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The Practice of Not Doing

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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation
This meditation invites the listener to practice the art of not doing. 
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Vernon
Not doing
It’s an interesting experience to consciously “not do anything” as it relates to breathing and thinking. I look forward to the next time to “not do anything”.
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Mahiah
so calming
i’m allowed to do nothing for a bit. i don’t always have to keep moving and keeping DOING things just to feel as productive as possible. the feeling of productivity comes with feeling calm about what you’re doing too! it was nice to take a second to breathe for a bit.
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Steven
Pirates!
This meditation reminds me of the Veggie Tales movie: The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. 😄
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Natasha
Solace
I learned that I can find solace in “not doing” anywhere, as long as I take the time to make myself stop and enjoy the sensation of separation.
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Walter J
Challenging...
I found this one a bit more challenging for me to Not do. I am a do-er by nature and it was awkward to Not do anything but sink into the bed. But by the end though, I was feeling rather free while my mind was Not thinking but taking a little vacation. I may need to try this a little more often. ❤️☮️🍀
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Louis
The Art of Not Doing Anything
We put forth no effort in order to breath. Our bodies takes this gift from God and operates independently of our thinking. There is little stress in breathing.
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Tammy
Breath as a wave
This is a great way to stay focused on the breath. It is really effective visualization because waves come in and out just like your breath!
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Cyndee
Just be 🌞
It was a nice change to hear someone telling me to focus on not doing anything. I’m used to being guided through a meditation with instruction on how to breath or sit. Always allowing the meditation to put my mind in a better place. I just learned that I can get to the point and have the same feeling by the practice of not doing anything. Just being 🙏
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Tammy
Not doing
Struggled to focus this morning. Not because of the meditation in anyway but because I did not sleep well. I will have to try this one again on a better day! Happy Friday everyone!
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Bobbi
The Art of Not Doing
I felt myself slowly release control in the way I was sitting. I felt my body slowly melt into the chair. My breath slowed down... relaxation came without sleepiness. 🙏
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Shiona
Distraction
I noticed that I was very distracted with my own thoughts. I need to let things be during my time to meditate since those thoughts can be focused upon afterwards.
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Cyndee
Not doing, Not doing...
This morning I found this meditation to be a bit more challenging than the first time. 🤔The first time I was completely absorbed in the experience of doing absolutely nothing and enjoying every moment of it. But, I wasn’t able to accomplish that, but I was close and will probably try again some other time. 😉
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Anita
I felt mellow and relaxed, just being.
I learned to just enjoy the moment, being there and not doing anything. Also to appreciate my body for what it does for me, just being me, supporting, providing, doing & existing as I am.
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Ekta
Like I was given a break and it was ok
I felt like it was ok to just be for a moment in time. Will definitely be listening a lot more
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Julie
Great time out
Today my mind wandered quite a bit during this meditation. However I still found it to be relaxing and a nice break from a busy day.
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Melanie
Aug 25
I have noticed lately, I have been stressed and not confident. I need to fix it. I feel great right now because I had reassurance.
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Mae
Not doing anything
This is so relaxing! Makes me feel happy I can do this meditation when I need some space.
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Kirubel
Amazing!
It was so peaceful, I could finally just relax and it felt great.
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Yanira
Hoy hice mi maratón 7.
Aprendí que puedo y que soy feliz. Esta meditación me relajó porque no hice nada jaja. Me gusta
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Emily
Relaxed
i relaxed so much and learned what i meant to do nothing. just like in stargirl. during i had these pictures of random things in my head but i still listened.
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Sonia
Very relaxing
I honestly feel so chilled out right now and in a state of peace, really enjoyed this session :)
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Debb
The Art of “Being” or “Not Doing”
As I settled into this meditation I realized that I was feeling a little more anxious than I had originally thought, however because my body and mind are used to spending time meditating, after a few good deep breaths I was able to settle into relaxing, and simply being; not doing . . . a challenging concept for someone who has spent 50+ years living by lists as proof of accomplishment, believing that she must always be busy in order to justify herself.
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Connie
Breathing
I noticed how my body wants to control things it already knows gow to do like breathing.
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Melanie
Not Doing
I am such a busy person. Always moving. Always needing to be doing something. In a constant competition with myself to make sure my days “count” by how much I did that day. I forget how to not do. I forget how to really enjoy my life and what I do. There is most definitely an art to not doing and I want to become practiced in it.
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Patricia
Settling
All I know is that I must simply be, and continue to be. Not everything should be controlled or shaped the way I want it, and that will be fine. I need to focus on simply...being.
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Debb
The Art of Not Doing
This practice is definitely an art. I have done this meditation before as it is one of my favorites. It seems perfectly okay not to do anything for 3 minutes! In that time it gives me a feeling of a deep sense of peace and renewal. ♥️
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Tiffany
Hygge
Reconnecting with loved ones at the end of the day brings joy into my life. Hygge is a Danish term that describes simple, beautiful moments of reconnecting. It is sitting on laps. Being goofy with stickers. Sharing food with my daughter. Saying I love you just because. I got that all tonight. My heart is full.
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Kayla
Not doing
My body fell into an ease when it heard that the next few moments I was to do nothing. I look forward to feeling such relief again
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Hanah
Not Doing
The stress that I felt previous to doing this exercise was blown away slowly as the tension left my body
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Maiya
Sad
I learned that it’s okay to let your emotions out. It’s not healthy to bottle them up and sometimes it can be very overwhelming. I learned that taking the time to step back makes me realize what I am doing in my life and understand why I’m doing thing or feeling a certain way and it’s okay.
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Elisabeth
Failure
My experience was extremely calming and I found it challenging because I constantly have a list of chores or errands to do. I was amazed by how often I fail to stop and relax. Especially with the holidays approaching, I have to unwind and practice self care daily.
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Bryce
This meditation
This meditation showed me my tendency to have to change and control everything even my breathing. I learned i need to take a step back and let things happen and not control them.
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Julia
Not Doing (Stress)
I liked this one because it targeted what I like to get hooked on- doing something.
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Kirsten
Not doing.
I learned that it is okay not to be doing anything all the time. We need to recharge our bodies.
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Walter J
Existing...
Nothing but e x I s t I n g ... I Ammmm... Auummmm... ... ❤️😑🍀
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Kathy
Not This Time
I have listened to this meditation previously and it was wonderful, I became very relaxed. A lot has been going on in my life and I have, again, been unable to meditate. So, Debb suggested I give this a try. I did tonight and found it impossible to not try to control my breathing. I need rest and sleep. I will try this again in the morning and anticipate success at not doing.
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Anne
Not doing
I learned that it’s ok to not be busy all the time and give my body a rest from everything. Many people think that it’s not ok to do just nothing but why aren’t we allowed to give ourselves a rest sometimes?
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Jill
nothing
This one, this one made a huge difference for me. I don't often let myself do nothing. It felt wonderful.
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Alia
Focus
I learned that i want to strengthen my skills of focus and of being present. This guided practice helped highlight the areas that I need to strengthen. It also allowed me to see the areas in which I am doing really well in! So many levels to being focused and also being present. I love this journey. Thank you!
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Barb
Not doing
We humans really do interfere frequently by doing, so this is an important reminder to “not do.” Although it was hard not to scritch my cat, who purrs through the meditations. So I just rested my hand on her, and the feeling of her purring, and breathing, was very relaxing, and made it a little bit easier to “not do”. 🙂
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Danny
Clear mind
This meditation helped me clear my mind and calm my emotions
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Sean
My experience
For this meditation I’m in the middle of making cookies that are in the oven rn. So I thought now would be a good time to not do anything. I lied on the floor with my dog and just stared up at the ceiling. I found it very relaxing.
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Kaitlyn
The Practice Of Not Doing
I noticed I wanted to change my breathing pace and I felt calm and relaxed.
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Cherish
The Practice of Not Doing
We are always trying to change something or do something. In this meditation, It was very comforting to just sit and be aware of your body breathing all on its own. No thinking, no forced breathing, just being in the present moment. 🙏🏻❤️
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Kimette
The Practice of Not Doing
Yikes! As lazy as I am you’d think that it would be easy to NOT do anything, but it was like trying to empty my mind, that is, just about impossible! I think that I’ll be repeating this session regularly for the rest of my life as I attempt to master NOT doing!
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Walter J
Non-doing...
Wow! This one was/is a big challenge for me! I am always busy with ‘doing’ something. Maybe because I have found by keeping my body busy, say with gardening, it allows my mind to do nothing and/or everything. I get such intense ideas from the Etherical realm that my thoughts tend to go to how much this idea could help people & I am busy again solving the worlds problems... But she got me for a moment or two to non-do and I survived ... so I guess it is ok to ‘do’! ❤️😏🍀
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Zoey
Not doing
Sometimes we need to not do anything and just let our bodies BE
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Kaitlyn
The Practice of Not Doing
I felt calm and relaxed and I learned that my body can breathe itself without me controlling it.
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Aghnar
Art of not doing anything
It takes a lot of practice to not do anything. Omg just relaxing and being just being. Must do more often what an experience.
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Genesis
Not doing anything it’s hard. As I was listening and try not to do anything I was focus on My breathing and trying not to use my chest
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Thorolf
Important
I learned that setting a moment aside for me is worth a lot in many ways. Especially saying to myself: „there‘s nothing, that you need to do“ becomes entirely true in these moments and tales of the speed of the day, the speed of thought
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Susan
The Practice of Not Doing
Who knew how hard not doing anything could be! I am going to practice this often. It was so peaceful.
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Amy
Fantastically Calming
This meditation practice was incredibly calming. I felt my anxiety and tension leave my body, and I feel much more at ease. Those three minutes will be one of the highlights of my day.
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Hannah
Being
I learned how refreshing it is to just be. Not that there is nothing pulling at me, but that I acknowledge those things and simply let them go, do not pick them up, and not take on the responsibility of things to do....when I am meant to just be. Just being is hard work. Being present in the moment, fully alive and attuned to my surroundings.
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Jenny
i feel grateful today, yesterday dan for my future. Alhamdulilah 🤩
Life is all about kindness. So bekind to everyone eventhough people mean to you. Don’t judge them, only Allah ..
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Jan
Relaxed
I was able to let go of my body and mind and come out of the meditation relaxed, cleared mind.
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Jill
Aka just breathing
It’s similar to some of her other meditations. It was okay, don’t get me wrong but I guess her voice also just makes it monotonous.
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William
Not doing
Cassandra, fascinating! Body knows how to breathe! Genetics! Autonomous! Thanks.
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Kane
I like doing nothing
I take for granted the ability to do nothing. Even when I feel I’m doing nothing, I’m not really.
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Lucy
Recharging
Everyone needs to recharge their batteries and just.. Do nothing. This meditation made me feel like I'm doing g nothing when I was atuchally doing nothing, it's such a amazing feeling that everyone ust and at least experience. This meditation is just so mindful and I feel asleep halfway through the meditation. I just.... breathed, recharged, and enjoyed doing nothing.
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Julie
Enjoyable, but...
I do enjoy doing nothing, just watching a scene outside my window. But I always feel I have to have already been busy and productive to deserve this luxury
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Haley
The Art of Doing Nothing
In today’s lesson I learned that it is good to relax and not do anything.
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Teri
Doing Nothing
I learned that what I have considered doing nothing was so incorrect. I enjoyed listening to this woman. This is something I vow to do several times a day. 😊
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Adam
This is one of the more helpful meditations for me, as my mind tends to wander.
I have learnt that it is ok for that to happen, and to simply observe that thought process and not see it as a failure.
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Walter J
Releasing...
Be able to release all concerns & thoughts of what I should be doing was refreshing. No responsibilities, no worries & no busy to do’s... Just Be-ing for a moment felt great!! 🍀
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Louis
Cleaning
I found that while listening to this meditation I was able to forget about the pandemic and all of the troubles we are facing and just focus on being calm.
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I am Dray
i am very happy to hear this from you !! Hope all is well with you
I love you so much thanks for this message Can i make Time with you , can we show love for each other
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Kendall
Just tuning in..
Just tuning in and not trying to make any changes, just being aware.
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Jewel
To just be
It’s amazing how simple it all really is when you can just be and not constantly feel like you need to do.
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Kathryn
I liked this.
It helped me relax and note how my body felt and what it was like to simply breathe
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Ramona
Nothing to do
We don’t take enough time off for ourselves to do nothing, just to sit down and relax enjoying every moment of the day sometimes doing nothing is a way to take care of ourself . 😊
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Julie
Interfere
...and resist the urge to interfere in the happenings around you unless necessary...one of my bad habits
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Dannielle
I felt very relaxed. The water is soothing and I'm new to this sort of and I'm glad this app exists.
I learned that it doesn't take up much time of your day at all to just switch off, breathe and turn a stressful day in to a much positive day if you just take that few minutes off just for yourself.
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Daniel
Peace
When I stop chasing peace, it is able to catch up to me. I don't have to create peace, rather just allow it to be.
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Sandra
I'm okay now
I feel better. My head was scrambled and my heart ❤ was heavy/sad. I'm okay now.
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Mary
I noticed that I have some good ideas building on each other
I also found more items online about my family I remembered some practices and concepts from the past that worked for me
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Charles
Racing thoughts
Kept thinking of chores I had to do. This gave me stress. Focus on my breathing helped
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Daphne
Mornings
I learned that getting up a few hours early to enjoy my coffee and watch the sunrise is a beautiful way to start my day! Can’t wait to get permission from my doctor to add exercise to this routine! 
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Nancy
Art od Doing nothing
I learned that I should stop during the day and take a few moments and not do anything.