Tag Archives | concentration

#RealHappiness Day 28

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

#RealHappiness Day 18

Hijacked.  Thoughts are clouds.  Some are storm clouds.  Visitors. You don’t have to invite them in.  Vividly descriptive phrases in today’s lesson.  When I was listening to the section on being highjacked, I  recalled how easily I can get distracted Read More

#RealHappiness Day 15

Concentration is a significant component of mindfulness meditation.  Today’s lesson focused on noting when we drift away from the focus of the breath.  The purpose of the focus is to note we drifted.  Along with that we are not to Read More

#RealHappiness Day 13

Being mindful in the moment requires that we slow down and pay attention.  This can happen with everyday tasks – brushing your teeth, washing dishes,  drinking a cup of coffee or tea.  The idea of focusing on the senses with Read More

#RealHappiness Day 9

I try not to read ahead and see what the next day’s topic is going to be.  When today’s meditation started and Sharon had us focus on our hands, I had to smile – I have RA and my hands Read More

Not Breath

Day 8: I’ve listened to the day 7 meditation several times. Dividing the world into “breath” and “not breath” is such a basic task and yet so challenging. Today’s focus on moving meditation, is a little harder since moving is Read More

#RealHappiness Day 6

Calmness and alertness.  In today’s lesson we’re trying to be balanced in response to the meditation practice.  The description of holding a breakable object helped me to understand the need for alertness while being calm.  As the meditation continued, I Read More

#RealHappiness Day 5

What a powerful lesson #SharonSalzberg has for us today – “finding that magic moment when we realize we’ve been distracted”.  What a great reframe!  How many times have I felt like I was doing something wrong because I got distracted?  Read More

Day 4: Ease-y

Today felt ease-y. I wondered how meditation became so hard. Listening to Sharon talk thru the technique of counting breaths. Her count was too fast for me but I adapted it to mentally saying “1 (2,3,4) for the inhale, then Read More

Day 3: Mental Noting

Another technique of mindfulness meditation is mental noting. Practicing by adding a word while concentrating on the breath to help with clarity and guiding your thoughts back to the present moment, your breath and just being. Mental noting can also Read More