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  • 2fullhound
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    [COLOR=#0b4000]@FirehairWildling[/COLOR] and Pheonix_Risen Thank you both for the help. I will definitely have to give your ideas a try.

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  • Pheonix_Risen
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    2fullhound FirehairWildling Agreed. Your mind will start to focus faster the more you do it. I've also mentioned before that some guided meditations are meant to engage your imagination. If you're not used to associating your mental states with certain places/things it can be a challenge at first to get to that calm, centered space. It can take a while to find that "happy place". For example, when I first started thought noting, I couldn't quite engage with the imagery of my thoughts as clouds in the sky like it asked me to. After months of trying, my mind ended up finding a metaphor all on its own: balloons. Dark balloons I let go and watch them float away. The happy, golden ones I hold onto.

    Moral of the story: give your mind time to develop itself. Eventually it will take you where you need to be and it will be easier getting there.

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  • FirehairWildling
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    2fullhound I have this problem as well. I have found that what works for me is to create a place in my mind as a home base for meditations. Whenever my mind wanders I acknowledge that it is happening and remind myself to go home. I always had the unrealistic expectation that my mind could/should be clear of clutter right away, but like anything, it's a practice you build up to. Eventually you'll be able to stay in that meditative space longer.

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  • trishablue
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    I sat for a 10 minute guided meditation yesterday. First time in a while. It felt rejuvenating

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  • 2fullhound
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    Hello to all in the Meditation Room. I do have a question that's probably already been answered, but, what is the best way to clear your mind or better yet, how do you keep your mind from wondering all over the place while trying to meditate? I just got done reading Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself-How To Lose Your Mind and Create A New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza and the third part of the book is guided meditation, but I just can't seem to quite my mind. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Peterpan
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    Tks Pheonix_Risen
    In the end I will share my experience

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  • Pheonix_Risen
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    LizardFriend95 one of the hardest things is learning how to let the tension out without allowing it to control you. I still cry after an anxiety attack, but my recovery time is a lot shorter and I can somewhat function during the attacks now.

    Peterpan Good luck on your journey!

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  • Peterpan
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    Hi All
    Just started trying a Meditation practice

    Because I did try in the past without much success, this time will make it easy: 2min a day
    Goal: Do those 2min it every day, for 30 days

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  • LizardFriend95
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    tris_granger I’ll have to try out the cat visualization. My cats don’t like being held, either. They do like to lay by me though.

    My anxiety comes out in two different ways. Either I get really frustrated irritable, like you mentioned, or I start to cry uncontrollably and can’t function.

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  • Pheonix_Risen
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    Tris Granger My brain has been finding its own way to visualize. I've tried the "cloud gazing" meditations where you watch your thoughts and emotions as clouds in the sky, but that never really seemed to gel with what was going on in me. But I kept trying and eventually, my mind started visualizing all my negative emotions and thoughts as black balloons and I watch them float away. Yesterday I even started seeing my positive thoughts and emotions as golden balloons that I get to hold onto.

    Imma try the cat one tho. It sounds cute. Probably even use the "Soft kitty, warm kitty" song as my mantra.

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  • tris_granger
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    Wysa is adorable! My friend recommended it to me! I tried it but preferred headspace cause of the courses. Am thinking of moving to insight timer after I finish or lose my student discount. I like that wysa has mood logging though.

    I while ago I heard of the wet cat visualization! When you're anxious/upset you imagine a wet cat you wrap in a warm fluffy towel and gently pet until they are warm dry and purring.

    My cat doesn't actually like being held, but I like the analogy. I tend to get frustrated and irritable, so the image of a hissing angry cat just feels super relatable to me.

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  • Pheonix_Risen
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    Had an interesting experience meditating today. I am struggling with anxiety today and while I meditated I found myself envisioning my anxiety as a physical thing I could manipulate. It started as a tiny burning ember, then I fanned it into a flame, put it out with fire, froze it to ice when it returned, melted it into water, then I noticed myself having very positive thoughts and daydreams.

    If anyone else struggles with anxiety, I recommend trying this out for yourself. It really helped me.

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  • Pheonix_Risen
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    30 Days of Yoga day 7
    5 minutes Mind Noting Meditation

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  • Pheonix_Risen
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    So glad I found this thread!

    I need to do way more meditation than I currently do. I use mental health app called Wysa. Tons of meditations of different styles. My favorite are the sleep stories.

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  • LizardFriend95
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    ♡ My Life Meditation Journey - Curb Stress and Worry, Day 2: Mind Wandering, 3 minutes
    ♡ My Life Meditation Journey - Curb Stress and Worry, Day 3: Strengthen Focus, 6 minutes
    ♡ My Life 8 Minute Progressive Relaxation

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