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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...

Real Happiness Week Four: Day 24: Opening the Heart
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Real Happiness Week Four: Day 24: Opening the Heart

Today’s Lovingkindness practice is a visualization. We start off as usual, settling in and being with the breath, then imagining yourself in the center of a circle. You are surrounded by loving beings that you have met or beings that have inspired you. Maybe these beings actually exist, maybe they are historical or mythical persons...

Real Happiness Week Three: Day 21: Landscape of Experience Meditation
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Real Happiness Week Three: Day 21: Landscape of Experience Meditation

As I have worked with students and clients over the years, I have noticed the persistent urge to run away from unpleasant or difficult thoughts and feelings. Now, I know in my years I have had those exact same experiences as well so I have compassion. What helped me was my dedication to the practice...

Real Happiness Week Three: Day 19: Meditation on Working with Challenges
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Real Happiness Week Three: Day 19: Meditation on Working with Challenges

As Sharon writes for today, “we take a deeper look at some of the common emotional states that tend to arise in meditation. When we look closer at an emotion such as anger, and in doing so, see that it is actually made up of many different component parts: there are moments of sadness, moments...

Real Happiness Week Three: Day 17: Meditation on Difficult Emotions
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Real Happiness Week Three: Day 17: Meditation on Difficult Emotions

Today we are working with difficult emotions in our meditation practice. Years ago I was afraid of allowing painful emotions to surface but through practice I learned that I don’t have to push the sadness or anger away, I can invite the emotion in and greet the emotion as if it were an old friend....

Real Happiness Week Three: Day 16: Meditation on Positive Emotions
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Real Happiness Week Three: Day 16: Meditation on Positive Emotions

Today we work with positive emotions and pay attention to that experience. As Sharon says, we need to find and nurture the positive parts of ourselves. Too often we do focus on what is negative and unpleasant. Here we bring to mind a moment of pleasure or positivity that we have had recently. It can...