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Real Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A 28-Day Program to Realize the Power of Meditation Real Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A 28-Day Program to Realize the Power of Meditation by Sharon Salzberg
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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
“Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you're doing.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“If you’re reading these words, perhaps it’s because something has kicked open the door for you, and you’re ready to embrace change. It isn’t enough to appreciate change from afar, or only in the abstract, or as something that can happen to other people but not to you. We need to create change for ourselves, in a workable way, as part of our everyday lives.”
Sharon Salzberg, The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Programme for Real Happiness
“Mindfulness isn't difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we’re adding to our experiences, not only during meditation sessions but also elsewhere.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Loving kindness is a form of love that truly is an ability, and, as research scientists have show, it can be learned. It is the ability to take some risks with our awareness-to look at ourselves and others with kindness instead of reflexive criticism; to include in our concern those to whom we normally pay no attention; to care for ourselves unconditionally instead of thinking, "I will love myself as long as I never make a mistake." It is the ability to gather our attention and really listen to others, even those we've written off as not worth our time. It is the ability to see the humanity in people we don't know and the pain in people we find difficult.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“We use mindfulness to observe the way we cling to pleasant experiences & push away unpleasant ones.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Let the breath lead the way.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“We long for permanence but everything in the known universe is transient. That’s a fact but one we fight.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Because the development of inner calm & energy happens completely within & isn’t dependent on another person or a particular situation, we begin to feel a resourcefulness and independence that is quite beautiful—and a huge relief.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“People turn to meditation because they want to make good decisions, break bad habits & bounce back better from disappointments.”
Sharon Salzberg, The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Programme for Real Happiness
“Meditation is a microcosm, a model, a mirror. The skills we practice when we sit are transferable to the rest of our lives.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“You may have heard the old story, usually attributed to a Native American elder, meant to illuminate the power of attention. A grandfather (occasionally it’s a grandmother) imparting a life lesson to his grandson tells him, "I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is vengeful, fearful, envious, resentful, deceitful. The other wolf is loving, compassionate, generous, truthful, and serene." The grandson asks which wolf will win the fight. The grandfather answers, "The one I feed.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Meditation may be done in silence & stillness, by using voice & sound, or by engaging the body in movement. All forms emphasize the training of attention.”
Sharon Salzberg, The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Programme for Real Happiness
“Meditation is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware— not only of our own inner workings but also of what’s happening around us in the here & now.”
Sharon Salzberg, The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Programme for Real Happiness
“All forms of meditation strengthen & direct our attention through the cultivation of three key skills: concentration, mindfulness & compassion or lovingkindness.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Training attention through meditation opens our eyes.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Mindfulness can play a big role in transforming our experience with pain & other difficulties; it allows us to recognize the authenticity of the distress & yet not be overwhelmed by it.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened,” Mark Twain once said.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness
“Everything is impermanent: happiness, sorrow, a great meal, a powerful empire, what we’re feeling, the people around us, ourselves.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“We know that people who consistently meditate have a singular ability to cultivate positive emotions, retain emotional stability, and engage in mindful behavior,”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“look at the world with quiet eyes.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Connecting to your breath when thoughts or images arise is like spotting a friend in a crowd: you don't have to shove everyone else aside or order them to go away; you just direct your attention, your enthusiasm, your interest toward your friend. 'Oh,' you think, 'there's my friend in that crowd. Oh, there's my breath, among those thoughts and feelings and sensations.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“Albert Einstein goes, “The problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“What’s really transformative is our willingness to keep going, our openness to possibility, our patience, our effort, our humor, our growing self-knowledge, and the strength that we gain as we keep going.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness
“I need to start over. I can’t just stay stuck in this place.” This is a wonderful skill to bring to your life.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“relaxed perseverance.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
“When our lives feel like an interminable chain of longing - when nothing satisfies us the way we thought it might - often the first link in the chain is not being fully present. Here's how it works: imagine eating an apple. If you do so paying very little attention to the sight of it, the feel, the smell and the taste, then eating the apple isn't likely to be a fulfilling experience. Becoming aware of a mild discontent, you're likely to blame the apple for being boring and commonplace...You may begin to think, 'If only I could have a banana, then I'd be happy!' You find a banana, but you eat it in the same distracted or inattentive way, so again you end up feeling unsatisfied. But instead of realizing that you weren't paying attention to the experience of eating the banana, you start to think, 'My life is just too prosaic; how could anybody be happy with apples and bananas? What I need is something exotic. I need a mango. Then I'd be happy.' With some effort, you find your mango. The first few bites are wonderful; this is a fresh sensation...Soon, however, you're finishing off the exotic mango in just the same distracted, preoccupied way you ate the prosaic apple and the banana, and once again you're left with a feeling of dissatisfaction, of yearning...That's how an 'interminable chain of longing' gets forged. Concentration is what breaks the chain.”
Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

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