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Writing for Self-Compassion
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Writing for Self-Compassion

This is a great writing practice to use when wanting to treat yourself with loving kindness and gentleness. I mention this in the video below. PURPOSE/EFFECTS A lack of self-compassion is common in our highly competitive society. By learning to treat ourselves with kindness and compassion we can increase our contentment, emotional well-being, resilience, and...

What is Self-Compassion? (3 Beginning Practices)
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What is Self-Compassion? (3 Beginning Practices)

In this first class, we learn about Self-Compassion and are introduced to three practices in this session: Affectionate Breathing, Soothing Touch, and Self-Compassion Break.This class is held live weekly on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm CT on Insight Timer (browser or app). We will explore different types of meditations to help us with self-compassion from mindfulness,...

Mindful Sensing: Sights, Sounds, Smells
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Mindful Sensing: Sights, Sounds, Smells

In recent times, evidence suggests that being mindful or being aware of the present moment without judgments, allows the body to become enhanced in the following ways: Enhance a sense of clarity Increase empathy Increase satisfaction in relationships Improve immune function When you focus on improving the quality of your life and becoming aware of...

The Steadiness of a Mountain (with a Mountain Meditation)
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The Steadiness of a Mountain (with a Mountain Meditation)

Recently I created a customized guided meditation for a corporate client. I included in this meditation imagery of a mountain to promote stableness of mind. As I have been returning to my book-in-progress manuscript, I discovered this passage I wrote in relation to how the story we write about ourselves can be conquered by the...

Real Happiness Week Four: Day 28: Interconnectedness Meditation
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Real Happiness Week Four: Day 28: Interconnectedness Meditation

We come to a close with our last day of the Real Happiness Challenge. I hope that this has assisted you in your meditation practice. We explored various techniques over the last four weeks and now we come to see our interconnection with everything in today’s practice. Here we see how all of our encounter...

Real Happiness Week Four: Day 27: Meditation on Compassion
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Real Happiness Week Four: Day 27: Meditation on Compassion

Our practice is compassion as we near the end of our Real Happiness Challenge. We look at the quality of our compassion so that it is a component of loving-kindness. We work with a difficult emotion and notice how we feel about this emotion. We pay attention to our body, the sensations, and the relationship...

Real Happiness Week Four: Day 26: Lovingkindness Toward All Beings
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Real Happiness Week Four: Day 26: Lovingkindness Toward All Beings

In our practice today, we include all creatures great and small and truly all beings. We offer lovingkindness to all beings in various categories, including enlightened beings and unenlightened beings. As Sharon says, “Enlightened beings are those who are good hearted, committed to wisdom, to love, to compassion. Unenlightened beings are those who live in...