Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program

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by Sharon Salzberg
     
 

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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

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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 world’s foremost meditation teachers and spiritual authors. Cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, author of Lovingkindness, 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, it’s 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 her students’ FAQs cover the most frequent concerns of beginners who meditate—“Is meditation selfish?” “How do I know if I’m doing it right?” “Can I use meditation to manage weight?”

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Library Journal
In an inviting, easy-to-follow format, Salzberg (Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness), cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, provides a 28-day program for incorporating meditation into one's life. Written for beginners, the book explains breathing and sitting techniques, the science behind the practice, and 12 guided meditations. Interspersed throughout are FAQs from Salzberg's students regarding their difficulties with the practice. The accompanying CD includes nine meditations to guide readers through breathing, walking, emotional, and loving-kindness exercises. This is one of the best guides for anyone interested in exploring meditation or mindfulness.
The Oprah Magazine O
“Salzberg speaks from experience…an extraordinary teacher.”
O, The Oprah Magazine
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“Salzberg speaks from experience…an extraordinary teacher.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761159254
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/29/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
34,738
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.69(d)

What People are saying about this

Ram Dass
“To those who have taken her courses (like me), [Real Happiness] contains all of the jewels of Sharon’s teachings plus more.”
—Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now
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"Real Happiness is a real treasure. Salzberg gives us simple, practical, effective methods to have a real shot at it! She helps us to stop our running madly in the wrong direction, to see the real thing right there, waiting for our tender, mindful awareness to enjoy its free reality. I love it and highly recommend it!"
- Robert Thurman, PhD, author of Inner Revolution and Infinite Life: Awakening the Bliss Within

?"Reading Real Happiness, I feel as if I have made a new friend, or been reunited with an old one. Sharon Salzberg brings meditation to life and, through her grace, shows us how we can come alive, as well. This is a masterful work: deep, warm and engaging. I want to give it to everyone I know."
- Mark Epstein, MD author of Thoughts without a Thinker and Going to Pieces without Falling Apart

"We’ve seen a few attempts at such a complete teaching of the Buddhist meditation practice and way of life but none has accomplished the high skillfulness of Sharon Salzberg’s remarkably clear transmission of the adventure of awakening. A 28-Day Plan for catching up with yourself by one of our most heartfull teachers, a presence partially responsible for bringing Buddhism to the West. A thoroughly modern gift from 2500 years ago by one of our favorite teachers.”
---Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies, and A Gradual Awakening

"In a voice that is wise and witty, personal, contemporary and engagingly friendly, Sharon Salzberg has written this wonderful book that will be accessible and encouraging to novice meditators as well as inspiring to committed practitioners."
- Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job

"I often suggest to my stressed-out patients that they meditate, but most don't know where to begin. Real Happiness is the perfect meditation prescription, with everything a first-timer could need.
- Frank Lipman, M.D., author of Revive

"This book is a veritable treasure box of meditations. Lucid and wise, Real Happiness is rich with Sharon Salzberg's lifetime of teaching meditation to thousands of people. Her voice is filled with humor, kindness and wisdom, and her meditation instructions are practical and accessible. This is one of the great books on why and how to meditate."
- Roshi Joan Halifax, Founding Abbot Upaya Zen Center

"In these pages, Sharon Salzberg lays out a step-by-step program for developing mindfulness, insight, and loving kindness in just 28 days—and for taking these practices into the rest of your life. A simple, straightforward way to learn the most essential practices of Buddhist meditation, from one of the most renowned meditation teachers in the West today.”
- Dzogchen Ponlop, author of Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom

"Real happiness and joy through the power of meditative awareness is precisely what beloved Buddhist teacher and pioneer Sharon Salzberg delivers to us in this welcome new contribution to the important emerging field of conscious evolution through attention training and wisdom development. Based upon and backed by ancient timeless contemplative tradition as well as modern neuroscientific research and experiential neuroDharma experiments, Sharon's four week program for developing insight meditation, mindfulness, and her specialty of loving-kindness clearly instructs and awakens us, leading step by step to the discovery of who we are, why we are here, and how to realize a more fulfilling life and more harmonious world. I heartily recommend this to anyone seeking self-realization and inner peace, well being and enlightenment."
- Lama Surya Das

“Salzberg speaks from experience…an extraordinary teacher.”
- O, The Oprah Magazine

Alice Walker
“Sharon Salzberg has offered a gift of peace to the world.”
—Alice Walker

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