Featured Articles and Journals: 28-day meditation challenge

February 1, 2014
I am already pretty happy at work. I like what I do, and I like the people I do it with. I know exactly what I'll be doing, but I never know what I'll be doing. (I'm a newspaper editor, and the schedule is the same every day but the content is...
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March 1, 2013
Today is March 1. Those of us who took part in Sharon Salzberg’s 28-Day Meditation Challenge are probably wondering how our practice will continue now that the month of February is over. Commitment leads to evaluation. What did we see, and where do...
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February 28, 2013
  "Don't fight the darkness. Don't even worry about the darkness. Turn on the light & the darkness goes. Turn up that light of pure consciousness: Negativity goes.Now you say, 'That sounds so sweet'.It sounds too sweet. But it's a real...
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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 19, 2013
I am annoyed with one of my co-workers. I feel my body tighten at the sound of his laugh, an email he forwarded. I am ready with a sigh before he even opens his mouth to speak. Even the sight of his slightly too-short Dockers starts my eyes rolling.
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February 15, 2013
  So, this week, as part of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge, I stuck with the close technique (from Shambhala), and then mixed in whatever Salzberg recommended. Mindfulness of the body or whatever. Body scans, focusing on sensation, walking...
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February 12, 2013
Before I started meditating I took yoga classes for several years. I was no poster girl for yoga, but I did develop a familiarity with my body's mechanics.  So I was pretty smug when I was introduced to mindfulness of body. I knew my body....
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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 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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February 5, 2013
The IDP Mindful Writing Workshop is meeting this Saturday, February 9, 1-3pm, so I thought I'd write a little bit about writing workshops.
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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 29, 2012
My mindfulness didn't need to get better or be as good as somebody else's. It was already perfect; so is yours. Sharon Salzberg
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February 28, 2012
As we come to the end of February and the end of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge I am thinking about techniques to keep the practice going and alive in our daily lives.  As Sharon Salzberg writes in the final chapter Keeping the Practice Going...
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by ellen s
February 27, 2012
Almost done (ha! "done") with Sharon's 28-day meditation challenge. "Done" doesn't mean much except as a way of marking the calendar, and I have the feeling it's not done with me. 
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February 24, 2012
Lovingkindness Week.  Woot woot! 
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February 22, 2012
I imagine that if he knew I was sending him lovingkindness, he would mock it. Loudly. With a distinctive heh-heh-heh. Sarcasm is a deadly defense. It keeps people at an arm's length because they won't risk handing you the dagger you'll use to stab...
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February 21, 2012
I'm infatuated... and I can't think of anything else but the object of my obsession, er... I mean, affection.  Even writing this post is troublesome as all I want to do is spend time with my sweetheart, to treasure the joy, pain, decorum and...
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February 14, 2012
It's Day 14 of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge and it also happens to be Valentine's day OR Singles' Awareness Day, depending on which one you prefer to celebrate.  I'm going to celebrate love today. Corny, silly, nasty, naughty, bodacious,...
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by ellen s
February 13, 2012
How fitting, on a day when I was set to write about the practices outlined for Week Two of the 28-day Meditation Challenge, about body scans and physical sensations, that the physical world would thwart me, in the form of TimeWarner's cables.
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February 12, 2012
  Clean You’re Brain
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February 11, 2012
 “As much as I definitely enjoy solitude, I wouldn’t mind spending a little time with you” My practice today: Day 11 of The 28 Day Meditation Challenge Settling then floating Settling then floating Breathing then thinking Thinking then...
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by Lani
February 10, 2012
Greeting love bugs. It's week two of Sharon's 28 Day Meditation Challenge, and this week we're getting into the body - Body scans, walking meditation and body sensation exercises.
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February 10, 2012
Our goal is to create a beloved community, and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives. -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., May 4 1966
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February 7, 2012
My mood is best described as annoyed or aggravated on this seventh day of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge.  And sure, there are reasons.  Phases of the moon and such.
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