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Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and author. She is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, and has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness are the foundations of her work.

 

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation quiets the mind and refines our awareness so we can directly experience the truth of our lives with a minimum of distraction and obscuration. Simplicity, stillness and attention are its qualities.

The first pillar of meditation is concentration—stability of mind. We focus our normally scattered energy. The state we cultivate is tranquil, relaxed, open. We let things be; we don’t try to hold on to experiences.  Our mind is alert and deeply connected with what’s going on.

The second pillar is mindfulness itself. We are aware of what is happening as it actually arises—not being lost in our conclusions or judgments about it.  We pay attention to our pleasant experiences, our painful experiences and our neutral experiences—the sum total of what life brings us.

 

 Lovingkindness

Lovingkindness is a quality of friendship. Lovingkindness meditation is the cultivation of  a steady, unconditional sense of connection that touches all beings without exception, including ourselves. The quality of lovingkindness is associated with three other qualities: Compassion, Sympathetic Joy & Equanimity.

Compassion is our caring human response to suffering.  A compassionate heart is non-judgmental and recognizes all suffering—our own and that of others—as deserving of tenderness.

Sympathetic Joy is the realization that others’ happiness is inseparable from our own. We rejoice in the joy of others and are not threatened by another’s success.

Equanimity is the spacious stillness of mind that provides the ground for the boundless nature of the other three qualities. This radiant calm enables us to ride the waves of our experience without getting lost in our reactions.

On Being: The Fractal Moment: An Invitation to Begin Again

The Fractal Moment: An Invitation to Begin Again Weekly Column By Sharon Salzberg for On Being Published May 17, 2015 There is joy and an important sense of renewal in each effort to begin again. In this way, meditation is not about the creation of a singular experience but about changing our relationship to experience. […]

Metta Hour Podcast: Doubt with Sharon Salzberg

Throughout history, wise observers of human behavior have pinpointed over and over again a core group of unhealthy human tendencies that are obstacles to happiness. They’re the states of mind that distract us in meditation practice, and trip us up in the rest of our lives. Broadly speaking, they are: desire, aversion, sloth, restlessness, and […]

Calling All Love Stories

I’m working on a new book! It’s been 20 years since my first book, Lovingkindness came out — it’s hard to believe. I’ve been inspired to take a new look at love, so the book will be called Real Love. The love we are told is all we need, or what makes the world go […]

Real Happiness at Work

Real Happiness at Work brings the profound benefits of meditation to an area where people could use it most—the workplace. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers. Available as book, Audio CD, or e-book The Real Happiness 28-Day Meditation Challenge – Real Happiness at Work can be purchased from the following […]

Love Your Enemies

How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman Buy on Amazon In Love Your Enemies, Sharon Salzberg and Tenzin Robert Thurman draw on ancient spiritual wisdom, modern psychology, and the latest neuroscience to guide us in dealing with troublesome people and situations, and overcoming the real […]

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