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You Are Not Your Thoughts

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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation
It is easy to get lost in our thoughts and become identified with our thoughts, leading to suffering.  This guided meditation invites the listener to observe thoughts, without become identified with them, and experience self as that which can observe thoughts.
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Sally
A good reminder
For me this was a nice meditation and a good reminder that we can be separate from our thoughts. Sometimes for me I am to focused on things that I am thinking and this reminded me that I can slow down and just be for a bit.
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Bara
I am not my thoughts 😊
I find this meditation to be so important for me! My thoughts affects me in many ways, and it generates a lot of anxiety. So imagining myself to be separated from my thoughts, to be like the sky which isn’t affected by the clouds, will help me to be detached from all the thoughts that I can create. A big thank you for this meditation! 😇
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Kennedy
Fears
I learned that it's better to let go of your thoughts and fears on something that isn't actually real because I got to watch this new movie trailer for a new live-action Disney movie. That was really terrifying. And now that I did this I feel so much better about it and I can finally go to sleep with no fears.
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Tracy
Neutral Observation
Allowing thoughts to flow through my mind, observing without judgment, helped me not to hold onto anxiety, stress, sorrow, anger, or irritation. What a great reminder!
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BumbleBrie
This is really nice
I want to share this with you. It’s so easy to take yourself down, but in the end, you are just not your thoughts! Have a Groovy day!
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Gabby
A Good Type Of Disconnect
I usually think we are defined by how and what we think, but actively making myself sit back and observe the inner monologue we all have helped shift that. I don’t have to be bound to everything I think. I can watch my ideas flow and move without them affecting what I’m doing or having them be input into who I think I am in this moment or overall. The ability to step away is, to be slightly over the top, empowering. These are only pieces of me, generated from my mind, that I can observe and not just get lost in.
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Maria
I am not my thoughts
I tend to get caught up in my thoughts, thinking and overthinking everything. I allow anxiety to rule and easily become overwhelmed by the “what if’s” and the worse case scenarios. But this meditation helped me to realize that I am not my thoughts, and they do not control me. They are there to be observed, sorted for usefulness, and sometimes acted on. I do not need to let them control my emotions or my actions. I am in control. My thoughts are simply clouds in the sky of my mind.
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Patrick
Intriguing?!
Did you know that the “average” person has 60,000 thoughts each day? (I knew I was above average in something LOL) If if you listened to only 10% of those thoughts (600), you would be a raving lunatic! Which brings validity to the phrase “ you are not your thoughts.” ❤️🤓🤪
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Hazel
you are not your thoughts
we can often get so caught up in our thoughts and feel like they’re drowning us, and then we react because of them. when I’m actuality, only you can give them power. I’ve been practicing, acknowledging my feelings and thoughts but not making them get a reaction out of me. rather I sit with them, and dissect why that thought was brought up in the first place, and this is how you become free from your thoughts.
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Robyn
I am not my thoughts!
I learned that I can just observe my thoughts from a distance and I am not my thoughts!
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William
Thoughts
Observe, witness, separate my thoughts! More magic for today!
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Patrick
Cassandra
Your meditation is good but I found myself wanting more. Allow me to offer my friend, Cassandra, information that not only supports your efforts, but also provides further insights. On average, the mind receives, on a daily basis, in excess of 60,000 thoughts. If you gave credence to only 1% (600), you would surely go “mad as a hatter.” 600 thoughts a day? 4,200 thoughts a week? 16,800 thoughts a month x 12? ❤️🤪⁉️
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Roni
Interesting!
I learned that I am not my thoughts and I shouldn't allow myself to be affected by them.
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Shonnie
Not my thoughts, I am not
I am not my thoughts, I can simply observe them. Is action required?
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Maty
I am not my thoughts
I can observe my thoughts objectively, and decide they are NOT who I am.
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Amanda
I am not my thoughts
You are not your thoughts and I’m not my own thoughts we all just need to be grateful and love with our whole heart and forgive with our whole soul! Namaste
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Zach
I am not my thoughts
That through meditation, and the gentle sounds in the background has released alot of the negative in my mind I found peace, and tranquility above everything else.
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Kim
You are not your thoughts
I am relaxed but need to work on separating my thoughts and not allowing them to define or derail me. It’s easy to let thoughts wander and take up space - more to add to the mindfulness practice.
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Kristin
Not my Thoughts
I usually engage with my thoughts and personalize them. It’s easy to mistake my thoughts for feelings. Thoughts and feelings are data points not definitive truth
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Ash
I am not my thoughts
This is something I need to work on. I usually get anxiety or spiral into an anxiety attack because of my thoughts. I will try to be more mindful and realize that “I am not my thoughts”.
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Chloe
Thank you
I learned that this is some thing that can help with my anxiety and that this can truly help my mind.
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Jennifer
Relapse to death and back into life.
I learned that many tormenting thoughts flow through my mind. I HAVE the power to ignore them. I create my minds atmosphere for each new day. When death screams at you, don’t listen choose the life giving validating attitudes.
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Emily
I am not my thoughts
My concerning thoughts are narrowed, always about the same thing recently
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BumbleBrie
Wow! This is a Groovy ...
...way to say to yourself “No, BumbleBrie (or whatever the name that you were given); You just ain’t those thoughts!”.... Can you please try it too?