Writing for Sharon Salzberg’s 2015 28-Day Meditation Challenge

(Image courtesy of the Brooklyn Yoga School)

I feel grateful for the opportunity to have written for Sharon Salzberg’s 28-Day Meditation Challenge this year. You can find an introduction and link to the full post, for each post I wrote for the challenge, in this list.

Jumping Into The 28-Day Challenge

It’s exciting to be writing for the 28-Day Meditation Challenge and participating in it alongside each of you this year. I discovered the challenge somewhat late in the game and am glad to have an opportunity to jump-in here, at the beginning of the challenge. One of Sharon’s recent posts about the myth of multitasking caught my eye last week, as I’m a true-believer in single-tasking now, after being one of the most ardent multitaskers around for many, many years. That post brought me back to Sharon’s site, where I’m grateful to have discovered this challenge.

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My Week 1 Plan – Balance and Concentration

Here’s how my plan for Week 1 of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge is shaping-up. Because my focus for the challenge is on Real Happiness at Work, my plan is going to be a little different than the basic structure.

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Reflections on Week 1 – Balance and Concentration

I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my reflections on Week 1 with the Sangha this morning, before jumping into my work week. It’s really nice to have an opportunity to connect with the Sangha this morning, particularly because I work from home, which, while I feel fortunate to do this, does tend to result in me feeling isolated at times.

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My Week 2 Plan – Open Awareness

Here’s how my plan for Week 2 of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge has been shaping-up. Because my focus for the challenge is on Real Happiness at Work, my plan is going to be a little different than the basic structure.

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Working Hard to Stay Open – Reflections on Week 2

I focused on open awareness in Week 2 of the Challenge and am grateful to have this forum to share my reflections with you. Focusing on Open Awareness really brought my tendencies to narrow-in and close-off, especially when I’m in what I call the messy middle ground, to the forefront of my awareness last week.

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Today Was Supposed to Be Easier

Today was supposed to be easier. The plan was to only work a half-day, then spend the rest of it with my wife, before she goes back to work next week. It didn’t happen for a number of reasons. As the carefully laid-out plan slowly unraveled, I began to struggle even more than usual trying to battle the tendency to get one more thing done for work.

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Loving Kindness and Compassion at Work? Really?

I have to admit the title of this post was my initial reaction when I looked at Week 3 and thought about applying the concepts to my Challenge, which is focused on Real Happiness at Work. Loving kindness and compassion are actually two of the concepts I’ve had the most trouble wrapping my head around, in any context, since starting my mindful journey just over a year ago. Looking back and writing about this experience in Week 3 is bringing to light a new awareness of why this might be the case.

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Week 4 and Thanks

A couple of thoughts stick with me as I think about bringing a meditation practice to my work life, in the context of Real Happiness at Work. The first is how hard it feels to bring the train to a stop, to sit and meditate, once the train pulls out of the station in the morning and the day starts charging ahead and picking up steam. Sitting early in the morning for me, before the work day begins and the train pulls out of the station, is the key for me in establishing a consistent practice. Even if I let myself try and get “just one thing done first”, that’s usually enough for me to push my practice to the side and let myself get caught-up in the doing of the day.

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