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Real Happiness Week Three: Mindfulness of Thoughts & Emotions | Day 15: Mental Notation Meditation
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Real Happiness Week Three: Mindfulness of Thoughts & Emotions | Day 15: Mental Notation Meditation

Our focus for this week is working on mindfulness of our emotions and thoughts. Even though we would like to eradicate our negative thoughts and emotions, it is best to be with what occurs without judgment. Pushing thoughts and emotions away do nothing but make them stronger. What we resist persists. Here we watch the...

Real Happiness Week Two: Day Fourteen: Washing Dishes Meditation
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Real Happiness Week Two: Day Fourteen: Washing Dishes Meditation

Today’s practice isn’t so much about washing dishes but about how we can be present in the moment. I’m sure you have heard the phrase “Stop and smell the roses.” Too often we work on automatic pilot and don’t even realize what we are doing. Have you ever been driving and forgot where you were...

Real Happiness Week Two: Day Twelve: Eating Meditation
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Real Happiness Week Two: Day Twelve: Eating Meditation

  In this meditation today we are using all of our senses. In a mindfulness class, this eating meditation is typically practiced with one raisin. We explore touch, sight, hearing, smell, and finally taste, but with one small bite at a time. What students typically experience is that they didn’t know just how satisfying one...

Real Happiness Week Two: Day Eleven: Walking Meditation 2
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Real Happiness Week Two: Day Eleven: Walking Meditation 2

  Again today, we are working with the walking meditation. This time instead of focusing on the sensation in the body while we walk, we are now feeling the body as a whole. Sharon suggests that we “look at the world with quiet eyes.” Here there are no judgments, just observation. Since it is rather...

Real Happiness Week Two: Day Nine: Sensation Meditation
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Real Happiness Week Two: Day Nine: Sensation Meditation

Today, we are focused on sensations. I spoke to this a little in yesterday’s post as well as taught the meditation in my Monday Everyday Mindfulness class. When do we really pay attention to the sensations around us? Do you really taste that delicious meal before you of that cup of tea? What about when...

Real Happiness Week Two: Mindfulness of the Body | Day Eight: Walking Meditation
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Real Happiness Week Two: Mindfulness of the Body | Day Eight: Walking Meditation

  As we move on to Week Two in the Real Happiness Challenge, we are now working with mindfulness of the body. Sharon tells us, Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we’re adding to our experiences, not only during meditation sessions but also elsewhere. We’ll spend this week in the world of...

Real Happiness Week One | Day Seven: Distraction Meditation
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Real Happiness Week One | Day Seven: Distraction Meditation

In our meditation practice today, we find another technique for assisting us with concentration. Here, we come to view our thoughts as clouds in the sky. Just like clouds in the real sky, our thoughts can be light and fluffy, or storm clouds approaching. We work with our thoughts, just like we work with the...

Real Happiness Week One | Day Five: How Do You Speak to Yourself
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Real Happiness Week One | Day Five: How Do You Speak to Yourself

In our practice today, we are coming back to the breath with kindness. Sometimes we can get frustrated with our mind wandering off into the other room. But there is no need to criticize ourselves when this occurs, whether we are thinking about what someone said or did, maybe a project at work, or communications...