28-Day Meditation Challenge 2017

Welcome to the 2017 REAL HAPPINESS Meditation Challenge. In it’s seventh year, this free meditation challenge is a powerful way to explore what meditation has to offer, whether you are brand new or a longtime practitioner. The 28-day challenge follows the the program outlined in Sharon’s New York Times bestseller: Real Happiness for the entire month of February and offers a wide variety of techniques including breath meditation, mindfulness and lovingkindness. Since 2011, thousands have participated in this challenge and it continues to foster a beautiful global meditation community. For the 2017 Challenge, there are over 20,000 participants from all around the world. Registration is now closed for 2017.


Week 1: Concentration

At its most basic level, attention – what we allow ourselves to notice – literally determines how we experience and navigate the world. I’m sure you know the feeling of having your attention fractured by job and family, the enticement of electronic diversions, or the chatter of your mind. Imagine reclaiming all the energy that could be available to us but isn’t because we scatter it, squandering it on endlessly regretting the past and worrying about the future. Concentration is a steadying and focusing of attention that allows us to let go of distractions.


Week 2: Mindfulness of the Body

Week two of the program moves more deeply into body based meditation techniques. Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we’re adding to our experiences, not only during meditation sessions but also elsewhere. The variety of techniques this week show the agility of meditation, introducing walking meditation, body scan meditation and also fun meditations that incorporate household tasks like doing dishes.


Week 3: Mindfulness of Thoughts & Emotions

The theme of week three focus on the rich terrain of emotions and thoughts. This includes working with difficult emotions and also cultivating positive emotions. Working with emotions during our meditation sessions sharpens our ability to recognize a feeling just as it begins, not fifteen consequential actions later. We can then go on to develop a more balanced relationship with it. This week includes working with difficult emotions and also cultivating positive emotions.


Week 4: Lovingkindness & Real Love

The final week of the month is about extending friendship to ourselves and others. Lovingkindness is a power of the heart that honors this connection. When we practice it, we acknowledge that every one of us shares the same wish to be happy, and the same vulnerability to change and suffering. Also included in this final week are three preview meditations from Sharon’s forthcoming book, “Real Love” set for release in June of 2017.


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