During the month of February, challenge yourself to participate in MMC’s 28-day meditation program. It’s simple: Commit to meditating each day and connect online to share experiences – pleasant, difficult or otherwise. We will follow the meditation program outlined in Sharon Salzberg’s book, “Real Happiness.” This blog will be your guide, including links to helpful Web sites and guided meditations. Meditation can help with overall wellness, pain, stress, anxiety, sleep and concentration. This is your opportunity to start a new practice to enhance your wellbeing or to continue your practice in the company of your fellow Griffins.

Sign up with the form below and to the right and check back here often.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Day 28!

Congratulations to all of us Griffins who have participated in the 28-day mindfulness challenge!

Hopefully this is a beginning and not an ending for all of us, a springboard to further explorations with mindfulness practice and being more mindful in everyday life. The start of a new way of relating to our moment-to-moment experiences.

Hopefully you have glimpsed the possibility that through this practice, you can improve your relationships, feel more connected, recognize your habitual patterns of reacting and adding on to your experiences, and face life's challenges with more resilience.

Keeping up this practice and this new way of being will take some tending. See if you can commit to a 20-30 minute daily practice. Don't forget to cultivate those brief moments of mindfulness throughout your day - breathing while waiting for the elevator, getting in touch with your body while waiting on the subway platform, offering lovingkindness to people you pass on the sidewalk, being mindful of brushing your teeth.

If you find your practice is getting inconsistent or falls off, start over. Don't forget that change takes time.

Also, in the post before this one, I have given a list of resources for classes, readings, online talks and guided meditations.  Practicing with supports can make it much easier to keep this going or to pick it back up again if you need to.

At the end of "Real Happiness" Salzberg writes that if she suggested you could really help a friend by doing a simple exercise 20 minutes a day, you'd probably do it without much delay. But sometimes giving ourselves that same 20 minutes is hard to do.

I invite you to treat yourselves as good friends and continue to take care.

Thank you for joining me and Julie in this 28-day program.


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