Sharon Salzberg

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One of America’s leading spiritual teachers and authors, Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work.

METTA HOUR PODCAST • Episode 122 • Being a Human in the Time of Coronavirus

Many are experiencing loneliness and deep feelings of disconnect during this period of quarantine due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In episode 122 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon Salzberg offers wisdom for being with ourselves in these difficult emotional states, Read More


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“In those moments when we realize how much we cannot control, we can learn to let go.”
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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
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“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
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“It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn't depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn't depend on how long you've held on to the old view.

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.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

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“We don’t need any sort of religious orientation to lead a life that is ethical, compassionate & kind.”
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“All forms of meditation strengthen & direct our attention through the cultivation of three key skills: concentration, mindfulness & compassion or lovingkindness.”
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“The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention.”
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“If we fall, we don't need self-recrimination or blame or anger - we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to re-commit, to be whole-hearted once again.”
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“The mind thinks thoughts that we don't plan. It's not as if we say, 'At 9:10 I'm going to be filled with self-hatred.”
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