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The River

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Christina & Darrin
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This meditation gives you a powerful visualization for practicing the art of mindfulness, which is observing your thoughts and feelings from a neutral perspective, without attachment or resistance. They are like the currents of the river rushing past you, while you, the observer, are like a rock in the riverbed. This allows you to stay anchored in a calm state of awareness, which you can then bring back into your day. Photo by JAMES WESTMAN from Pexels
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76 reflections
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Natasha
I'm a little distracted today
This really didn't do much for me. I had trouble connecting to the words and focusing. It felt a little too vague.
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Tim
I'm feeling more stress after this meditation than I did beforehand.
Everything is flowing around me regardless of what I let in. So I have to be very selective on what I let move me or what I let in or I will get pushed down the stream by everything else.
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Kellie
I am the rock in the river bend
I love this reminder and the visualization that my thoughts and feeling flow through me and past me like the currents of a river bend, but I am a rock..Never getting swept up in the current. I also love the reminder that I am not my thoughts or feelings.
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Ashes
I couldn't stop thinking about my dog river, and then this meditation came up!
Had a mindful breakfast and I think breathing deeply improves digestion at a rapid pace
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Margot
The river
I can just observe my thoughts and then let them float away like with the current of the river
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Elisabeth C
The River
Let the thoughts flow like a river. Let me be steady, like a rock.
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Olivia
Flowing
I must remember that I am not my thoughts or my feelings. They are their own separate entity. My authentic self is the sturdy rock in the river of my life.
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linda
River
When the River flows threw your body as it did mine it did awaken my body, I feel light,fresh and strong! I'm Awakening and feel Calm!
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Hailee
River flow
I learned that as anxiety goes through me, to anazlyze if it’s worth worrying about. If not, let it go just like a river. It’s not worth the time to be stressing
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Jacy
Emotions
Not to be overwhelmed by emotions & to let them go& don’t allow them to obtrusive
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Dakota
Let it flow
I learned to let emotions flow through me without holding onto them
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Meg
First time
I learned that my emotions do not need to control me and I can brush them off
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Anthony
Rushing home
Rushing home made me become very quick in thinking. I couldn't discern individual thoughts as they came and went. I had very rapid eye movement. I felt rushed.
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Litzy
Deep Breath
I need to take deep breaths and imagine all of my stress and daily problems flow pass me for a couple of minutes.
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Angela
Let them flow
I need to allow my thoughts to flow in and out of me. Also, thoughts are not me. They just flow through me.
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Ahmed
Remember that
I learned that ppl change no matter how wevwere close but nth lasts forever. Thats the only truth
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Olivia
Stable
I need to remind myself not to get caught up in my thoughts and feelings. I am neither of those thing. I am just myself.
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Everett
Have
I can and will. There is and no there is not but the possession is the act of denial and my truth is tethered to tethers far away
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Brittaney
Taking time
Taking time to clear my mind of the days events, not allow it to bog me down
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Kellee
A New Beginning 10-24-17
I learned that you hav to let the little things go and truly focus on the big. Brush of what’s on your mind to relax and let it flow. I suggest the longer meditation (it went too fast) good day everyone!
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Mila
River
My thoughts and feelings aren’t me. Like a river current, they pass by and through me. Being aware and distinguishing the difference between this is key.
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Kushal
Good
I am not my thoughts or what others say as others say I am not efficient in anything
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Tiffany
Holding on
Usually I use meditation to cope with strong negative feelings & thoughts. This is my 1st doing it when I felt well. I didn't want to let go of my thoughts & feelings of fairness, justice and righteousness. I want my thoughts & actions to represent my values.
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Rashad
Gaining momentum
Losing stressful thoughts and being able to focus on important issues and learning to prioritise
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Melisa
The Rock or The Current?
I would rather be the current than a rock. ;) flowing flowing flowing
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Sherry
A Rock
In a river is steadfast in its place, never letting the current take it down the river with it. I need to be that rock, or better yet, let my faith be that Rock for me so I don't have to be wet and cold! I absolutely love this metaphor-my favorite by far!
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Mia
Identity
I am not my thoughts. I am not my feelings. I am not my circumstances, I am the observer. If I let them go, I can reach my center, I can identify what is happening, and what is really me.
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Meg
River Stone
I am not my thoughts and feelings. I am an observer to them; they do not define me.
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Harvey
The river
A tool to be able to understand and control the overwhelming and constant thought process through poetic gentle placement of the mind.
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Paula
River Currents
I observe as the thoughts & feeling move through me & past me. I watch them fade into the distance as stand in mindfulness.
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Tammy
River
I find it hard to imagine my thoughts as currents in a river or balloons in the sky. I find I do better just by distracting myself with very mindful breathing. Still enjoyed the visualization though.
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Calissa
Rock in the river bed
I learned that I enjoyed the visualisation more than I thought & by the end of the meditation felt slightly confident & more grounded
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Ann
The River
Being in water has always brought happiness to me. This meditation was so relaxing and enjoyable. I loved this visualization.
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Carly
stress
I need to work on my breathing and learn how to cope with my anxiety to feel more at peace. also to help me deal with certain situations.
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Ashley
I am not my thoufhts and emotiona
I am not my thoughts and emotions; I am me and my thoughts and emotions are things that move through me and pass on. I have control and am not controlled.
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Kayla
01/11
Trying to be more focused in the now and not let my thoughts and feelings control me and how I react to things, I need to choose what I give my energy too.
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Deanna
Energy
I’m tired but after my meditation I have more energy. Having more energy helps me mentally process my thoughts better.
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Juliana
The River
I learned that my feelings and what is going on around me does not describe me.
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Danielle
Calm
Really learned to let my problems just flow, I can not control a lot of stuff I think about.
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Jop
River of thoughts
I learned that by noticing my current thoughts make me less attached to my feeling.
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euriana
staying still
I learned that detaching oneself is like recreate oneself again.
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Lauren
Stress
I learned that even when I’m stressed and have a billion thoughts racing in my head, I can let those thoughts just float around me and breathe. Taking in each thought at a time spending time with it instead of trying to interpret 5000 thoughts at once.
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Matt
Nausea
It is extremely difficult to meditate while I am nauseous. Not sure how to avoid thinking about it
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Jessica
Flowing
Really trying to learn to let those negative thought come and go....instead of holding on them and causing me to panic and unfocused.
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Patty
I Wish
I like to think that I’m a rock in the middle of the stream. This meditation is wonderful and very convincing; I love the pauses that give me time to focus. In truth, I am affected by my feelings, which lead to negative thoughts. I have no control over it because it (he) lives next door to me. I have to work to distance myself from the feelings. Meditating, deep breathing and refocusing helps, of course. Thanks for listening. 🙏
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Pam
River
Thoughts and feelings are flowing past like the current of a river. They are there for a moment then continue downstream. I am a rock in the riverbed. I am not my thoughts; I am not my feelings.
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Ben
Thoughts
Being a stone in a river and letting thoughts flow round you is comforting.
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James
Whilst I am a bit distracted today
I love the idea of being that rock, silently and steadfast whilst observing, rather than getting caught up in the current of my thoughts and feelings.
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Joyce
Take me to the River
What a great analogy. I love that both thoughts and feelings are floating by, reminding me that all feelings as well as thoughts are temporary, and I am like a rock, able to experience it but also let it all flow past me. Namaste
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elisabeth
Rock
I learned to visualize myself as a big boulder in middle of the currents of my thoughts. Unwavering. Unmoving. Immovable. An observer to the current of thoughts. I am not my thoughts.
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Ronda
The River
When I began this meditation, my mind was very clear of any thoughts or feelings. I was able to just relax and feel as the rock in the river as Anything that came to mind was just passing by. Never thought of my feelings and thoughts in the way of just visitors. I will not invite the unpleasant “visitors” back but the pleasant “visitors” will be welcome at anytime.
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Dixie
Day 1
If I just let this take over my body and thoughts I feel better
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Stephanie
Lesson learned
I learned that I have to not overthink of my problems but overcome them without stressing about them
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Val
Focus
I learned that it is very hard to focus your mind on just breathing. I lost concentration many times in just three minutes!
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Glenn
Flowing thoughts and feelings...
Multitasking can become easier with time amidst the plethora of thoughts that i have coming and going in/out of my mind everyday.
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Jordan
The river of thoughts and feelings
You are not your thoughts and feelings - so don’t let them control you. They are, instead, like water in a rushing river; they are moving through you in this moment but will pass by with time.
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Tyler
Letting go
I need to let my thoughts go through me instead of holding on and obsessing over them. It causes me stress and gives me anxiety about the future
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Tess⚡️
Thoughts and Feelings
I learned that my thoughts and feelings do not control me, they flow through me like a river. Being aware of my deep breathing and my thinking makes me very calm as it did now.
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Edivino
20.02.18
There is no life balance! You must have a mission aligned with your Core Values.
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Jodi
Thoughts and Feelings...
Thoughts and feelings are like a river, and I am the rock that is solidly grounded in the river bed. By being present in the moment and taking the time to recognize and acknowledge the thoughts and feelings that are bringing me stress, I can then allow them to continue flowing downstream. In doing this, I am able to truly live in the here and now and enjoy each and every moment.
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Erica
You will always be ok.
Thinking about the anchor of the rock- feeling and being, but not carried away by the thoughts and emotions that flow out of me.
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Randi
The river
My thoughts and feelings are not me. They simply pass through me.
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Sally
I am a rock
I like the visual that I am a rock in the river and all my thoughts and feelings are flowing around me with the current. I am grounded and don’t have to act right away. I can breathe into them and calm them for a minute.
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Jonathan
River
Interesting way of looking at things - some value in trying to see it that way I think.
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Mo
The Rock Says
Thoughts will come and go but remain solid and unmoved by them and embrace your stillness
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Kyra
Calm
I feel calmer than I did today when faced with a stressful situation
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Kimette
Too involved
In the past couple of days I have realized that I don’t get as much benefit from meditations that focus on my being an uninvolved observer. As a very new user, this is too advanced for me. I get better results from focused breathing right now, but maybe soon I will be able to stand outside my thoughts and feelings.
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Walter J
Thinking...
I have thoughts. I created them, but I am not them. I can notice them, but then let them go if I choose. Or I can turn into them if I think about them long enough and with enough emotion. That’s powerfully simple and certainly worth thinking about. ✌🏼❤️
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Tara
The observer
I am not my thoughts. How many times must I tell myself that before I really absorb it’s full meaning? The metaphor of the river was very powerful for me. I could imagine myself in the river, like a rock with the current rushing past me. I like this better than imagining that my thoughts are clouds. Clouds are far away, but I am in the river and I can feel the current of thoughts and emotions pushing against my body wanting to carry me away with them.
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Tchoupitoulav
Debt
My thoughts went straight to my credit card debt. Ugh. I tried “observing “ and “watching it pass by” but no. It causes me angst. I know I put myself in this position but ok. Sigh...
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Faithy
4/9
I liked this concept of being a rock in a river. You aren’t drowning in the river, the water just moves around you. You are strong:)
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Scott
The River
For me, it would have been easier to envision rising instead of sinking toward the end of this meditation on being a rock in the river. But the imagery of thoughts and feelings becoming the current while I was a rock was helpful.
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Susie
The River
I liked this imagery of thoughts moving along with the river currents. It is similar to imagining them as clouds moving through the sky. I usually am annoyed by my thoughts as I attempt meditation and am appreciative of any reminder to acknowledge these thoughts and just let them roll by.
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Jill
River
This one helped me so much. It helps soothe my breathing. Just imaging me and watching my problems, for a second, flow away.
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Ella
Middle Ground
I feel that I am not good enough, broken, heavy, a burden. He doesn’t want to be around me, he wants his own life. I have my own life but I have fully invested myself in our relationship, planning a house, baby etc, trying to get my health in order. If I act out my emotions, I push him away, and if I hide them, I push him away. I need to find a middle ground. I cannot be angry anymore. I am turning into a monster, I hate it. This is not me... where is my emotional regulation?
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Kim
Smooth, strong rock
Like a rock in the riverbed, I really like the analogy. I am strong. I can center, breathe and get through the stress.