Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
"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
When I began this book I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I had never read one of Sharon Salzberg's books before, although with an interest in meditation and Buddhism, I am certainly familiar with her work.
Real Happiness is written as a sort of meditation workbook. The author first introduces the reader to meditation: what it is and why you would want to do it. Then the book is d...more
First, Sharon is great at describing what meditation is, and that the act of meditation is a practice: you are not striving for perfection, just progression - very comforting.
1) As an accompanying test, I was hoping for a more structured day-to-day guide. Instead, the book is divided into four weekly sections with suggestions on frequency and specific "how-to" instructions....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.
I liked this book. It's a very easy read and it sticks to a fairly secular view of meditation, even though it's pretty clear the author has some Buddhist influences. I appreciated that, that it's a straightforward introduction to the practice of meditation without trying to impose any particular spiritual worldview (though Buddhism is probably the closest to my own). The...more
"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
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
Like many books, written and recorded of this genre, the wisdom is communicated through explanation, metaphor, thought exercises, homework and guided meditations. Mindful practice as it seems to exist in the west is a bit like ballet - there are the basic positions -- in this case assumptions, practices, organizing principles from...more
"And in a study published in 2010, Lazar and her tam scanned the brains of volunteers before and after they received eight weeks of training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductions (MBSR) a popular combination of mediation and yoga designed to alleviate stress in patients with health problems. The new mediators showed measurable changes in two important brain areas_ growth in the hippocampus, a a part of the brain involved...more
I plan on taking some of her meditation exercises into practical life action.
Sharon Salzberg is a very inspired teacher that never disapponts her readers!
I found the FAQs at the end of each section...more
There are many sample meditations and my copy came with a CD that talked you through the meditation.
It also included Q&A's and a practice preview and review. Very comprehensive.
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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.”