I meditate since 2014 and I am an MBSR, mindfulness, and meditation teacher and engineer involved in the happiness.com project, for example, taking care of the https://academy.happiness.com/courses/online-mindful-based-stress-reduction course.
My mission is to support others in discovering their happiness or, even more importantly, handling the ups and downs of life more gracefully. Something I work on myself each day again and again with varying results but an overall positive trend. ;-)
On happiness.com, I can put into action what I've learned through mindfulness and meditation, together with what I learned as a media engineer.
Other than that, friends and family, the village community, gardening, and art projects play important roles in my life too as they keep me connected and grounded.
from time to time I struggle as well. What is your main struggle? The posture, the guidance, the voice, the pace?
There might be some insight there to look into with curiosity.
I have added a sitting meditation to the overview led by Jon Kabat-Zinn the founder of MBSR.
Tara Brach also has a simple meditation which is suitable for the beginning of the MBSR course but it's much shorter. https://www.tarabrach.com/meditation-coming-home-breath/
Welcome Andrew, I admit I have not yet looked into numerology. I came across this short Harvard MOOC this morning: https://online-learning.harvard.edu/course/predictionx-omens-oracles-prophecies maybe it's interesting for you too. 🙂 There's so much interessting stuff out there.
@jolaine what you wrote brought up an old story that I think of often:
In a group sitting with a zen monk many years ago, another participant asked how to get his friend to grow. He can see so many patterns where his friend has potential where he could overcome self-made obstacles and move forward. Sometimes he just wants to shake him. The monk answered: "All you can do is work on yourself and your ability to hold space for others to grow. When and how they grow is up to them alone. All you can Read more… do is work on yourself and hold space for the ones around you."
This story is soothing, but I also sometimes feel the loneliness you referred to, and it's in the story as well. I guess that's why a shanga of some sort - even online here on happiness.com - is so essential for us - to recharge, connect, exchange, open up about our struggles and learn.
I have a gigantic mug - almost half a litre. I will sit drinking tea with milk while nibbling on one butter cookie which has chocolate on one side. This will take around 5 minutes, and I will have finished the cookie with the last sip of tea. This is all I do, and it makes me happy — a massive cup of tea and one relatively small cookie.
@Lizzie I am with you regarding the organized drawers - at least some of them :-)
That sounds so familiar - Tara Brach often asks to relax the forehead at the beginning of her guided meditations, and I regularly find myself thinking "who could possibly be tense there?" only to have this be followed by answering "me"... 😄
I would suggest trying different positions, maybe sitting on a chair as we do a lot during the day anyway or lying down, some meditate standing up.
Week 5 of the course is explicitly looking at physical pain.
@Roadtorecovery In my experience some days it's easy some days it isn't. Overall I found it to be easier though. 🙂
The goal of the practice is not to relax, though it is an effect it sometimes has. Not being able to relax means that there's tension that can be recognised - that's part of the bodyscan. The main focus is to be aware of what is there in the body with curiosity and without judgement. If there's tension hold the tension in your awareness. Maybe - with friendly curiosity - see if Read more… there's more in the part of the body you are investigating - maybe a tingling, or warmth.