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    Music gets me through

    Glycerine was my first MySpace song. My friend sent me this last night making fun of me. #Music #Meditation #stressrelief #Bipolar #MentalHealth

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    "Emptying a space for the new to be revealed." So that is what happens when we take a vacation! Word Baths are my morning meditation, I ask for a word for the day, write down what pops into my head and then define it. (My husband Ron (and sons) built this beautiful wooden kayak.) #dailyaffirmations #dailyrituals #definitions #Meditation #anxietyrelief #anxietysupport #Ptsdrecovery #PTSDawareness #Selflove #selfcare #UlcerativeColitis #AnalCancer #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #NarcissisticAbuse #CoerciveControl

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    Meditation - Breathing is my Blessing!

    Ugh! its morning again??!!

    As someone with OCD and GAD there are many mornings I wake up afraid to get out of bed. My brain starts its "what if" generator specifically curated for the day - if I'm working its "what if I don't do a good enough job today," if there is a doctor's appointment its "what if I'm late" - even visiting the hair salon can be a stressor, "what if I don't like the cut and have to tell my stylist..." Hooray for Anxiety!!!

    And as soon as the "what ifs" start so do the heart palpitations and the sweating, etc. etc. etc...

    Needless to say I have never been a huge fan of mornings but like everyone else I have to get out of bed (sometimes more sloth-like than human) and start the day. I needed to find a coping tool to make this process a little easier for me.

    I have used a form of meditation for many years but it wasn't until 2019 that I became a regular practitioner. Now every morning when the "what ifs" start and my body responds with its "fight or flight" business, I have a method to quiet both body and mind. My morning meditation is simple and requires little time. However, the beauty of this mental practice as I have learned after further research is that meditation is limited only by your own creativity and personal preferences. One can incorporate words, music and even nature sounds to name a few variations.

    Getting back to my personal morning mediation - its basic but effective for me. All it involves is breathing, counting and focus. I start slowly counting to 100 - taking two deep breaths for each number and focusing only on the inhalation and exhalation of breath. Sounds easy right- not so fast... As anyone with a brain can tell you sometimes the hardest thing to do is maintaining focus on one concept. Every time my mind wanders off my breath - I focus it back on the process of inhaling and exhaling. And I guarantee your mind will wander and wander and you will have to refocus many times in just one session.

    But at the end of this simple daily exercise, I find that I am calmer, my body's nervous system a little quieter and it is easier to embrace the day at hand.

    The beauty of meditation is that it takes only minutes to learn but a lifetime to master. As a daily practitioner you learn that it is neither a race nor a contest to be won - simply a mental exercise to continue practicing daily. And as a daily practitioner you are rewarded with a calmer, more peaceful demeanor.

    If you are interested in learning more about mediation I have listed several good books and apps below - which can be used by beginner to long-time practitioner alike...

    Several books to read:

    Wherever You Go There You Are - Jon Kabat-Zinn

    Meditation is Not What You Think - Jon Kabat- Zinn

    Two apps to explore



    I wish you peace on your future meditation journey...

    #OCD #Anxiety #panic #GAD #Meditation

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    Ajahn Brahm guided meditation #Mindfulness #Meditation #Anxiety #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #DBT #BipolarDepression

    Here is a link for a guided meditation from Ajahn Brahm.

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    The Ocean as Support for Grief

    The ocean has been a reliable companion when I've struggled with grief. Its immense presence seems to help contain my tears. Word Baths are my ritual of defining my word for the day. (Thankfully not sad today, but offering for those who are.)

    ##dailyaffirmations #dailyrituals #definitions #writingcommunity #Writing #writingprompts #memoir #Meditation #anxietyrelief #anxietysupport #Ptsdrecovery #PTSDawareness #Selflove #selfcare #UlcerativeColitis #AnalCancer #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #NarcissisticAbuse #CoerciveControl

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    I find myself obsessively observing my racing thoughts 💭 going to try to empty my mind a bit more and notice less for peacefulness

    It’s hard been having a lot of anxious racing thoughts to more of an extreme lately I will try doing the worry timer exercise I’ve never tried before and noticing or talking in my mind a little less

    It’s good to be self aware of your thoughts but I find lately I’m doing it to an extreme where I can’t stop them

    And I’m not very active either
    And very bad bedtime routine/ sleep schedules / diet etc

    So I hope that adjusting some things will help my anxiousness and mental health right now.

    Wish me luck! Thank you 🙏
    Have a great day everyone sending positive vibes prayers of hope and love to everyone going through a tough time or needing that extra reminder :)
    #anxiousness #nervous #Thoughts #Anxiety #maybeocd #DoingMyBest #Hope #coping #Meditation #emptymind #peace #luck

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    The New Year, NOT Interested

    Every year on January 1st, for the past several years, I've tried to go into the new year feeling "more positive" and all that comes along with that. This past year in particular was so difficult. So hard. I turned 39 in November. When I was 20, I'd been in therapy for 4 years. I put myself into therapy when I was 16 for the myriad issues I had to deal with daily due to childhood trauma and abuse. The #Therapy didn't help. So when I was 20 I decided to give going to therapy religiously #Journaling #Meditation eating better, everything I could think of- I decided I'd do this for 10 years, and if I wasn't better I'd commit #Suicide when I turned 30. Nothing helped, but I got a few new diagnoses, and I ended up NOT committing suicide. Honestly, the reason is because all these people around me are saying "No! Don't do it!" and my favorite lines "You're not alone!" And "I'm here for you if you need anything. Anything at all!" Those statements might be true 1 out of 10 times. And I'm being generous. The disappointment that comes from being let down by these people who make these false promises is unreal. I think it's a knee-jerk societal expectation. Like people say "Hi, how are you doing?" And the response is "I'm fine." Ata the moment this question is asked, the person really is not genuinely concerned with the state of your well-being in that moment. It's just what you say. I'm not even knocking that. It is what it is. I guess i'm just really staying here... to keep other people comfortable. I'm 39. I feel no better than I did when I was 20. My trauma and issues are so complex, most therapists do not have the skill set required to help me. I did find 2 therapists that DID possess those skills. And both of those therapists died. Yeah, not an experience you want to have. And I've experienced a lot of trauma in therapy by people who call themselves #Trauma therapists but actually have no understanding of the true complex nature of complex trauma. Like a doctor calling themselves a Cardiologist when, while they did go to medical school, they never actually specialized in Cardiology. But the doctor thinks the word 'Cardiologist' sounds cool so they've decided that's what they are and dangerously start treating cardiac patients.
    There is no one I'd be afraid of "leaving behind" if I died. There's nothing that I'd miss out on, except being chronically depressed. I can't think- in all honesty- of a single person, place, or thing that is keeping me here. No kids, family, friends,... i don't know... real estate? I don't know- no nothing. I am incredibly annoyed today. Another YEAR. 🙄 To this I say, and I mean this with as little enthusiasm and with much anger, yay. Another year of this crap. Another year of my living misery helping other people stay comfortable.

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    Learning how to cope with depression and anxiety.

    I will like to start sharing my thoughts on mental health issues. starting today with how to cope with depression and anxiety I have come up with some strategies that might help others.

    1) Stay in touch: You shouldn't withdraw from life because you're depressed. Instead, try to socialize and stay in touch with the people you care about. When you're down, your loved ones and friends will help you get back up.

    2) Stay active: I will emphasize on this because exercise is actually one of the best medications for depression. The more you exercise, the better you feel, so I think we should try as much as possible to stay active, even if it is just for 20 minutes a day.

    3) Don't drink too much alcohol: Although I am working hard to overcome this, I believe that alcohol does not help us when we are depressed; rather, it makes things worse, so I believe we should not drink more than is necessary for our health.

    4) Establish a routine: I believe that having a routine when we are depressed helps us avoid doing things that are unnecessary. It is always a good idea to stick to your routine in order to avoid doing something you will later regret.

    5) Learn to meditate: Meditation has been shown to have a positive effect on a depressed brain. I'm not suggesting that we become priests or pastors, but rather that we make as much time as possible for ourselves to connect with this invincible spirit that rules the universe.

    6) We should learn to be grateful. Being grateful is one of the most important habits anyone can develop, and being grateful for all the small improvements in your life will undoubtedly elevate you to a higher level, so we should practice gratitude on a regular basis.

    7) Seeking help for depression: If you are still feeling down, you should seek help, and you should never be ashamed to do so. You didn't ask to be depressed; it's just the way things are, so if we can't handle our depression, we should seek help.

    #Depression #Anxiety #TheMighty #Migraine #ChronicHeadaches #Alcoholism #OccipitalNeuralgia #Meditation #Gratitude #Exercise #Therapy #Motivation

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    #Mindfulness #Choice #MentalHealth #suicide #Survivor #warrior #ChronicFatigue #Fibromyalgia

    Thank you all for being compassionate and open!

    Our journey leads throughout the process of rebirth rediscovery and reunification of person.

    If you can imagine your a ball of light 💡

    Sounds funny yet true. If a person is a ball of light and therefore also others are balls of 💡 light. We the light can shine ✨ bright, dim or not at all…

    If a bright light goes out can the bright light be lit again?

    Now remember your the light 💡. So now there is choice to shine bright or not light 💡!

    In our case there was a transition and transformation process in mind body and spirit.

    We then lend our experience to a sick gold fish 🐠. Our existence or our personal out grew that which was our eco-system or lifestyle.

    With identifying with our individual self and needs after diagnosis of Fibromyalgia IT was a requirement to change our Fish tank. This ment kicking and screaming on the way However when we were in a better environment with less toxic water or people we became better.

    We hope this helps with how you can be so positive or negatively impacted just by your loss or situation.

    Sometimes it is all but impossible to pull yourself out of the muck and sometimes you need help out even if you enjoy the muck or think you do.

    Perhaps you are dependent on that muck or fixation of the muck is so addicting that you have no idea how contaminated you have become.

    Please don’t judge please help please support.

    Sometimes there is only one way through and that is in to get out.

    When you have a new fish tank and IT is just you…. Now IT is just you for you and you can be you.

    Please read through we hope this is for you.


    Please be safe be well be loved your worthy!

    Don’t forget IT


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    I never know where to post what I want to share - too many groups and I'm unsure whether I'd be or not off topic.

    #mood #Exercise #overthinking #Meditation #understand #Insight #help #learn #Fun #growth #Inspiration