Today as I sat, when my mind did its usual circus of planning, planning, planning, I tried something new: Whenever that magic moment came when I woke up and realized I was planning, I tried just offering compassion to myself. Compassion for whatever emotion was causing me to try to live in the future, to try to control the future. Compassion for the suffering of not being awake in the present.

I’m sad this challenge is ending, by the way! I’ve felt very anchored by the daily prompts and Sharon’s voice saying “Welcome back.” I’ve done other online courses, but the freshness of the daily emails and the sangha feeling of lots of people doing this all at the same time has felt very motivating and supportive. Thank you to everyone who participated in some way!