Observing into you
I learned that observing what's inside, sometimes, might be better that observing what's outside our bodies. Or trying to reflect what we see in reality into our inner world. I learned that doing a check up of your body can help calm down any anxiety or insecurity that you might have and that it really is much easier than what you could think. We have to be aware of ourselves in order to be aware of the world around us :)
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Erin
Day one
My mind warned a few times. Lexi was in the room making noise.
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Sharon
Stop, Sense & See
I need to prioritize my activities and set limits. Determine what is essential and limit my activities per day so there periods of rest scheduled into the day.
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Brenda
Stop, sense, see
I learned that I can stop, and sense and see all that is around me at any time. New things will catch my eye. I sense things that others have brought to my attention, that I have not really seen before — the colors are brighter than before just because I concentrate on one thing at a time.
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Catrina
I leaned that... stop sense and see
I can stop sense and see what is around me! The beautiful life I live is so meaningful. VISION
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Jasmin
Stop, sense, and see
I realized that this session can especially helpful for artists like myself. I can choose to direct my focus on any part of the scene or composition.
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Tammy
Stop, sense and see
Nice short practice to remind each day to really stop, sense and see the world around us. Reminding us to live in the present.
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Matt
Stop, Sense, & See
During the hectic parts of the day, we can turn away from auto-pilot and use what we feel and see as a way of returning to the moment.
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Gusa
Stop, sense and see
Lovely break from the non-stop bustle of work. Remember to just be.
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Hannah
Being present
Noticing things, appreciating things brings clarity, gratitude and as a result, joy.
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Morgan
I learned that...
..you really need to take the take to feel the sensations that are close and within you, as well as your surroundings.
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Joyce
Senses
Meditating with eyes open is more challenging, but at the same time really brings to to the current moment, seeing things fresh as if for the first time. Nmaste
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Pam
We get so busy, but we can slow it down by stopping and taking notice of what is around us.
This will come in handy this holiday season. I will most definitely be putting this practice to use.
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Everett
Wait
Build me a me with huge proportions and never put my life on the death
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Duke
Event horizon
I enjoy this exercise of being still and allowing myself to become aware of my inner senses, gradually crossing the event horizon from outer then back.
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Elmer
Always being somewhere else
There is so much around, that I learned to ignore over the years.
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Justine
Grounded in this reality
Listening to this moment I was struck by the sensation that mindfulness grounds you into this reality. Makes you aware of physically where you are and how you can change your perception of the current situations you may be in. It makes you alert rather than bumbling through life half asleep. But on that, it can also take you away to other realities, for what is truth is only perception at that moment. May all your realities bring you truth and enlightenment.
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Anayenci
Noticing sensations
It’s nice to be able to actually feel the simplest sensations when your mind is still. I really loved this practice thank you
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Josh
Here and now...
After a busy, stressful, taxing emotionally and physically, it’s important to stop, feel, and see what is around you now. All that has happened and all that will happen will simply happen. But here and now is where I am and I can be present in this moment. I can chose to be present in my sensations and surroundings.
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Kassidy
GOLD STAR🖖🏽
Feeling good without needing all the evidence to be there first 💫⭐️
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Joana
Becoming centred
During the hectic times of the day when the mind is overwhelmed with thoughts, I can stop, sense and see. When I’m tired of the yearn for perfection, I can become centred and accept myself with all my flaws. 🙏🏻
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Maria
Stop,Dense & See
This is a very good session! I would like to do it outside better than at home. Very good to relax with your eyes open. Next holidays I will practice this in front of the see, looking at the sky, the clouds...🙌🏻👏🏻✌🏻
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Patty
Seeing
My daily routine is usually on autopilot mode. Fortunately, I rarely have pain and any tasks that I do are pretty routine. The one thing I don’t do often enough is to look, really look, at the things that surround me. I have many things that are beautiful and unique, and I need to go back, hold and rediscover when and why I got that piece and how it still brings me joy. 🙏🌷
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Hannah
Take a moment
I constantly feel like I’m away from my body. That I’m so busy with school and friends and keeping up with stuff that my body and I are not one. That my body does the physical work and is just here for that. But NO! My body is my temple my body is my home my body is where I’m most at peace. I don’t think I realized that until the meditation. I hope everyone has a great day ✨🌴🐘🌞
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James
Take a break!
This is a wonderful meditation for taking a break from your day. It really helped me slow down and sense how I was truly feeling.
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Cherish
Being Mode
When our day is full, we tend to be on auto-pilot, going from one task to the next. Mindlessly going through our day, we miss the many moments that make up our day. In this meditation, Lisa teaches us a way to break up auto-pilot by stopping, sensing and seeing. Taking a break from doing mode to being mode, I became still and brought my awareness to sensing. I sensed how these clothes touched my skin. I sensed the pressure of my feet on the ground. I sensed how it felt to be breathing. I sensed feelings and emotions. Turning my awareness from sensing to seeing, I looked around in my surroundings. Utilizing a beginners mind, even the most mundane things I saw in my surroundings gave me a sense of curiosity and wonder. In these moments of being mode, I am present. I like to think of this simple exercise as doing micro meditations periodically throughout the day. By breaking up auto-pilot, we sense the incredible aliveness of life that is always occurring within and around us. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️