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Monday, February 4 2013

 

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?
 
I started really practicing about 10 years ago, when I was 18 years old. But my first exposure to energetic awareness in general was when my mother had taken me to a natural practitioner when I was 15, because the doctors couldn’t stop my reoccurring throat problems, and wanting to become a singer, I was willing to do ANYTHING.
 
It was a huge turning point for me, because it worked! I was given insight that made me feel more like myself, behave more according to what I wanted in life, and I was not getting sick. I was taught a few practical tools of handling stress and lack of focus. This was empowering. 
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posted by Anonymous, 4:26 pm
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Wednesday, November 21 2012

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?

I started around three years ago. I was in an intensely stressful job with multiple roles and fighting depressive episodes and anxiety.
 
Did you take a class? If so, what sort of a class did you take?
 
No, I didn't take a class. I gradually found my way to mindfulness through personal development and research that started with the search term "Stress."
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posted by Mindful readers..., 10:32 am
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Friday, November 16 2012

Location: Warren, Michigan

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?

I started practicing mindfulness back when I worked as a Code Enforcement Officer. Dealing with the public every day, I needed to look at everything from a different perspective; thinking more of the effect of actions, not just the emotion of those actions.

Did you take a class? If so, what sort of class did you take?

No, I just started talking with the monks at the vihar near my home. I literally just walked in one day.

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posted by Mindful readers..., 11:49 am
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Monday, October 29 2012

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?

I first began practicing mindfulness when I was diagnosed with a mood disorder in 2006. My thoughts were out of control then—picking out the negative in any situation, setting unrealistic goals upon myself, feeling guilty for all the mistakes I've made. After spending many years in bed, hiding from the world, I stumbled upon the practice.

Mindfulness gave me the option to get out of my head and into the world. It took reaching rock bottom before I took my mental health seriously. Fearing getting sick again, I embarked on a new way of approaching my life. The options at that time were obvious—either continue living a horrible lifestyle and end up in a psychiatric ward, or begin practicing mindfulness and befriend myself.

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Friday, September 14 2012

Location: Eagan, Minnesota

When did you first start practicing mindfulness and why were you motivated to do so?

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posted by Mindful readers..., 7:41 am
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