Breathe into Tension
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Jiva Masheder
Mindfulness for Stress & Anxiety
With mindfulness practice, the breath really is your friend, and in this practice you'll be learning how to breathe into tension in your body, and release and relax.
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63 reflections
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Karen
The bus
I learned that I get more from my mindfulness sessions when I close my eyes - today I tried it with my eyes open but got distracted by the other passengers on the bus.
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Mauricio
Tension in the brain
Love yourself, be yourself. People are going to judge you for better or for worse but never let that affect who you are as a person
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Sarah
Unnoticed tenaion
I hadn’t realized how much tension is in my jaw!!! Doing this meditation, I realized just how much tension is there and now I am making an effort to notice more and breathe into that tension and let it go!
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Elisabeth
Breathing into tension
I️ hold tension in my chest and stomach when I️ feel stressed. Focusing on breathing into these places helps me relax.
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Erin
Tension
I learned that I hold a lot of tension in my shoulders and lower back and that’s where all my stress accumulates. Taking breathes to and from these areas helped give the illusion I was slowly unwinding and didn’t feel as bad
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Brian
Tension
I learned that my neck and shoulders are where I hold the most tension and need more focus
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Everett
Real
A bribe it’s all bribes all we do to each other is bribe and barter until we can afford a better other
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Tammy
Tension
Great one tonight since I have tension and sore muscles. The breathing into the area of tension really helped alleviate my soreness.
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magin
Take a break
To just stop for a few minutes can help you be more productive for hours
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Kristy
Letting Go & Moving On
Focus on where the tension is and breathing into it. Life is going to throw lots at us and it’s important that in those moments we breathe. After doing this (focused on neck tension) my neck does feel better. I’ll be trying this more often
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Scott
Breathing is really key
I believe that in any circumstance and situation, deep breathing truly helps relieve me of anxiety, stress, worry, and tension. It helps me relax when my mind is all over the place, running from one thought to the next. Even after 3-4 minutes of mindful breathing, I truly see a difference.
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Amanda
Tension
Being aware of tension and where you hold it is very important. Focusing your breathing on that specific area will help alleviate it.
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Brendalina
Alone
I learned that I naturally experience less tension when I am home alone.
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Sam
Isolate Tension
I found this to be an excellent session for isolating an area of tension and addressing it. Overall, I am a very relaxed person, but do have areas of tension from time to time. This morning my neck seemed particularly tense. This exercise worked well helping relieve the tension. I saved this meditation and I’m certain I will use it frequently. Thank you.
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Crystal
Breathing
Breathing is your friend. While mediating and breathing, you should notice the tension in your body when you breathe in and release all of that tension when you breathe out. Doing that can really make a big difference. I noticed the difference and I’ll be doing it more often.
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Joyce
Breath into the Tension
I can feel the tense spots when I’m laying flat, breath into that area, then focus to release the tension there. I’m looking forward to trying it seated at work or when I stand up after a lengthy session at my desk and start walking. Namaste
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Dab
Day2
Easing back pain is trick. Breaths can be healing. Got to ease into the tension and release a bit as I exhale
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Adrian
importance
focusing on breathing is important and sometimes it’s the one thing keeping me alive
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Hannah
Breathe into tension
I have learned that breathing can release tension and that typically you create tension around the area and breathing can help relieve this.
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Linda
Pain
I need to let go of things because they will eventually happen when they have to with whom they have to. Pain always ends up going away and by focusing on it I’m just making myself suffer. Also, I need to think what’s best for me regardless of what others have to say.
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Krysten
Tension
I hold a lot of tension in my shoulders and in my jaw. Oftentimes, I notice myself clenching my teeth, which sometimes gives me a headache. Making a conscious effort to relax and breathe through this tension during the day will help relieve my pain.
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Eli
Feedback
Breathing was nice but couldn’t get the ‘breathe into tension’ to be impactful. Still have the ache in temples though. Can’t tell if I’m too smart or too stupid to ever have that work.
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Kathleen
Breathe into tension
I learned that acknowledging the tension in your body can help it go away.
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Mairead
Helpful for migraine or specific attess
Helps my mind focus on something other than uncomfortable sensations
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Ronald
Breathe into Tension
The main tension was in my belly, so through the breathing I could focus on that
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Linda
Choose to let go of worry
Worry is like a prayer that bad things might happen. Positivity is like a prayer that good things can happen. I have a choice. Worry is wasteful energy. Instead, use your energy to make good things happen. Send positivity out into the universe and it will be returned in life.
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Paige
Breathing
Deep breathing exercises can calm stressful situations throughout the day.
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Ben
Tension
Tension in the body can be controlled and alleviated by focusing on breathing and awareness.
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Shanna
Tension scans
Focusing on breathing into the tension areas allowed me to notice other areas that were holding tension as I scanned my body during the session.
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Patty
An added benefit
My tension is usually in my shoulders and neck, sometimes to the point of being painful. This meditation is wonderful for focusing the breath on these points of tension. By also lowering my chin to my chest and relaxing, I know that relief is almost guaranteed. 🙏
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Anna
Breathe into tension
I realized how distracted my mind is tonight. I was so lost in thoughts about tomorrow that I didn’t even become aware that I was disengaged from the meditation until it ended and all I heard was silence. Awareness here is key, even if it seems to be too late.
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Whitney
Releasing jaw/neck/shoulder tension
I tend to have a lot of tension in my jaw, as well as neck & shoulders. This session was so helpful in guiding me to relax and release that tension through breathing. A great way to start my day!
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Chrish
Breathing space into
I love that phrase, in yoga and in meditation. Breathing space is such an amazing thing to me.
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Meghan
Focus
Focusing on tense muscles while breathing really helps to loosen them
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Monét
1/10
Returning to the breath is centering. Been feeling very anxious and self conscious. Returning to center should always be my reminder. Ashe.
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Olivia
Breathing
I learned that breathing is a reliable source that can help you through tension and stressful times.
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Sally
Breathing into tension
I really like how this taught me to breathe to my tension. It really help release the tension I was carrying in my neck after this long day.
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Alexis
Tension
When our bodies have tension sometimes we tense up areas surrounding the original tense area, compounding the issue. This makes sense symbolically too.
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Miles
Job tension
In my job there is a lot of driving under tense situations. I'm excited to try breathing into the tension that builds in my neck and in between my shoulders.
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Kennedy
Breathing into the Tension
I learned that if you focus on taking your breathe to a tense or tight spot on your body you can help yourself to release that tension
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Abigail
Breathe into tension
I learned that you can breathe your way through tensions. I always thought that they would just eventually go away, but while I was just laying in my bed and closing my eyes while focusing on my breathing helped a lot.
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Rebecca
Day 2
Not everyday is a good day. But awareness of my feelings and the internal and external contributors around me is essential in my getting through them.
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Tess⚡️
Tension
I realized that I do get pretty tense at certain times during the day, and this meditation did help me.
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Tanya
Breathing into tension
I learned that the neck and upper shoulders is were stress is felt the most. The breathing exercises help to relieve tension by focusing the breath around this problem area.
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Selina
Release
Breathing can really Release the tension and make you feel relaxed
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Lexie
Tension
You can control the tense areas of your body by focusing your breathing to those tense areas
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Jay
Breathing into tension
Picturing breath entering a spot of tension and exiting that same spot gently helps relieve tensions
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Courtney
This morning
I learned that I need to allow myself to send the tension somewhere. A lot of the time I hold onto it and it manifests in my body and causes pain and tightness. I need to remember to breathe and let it go. Letting go is something that I struggle with. I am feeling a bit better after this but I know it’s going to take a while before I can feel happy and not stressed again. It’s a process.
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Lori
Breath into tension
Breath in and out consenting on the tension to relax and relieve stress.
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Christine
Guidance
I learned that what helps me a lot with these meditations is the guidance — I try to do them on my own and they work fine, but they work so much better for me when I have a coach to guide me through them. My coaches relax me, make me feel like I’m not alone.
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Voula
Too much tension
Every breathe I feel a worry, stressful thoughts, me weakening. Trying to stay calm helps but a smile on my face but the heat of anger gets bottled up for later. I can’t breathe the heat away, talking about it isn’t helping either but something has to work. I just need to keep trying to find it.
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Jesus
Stress
I feel like so many things are on me and don’t ever focus on just myself..
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Bethany
Breathing into tension practice
I noticed that when I would breathe into one specific are of tension it almost seemed to compound the tension but if I broadened my focus to just breathing into the body as a whole I could release tension from all areas together and feel more relaxed.
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Kayla
Liked this one
I had back pain when I started and I the breathing exercise in this one really did help to alleviate some of that pain!
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Grace
Good
Made me tired... I automatically got tired. Her voice was relaxing and it got rid of my back pain.
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Susie
Breathing Into Tension
I am often surprised by the amount and location of the tension in my body. Mindfulness has reminded me to breathe into that tension for relief. Now the question is...how can I do that when I am sleeping?
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Kelsey
Tension with anxiety
My anxiety is slowly lifting, I’m starting to have better days. I woke up feeling like I had to search in my brain for the stress to bring it back. This exercise made me realize I hold a lot in my back and shoulders. They hurt! I couldn’t get the back tension to improve 🙁
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Gisele
Tension
I tend to tense my jaw when I’m anxious. Often I’m not even aware of it until I bring attention to it as this meditation did. I’ll try to be more aware of this throughout the day and release tension through breathing when I notice it.
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Jeff
4/11/92
I liked a lot of the things she was saying. But for some reason her voice was distracting to me. Just personal preference I don’t know why. This is also my first seven minute practice so I don’t know if that played any factor and I tired of her voice sooner I can’t really say. I’ll have to note if her voice comes up again and I feel the same way or if it was just this practice.
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Matthew
Startled!
Listening to this practice, I got very relaxed...the narration slowed toward the end, and I guess I started to doze...suddenly, the narration began again, rousing me from.my lull...AND I OPENED MY EYES TO FIND MY 16 Y/O SON STANDING OVER ME! HOLY CRIPES! 😱😱😱So much for relaxation before bedtime! My heart is absolutely racing!
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Clare
Tension
Breathing into and letting go of the tension in my body helped me to feel really relaxed in my mind as well
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Louis
Using Breathing to Let Go
I can use my back and forth breathing patterns to let go of the chaos of stress.
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Jennifer
Breathing for anxiety
I was amazed at how I let go of pain by breathing in and out with focus on that body part! Wow what a great exercise for people with pain throughout their body!
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