We will have a few hundred participants from the 2020 Real Happiness Challenge writing about their experiences throughout the month on our blog. These posts will be an honest look at what really happens when we practice everyday.

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  • February 19 Day 19: Meditation On Working With Challenges by

    It’s apt that my most challenging meditation to date was today’s meditation.  A meditation on working with challenges. I felt so much resistance rising.  Impatience, rising like a tide of concrete.  So many things I should be doing right now, Read More

  • February 19 The Clouds Of My Mind by

    Thoughts are interesting.  Where do they come from?  Where will they lead me if I try to follow them?  How do I really just let it all flow? The meditation of working with thoughts is a deep practice.  It was Read More

  • February 19 Kick out the negative by

    I’ve been working on acknowledging negative thoughts and focusing on the abundance in my life.  When negativity arises, I visualize myself kicking it out of my head like a soccer ball.  This is not as graceful as Sharon’s method, but Read More

  • February 19 Catching up on 3 days of blog by

    I did the Sharon Salzberg meditation challenge a few years ago. It was nice – I was just starting to get into meditation. I had no idea how powerful it could be and I continue a meditation practice. It is Read More

  • February 19 Working Compassionately with Emotions and Ourselves by

    Working with Common Emotions Day 19 Great Q & A!  This is a fascinating practice.  Compassion for one’s self can often  be challenging.  I grew up with a verbal label “you’re selfish” if it seemed to my mother/father I was Read More

  • February 19 Day 19 Working with Challenges 2020 by

    Great morning everyone, today’s meditation was a much needed break and prep for the day ahead, I have a financial crisis that I was ignoring and am now facing and working through, accepting, then dealing with. This meditation came at Read More

  • February 19 Day19 – challenges by

    Ah, sleepiness…. So much comes up for me when I meditate on what it feels like to be sleepy. There is of course a draining feeling, an overall curling up of my physical body, a sense of frustration and helplessness, Read More

  • February 18 Go with the flow by

    I enjoyed reading the imagery that Sharon discussed in our meditation today. It allowed me to be able to focus and really brought into perspective of things I can do to keep my thoughts from going crazy. I do feel Read More

  • February 18 Day 18 – and the thoughts go by… by

    Considering my thoughts are less like training a puppy to stay and more like making a bed with kittens in the room, I figured I knew this was going to be – well, I was going to listen and think Read More

  • February 18 Thoughts are not me by

    So many thoughts! It was a relief today to remember that I am not my thoughts. What am I? I asked myself that during meditation. The answer that came up: the internal steadiness/calmness that is always accessible by paying attention Read More

  • February 18 Negative emotions by

    As a psychotherapist, I’m struck by how similar this part of mindfulness is to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in that it involves separating fact from projection. This is not to invalidate the meditation at all. Rather, it just shows me Read More

  • February 18 Day 18 by

    I’m grateful to not have to rush to do this meditation today. Thoughts are subtle and sometimes I have a hard time being aware when I am lost in them. Today I noticed that my mind went to thinking about Read More

  • February 18 Day 18: Meditation On Working With Thoughts by

    “We can remind ourselves that these [negative thought patterns] are just visiting, they’re not essentially who we are.” For me, that is the crux of this meditation.  Thoughts may become things but we are not essentially our negative thought patterns. Read More

  • February 18 A New Layer by

    Something new is emerging in my awareness. Thoughts within thoughts.  Patterns within patterns.  So many layers.   I am not able to fully articulate what I am observing, and I’m okay with that.  The feeling has depth and I trust Read More

  • February 18 Working with Thoughts Arising In The Mind by

    In this technique, we just sit with the thoughts and allow them into our peripheral minds vision. They float in like clouds and we watch passively as they float by. Sometimes we might get caught up in them and we Read More

  • February 18 Observation and insight about thoughts by

    My observation comes with a question. The observation is that during this meditation and during other meditations as well, there seem to be no thoughts. Indeed, one of the things I really enjoy about meditation is that I’m just here Read More

  • February 18 Day18 – Thoughts by

    A cue that resonated with me during today’s meditation practice was seeing thoughts that arise in the mind as visitors. Sharon says that we don’t have to invite these visiting thoughts to stay and move in, but we can recognize Read More

  • February 17 Piling on by

    I’m feeling anxious this evening, just in time to write this blog entry about difficult emotions. Feeling a tightening in the chest and noticing how quickly I go into story — e.g. this side job I just took on is Read More

  • February 17 Let it go by

    I really tried to focus on this meditation today. I have a lot of issues with negative emotions nd getting focused on them. I really enjoyed Sharon’s visual of birds flying away. I think I will use that for next Read More

  • February 17 Day 17-Facebook Anger by

    I had just looked at a friend’s facebook page. She often posts pro-Trump, anti-Democrat stuff. I often get angry. I sat down to meditate already feeling anger. I sat with the unpleasant sensations of anger arising in my belly and Read More

May all beings be happy ♡