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Season 1 - Episode 17

Day 5: Count Down to Calm

20 min - Practice


Lets change things up a bit and explore a new technique and sitting position for today's meditation. We find our seat and alignment, move inward, and explore a simple counting practice to invite in a sense of focus and calm.
What You'll Need: No props needed


I like your guided meditation better. Using this technique, I never made it down to 1. I had to keep going back to 50 and starting over. But if I had to meditate without your guidance, I would try this technique more often.
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I love a good counting meditation, and this was a new one for me. It was very effective and calming. What I like about a counting meditation is that my mind does not wander as much as it does in a guided meditation. For me, a guided practice holds too many triggers for my imagination to run wild.

As for the posture, I always sit this way in meditation πŸ‘Œ
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Thank you Nikki. This particular counting technique was new to me and I found it very serene. I find meditations guided by imagery rather too distracting. I like the neutrality of counting. But each to her own, right? I’m really enjoying this series πŸ“ΏπŸŽπŸ™πŸ»
excellent Debra - yes to each their own which is why I offered so many techniques within this challenge. It is important to find what works for us!
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nice to try something different, with the seating and counting - though ended up moving back to crossed legs and ignoring the counting (after about 15 mins). missed the initial more detailed direction with the body scan. still interesting though, thanks.
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Hi Nikki. I found the counting technique distracting so went back to simply observing my breath . I didn't change my posture. I enjoyed being in meditation longer and the sense of calm peace and contentment. Namaste
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I second what Jenny says above. This counting technique is a bit different from others I've used - I found it very effective.  My knees are not happy sitting for any length of time cross-legged, so seiza is my preferred posture. 
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Really loved this counting technique, very effective. Still finding I have to alter my seating position at some point due to damaged achillies /shortened hamstrings. But I find that's its not breaking my flow. Thank you, Namaste and Awen πŸ™
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Hi Nikki, I have found all of your guided meditations helpful, including this one. I have really enjoyed checking in each day with my emotions and energy and have been surprised at the very different feelings and energy states each day. Today I felt very jumpy as I am attending a conference and will be presenting a paper. It was good to recognise my jumpiness.
Is it ok to visualise the numbers? I had so many distracting thoughts that I imagined them being contained within balloons shaped like the numbers! This was the way I found for containing them, and staying with the counting.
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I loved this technique. I found myself really relaxing into it when I got below 20. I will definitely do this one often.
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