Featured Articles and Journals: Real Happiness

February 28, 2016
The first time I learned lovingkindness meditation, or metta, I was at a weekend retreat a couple of hours away from my house. As I drove home, I sent the standard wishes to the other drivers -- May you be safe, may you be happy, may you be healthy...
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February 23, 2016
The meditation which has been most beneficial to me, and both the easiest and most difficult to practice, is Lovingkindness or Metta meditation.  Week Four of the Real Happiness Challenge is devoted to Metta, which involves repeating phrases of...
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February 21, 2016
I am lying in bed, and I want to stay here. It's warm. I'm comfortable. I feel the weight of the comforter, the cat pressed against my leg. And yet I'm not happy. I think about people who greet the day with smiles. I am not one of them. I think...
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February 16, 2016
Me and my mind this week:   Sometimes my thoughts are relentlessly demanding and negative.  Often I'll react to them by ignoring them or trying to push them out of my mind by concentrating on something else like my work or a book or a...
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by ellen s
February 10, 2016
The New Hampshire primary ended last night, with Bernie Sanders pulling in the Democrats  
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February 3, 2016
"The art of beginning again": Sharon's instruction has never felt more gently apropos than this month, this time around in the 28-Day Real Happiness challenge. I'm beginning this 28-day practice cycle again, one I've done a few times before. The...
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February 2, 2016
Meditation practice feels a lot like the movie Groundhog Day.  Everytime I sit down to focus it's the same thing, over and over again; my attention is on my breath, then I get distracted by a sound, a memory, a plan, or a fantasy.  The...
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February 7, 2015
Sitting meditation is practice for living meditatively. When I train my mind to concentrate -- gently focusing on the breath, recognizing when I drift off, and inviting my attention to come back -- while sitting in silence, I'm developing the...
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January 31, 2015
Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness 28-Day meditation challenge starts Sunday and runs through February. It couldn't come at a better time.
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February 13, 2014
School shootings. Devastating storms. Never-ending political scandals. Fear, disgust, and mental anguish are the “new normal.” Life these days is difficult, and you can see the impact on people’s behavior.
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February 9, 2014
Any discussion of Real Happiness at Work for me would be remiss without a mention of TRAFFIC. When I remarried five years ago, I relocated to my partner’s home across town, which puts me squarely in the jaws of the nation’s worst traffic as I trek...
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February 7, 2014
I earn my living at a diner in Brooklyn, and trust me it is rich with fodder for practice. Keeping my equanimity during a lengthy brunch shift is definitely a challenge, but it's all in how I meet it.
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February 5, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the marvelous actor who died recently with bags of heroin around him, was interviewed about a year ago by Simon Critchley at the Rubin Museum. The topic was happiness, and it's poignant, almost painful, to listen to now.
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February 26, 2013
Lovingkindness meditation dispels the illusion of an us and a them. There is only us. ... . Sharon Salzberg
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February 23, 2013
This morning I moved onto the "Mindfulness of Emotions" chapter. You see, I haven't really been following the program. It has been a difficult time, practice wise, but also quite wonderful. Because I have been experiencing some anxiety lately, I...
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February 22, 2013
Training in mindfulness can help us see how we add to, or create, our own drama in place of these extraordinarily ordinary experiences.
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February 16, 2013
This week in Real Happiness we having been working on ‘mindfulness of body.’ Doing body scans, I have become very aware of how anxious and rushed I am. I realized this week how much I have been avoiding this giant piece of mindfulness lately and I...
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February 14, 2013
Seeing our shadow-side is another opportunity for shifting our perspective.
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by ellen s
February 11, 2013
Pay attention. Sometime I feel like that is meditation. Don't turn away, don't make up stories in my head. Pay attention. When I'm wet, when I'm cold, when it's raining, when it's dark at 8am. When my feet move; when my arm itches. Week 2 techniques...
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February 9, 2013
So I think we are starting Week 2, but, Wait! Wait! I am still working on concentration. Wait! Wait! I have been doing this since 2008 and I am still on Week 1. Jeez, Meredith, hurry up and get it together. Get with the program! OR REAL HAPPINESS...
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February 6, 2013
"It's completely possible to start over.  Wherever we've gone, we can begin again."  - Sharon Salzberg in Real Happiness
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February 5, 2013
The process of concentration is one of gathering. We gather all our scattered attention and energy, and we bring it together, we bring it home. The result of that gathering is that we attain access to all the energy that is not usually available to...
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by ellen s
February 4, 2013
Coming back to Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness practice again feels like Spring Training in baseball; I'm back to working on the basics, the skills drills. I've got nothing else to do for 28 days but refine the bedrock of the game, the basics of...
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February 2, 2013
In Real Happiness, Sharon Salzberg begins by explaining some of the basics of a mediation practice. Since I have a practice, I thought I would share some of my basics.
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February 18, 2012
I returned last night from a week-long Metta meditation retreat at  Insight Meditation Society led by Sharon Salzberg, Gina Sharpe and Mark Coleman. For seven days, we simply did sitting and walking meditation in 45 minute sessions for 12...
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