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Real Happiness Challenge Week 1: How You Speak To Yourself

The body the body the body.

The breath the breath the breath.

 

How do you speak to yourself?

What did you say just now?

How did you say it?

Who is speaking and why?

These are the questions of today’s meditation in the Real Happiness Challenge of 2016. I sat in the dark morning, noticing the worried thoughts, noticing some sadness, noticing the strong urge to stay seated paired with the urge to get up and “start my day”, as if my day didn’t start with this sitting.

 

The body the body the body.

The breath the breath the breath.

 

When I notice how I speak to myself in my head, I notice how I operate all day long, the litany of chidings and doubt, like the heat vents that sound with the force of hot air into the house. But something else has been growing for several years since I began practicing. That is calm abiding. Not telling myself I am OK, but being OK. And that spreads slowly like the green moss on the concrete outside my house. And like that moss, it is resilient.

This doesn’t come solely through the effort of practice. Being OK and safe, feeling OK and safe is a privilege in our society, one for which we should be ever grateful and one we can wish for others. It is something worth efforting towards. It is something that spreads.

How do you speak to yourself?

What did you say just now?

How did you say it?

 

Who is speaking and why?

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