Meditation Practice

Real Happiness Meditation Challenge Week 3: Whether to Get Up

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 about what I have to do today -- nothing much. And I remember this blog post.

Real Happiness Challenge:Week 3: Do We Hide Our Emotions Or Let It R.A.I.N.?

We all have our ways of running for cover during periods of emotional turbulence.  Food, drink, drugs, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram…the list goes on and on. What we all have in common is that when faced with the suffering that comes with being human, we avoid unpleasant feelings and try to grasp to the comfortable.

Real Happiness Challenge: Week 3: Mind at War

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 movie.  It doesn't work for long and the effort spent fighting with myself is exhausting and depressing. 

Real Happiness Challenge - Week 3: The Boozehound's Guide to Enlightenment

You've fallen off the cushion. The negative emotion garbage monster has proven too tough to ever defeat. You've tried your luck with "spiritual bypassing," but even that stopped working after a bit – you remained a fidgety neurotic and nasty gossip. No matter how many hours you spent raking your overpriced Zen Garden, the chatter and churning remained. You're close to giving up.

Real Happiness Week 2: Coloring meditatively

Maybe you've seen some of the dozens of stories about coloring as the new meditation. People who know I meditate send them to me and ask what I think  -- which is that coloring is not actually meditation, but it can be done meditatively.

Real Happiness Week Two: I love to alleviate suffering!

In a talk last year at the New York City Shambhala Center, angel Kyodo Williams said that if your practice isn't in some way alleviating suffereing, you should change practices.

Real Happiness Challenge: Week 2 - Where Am I?

Like a lot of New Yorkers, I'm a busy person!  Rushing from place to place, answering endless emails, Facebooking, Instagraming, Twittering, drinking coffee, attending meetings, scheduling, writing a class outline while riding the subway, remembering Sharon Salzberg's teaching while walking to work. 

When I get lost in this busy mind, it's hard to break loose - my thoughts flow one to the next in a never-ending stream of associations.   Sometimes I miss my stop or even forget where I'm going.  Where am I?  

Real Happiness Challenge - Week 2: How Fast Can You Take Your Time, Kid?

“DE is a way of doing. DE simply means doing whatever you do in the easiest most relaxed way you can manage which is also the quickest and most efficient way, as you will find as you advance in DE.You can start right now tidying up your flat, moving furniture or books, washing dishes, making tea, sorting papers. Don’t fumble, jerk, grab an object. Drop cool possessive fingers onto it like a gentle old cop making a soft arrest.”
- William S. Burroughs

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