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 23 Be well little birds by

    This was an excellent meditation to listen to as I watered my garden and filled the bird feeder with seed.  I wished all the plants good health and happy growing.   I wished all the little birds well.  You feel so Read More

  • February 23 The good in us all by

    In today’s world it is so easy to get wrapped up in the negativity.  We pick apart ourselves and others for entertainment.  I’ve been working for the past few weeks on focusing on positivity and becoming aware of the negativity Read More

  • February 23 Dog Walking 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 23 Just being by

    I think perhaps I just want to be. Not happy, nessecarily. Just be. It can easily become an ideal, like “Oh, I have to develop this and that state and think like this and fabricate this and that in my Read More

  • February 23 turn towards by

    Turn towards the uncomfortable times but with a different perspective.  All beings want to be happy.

  • February 23 Lovingkindness by

    This is different than compassion or empathy for another.  Lovingkindness doesn’t mean you accept the other, and yet removes the “othering” all together. Whether it be a bird or a human that comes across your path, wishing them well inside Read More

  • February 23 by

    I’ve often found metta, loving kindness mediation, difficult because it feels stilted.  I have recognized that it has opened my awareness to the places that I find constriction and judgment … and then I work with those places.  I feel Read More

  • February 22 Day Twenty-Two…remembering the good stuff by

    Day twenty-two, a Saturday, was one in which I made a lot of time for meditation, and as far as I know, didn’t step on anyone’s toes. Oops, so much for that. I did, but I’m pretty sure it was Read More

  • February 22 All beings want to be happy. by

    We currently have a display in my library of military uniforms and one of our patrons recognized an insignia from his days in the service. So I went over to the display and he told me stories, told me about Read More

  • February 22 Happiness by

    This is more of a question.Do all people really want to be happy?Some enjoy being miserable.Thoughts?

  • February 22 Positivity 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 22 Day22 – the good by

    “May all beings be happy.” This meditation line brings up so much for me. I cannot help but think of my yoga teacher, Barbara, when I hear this line. She was the first person to introduce me to a lovingkindness Read More

  • February 22 Focus on the good by

    This meditation made me think about how often I focus is on bad things are going on around me even during meditation.  It makes me frustrated about why I cannot seem to get it right. I definitely need to take Read More

  • February 22 #RealHappiness Day 22 by

    Today’s lesson focused on looking inward and seeing the good.  How much easier is it for us to see our faults? Our supposed inadequacies?  Instead of that, today Sharon asks that we look at one good thing in ourselves.  This Read More

  • February 22 Oh my goodness by

    Good in self: Washing a pot joyfully for my hosts. Exchanging smiles with Rebecca. Being a companion to a new friend. Good in others: hosts making me dinner. C inviting me to poetry reading. A’s ebullience on stage. May all Read More

  • February 22 I and life are one by

    Today in 21 Day Meditation Experience the centering thought is I am ageless and timeless. and the mantra is Aham Brahmasmi In the 7 Spiritual Laws of Success today is the law of Dharma and the mantra is Om Varunam Read More

  • February 22 Kindness and compassion by

    This. How wonderful it is for myself and others to turn on the compassion in a way we can receive it.  Kindness towards ourselves and then towards others is something people talk about but often find it hard to achieve.  Read More

  • February 21 Running behind by

    I quickly complete this meditation. I was able to focus on my breath and feel super relaxed

  • February 21 Day Twenty-One…didn’t sit as much as…well…planned by

    The best-laid plans… Friday was a busy, busy day and I didn’t get the opportunity to sit as much as I’d have liked. Of course, that gave me the opportunity to follow directions and try to practice mindfulness throughout my Read More

  • February 21 #RealHappiness Day 21 by

    Today’s practice felt like a review, we are focused back on the breath but this time we added a focus for our attention to other areas of the body.  An expanded review – how are we feeling right now in Read More

May all beings be happy ♡