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.
Thank you for pointing this out @ias206! I read through the section, and it is quite confusing. I'll reorganize it, and I am sure the students following you will benefit from the clarity your question brought to the instructions :-) So here's the "todo list" for week 5: Turning toward
Read both "Turning toward difficult emotions" and "Turning toward physical pain" first.
Formal Practice: once a day for 6 out of 7 days in week 5:
Day 1 and day 2: you can choose between the two versions of the Read more… Turning towards meditation, depending on what's more useful for you that day: Turning Towards - Meditation for difficult emotions 23min or Turning Towards - Meditation for physical pain 25min
Day 3 - 6: you can freely choose one of the meditations you have learned so far: bodyscan, sitting meditation, or again one of the two turning towards meditations.
Informal Practice: It is a bit more formal this week. Once a day sit down and "turn towards" either a difficult emotion or physical pain with the two texts you read at the beginning as guidelines and take notes. Ideally, when a matching situation like bodily pain or a difficult emotion is occurring/ just occurred. Still, as we are training to become more aware, it is also quite common to not be mindful of them and instead be on autopilot when they occur. So it's ok to sit down and go through the steps later on. This is all part of our Practice. :-)
I disagree... AND I agree 😄
Short term stress is energizing and even healthy as it gets the organism going. The problem is when, after a stressful phase, there is no matching recovery phase. Chronic stress is dangerous. As so often drilling deeper, we get a more nuanced picture.
This is beautiful!
I remember a zen monk who told us "You can not change another person but you can hold a safe space for them to grow"
That pretty much the same that you wrote.
@ias206 Tara Brach has many guided mediations and also talks freely available on her site: https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditation-basic-meditations/ which work well with the MBSR course.
Please let us know which one you enjoy the most in the resources overview. 🙂