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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  • March 4 Catching up, happy to be here by

    I am no longer on schedule. Today is Tuesday, March 3, and the course finished several days ago. For the past almost 2 weeks I have been engaged in packing up my belongings for a big move from Montreal to Read More

  • February 29 Mahalo to everyone! by

    Mahalo to all…I had a great time participating this year and hope to be back again! I’ve gotten a lot out of the course and have been able to enrich my practice. Wow…not really much more to say than that! Read More

  • February 29 Last day by

    I fell asleep before I could post yesterday. I feel so relaxed that I just dozed off. I am so proud of my self for completing all 28 meditations. I am going to do them again in March so I Read More

  • February 29 No Judgement? by

    As we embark on this journey of being mindful and becoming more aware of our thoughts it is easy to see how often one judges themselves (oh I can’t meditate well I keep thinking, I am horrible at this) or Read More

  • February 28 Day 28 Interconnectedness 2020 by

    GREAT DAY EVERYONE I loved this lesson. It was perfect. As I did my dishes again, I listened to Sharon’s voice and heard Truth in what she said. As she spoke I had time to think of people I knew Read More

  • February 28 Begin Again by

    I write this final post with a bit of fear.  A bit of fear of saying that I feel proud of myself.  Fear of being judged.  But I say it anyway, because it is my truth right now. I am Read More

  • February 28 Day 28-Last Day! by

    Well, today is the last day of the course and I did it. I noticed there were a few days that I didn’t write the blog but I think I meditated every day. I’m glad Sharon talked about continuing the Read More

  • February 28 #RealHappiness Day 28 by

    The final day – is it the end or a beginning? Sharon points out that this is a great opportunity to rededicate ourselves to our practice, but to be realistic about our practice and make a reasonable commitment. A regular Read More

  • February 28 Planting seeds of hope by

    Thank you Sharon for helping me to plant and cultivate more positivity and tranquility in my life.  You are a wonderful force of goodness and light in the universe.  With all my heart I wish you love and light. Thank Read More

  • February 28 I am by

    I am moving toward health and wholeness, aligned with the underlying energy of creation. I commit to practice meditation on every moment of my life. I commit to live a life of Presence as a human being with a heart Read More

  • February 28 Thank you Sharon & May You All Be Happy, Well & at Peace by

    Sharon, It was a wonderful four weeks.  I have enjoyed the time spent with you and fellow meditators of our global sangha. Thank you Sharon for your wisdom and love. I look forward to future meditation gatherings. May you all Read More

  • February 28 Thank you! by

    I have had a great time doing this. I had already committed to daily practice, but I will make a formal commitment to ten minutes a day through March. I can re-evaluate then, and see if there is another formal Read More

  • February 28 Final Day with Sharon 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 28 Day 28 by

    Day 28 – The End – 02/28/2020 6:00 am.  This time has seemed to pass so quickly.  Thank you, Sharon, for the invitation to practice together.  It’s odd to have felt community by just knowing others are participating each day. Read More

  • February 28 Metta Phrases by

    May I be grateful. May I be willing. May I be loving. May I be engaged. My favourite phrase for meditation is “grateful surrender” but it’s kind of a mouthful (or “brainful”) for the lovingkindness meditation. I’ve found this variation Read More

  • February 27 Beyond the 2020 Real Happiness Challenge by

    Today we come to the close of this 28-day challenge. I find it a tremendous support to feel the efforts of a community as we walk a path together. It is a great blessing to be continually reminded just to Read More

  • February 27 Day 27 Meditation on Compassion 2020 by

    Great day everyone. This meditation is so powerful and holds so much potential to change our surroundings, including people. Just like when someone gives off a “bad vibe”, we can gently introduce a warm, healing waves to those around us. Read More

  • February 27 Day 27-Often Hard on Myself by

    I unconsciously think feelings I have are bad or wrong. In the meditation I imagined anger that I had about something that happened in my daughter’s class. I had thought I was angry about it. But when I meditated, I Read More

  • February 27 Having Grace for Ourselves and Others by

    It was a light bulb moment to recognize a painful situation not as right or wrong, but a state of suffering.  I’ve been focusing on forgiveness work in my life.  Some days are easier than others.  Most days I feel Read More

  • February 27 How does it feel by

    In today’s meditation I looked back on a time where I felt anxious this week. I used Sharon’s tricks to focus on why I was truly anxious and how I can improve it