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 27 #RealHappiness Day 27 by

    Compassion.  Reframing behaviors & actions to pain and recognizing that others may be in pain and acting out.  Reframing bad/wrong into states of suffering gives me a different lens to view the world.  It reminds me that everyone has something Read More

  • February 27 Compassion by

    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. Read More

  • February 27 My darling, I know you are there by

    I see you. I hear you. I love you. I am Moksha

  • February 27 Compassion by

    Practicing with compassion is something I have intended to focus on during meditation and in general. I sometimes feel I don’t quite grasp compassion. I don’t always feel I know what it means to be compassionate for others. But it Read More

  • February 27 Neither Good nor Bad 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 27 Awareness. by

    During the course of this challenge, I have lost two important people in my life. I do not think that’s a coincidence. I am thankful that the meditations continue to give me the tools to be with reality, to be Read More

  • February 26 Day 26 by

    I was interested in doing the meditation on pairs or opposites. I had never done this meditation. I didn’t explore it for long and would like to try it again. I didn’t feel or notice much. The meditation was brief Read More

  • February 26 All creatures great and small by

    Today’s meditation felt a little odd to me. I have never really felt certain completing the lovingkindness meditations. I am never sure what I should be feeling. Should it be like a great connection to something? I know that I Read More

  • February 26 Struggle by

    Oof, struggle. I sat for an hour this morning found it particularly hard to concentrate on the task at hand — metta for categories of beings. I was running short on sleep, and my attention span felt so short. Just Read More

  • February 26 It’s getting easier by

    One thing that came to mind during this meditation, its getting easier to not be so judgemental.  In the beginning, I would get upset with myself for wondering thoughts and to do lists.  Now,  I view them as cloud floating Read More

  • February 26 Aham Prema by

    Om Tare Tu Tare Ture Swaha Om Mani Padme Hum Peace, harmony, laughter, love. Sankalpa

  • February 26 One 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 26 Metta to the Trees by

    Walking today, I sent metta to my constant friends, the neighborhood trees, and noted their winter endurance with respect. Below is my reflection. I have been holding onto this first line since earlier this winter, and was finally able to Read More

  • February 26 For All Beings by

    To practice lovingkindness for all beings is to remember the concept of no self. We are all part of one big ocean of life. Our differences are lessened and we are closer together. Something the world needs no more than Read More

  • February 26 Love Is All You Need by

    So I have been terrible about posting during the 28 day challenge, but I have been doing the daily meditation. This loving kindness section is a tough one and a good one.  I struggle with letting go of anger towards Read More

  • February 26 Day26 – all beings by

    I feel that this meditation, “May all beings be happy”, brings me a sense of expansiveness but also a sense of humility. It reminds me that my time on this planet is a small blip in the scope of time. Read More

  • February 26 #RealHappiness Day 26 by

    Today’s lesson looked at offering lovingkindness to all beings.  To me, it’s a reminder that humans are not the only ones who need lovingkindness.  I need to pay more attention to all the life around me. In the meditation, Sharon Read More

  • February 25 Spread the love by

    I enjoy this meditation because I feel that I can share positivity and love. I love the technique that Sharon share in this one.    

  • February 25 I’m glad I did. by

    Exhausted. Surmounting to do list.  Ear throbbing.  Body gripping.  Eyes dry and tight.  I almost went right to bed. But, I sat down for today’s meditation.  Now I feel all of this; and I feel more.  I feel lighter, more Read More

  • February 25 Day 25 by

    I remember this from the book, but I think I skipped over the idea of purposefully choosing people in their roles in my life. Instead, when I do this, I usually start with my family, and one by one offer Read More