Sharon Salzberg – Real Happiness


Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect the brain against aging and improves our capacity for learning new things. Meditation opens the door to real and accessible happiness.

There is no better person to show a beginner how to harness the power of meditation than Sharon Salzberg, one of the worlds foremost meditation teachers and spiritual authors. Cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, author of Loving kindness, Faith, and other books, Ms. Salzberg distills 30 years of teaching meditation into a 28-day program that will change lives. It is not about Buddhism, its not esoteric – it is closer to an exercise, like running or riding a bike. From the basics of posture, breathing, and the daily schedule to the finer points of calming the mind, distraction, dealing with specific problem areas (pain in the legs? falling asleep?) to the larger issues of compassion and awareness, Real Happiness is a complete guide. It explains how meditation works; why a daily meditation practice results in more resiliency, creativity, peace, clarity, and balance; and gives twelve meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation and walking meditation. An extensive selection of FAQs cover the most frequent concerns of beginners who meditate – Is meditation selfish? How do I know if Im doing it right? Can I use meditation to manage weight?

Author: Sharon Salzberg
Narrator: Sharon Salzberg
Duration: 5 hours 56 minutes
Released: 11 Aug 2006
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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As the listener will likely want to refer back to various sections of the book, particularly the guided meditations, the lack of section titles (simply listed as chapters 1-33) makes this difficult. For example, an example meditation ‘chapter’ may be only 3 minutes long, whereas a true chapter may be 30 minutes. The meditations are interspersed throughout the book, which is beneficial as they appear in context rather than as a separate physical CD, as would accompany the paperback form. The reader is advised to add title bookmarks to each chapter to assist with navigation.