Reminder – Solstice Blessing tomorrow

Hi All,

You’re invited to join me for the remaining Summer Solstice blessings being held tomorrow, June 19, and next Saturday, June 26. Absolutely everyone is welcome—whether you’re a reader of the blog, an old student, a past co-worker, a friend, a relative, a fellow member of my teacher’s community—all are welcome!

A blessing is a transmission of energy to make your spiritual path easier. Please join if you feel pulled to do so.

Blessing of the Sun – 30 mins
Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m. Pacific Time
Helps you see what is spiritually correct for you.




Blessing of the Heart – 50 mins
Saturday, June 26, 9 a.m. Pacific Time
Connects you with the deepest love of the Universe.




All sessions start at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. (You can find a timezone converter here.) 

To join click: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/88142104071.
(The same link is used for all events.)

What to Expect

  • Your participation is anonymous. Video and chat will be turned off, and you won’t be able to see other participant names in the session.
  • When you join, a registration screen will pop up. I’m NOT collecting emails so just type in a dummy screen name and a fake email. dummy@gmail.com works just fine.
  • We’ll start about 5 minutes after the hour so folks have a few minutes to settle in. I’ll play some music during the blessing. The music feed is high quality, however if your internet connection is slow and the music sounds wonky, you can disconnect from the audio or turn your volume down. The music is not required for the transmission of the blessing.
  • During the blessing sit relaxed, with your spine straight, and your hands in your lap. Close your eyes and lightly meditate using whichever technique you prefer. I think sitting and smiling is a great way to go, but do whatever works best for you!
  • If you feel uncomfortable or bored, it’s fine to leave at anytime!
  • When the music ends, we’ll bow and offer our gratitude to the Universe.

How to Prepare

  • Install Zoom ahead of time / ensure you have the latest version installed. 
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that’s good for sitting/meditation.
  • Ensure you’re someplace where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Clarify your intent. Think about what you really want in your spiritual practice, write it down, and place it in front of you during the blessing.
  • Extra credit – read the foreword of the Dhammapada.

Excited to see you there!

Core Practice: Meditate daily

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Meditation calms you down. It chills you out. It makes you sharper and smarter. It can improve your health and make you feel younger. But most importantly, it makes you happy!

When you meditate you go into the light inside of you, the light that makes up everything and everyone. It’s the light of eternity and it’s happiness itself. So when you meditate, you are making yourself more available to the light in your being, which literally makes you happy!

When you meditate you come to have silent knowledge about the universe that makes some of the seemingly harsh and random events of life more understandable. You come to see that you are not just your body and your mind, but that there is a part of you that lives beyond the death of the body. You see that who you truly are is eternal.

This might sound simplistic or fantastical, so you have to check it out for yourself to see that it is true. In fact, one of the reasons I like the practice of meditation is that it’s not about blindly believing what someone preaches to you, but rather finding out for yourself what is true.

For meditation instruction, download the free eBook on How to Meditate.

© 2013 Sara Weston. Excerpted from the book How to Be Happy NOW…Even if Things Aren’t Going Your Way, available on Amazon.com or Amazon UKCA, FR , IT, ES and DE. A FREE excerpt of the book is available here.

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The Bliss of a Vacation from the Internet

MedGalWalkingRecently I was on vacation, and with the exception of a few email checks, I also took a vacation from the Internet. Though I have done this many times before, I was still amazed at the blissfulness of the mind without the energetic push and pull of the Internet. The mind is so much more quiet and unconcerned with the goings-on of the world when released from the tyranny of the Internet :–). I highly recommend you give yourself a vacation from the Internet the next time you go on vacation.

Sara is the author of How to Be Happy NOW…Even if Things Aren’t Going Your Way, available on Amazon.com or Amazon UKCA, FR , IT, ES and DE. © 2013 Sara Weston. A FREE excerpt of the book is available here.

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Invitation to Summer Solstice Blessings

Hi All,

I’d like to invite you to join me for three blessings to be held around the Summer Solstice. Absolutely everyone is welcome—whether you’re a reader of the blog, an old student, a past co-worker, a friend, a relative, a fellow member of my teacher’s community—all are welcome!

A blessing is a transmission of energy to make your spiritual path easier. Please join if you feel pulled to do so.

Blessing of the Wind – 20 mins
Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m. Pacific Time
Gently whisks away impediments on your spiritual path.




Blessing of the Sun – 30 mins
Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m. Pacific Time
Helps you see what is spiritually correct for you.




Blessing of the Heart – 50 mins
Saturday, June 26, 9 a.m. Pacific Time
Connects you with the deepest love of the Universe.




All sessions start at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. (You can find a timezone converter here.) 

To join click: https://us05web.zoom.us/j/88142104071.
(The same link is used for all three events.)

What to Expect

  • Your participation is anonymous. Video and chat will be turned off, and you won’t be able to see other participant names in the session.
  • When you join, a registration screen will pop up. I’m NOT collecting emails so just type in a dummy screen name and a fake email. dummy@gmail.com works just fine.
  • We’ll start about 5 minutes after the hour so folks have a few minutes to settle in. I’ll play some music during the blessing. The music feed is high quality, however if your internet connection is slow and the music sounds wonky, you can disconnect from the audio or turn your volume down. The music is not required for the transmission of the blessing.
  • During the blessing sit relaxed, with your spine straight, and your hands in your lap. Close your eyes and lightly meditate using whichever technique you prefer. I think sitting and smiling is a great way to go, but do whatever works best for you!
  • If you feel uncomfortable or bored, it’s fine to leave at anytime!
  • When the music ends, we’ll bow and offer our gratitude to the Universe.

How to Prepare

  • Install Zoom ahead of time / ensure you have the latest version installed. 
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that’s good for sitting/meditation.
  • Ensure you’re someplace where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Clarify your intent. Think about what you really want in your spiritual practice, write it down, and place it in front of you during the blessing.
  • Extra credit – read the foreword of the Dhammapada.

Excited to see you there!

Core Practice: Keep Your Mind Quiet

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Our incessant internal dialogue—all of the strategizing, defending, regurgitating and worrying that we do—covers our true nature. When you stop thought, you directly experience that you are made of light, Consciousness, God (you choose your favorite word).

Keeping the mind quiet won’t make you unconscious or an idiot. Rather you become wiser as you begin to see the vast wisdom that is at your core. You’ll find that you begin to understand things without having to think them through and that you have access to greater knowledge that isn’t available to you when your mind is a cyclone of thoughts and concerns.

But keeping your mind quiet is hard to do in our digital, socially-networked world, where we are constantly bombarded with information and never out of reach from…anyone! How do you do it? The answer is simple—you meditate. For instruction on how to meditate, download the free eBook on How to Meditate.

© 2013-2019 Sara Weston. Excerpted from the book How to Be Happy NOW…Even if Things Aren’t Going Your Way, available on Amazon.com or Amazon UKCA, FR , IT, ES and DE. A FREE excerpt of the book is available here.

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Download on the App Store

Don’t Follow Your Heart?

Many people interpret the expression “Follow your heart” to mean “Do whatever you feel like doing.”  But what following your heart truly means is:

•  NOT following society’s ideas of what you should do (duh)

•  NOT following other people’s ideas for you—including parents, friends and colleagues (medium-duh)

•  NOT following what your mind tells you (wait, really?)

Yes, really. Your mind has a lot of ideas about what you should do to follow your heart, but the mind doesn’t necessarily know what’s best for you.

Instead, following your heart means following your soul, which is your true heart. The deepest part of yourself is enlightened, is enlightenment itself and is super-duper wise. If you follow what your soul wants you’ll always be happy. If you follow other people’s ideas or your mind’s ideas of what you should do with your life, you will always feel off, not quite right and not quite at ease, even if you are outwardly successful. You will feel an undertone of depression or angst when you are not following your dharma, i.e., that which is spiritually correct for you.

So the challenge is how do you know what your soul wants? It’s simple, you meditate. You take time out daily to stop thought so you can feel your true heart. That’s all you have to do—why make it more complicated? A free guide on how to meditate can be found here.

© 2016 Sara Weston. Sara is the author of the book How to Be Happy NOW…Even if Things Aren’t Going Your Way, available on Amazon.com and Amazon UKCAFR and DEA FREE excerpt of the book is available here.

You Are Not Your Mind

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Your mind is an amazing and essential tool, but it is not who you truly are. All the thoughts and ideas that run through our minds feel very close, like “us,” so it can certainly feel like our minds define who we are—but if you put your mind on “Pause” for a moment and stop your thoughts, you will find that there is still a presence there. You find that you are still there even when your mind is not thinking.

What is that presence that is still there when the mind is gone? I can tell you that it is your true self, the light and consciousness that make up everything and everyone. But it’s not very transformative to read that. What’s powerful is to experience that eternality for yourself! What’s transformative is to start meditating and slowing down the mind so you can find out for yourself that who you truly are is beyond the mind and the body, is eternal and is good.

Everyone at their core is made of this light. Both the best person and the worst person have this light at their core. What this means for you is that this light is inside you and available to you all the time, but you have to slow down your mind to be able to see it. So, yes again, meditate!

Download a free eBook on How to Meditate here.

© 2019 Sara Weston. Sara is the author of How to Be Happy NOW…Even if Things Aren’t Going Your Way, available on Amazon.com or Amazon UKCA, FR , IT, ES and DE. A FREE excerpt of the book is available here.

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Download on the App Store

Core Practice: Choose to Be Happy

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It’s a personal choice to be happy. Everyone has a high, happy side and a low, bored, angry or depressed side, and which side you live in is determined by the choices you make. The choices that lead to happiness are the ones that challenge us, awaken us, and keep us balanced—they are the choices to meditate and work-out when you’d rather watch TV; to be mindful when you’d rather obsess on something negative; to work on your career when it seems easier to just hang out where you are; and, also the choice to relax and unwind when you know you need that, but want to stay plugged in.

The choices that lead to happiness are the ones that take care of the things that are your responsibility—and just as important, the choices to not take on things that are not your responsibility. On a daily basis, we are presented with numerous choices, both simple and complex, that lead us to either more happiness or less. When you become the person who makes the higher choice by default, you will absolutely feel happier. The good news is that meditation increases your powers of discrimination and will, so it’s easier to both discern the higher choice and follow it.

True happiness isn’t about everything working out your way. It’s really about being in touch with your inner light.

Of course, many of the physical circumstances of our lives are beyond our control, but even in these situations there is a choice to be happy. When you get caught in a major traffic delay, you can bemoan your fate which magnifies the misery of the situation, or you can keep on hand great audio books, podcasts and music to entertain yourself while you are trapped in your car. In more dire situations, like finding out your partner cheated on you or that you have been diagnosed with cancer, there is still an opportunity to be happy. Stick with me for a moment on this one. Sometimes the most painful situations in life can act as a catalyst to finally get us to really stop thought, go into our inner light and experience that we are not who we think we are—to see that we’re made of light and are eternal. This is the happiest of all experiences. When everything is going our way, we tend to not be very introspective. But in truly unpleasant times, in our disillusionment with how we thought our life would go, there is an opening to experience something deeper. So even amidst the crappiest situation, there is a choice to indulge in the difficulties of your life or an option to go deeper into the quiet and deeper into your soul where true happiness resides. True happiness isn’t about everything working out your way. It’s really about being in touch with your inner light.

© 2013-2021 Sara Weston. Excerpted from the book How to Be Happy NOW…Even if Things Aren’t Going Your Way, available on Amazon.com or Amazon UKCA, FR , IT, ES and DE. A FREE excerpt of the book is available here.

 

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Meditation Tip: Meditate Correctly!

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When you begin meditating, the most important thing is to establish a daily practice—you need to focus on just showing up and doing it! Once you are meditating on a regular basis, then the focus shifts to meditating correctly.

You won’t experience the benefits of meditation if you just space out and let your mind wander. In order to meditate correctly, it’s important to not think about other people or talk to other people in your mind. Don’t work on your to-do list or ruminate on projects at work or school. Instead, when you notice you are thinking, simply bring your focus back to the area of focus (chakra, breath, mantra or yantra). Don’t fight the thought or get frustrated that you are thinking—be patient with yourself and just return your mind to the area of focus.

Also keep in mind that a shorter, completely focused meditation is more effective than a longer, spaced-out one.

© 2013-2019 Sara Weston. Excerpted from the book How to Be Happy NOW…Even if Things Aren’t Going Your Way, available on Amazon.com or Amazon UKCA, FR , IT, ES and DE. A FREE excerpt of the book is available here.

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Core Practice: Love a lot and laugh a lot

MedGalReading2When we love, light comes through our being and brightens us, lightens us and makes us feel happy. The love you express doesn’t have to be towards another person, it can be towards a great number of things—pets, plants, your artwork, sports, challenging experiences. In fact, love has very little to do with a person. It comes from us and it grows the more we love. We are happy when we love. We are unhappy when we stop loving.

Similarly, when we laugh, we relax and light flows through us more easily. It brightens us and makes us feel happy. Laughter and lightheartedness are great balms for our body, mind and soul. When we laugh a lot we are happier people. (It should be pointed out however that laughing at others, their misfortunes, sorrow or pain, will in no way make you happy. This lack of compassion actually decreases the amount of light flowing through you.)

© 2013-21 Sara Weston. Sara is the author of How to Be Happy NOW…Even if Things Aren’t Going Your Way, available on Amazon.com or Amazon UKCA, FR , IT, ES and DE. A FREE excerpt of the book is available here.

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