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Dea Rivera
Mindfulness Teacher
Quiet your mind with this practice as you visualize a lovely stream alongside you.  It may be helpful when your mind feels busy or emotions feel strrong
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100 reflections
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Erin
Leaf
It is okay for thoughts to come in when trying to focus, acknowledge them and allow them to float on by. Do not float down the stream with them.
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Patty
Choosing
I love the analogy of staying with or letting go of thoughts and dropping them on a floating leaf and having it float down stream. Do we watch the leaf as it floats away, or refocus on the soft current in front of us? I will stay on shore, watch the stream and wait for the next leaf to float by. A lovely meditation. 🌷❤️
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Eleanor
Let it go
You don't have to let a thought control or consume you. You can acknowledge that you had that thought but do not need to follow it
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Jaisa
Watch your thoughts
Like leaves on a stream passing.... A calming metaphor. Helps to cultivate acceptance of our thoughts as well as the observer stance.
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Ben
Thoughts on a leaf
I really liked the metaphor of watching your thoughts be a leaf flowing down a stream. It helps me not linger on my thoughts and let them settle on my brain. I feel more free.
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Katie
Hard
Took the weekend off from meditating and found todays session especially hard. I couldn't concentrate but i may just be stressed. Hoping tomorrow is better!
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Ella
Thoughts on a leaf
While I couldn't visualize the stream very well the voice was very calming and I definitely need to work on letting thoughts, especially negative thoughts, go on without me.
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Trav
Loved this
Was so easy to let go of thoughts by visualizing them float away.. definitely reusing this technique when distracted!
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Lhiza
Thoughts
There's millions of thoughts floating in my mind every day. And this thoughts brings happiness or sadness. But it's just like people in our lives who passes by and leave.
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Margot
Thoughts on a leaf
Loved this meditation. I will try it myself when those unwanted thoughts overcrowd my anxious mind. I will just place them on a leaf and let the river carry them away. Thank you
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Kyrstin
First meditation
I noticed that unwillingly my own thoughts crept in. But I continued to place them on leaves and set them free. When I opened my eyes my mind felt calmer. This might be a good practice to consider!
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Angela
Thoughts
Meditation before sleeping can help ease the mind into a peaceful mode
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Hope
Thoughts
When you get a thought don’t just follow it set it on a leaf and let it just go down the stream alone.
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Delcia
Meditating through Sickness
Today I have a cold which has in turn affected much of my body. It was quite distracting while doing meditation, but I know relaxing my mind and my body will help me overcome it.
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Ciera
Day 2
Your thoughts can float away. Focus on other peaceful things that put your mind at ease.
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Michael
Healing
I’ve suffering from a cold that has gotten worse with a bad cough. The cough has given way to acute pain in my side. The pain is so sharp with each cough. Tonight I received medication from an ER doctor, combined with meditation and rest, I hope the pain subsides and allows me to heal, physically and mentally.
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Anissa
Relax
To relax and pace my thoughts and remain calm to breathe and be aware of what is around me
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Soledad
Thoughts
I learned that there's no reason to harp on all the thoughts that constantly race in your mind..
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Caitlin
Helpful Imagery
Visualizing the leaf as a vehicle for my thoughts was so helpful. I will definitely use this throughout my day to try to avoid getting sidetracked. Thank you!
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Kylie
Day 1
Some things aren't gonna matter in 5years. Take a deep breath, enjoy the moment, and trust Gods plan.
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Hugh
This Too Shall Pass
I’ve been struggling this month with the pressure of two thesis projects and with missing time at work and in class. On top of that, it’s rounding the anniversary of the death of two good friends. These small daily moments have been extremely helpful in keeping me focused on the importance of taking some time to just be me, rather than worrying about everything I need to do or dwelling on negative emotions, and have helped me to understand that it is ok to feel this way. Like the leaves, this too shall pass.
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Crystal
Section
I learned it's good to vitality forces on something To quiet the mind and focus on something else To calm thoughts!
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Tenelle
My mind was not peaceful
Definitely realize how I often followed the leaf instead of focusing on my present state, my body or breathing. I need to work on letting go of thoughts for a moment and being more present.
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Ana
Attenpt
It was a nice attempt, and it started out wonderfully. However, my thoughts seem to consume me. I need to work on allowing some thoughts to just go...
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Rosa
Thoughts on a leaf
I must learn to place each of my thoughts on a leaf & let them float away without me following them!
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Ginny
Let it go
I️ learned that it’s easier in the long run to let the thoughts I️ experience float down the river on a leaf than it is to take them identify with them and run with them. God give me the awareness and mindfulness today to not identify with these thoughts.
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Anna
Passing thoughts
Stressful thoughts will pass, don’t dwell on them. Just let things happen and don’t worry.
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Kelsey
Detach
My thoughts are not permanent. They do not define me in the future. I need to let them pass by more often, without overreacting to them. Just letting them be.
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John
Let go of thoughts...
My thoughts are not permanent and let them go down the stream on a leaf without following them.
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Rebecca
Letting go
I can enjoy the beauty of the stream while processing negative thoughts and then letting them float away
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Kali
Leaves
I learned that negatives thoughts don’t have to leave a lasting impression on me, I can watch them go by like the leaf in the stream
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Everett
Tell
My thoughts and all dentist sensations arrived like like bugs in the fall
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Natalie
It will pass
Not everything will last just like your thoughts. It will pass. You will get through it.
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Natalie
Keep going
Your thoughts will come and go but it won’t last either. Part of moving forward is to let go of those thoughts
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Zuri
Leaf
Noticing my thoughts and letting them go on a leaf on the stream
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Alyssa
Thoughts
Don’t always need to be grasped, sometimes just acknowledging them and letting them pass is all you need. I need to practice this a lot because it was a really great exercise.
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DorDor
I can deal with water with this meditation. I liked the leafin the water
the leave and will try to remember the image of thoughts floating away.
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Kylie
Let that thought go
I enjoyed learning how to just let go of a thought I probably sent 40 leaves down stream in the mediation but it works thanks guys
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Angeli
Don't follow that leaf
Let the leaf stream down and acknowledge it. Let it go. Your thoughts like the leaf, are just one of many that will come about your day and we must simply let it be
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Alyssa
More anxious
This one is too fast, I felt like I couldn't keep up maki f me more anxious
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Zoe
Leaf
I️ learned to set my thoughts on the leaf in the stream and when the leaf passes to let my thought pass with I️t.
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Bek
Letting go
I learned to visualize a leaf floating down stream and to put my upsetting thoughts on that leaf and send them away.
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Courtney
Day Two
I learned to visualize a specific surrounding in order to calm my mind and ease my anxiety.
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Daynuh
Day 4
I learned that we are in control of our thoughts. When we don’t want to think of something we just have to let it go, or as this practice said let it float away on the leaf in the river. I loved this practice because of how easy and simple it made it sound to let our negative thoughts go. We are in control of our mind and we have to remember that🦋
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Triana
Thoughts
I never quite understood the concept of not feeding your thoughts or judging them. This imagery and visualization definitely helped me put it this concept into perspective. I need not focus on the leaf after it has floated past my awareness. I can simply let it flow away while my stream continues to flow and remain open to possibility:)
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Sanaa
Leaf session
I learned that I can’t let my anger get the best of me. And should continue Trying to be a better person☺️
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Alyssa
1/8/18
As I have written before, I struggle with keeping my mind from wandering during these meditations. This meditation was helpful in allowing me to visualize a calming place and to learn how to keep my mind focused. It’s all about acknowledging the thoughts that are arising and then letting them float away, like the leaf on the river.
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Katelyn
My thoughsts
My thoughts just fill my brain to its highest amount and it keeps my mind pounding away with the thoughts that fill my head. Some days they keep me awake at night and some days they don’t allow me to function
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Rain
Let it go
Gently set your thoughts on the leaf and let them float away. Don’t take the ride with your thoughts on the leaf.
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Kieosha
Honesty
True fact I’m still struggling to let things go. I really want to ... I think
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Ella
Thoughts streaming by
I learned that I can have a million and one thoughts and I am the one who has control over them, not the thoughts over me.
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Bronwen
Thoughts on a leaf
I learned that emptying your mind will go better some days than others
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Gary
Great Analogy
I’ve had a lot going on in my life. This year was stage for kidney cancer, Hurricane Harvey, my wife going into rehab, and finally, taking care of my mothers estate. I love the analogy of my thoughts going by like leaves in the stream the session provided it really puts perspective on the thoughts that are constantly flowing through my head and that I don’t need to pay attention to everyone of them!
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Sof
01/22/18
My thought is a leaf. I may not always follow it nor stop but I can continue letting it flow. Feeling better
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Melissa
1.28.18
Not focusing on other thoughts during meditation is more difficult that one thinks. It’s not wrong to have other thoughts, but one needs to return focus to the breath every single time our brain tries to pull us away...
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Mac
At peace...
Sometimes it is more important to let things go so you can be more at peace within. Let you stress and anxieties float away with the leaf. Lascia stare 🇮🇹
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Riley
Thoughts
I learned that sometimes you have to acknowledge thoughts and let them float away.
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Riley
Thoughts
I learned that sometimes you have to acknowledge thoughts and let them float away.
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James
It’s ok to just be curious
Just observe the thought and let it go - that’s enough. Get curious but no more - no need to obsess
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Kim
Thoughts on a Leaf 🍃
I learned that thoughts on a leaf is like letting go whatever you are feeling taking a nice deep slow breath and letting it go .
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Charles
Thoughts
I learned that negative thoughts or anxious thoughts don’t need to take space in your mind just let them come and pass on without hesitation and just move past them.
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Becca
Floating By
I have power over my thoughts and I can let them float on by rather than continuously ruminating on everything that might go wrong.
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Andreia
Leaves
I shouldn’t dwell on my thoughts as they are just passing leaves.
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Shelby-Lee
I still felt stressed and full of anxiety
It doesn’t really help me at this time. I didn’t learn much other then that.
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Adriana
Tiughts
You need to put ur thoughts on leafs and that you need to not follow the leafs down the stream
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Jonathan
It was much easier to visualize.
The stream felt different. It felt nice to let the thoughts flow down the river.
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Allie
I feel much better
It feels nice to place my sad thoughts on a leaf and send it down the river instead of dragging myself with it
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Rolanda
Distracted
I felt as if my mind couldn’t stay in one place or focus on one thing without wondering off whether i felt relaxed or tired my mind couldn’t choose.
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Rachel
Leaf
Put my thoughts on a leaf. . Let them drift away. . Not following them. Be here.
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Ronda
Leaf
Oh HOW I wish letting go of thoughts was as easy as sending them down stream. The times when my thoughts say I am worthless and when others treat me as though I am it is difficult to let that go. I know I am not worthless and I try my best to create a positive environment for myself. There are just those moments when I cannot come out of it.
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Megan
Memory
When I imagined the stream I imagined a place where my family went to in CO while we were on vacation. It’s kinda my happy place I suppose. It was gorgeous weather and a gorgeous view. It didn’t quite have a stream but had a lake and that’s where the imagination comes in.
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shelbi
heartbeat
i know the dark is coming when i hear the beat in my chest. it becomes louder and i can feel it in every square inch of my body. i feel unsafe, i don’t know why this happens to me. the feeling stays for awhile and then the dark starts to fade away, the feeling gets shorter and the beat becomes quieter.
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Debbie
Thoughts on a Leaf
I was able to pick out thoughts, placing them on the leaf and visualise them floating away down the stream
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Ila
Safe space
Transporting oneself to a tranquil space in nature helped me so much today. Thank you for your reassuring voice and for the gentle way you walked me through from the present to a little paradise of peace and quiet! Lovely way to start the day!!
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Keiko
Thoughts float by
This meditation was great to do this morning. As soon as I woke up thoughts were going. This practice helped me let the thoughts come, but to not get attached to any story or feel the need to act because of any thought. Instead the thoughts floated on by, and I was able to relax and actually go back to sleep. I got a little extra sleep and felt better when I woke up again.😊
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Mace
Leaf
It was really amazing it made me think only on the meditation and on nothing else!
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Matthew
Flow away
I tend to jump on the leaves of my thoughts and drown with them in the stream of my consciousness. There are always SO MANY to cope with!
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Laura
Leaf
This meditation really helped me calm down. I’ve been struggling with the idea of losing my father and allowing those ideas float away helps me to focus on how I can help him in the present.
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Geneva
Stream
The sound of water relaxed me and helped me to find a happy place
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Pawpaw
Flower thoughts
I rested each thought like a flower in a stream. It will pass by, maybe swirl, and it will then continue its journey down the stream
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Jessamine
Just here
I am just here, now. I have no need for these thoughts, these plans for the future in this moment. All I need to do right now is breathe.
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Tiffany
Sadness
I wish I could let my sadness float down the river. My worries hold it in place. I am afraid that I made a decision that will cost me a friendship. When I let go the ache returns.
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Hannah
Overthinking
I overthink quite often. It hurts me greatly and has for quite awhile now. As I was in the middle of this meditation, as mentioned “oh there’s a thought” I began to overthink. I placed it on the leaf and watched it go away. I noticed it to be harder to place a thought on the leaf and let it go than it was to watch the lone leaf float away. However, it was successful. Great meditation!
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Mackenzie
Grounding
I absolutely loved this one, it’s so easy to get taken away by a thought very helpful to put the thought on a leaf and let it go down the stream while you stay on the river side! Much needed ❤️ thank you!
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Michelle
Leaf
Truly enjoyed this. I literally feel calm. Not sad. Just helped to woo say. Wish the sound of babbling brook was in background
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Rich
Work in Progress
My thoughts carry me downstream so often I have worn quite a path along the bank of the stream, with campsites along the way. This is a very helpful session to let those thoughts go.
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Susan
Thoughts on a Leaf
What a beautiful way to let thoughts and worries go... Just think well there is a thought. Then put it in the leaf and let the Earth take it away. Just release it.
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Matthew
Sail Away
Listened to this track months ago. Today, my thoughts are more maelstrom-like. Swirling around me so I get caught up in them! Need change in my life! It’s not likely to happen the way I want anytime soon. Sick of just hanging on. Ready to move ahead. https://youtu.be/2zkjQVh5KmQ
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Kat
Thoughts on a leaf
It’s so peaceful to sit by a stream and watch the water as it flows past, sending anything that floats along with it down stream. Having this meditation to remind us to allow our troublesome thoughts to float downstream on leafs floating in a peaceful stream always us to keep our calm with the mantra that this too shall pass when things are difficult.
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Alta
Listen by the River
I listened to this sitting on the bank of the Mississippi River in the early morning. So much peace and tranquility.
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Susan
Thoughts on a leaf
Remember to let your thoughts go. Do not become them. Let them float away.
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Vanessa
Favorite
This is one of my favorite meditations. The idea of just letting thoughts float by without having to follow them is a great way to assist me with my anxiety. I’ve been struggling with cold symptoms vs anxiety this week and my thoughts have been all over the place. My rear infection is causing me to be off balance and dizzy and I keep telling myself it’s just my anxiety and not to let myself rest. This helped put things into perspective for me.
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Lori
I choose which thoughts to notice and let go by
I don’t have to believe some of those thoughts or anxieties or depressive thoughts.
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Illse
Drifting
I realize that a weightless leaf can carry many weightless thoughts and continue on the journey. a stream is gentle and caring a Protector of this leaf just as my breath is my calming protector as the inhaled air races thru my body to calm my inners and allow my brain to covet both actions of inhale and drop interruptions on the leaf and life continues
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Jeanisse
Let it stream
Breathe in, and breathe out anything that makes you sad; let it flow out through like a stream in the river. Sadness is part of life, but don’t let it linger for much longer than required. Breathe in, and breathe out; nothing lasts forever.
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Tina
Anxiety
I did this at my desk at work & I had a lot of trouble concentrating with everything going on around me.
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Devereaux
Floating on a leaf
I like the idea of placing thoughts on a lead as you meditate. Very calming
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William
Leaf
Dee, works! A leaf on a cool stream, mind settling! But at times I want to ride the leaf, grasshopper, butterfly! Away! Thanks.
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Susan
Thoughts on a leaf
What a beautiful practice. I kept drifting along after the practice ended.
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Mary Jane
Thoughts on a leaf
Beautiful. My whole self was completely there. Simple with nature! 🙏