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Cindy Wolk-Weiss, BSW
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher & Healer
Stress is a reaction to a perceived threat to our safety and well being. Experiencing the image of a mountain is a useful tool for dealing with daily stress and stresses that may loom large. Join me on my Meditation Channel, Heart Space for a full Mountain Meditation
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138 reflections
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Linh
Embracing yourself
Currently I’m reading “The Alchemist”, and I find myself on my own journey to seek a Personal Legend. It is easy to forget who you are and what you have along the way; however I need to keep reminding myself that my most valuable treasure is my authentic self, my soul that needs to constantly be nurtured.
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Laura
Mountain
I need to remain solid and stable like a mountain, even when the seasons and conditions of my life change.
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Stephanie
Being a mountain means
Being my authentic self means acceptance through every season. Aware of the changes but steadfast in existing.
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Malia
Birthday Mountain
Listening to the mountain analogy on my birthday was quite relevant as I am very aware of my age today and the fact that I am still the same self inside even as seasons, events, others come and go. While my surroundings may change year to year, the mountain is still the mountain sitting quietly within and observing what happens around me.
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Tammy
Stress resilence
Imagine yourself as a mountain. Strong, resilient and beautiful. Seasons come and go. People come and go. May you remain true like the mountain.
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casey
mountain
i know that i have to keep myself strong and stable like a mountain
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Jorge
The mountain is, therefor I am. As it is meant in every circumstance.
Cycles of ups and downs happen as often as seasons and as many throughout existence
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Alex
What I learned
I learned that some times when you lose friends it’s for the better rather than for the worse
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Alice
4-4-18 Stress resilience meditation
The end of the meditation brought tears to my eyes, hearing, “you magnificent being.” This meditation fits well with the self-compassion work I’ve been doing.
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Megan
Distractions
Sometimes you just need to let go of all of your distractions and focus on you and your personnel well being
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Leslie
My mountain
I envision my mountain as a strong being in this world ever surrounded with cherry blossoms and soft clouds. This in a way allows me to reach a peaceful state and reminds me that I too am that mountain. Strong and beautiful as well as an important being in this world
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Rye
Mountains
I learned that my life and my body is like a mountain, with all the seasons like spring and winter, which are my obstacles, I still will in the end be okay, like the mountain, my mountain.
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Mel
Mountain meditation
There will be tough times and challenges, good and bad will happen but I don't need to bend to circumstance. I can just be me- always.
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Cody
First day
I can overcome anything If I get anxious about something I just need to think about being the mountain and that the mountain stays there in it's ground and can get through anything .
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Jack
Mountain
Being yourself is the thing that matters. People will come and go in your life but it all comes down to how you handle things.
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Namatambo
Mountain Meditation
I learned that even when I am going through tough times I should know that it is temporary and I should remain true to myself not caring about what others think for I am here to be me. In the world being the magnificent being I am❤️
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Nolan
This has helped more than expected
For the past 2 days I’ve been usuing this. This lesson has helped the most for me. It’s been a positive effect on a crappy lifestyle.
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Ida
More of a hill
It was hard to relate to a mountain, mostly because I rarely get to see any, but the nature metaphors calmed me down, as they usually do. Maybe I’m more of a hill than an actual mountain, but at least I’m one hell of a hill, despite the seasons around me.
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Ida
More of a hill
It was hard to relate to a mountain, mostly because I rarely get to see any, but the nature metaphors calmed me down, as they usually do. Maybe I’m more of a hill than an actual mountain, but at least I’m one hell of a hill, despite the seasons around me.
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David
Helped
There was a storm on my mountain all day until I realized even if there is a storm the mountain will always weather it and come back out as the magnificent mountain. Just weather the storm show your resilience and live in the moment.
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Aarabia
I am a mountain
I loved her mountain analogy. You can imagine a strong beautiful mountain that expletives all seasons of the war but still remains unchanged. It has various visitors through the seasons making comments about it (it’s too hot, too cold, too cloudy, or I love climbing this beautiful mountain). Regardless of the comments made this mountain remains unchanged. This mountain is a great analogy for who we are. Be the mountain 🌄
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Yesenia
Staying grounded
I learned that our minds stay the same and that the emotions that come are like seasons. One most not get lost in the season (emotion) because it is just temporary. I learned to not let my emotions move my mountain (mind) stay strong and remember my real self. Anxiety, stress or any kind of negative emotion can cloud people’s mind and respond unrationally and hurt people with love. I have been a victim of letting these emotions control my responses toward the people I love. Lashing out at them when they are just trying to help, meditating or giving yourself a moment to swallow that out lash you are about to strike and try to reason with yourself that is not your normal self. It is indeed the cloud of emotion or season that is trying to move your mountain. Stay firm, as I will do my best to stay a strong mountain, and remember it’s okay if sometimes it gets the best of you, just think of the the many times you have been able to endure through the season.
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Bek
Mountain meditation
I learned a mountain is stable, grounded, yet all four seasons come and go - spring brings new life, summer is filled with wildflowers, fall is a beautiful blend of autumn colors & winter brings snow
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Maxine
Embrace yourself
I learned that a mountain is stable and it stays in one place and does not move.
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Deyanira
Learning Experiences
I learned that life is always the same! I also learned that we can change life by being ourselves!!
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Ally
Myself
I learned that no matter what time of day or what season that I should stay true to myself and be who I am
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Shawn
Day 2
I felt relaxed and I realized that my own goals aren’t being meet cause I’m to focused on unnecessary things as in relationship and smoking and sleeping. I learned that I need to do me and stick with it to be successful
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Mercedes
Be the Mountain
This one is much needed today: today is the day that we finally get our cat back from my mother, whom I haven’t spoken to since easter. The reason why is that she cause fights and throws massive fits about everything I do, even if it isn’t a wrong doing: for example, she has gotten mad and snapped at me for staying up late. Now mind you I’m a 25 married woman, who lives on her own, and we were moving across country and this was after a long night of traveling through the Louisiana swamp where she almost wrecked the moving truck twice. Her comment sounds out of place and bizarre but that is what I’ve been dealing with for a long time. However, this helped me understand that no matter what she does, or anyone else for that matter, I should stay strong in myself as a person and my actions.
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Yoel
A mountain
Life is a mountain, but a person can also be a mountain; steady and strong; accepting all the different seasons in life. Great meditation!!
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Samantha
Stress
I felt relaxed but i still overthought everything in my mind. Day 1 is a step forward.
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Asia
Stressed
I feel very stressed day 1 of this though. Hoping to get better soon
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Eleanna
Tired
I learned that all my stress is a result of exhaustion. Just like the mountain changing seasons I feel like I’m stuck in winter.
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Melis
Mountain stance
I learned to envision myself as a grounded mountain. No matter what happens, I’m still the grounded mountain at all times. Things come and go, foundation remains the same.
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Kate
Being the Mountain
I love the idea of letting stress pass by minimizing its importance. What I struggle with is being still through my stress. I try so hard to find a fix to the problems I think are causing me anxiety, not realizing that I’m actually trying to fix the anxiety itself. I need to work on letting go, accepting the discomfort, and embracing stillness.
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Fire
I need to listen
Resilience in like a weed that grows no matter life’s conditions
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Tiffany
Moving mountains
This passed year has been full of obstacles. I have been trying to move them when I should be climbing.
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Dee
Stress Resilience
Seasons come & go in my life...I should be like the mountain - unshakeable & unmoveable as the seasons of life come and go. All I need to do is be me...authentically me.
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Linda
Life coaching
Began with my usual resistance - not wanting life coaching while knowing it’s exactly what I need! That attitude was quickly replaced by the meditation - I loved it!! I was reminded of a childhood experience in Long Beach where we’d lived for several months. I walked out to go to school one day to see mountains in the distance that I’d never seen before. I was delighted and ran back inside yelling, “Mom, we have mountains!”
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Patty
Mountain Meditation
Gave me a helpful visual I can use anytime, anywhere, for instant peace and to release anxiety. I loved, “mountain just sits here being mountain...”
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Iris
Stress Resilence
I learned that struggle is good for growth! Struggle is needed!
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Dawn
A wonderful mountain
I learned that it is admirable how a mountain stands tall through the seasons and does not mind people’s criticism. I need to remember to be true to myself despite people’s doubts and judgements.
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Jordan
Mountain
This was quite a life-affirming meditation, relying on an image of a mountain 🗻 The mountain represents the ability of resilience and stability. This unique human spirit enables us to stand tall and strong like a mountain, passing through the seasons or the challenges of life, ignoring the petty judgments of others. 🌸
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Sarah
Sarah Mountain
I learned I can be a mountain. This is a symbol I can use as I have always had an affinity with mountains. I immediately knew This was for me...
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Angel
Just being
The last three minutes truly helped me remember things come and they go. I love the outdoors! I was really able to connect with this one. I liked the reminders she put out about judgement and the seasons. No matter what comes the mountains way, it is the same mountain as before. The face of the mountain may change but the core is always the same. It took many years for the mountain to look the way it does today. Fires, storms, humans and all of the wonderful creatures that call it home. The ones who truly love the mountain for everything it provides. Even in the worst conditions the mountain remains a place called home for those who truly appreciate everything the mountain has and can provide. It truly made me think how much that is a lot like my life. People come and go, but always leave their mark. Our goals or focus may change but we are still the same person. All of the critters, well I look at those like my children! No matter what I face and how I feel all alone. All I need to do is redirect my attention to what matters most. To those that love me for just being me!
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EllA
Breathing when stressed
When I feel stressed I never think of stopping and breathing and trying to relax I most got go off but using this app can really help
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Bianca
A nice memory
I happily recalled one of my mountain trips which made me more comfortable with myself.I learned that this would help me more in times of stress:just recall a nice image,just embrace who I really am.
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Cris
Be grateful
We need more people saying positive than negative things so isso por hoje
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Christina
What I felt
I felt that I need to explore life. I felt as though I was missing out on big life opportunities
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Ann
First day
A good first session. Was calming to think of the mountain. I will use that again
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Mountain
I learnt that no matter how people think of you, there is no need to be stressed. Try this little meditation, it helps :)
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Hailey
Relaxed
I felt sort of relaxed. I calmed down and relaxed while having my eyes closed and my mind cleared
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Christine
Being true to yourself
I needed to hear that and remember that today. I need to be true to myself.
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Michel
RA Training: Day 9
Work is steessing me out. I have so much to do woth so little time. Sometimes I feel like I'm not getting much support, recognition, or understanding from members of my team. This makes me feel unmotivated and devalued.
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Martine
Likening me to the mountain didn’t relieve my stress. I’m still stressed, the issues are still here
A mountain is without emotion, so it will withstand all weathers. Silly analogy
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Shawna
Listening
I’ve learned to listen to how I feel more. To listen to that true feeling of intuition and really knowing myself more.
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Maureen
Stressed
I learned that my stress does not control me but controls my emotions because I will it. I shall not let my stress get the best of me
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Tom
Stress Resilience
The mountain euphemism was pretty powerful when I thought about it, it resonated well with me. No matter what happens around the mountain, there can be blizzards, hurricanes, droughts, fires. The mountain remains. Stressors will come at you throughout your day, but that doesn’t change you, and shouldn’t change how you approach life. Remain constant, remains grounded, remain strong
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Tyler
Mountain
As a lifelong avid hiker I absolutely love this imagery. It brings me to nature which calms me, is easy to see in my minds eye, and is a powerful metaphor for the self.
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Christine
Opinions
I learned that I need to be happy with who I am and that people will criticize, people will compliment, but I’m the end it’s important to stay true to who I really am.
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Alicia
Noticing tension trlease
I relearned that it’s important to meditate and remember that in stressful situations, I can return back to a place of peace.
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Delaney
Stress
I learned that obstacles are going to come and go but if we stay true to ourselves we can get through them.
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Victoria
Stressed
I felt renewed. I am not my problems and I am not my stress, I’m just me. Stress will come and go.
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Ansleigh
Be...
Be the mountain and let the negativity bounce away like you are bullet proof. I felt stronger mentally after as I’ve always felt connected to the mountains
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Tina
stress
it’s a constant alarm. everyone experiences it, just in their own ways. although, everyone deserves to get away from it.
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Danielle
Very panicky
I need to take a minute and breathe deep the light and be able to exhale all of the darkness that builds up inside of me during the day
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Ktana
huh
I can train my anxiety to stop telling me every breeze is a raging fire? Maybe?
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Lori
Mountain
After listening to this I learned that living in Colorado Springs and seeing Pikes Peak everyday can help me reduce stress. Solid and unchanged.
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Alyssa
good
I learned that you don't have to stress over things that don't matter or you don't have to stress so hard because it can make you feel pain
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Krystan
I downloaded this one
I am having so much trouble with my anxiety because of job searching and knowing the statistics of employment of people with disabilities. I have CP and I am so scared that despite my experience and education no one will hire me because of my disability. I have been going down horrible thought roads lately and I hate myself and the reactions I had after my mind finally is done snapping. This was perfect. I need to listen to this every time I feel my head starting to lose its my lid!
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Jess
stay true
this one actually really helped now I know that I need to stay true to myself and that I shouldn't change for anyone.
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Courtlyn
Mountain time
Mountains sit and watch changes go by. Stay true to yourself
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Elisabeth
Solid
Resist the stress and anxiety built up from external sources. Allow time spent with nature, meditation, resting, and other forms of self care for a healthier & happier foundation.
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Emily
stress
stress is a word that scares everyone. It can be overcame. I suffer with extreme anxiety and I get panic attacks all the time. Even for no reason sometimes. Lately i have worked hard on overcoming stress and anxiety. It's working so if you have anxiety and stress work to overcome it!! <3
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Ashley
Stress Resilience
I learned that stress is inevitable, especially in society now. We are go go, 24/7 and multitasking, etc. So stress is going to happen, that’s a given but if we are grounded and true to ourselves then we can learn to not let it effect us as much. We are going to face obstacles in life, tough situations, and face stressful moments. These moments are just tiny circumstances that don’t change us or define who we are. They won’t last, they are just a small season in our life. I really enjoyed the mountain enology. This really resonated with me. It is so true, in life we can’t let the things and stressors of this world effect or change who we are. We must stay true to who we are and overcome and get through them, take what they have to offer and learn and grow from them but never let them effect or change or move you. We must stay strong and grounded and not let them shake or break us, cause we are stronger then any stressor that comes our way. This was a great mediation for me to do with school starting back up and me being a full time mother, worker and mom and wife. I will be remembering and doing this mediation a lot 🥰🧘🏼‍♀️
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Susan
Stress Resilience
Just be... Be your authentic self. Allow worry and stress and harsh words just roll away. Continue to stand firm.
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Carlisle
Week 1
I have been feeling sad and distracted for things that are out of my control and this week helped me focus on the bigger picture. To stay focused on myself and what I can control and appreciating the people in my life who I have valuable relationships with
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Natifah
I felt joy
I felt joy knowing I’m a mountain who is surrounded by beauty but quickly became anxious once others opinions of me came in. Things to work on.
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Marley
Embrace yourself
I find those two words together ‘embrace yourself’ are powerful and positive.
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Sharmain
Wisdom
There’s so much knowledge and wisdom that we can learn from nature.
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Becca
My Serene Place
I have used places on a mountain in self calming practices. Sites that I visited that envoke various sensory memories. This meditation helps me to pull away and see that I can be sturdy and withstanding as the entire mountain. This is both strengthening & empowering for me as a woman & mother.
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Jordan
What I learned
I have been dealing with a lot of horrible thoughts and letting them consume me. I think this little talk helped me give the thoughts less power.
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Dodge
Stress resilience
I learned that I have to stay true to my authentic self. The seasons may change, bringing different levels of stress, but I remain to be myself.
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Laura
Mountain meditation
The mountain is my true nature my true nature never changes always stays the same regardless of everything that is happening around me regardless of other stress I am a perceive my true core remains solid
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Shivani
03.19.2019/02h39
Nothing stays the same forever. The seasons change, the environment changes, the people change. Even the mountains change from time to time, through weathering and erosion. The process happens gradually, but it happens nonetheless. Needless to say, one can adapt to these changes. Change doesn't necessarily mean bad. It just means what it means. Different. You just learn more about these changes and adapt. It might be rough in the beginning. It may seem impossible even. But it's not going to be that way forever.
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Veronica
Mountain meditation
Well, I was actually thinking about the mountain meditation when I was writing my journal. I was thinking about how other people treat me sometimes and how that affects my mood for the rest of the day. I am realising now that I am a mountain and people can be and do whatever they want, I will still be a mountain. What people say or do reflects their personal struggles, and is none of my business, because I am a mountain, I have my values and I stay true to them.
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Vincent
I learned that it’s time to say goodbye to all the negative opinions trying to change my mind.
It’s my life, my future, people can give their opinion, but l won’t let it affect my emotional state anymore. Time to succeed💪🏻
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Vio
Good foundation
I learned that there is a big difference between being a mountain and what it's covering it. Just felt a better foundation underneath.
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Maria
Be you
This made me see that people judgements and option should not change me or my norms and values
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Julie
Handling Stress
When we are stressed our actions and behaviors towards the perceived threat may not be in the best interest for ourselves. Cindy offers in times of stress visualizing you are a mountain. A mountain stays strong in one place no matter what the elements throw at it. Igrounded.
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Alex
Great analogy!
The analogy used in this short meditation is really helpful. Gives perspective on what is happening around us, yet helps understand how to be grounded through all of it.
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Jill
Short but sweet
We all have a place in the mountain of life. And whatever that place is, we hold an important part. Just breathe.
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Rich
Letting go
Letting go of painful memories is very challenging for me. I know it is not healthy for me to carry that bitterness with me. I hope to understand how to do it at some point.
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D’Asia
Challenge yourself
NEVER forget who you are even through tough times It’s okay to cry and get it out but after you straighten up and get back to being a better YOU!
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ERIN Sinclair
Release stress
I release my stress everyday by meditating & writing my journal & yoga & take care myself
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ERIN Sinclair
Release stress
I release my stress everyday by meditating & writing my journal & yoga & take care myself
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Sonika
Awakened
I felt like I can really allow my true self to live in this world
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Carolina
Arachnophobia
I learned today that my arachnophobia was worsened by my fear of death and losing so many close family members in a short span of time. I fear death because I’ve seen it and have a lot of still accomplish in this world. I associate spiders with death. I’m not sure why but it got worse after the deaths in my family - to the point that I need to calm myself down in order to not get to an anxious state.
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Pickle
Wasn’t too bad
It wasn’t to bad but for sure I could feel better I didn’t really have a different emotion after this
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Tiema
Open and relaxed
That just being me in my nautral state i am strong and beautiful just the way i am.
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CC
Stress
It is hard for me to focus. I live in constant fear. I don't think I know how to not live in fear. Throughout my life the pianos have often fallen from the sky, I don't believe so many pianos fall from the sky around others. I am God's black sheep. My true belief is that I am undeserving of......everything good.
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Ulma
I felt calmer, was able to tap into my inner being.
I learned that breathing helps with all stresses. Sometimes u just need time alone
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Rachel
The mountain thing
I’m the same and I’m ok no matter what is happening around ME.
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T
I felt more better about who I am .
I learned that I am a remarkable being. Not to take other people opinion of me personally
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Becky
You are a mountain.
The inside of a mountain is a symbol of yourself and who you truly are. And even though on the outside of that mountain the season’s may change and come and go..but the point is you are always you on the inside, and that’s what is important.
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Andro
Mountain
I liked the analogy with mountain, it sums up quite nicely how to view ever changing circumstances
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Lindsay
Mountains
Mountains exist & are strong & beautiful regardless of what season, regardless of what people think or say. It is there.
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Simran
Stress
I learned that like a mountain I am resillient as well and hold the authority to be happy and content with each situation. I can't control the future so their is no point stressing over it as well. I can control my reaction and I know I will be able to handle all the situations well if they do not go my way.
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NJ
I felt at peace and relaxed whilst on my mountain. I was at my happiest
Regardless of what is going on around me, in order to continue at peace with myself i need to be my authentic self or mountain
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Lexi
It was so relaxing
The mountain picture really got me thinking and relaxed. I felt like I could be myself
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Lorë
The mountain
My mind chose the mountain, something deeper than I am chose the mountain I visualised. It was still beautiful
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Melody
Mountain
It is important to always remember to stay grounded in who you are no matter what happens to you and no matter what people do or do not say.
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Kendall
Mountains
I really enjoyed this. We imagine ourselves as a mountain. It was fun for me to create my mountain in my mind. She talks about the 4 seasons and how our mountain will change.
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Pawpaw
Be your true self
Using this technique of a mountain during the seasons to remind myself that I am strong and stable even when there are lots of things changing around me
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Michael
I actually have used a quiet place such as this
The mountain during my initial education on self mediation and mind healing and this was a very good reminder. Thank you.
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Donna
The Mountain
I loved this. The mountains have always been my happy place. Maybe I myself can be my happy place too.
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Iris
Imagining myself as a mountain
I liked this meditation and have done other mountain meditations before. It would have helped more, if the coach had spoken a little slower or paused more between sentences for me to fill in with my imagination.
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Elizabeth
I am unsure of what exactly to feel at this point because I haven’t done many meditations, but I am sure I will learn more as I grow.
I learned meditation will be hard for me because I have a very busy mind.
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Alichia
Be yourself
Regardless of what people think, say or disagree about with you, be true to yourself. You are who you are and no one can change that.
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Greg
Stress
Be who you are, true to your nature, regardless of what’s going on around you.
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Kelley
Stress relief
I have to let people’s judgments roll off me and center myself as a mountain.
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Lidia
My unconditional acceptance
I learned that I have to love myself and be happy with myself unconditionally. This is who I am, because no matter what I do or say someone will always have an opinion, whether it be positive or negative. I am here to be me and no one else
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Halle
The nature of stress
It doesn’t matter what the outside world thinks of me. The reality is that I need to be true to myself, stand tall and be strong & vibrant like a mountain…
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Mayra
New days
I can stay grounded and resilient through every season of my life. It’s ok not to care about what others think or say.
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Karen
Let go
I learned that it’s hard for me to let go when something really bothers me. I hold it in my head too long and it stresses me out.
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Sharon
Be Yourself
I've learned that it's ok to not be concerned about people all the time, you are more important.
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Lisa
Stress
I liked the mountain metaphor, but I struggled so much to just focus on her voice and my breath. I feel like I have so much to do and so much going on. I feel overwhelmed.
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Maria
Different. Grounding
I learned that my attention span is short Flicked between 2 mountains. Feeling more resilient
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Yessenia
Remember you’re a mountain
A different perspective And how I perceive myself always, remind myself to turned my negative thought into a positive thought manifest good energy and blow out the bad
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Curtis
Going thru seasonal changeover, less daylight, made me join Aura.
Going through seasonal changeover. This is what made me join Aura.
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Janet
Adapting
I’ve always prided myself on my ability to adapt, but it’s been sadly lacking lately. I don’t know if it’s my age, or my health problems since contracting Covid, but there’s a lot of resistance and resentment emanating from me. This gentle mountain reminder helped me today.
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Melody
Being still and reflecting on that feeling of peace was helpful.
It is important to take care of my mindset every day. I look forward to being quiet and focused for the next couple of weeks. I struggle to find time to do this so it’s going to take a commitment on my part
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Ashley
Mountain
I love the analogies used on this app. Now to add another… mountain. Really feels like this app knows me!
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Rachel
Mountain
Just as the mountain stays the same during the seasons so shall I. I am grounded
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David
Mountain
I learned that no matter what happens that I am still myself even and that the opinions of others will not change me
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Yvonne
I learned I am the mountain, grounded and strong no matter what happens, I will not be diminished and cease to be I’m rooted and can stand string no matter the situationist what is spoken
Whenever stress starts to take over, I have a strong place within myself to go.
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Yvonne
I AM THE MOUNTAIN
I learned that whenever stress starts to take over I can return to the mountain and know I’m strong and firmly rooted. No words or situations can bring me down.
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Cindy
Love this about being your mountain! Felt so open and yet safe.
 thank you! amazing meditation! Calming and peaceful Namaste 🙏🏻 
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Kyle
Be the mountain!
Love the expression about being a mountain. “Seasons” come and go but the mountain (us) stay the same. I have to keep remembering to be true to myself and not let the things of other people reflect on me. Wonderful session.