Real Happiness Week Three: Day 18: Meditation on Working with Thoughts

In working with my thoughts this morning, I literally had a pain in the neck! My thoughts went to quite the variety: I should change my sleeping position, Oh no, my shoulder aches too, Why am I in pain?, What if it doesn’t stop? Will it ever stop? Will I ever be “normal” again? I’m tired of all these physical challenges popping up? and so on.

Yet, when we work with our thoughts, we can use the techniques of clouds in the sky and our awareness being the blue sky.  I can also pay attention to the emotions that arise in conjunction with the thoughts. These too I can acknowledge and release in a cloud. I am not these thoughts and challenges, but I can allow them to be what they are and then kindly let them go.

On Tuesday’s meditation livestream I used the “leaves on a stream” for our experience. You place the thoughts or emotions on the leaf and let it float away. You can access it below.


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Recommended reading for Week Three of the Challenge is pages 112 – 122 and pages 137– 144 in the second edition of the book, “Real Happiness”.





Deb Phelps

Deb Phelps

Deb Phelps is a certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher, and Practitioner since 1980. She is also a Mindfulness Coach, Sound Energy Practitioner, and Yoga Specialist who uniquely assists her clients to overcome stress, anxiety, PTSD, grief, and other life situations so that they can once again live purposeful, joy-filled lives. Deb has overcome significant life challenges aided by a variety of mind-body-spirit practices. By diligently using these tools over many decades, she found a life of contentment and equanimity. Through extensive education and life experience, including living for one year in a spiritual community, she assists and inspires others to do the same. ~ Deb Phelps, C.MI, MMT, E-RYT500, LVCYT, YACEP

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