August: Thoughts About “Mindfulness Month”

I am so glad that I started this project with mindfulness. Making a practice of bringing awareness to the moments that make up my day is a great foundation for the rest of the project. I started the month with three resolutions: Daily Emotions Log Be Aware of Judgmental Thoughts Breathe Within the first twoContinue reading “August: Thoughts About “Mindfulness Month””

Week 4 Review

This is going to be a quick review; I’ve got a fevered baby who’s sleeping right now, but I know I could be called to duty at any moment. Two things stand out as I look back on this week. First, I really think I’ve made breathing and recognizing judgmental thoughts a habit. I stillContinue reading “Week 4 Review”

Not so Fast

Tonight on the treadmill, I listened to the This American Life episode entitled “Promised Land,” in which David Rakoff goes on a three-week fast and chronicles his experience on the radio show. Knowing that people throughout history have used fasting as a way to experience a spiritual awakening, Rakoff is curious to see what he’llContinue reading “Not so Fast”

Embracing the Challenge

Today, I am grateful to my son for providing me with a challenge to my mindfulness practice. This gratefulness comes upon reflection, as I did not have the presence of mind (nor the superpower) to be grateful in the moment.┬áThe moment kind of sucked. And lasted all day. The superstitious part of me wonders ifContinue reading “Embracing the Challenge”

Remembering to Pace Myself: A Pep Talk

As the end of August approaches and my Facebook News Feed fills with pictures of smiling children in new clothes and┬ástatus updates about the first day of school, my thoughts have begun to race ahead to all of the other resolutions I have planned for my Happiness Project. I find myself considering rearranging my scheduleContinue reading “Remembering to Pace Myself: A Pep Talk”

Happiness is…

…a break from the heat so I can have all of the windows open and enjoy the smell of the fresh air through the house. It brings back childhood memories of summers in San Diego and coming in at dusk sweaty and tired, washing the grass itchies off in the bath, then slipping my feetContinue reading “Happiness is…”

Week 3 Review: Minor Epiphany

I was meandering through this week feeling like nothing much was changing for me. I’ve been breathing and reflecting about emotions and being aware of judgements, and I’ve been reading a lot of blogs and books about happiness, but there were no lightning bolts or “aha” moments. Until Friday night. For some undetermined reason (IContinue reading “Week 3 Review: Minor Epiphany”

The Purpose of Life

From The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, by HH the Dalai Lama and Howard C Cutler, MD: I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seekingContinue reading “The Purpose of Life”

The Simple Path to Happiness

According to the NY Times article “But Will it Make You Happy?” research suggests that simplifying our lives and spending our money on experiences rather than objects will help increase our happiness. From the article: New studies of consumption and happiness show, for instance, that people are happier when they spend money on experiences insteadContinue reading “The Simple Path to Happiness”