Web of Awareness

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Deanna Burkett, MA, MS
Mindfulness of Body
This meditation is inspired by a spider web simile used by Ajahn Chah, a Thai Forest meditation master, and is meant to help foster creativity and experimentation with the internal meditation stance. I hope it helps with developing a lighter and more comfortable observational position in the mind. Happy experimenting! See the Ajahn Chah quote here:  http://onemindfulstep.com/blog/the-spider
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46 reflections
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Kira
I need these moments
And the reason I need them so badly is to replicate them in other times of need during the day. The life's we live now bring so much stress and distractions that just settling down and feeling calm almost becomes and impossible task.
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Mia
My body is a projection of my awareness
And as such, I can transform it. My self as a spider lightly posed on the web of my body... I can see my matter as a network made of pulsing lights!
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Jamie
Awareness of Self
It is so nice to have moments to myself, even for 7 minutes, also as a spider... These moments are very few and far between. I am so grateful for Aura :)
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Audrey
Make the time
Taking a few minutes each day can make a lifetime of difference.
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Erica
Being Mindful of yourself from the inside out
Being aware that it’s ok to be still and limber enough to take time to feel your energy flowing in and through out your body.
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Katie
11-7-17
I️ need to take a step back and remember others perspectives. Struggle is a universal feeling and just because I️ am struggling does not mean others need to due to my emotions. Be patient, be kind, be respectful. Struggles and challenges are good and helpful but know when to take a step back for yourself and for others.
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Genevieve
All Life Is Connected..
This reminded me of the Native American folk tale about Grandmother Spider and how we are all connected through the Universe by her spiderweb of consciousness. Meditating brings that awareness to the forefront and helps us continue down our path towards enlightenment. Namaste 🙏🏻
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Kellee
Sunny Thursday 11-16-17
I really liked this meditation because she took you to a place where you could drift off and feel your body in tuned with what she is saying. Thank you. Have a nice day, Everyone!
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Tammy
Web of awareness
Although I don’t particularly like spiders the image of the web was powerful. I felt the buoyancy of the web supporting me. Like a spider uses the web to sense what is going on in his world, I used it to help me sense what is going on in my body, my world. It was very thought provoking to imagine myself suspended on my own web of life.
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DorDor
Web of awareness.
I am concentrating a little better. Pulling my mind back to focus on the voice. My mind constantly wanders so this is great! Even tried to be the spider in-the web, with the web acting like a blanket.
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Karen
Web of awareness
Great softening meditation. Reminded me of the sensation during the only night dive I did in Gloucester Ma in a cove with a group of friends. Glowing luminescent bio material. Perfect buoyancy, shut off our lights and just floated in perfect suspension. Imagine it would be similar to floating in space. I reconnected with that memory this morning. Thank you.
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Anya
Interesting
This was a bit different than most of the meditations I’ve tried on here. At the end, I couldn’t help thinking that this was one i definitely wish was longer (I did the 3 minute version—I believe this particular meditation would be experienced much better as the 15+ minute one).
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Everett
Giver giver
Taking from heaven i am winning but damn I a have ideas about where going is from
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Sarah
12/25/17
Will try to be more relaxed next time. But I’m not feeling the web thingy today.
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Melike
Shivering
I actually responded well to the web analogy. It made me feel sort of like electric was coarsing through my body, like it was all connected. I think I was shivering because of the morning cold, but how is that electricity going through your muscles different than it going through a spider web?
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Mitchell
We are connected
I learned through this exercise that you can feel everything around you. Although symbolic I could feel the street outside, the person downstairs and the universe saying good morning.
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Emily
Frienda
I learned what a real friend is to me, someone who truly bring me peace an happiness and not stress
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Sara
Heart
I learned that my heart softens when I see people I love. My heart soften for a moment in time and that’s truly amazing.
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Sarah-Jane
Softening
This was very relaxing, as I felt my whole body release tension
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Shateca McGee
Mindfulness of Body
That when I take moments for myself. That I can breathe and realize what is going on inside and with myself.
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Hannah
Better
I am surprised that even though I spent my entire day talking to people and interacting with my community I have been able to be very kind to myself especially as the night progresses. I can't believe meditation is working.
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Meg
Web of Awareness Meditation
I thanked and honored my body for all it does for me. I felt light, and aware.
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Matthew
Late session yoday
Had an early morning family event and just got into my Aura session for this morning. Exhausted, this session actually pulled me to sleep.
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DJ
Must Read
I learned when things get hard and when u feel like falling apart, take a moment of you.
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Morgan
Kindness
I learned that it’s important to be kinder to yourself and be aware of when you’re not being kind
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Deepti
Tored
It’s harder for me to sink into the meditation when I’m tired and rushed
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Glenn
Mindfull
Even short sessions of mindfulness contribute to well-being throughout the day.
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Shirley
I am SO relaxed
While I was meditating, I was thinking, “is this ASMR?” Anyways, this was a very relaxing meditation. It is good to feel conscious and aware of all the feelings and sensations inside and outside while breathing deeply.
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Erika
Healing
After meditating I felt extremely good about myself, I’m not anxious or stressed about a single thing. Everyday I dig deeper and discover small things about myself, I feel so comfortable.
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Joyce
The world-wide web
I can be aware of layers of support beneath me, stretching out in all directions. Namaste
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desiree
tugging between shame and rage
deep breathing really relaxed me, i feel the threads of connectivity flow around and through me. i sense the beast of rage within me doze but it doesnt feel enough.
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Bella
Well
I can actually focus on this for three minutes. That’s not what I expected, I thought I’d be unable to sit through it.
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J.W.
Saturday morning supermarket
locked my bike pulled off my gloves walked slowly brisk air steamed on exhales my fingers tingled just before the entrance I paused in a warm sunny spot removed my backpack took out my list that’s when they walked by very slowly the young girl in the green uniform was beaming as she pushed the old woman’s cart Rosy cheeks, curly brown hair, sparkling blue eyes, strong legs she exuded the proud purpose of someone who loves her work The girl said something that made the old woman smile. The old woman pointed to her car with a frail, wrinkled finger. Dressed elegantly, she was obviously a person of means. A sincere gratitude filled her eyes as she gazed up at her companion the young girl’s simple kindness had made all the difference they shuffled across the parking lot together, laughing
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Genavieve
Omg so cool
Somehow my face shows emotion even if it doesn’t look like a certain emotion
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Stanley
I learned
If I take some time to calm down and relax my stress fades away
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Ku anida
I try to learn
The feeling when you in the web , i want to feel that kind of sensation
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Génova
Web Awareness
Take a moment to relax and imagine you’re a spider chilling in your web. That web is like you’re sanctuary, where you have the freedom to do whatever you want to.
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Maddie
I think that this was very refreshing I think that this was very refreshing
It really helps me become more in tune with my body and what it was telling me. It’s good to step back and relax your body and mind.
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Sheikh
I am Spider on my Web
...::of Awareness Wonderful to feel suspended on my own web, and feeling my own body and surroundings though the strands of the web
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Amy
Suspended
Through complete relaxation and turning inward and then out, I felt the sensation of being suspended, but it was hard to hold on to.
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Maria
Distracted
I chose to practice the seven minute version and I found myself blinking open my eyes and distracted half way through. While I continued to sit still, I no longer had my complete attention on the woman’s voice; instead, I used the remaining time to check in with myself and meet myself where I am, rather than getting annoyed with myself for not fully participating in the entire meditation.
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Chrissy
6/4/19
I felt so aware and I could actually notice what what going on with myself. I was in control and able to change how I felt and what I wanted to notice and feel. It was an amazing and relaxing 3 minutes:)
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Mark
Why are my mindful days not increasing every day ?
This is an ongoing problem !! Is there anything that can be done about this problem?
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jess♥️
Tired
Not gonna lie during this meditation i was really tired and just boutta take a nap now ;)
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Haley
Awareness
In today’s lesson I learned that awareness isn’t just for meditation it is also for everyday things. In life we all can get busy and we often miss out on a lot of important things and being aware of what is around us but once in awhile it is good to take time to look around
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Cherish
Watchful Eye
Once a spider creates its magnificent web, it sits in the center with a watchful eye. Always alert and aware, the spider is content. When something disturbs its web, such as an insect getting caught into it, it hurries over to it to smell it. If the insect smells good, the spider realizes this as food and quickly wraps the insect up for a later meal. Once done, the spider, alert and aware with a watchful eye, returns back to its center. In this meditation, Deanna has us suspend in our web, alert and aware. After settling in my chair and taking a few deep breaths, I dropped down into my center, visualizing my body as a web. With a watchful eye, I began to sense various parts of my web for any disruptions. When I noticed anything that needed my attention, I hurried over, tending it with loving kindness. Afterwards, I went back to my center and continued the awareness process. After tending to the individual parts, my watchful eyes became aware of this web as a whole. With a watchful eye, I am alert and aware of all that happens. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️