Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program
"Real happiness depends on what we do with our attention. When we train our attention through meditation, we connect to ourselves, to our own true experience, and then we connect to others. The simple act of being comp ...more
Salzberg starts by explaining what meditation is and what it isn’t. She then goes into the benefits and the science of meditation, which for me was probably my favorite c ...more
This is the type of book I will come back to again a ...more
TRULY:_One-of-A-KIND_BOOK.... A WHOLE + REAL MEDITATION COURSE... ALL IN 1 SIMPLE, YET PROFOUND BOOK or AUDIO-BOOK
I first read when a friend 'gifted' the book to me, sometime before the year 2000, in its 1st Edition. I had already been meditation daily for a few years, primarily alternating meditation practices: one day of "Mindfulness of Breathing" (in four stages), then, the next-day practice the "Metta Bhavanana" (or "Cultivation o...more
It's a very low key introduction that covers just about anything that might come up, from how to deal with that stiff knee that becomes a militant tyrant a ...more
The variety of different meditations is a diverse buffet, a rich variety of pathways to new self-discoveries and deepened concentration, mindfulness, and lovingkindness. The 28-day program is well-structured to motivate you towards eventually developing a daily practice.
"The act of beginning again is the essential act of the meditation practice."
"If you have to let go of distractions and begin again thousands of times, fine. That's not a roadblock to the practice - that is the practice. That's life: starting over, one breathe at a time."
Sharon Salzberg has a way of teaching, as if taking a walk in nature with a dear friend, side by side; very gentle, compassionate, clear, simple.
In this book she leads y ...more
Excellent BASIC introduction to meditation that is broken up into a 4-week program; many great mindfulness and lovingkindness meditations to experiment with and practice.
"This act of beginning again is the essential art of the meditation practice...If you have to let go of distractions and begin again thousands of time, fine. That's not a roadblock to the practice - that IS the practice. That's life: starting over, one breath at a time." (p. 49-50)
"Effort needn't be struggling or strai ...more
I have tried to increase my mindfulness for years now, but only recently decided to incorporate daily meditation. When I asked friends who are in the know for reading titles to help me get started, this one got a few mentions.
It lived up to the promise. Salzburg takes a practical, realistic approach and speaks a lot to some of the misconceptions people have about meditati ...more
I read the ebook, which had a fair share of typos. Also, I found it strange that the accompanying guided meditations are about 14 minutes long, when the guidanc ...more
"What arises in our experience is much less important than how we relate to what arises in our experience."
I'm always looking for ways to yell less at my kids and be a kinder person. Definitely I will hold on to this book and refer back as needed. Love Sharon Salzberg's dry sense of humor.
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When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn't matter whether its been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades.
The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn't see before.
Its never too late to take a moment to look.”