This past February I participated in Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness Meditation Challenge. I spent about ten minutes each day formally meditating using guided meditations from Sharon Salzberg. This challenge covered four areas of meditation practice: concentration, mindfulness of the body, mindfulness of thoughts/emotions, and lovingkindness.
There were so many insights I gained about myself from meditating in February, including how often my mind is distracted and how devoting even a small amount of time can be incredibly helpful to my overall well-being.
For today's slice, I used a mantra ("May I be well; May I be peaceful") I learned from Sharon Salzberg in the form of an acrostic-from-phrases poem:
I gleaned from meditating
be sticky in my mind so that I can work on
being mentally and physically well and at peace.
May I remember to focus on my breath,
so I can
be more present in life's moments,
focusing on past events
or anticipating the future.
I strive to be more