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Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program | [Sharon Salzberg]

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

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....
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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 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, 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 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?”

©2011 Sharon Salzberg. Recorded by arrangement with Workman Publishing Company, Inc. (P)2011 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

“Salzberg speaks from experience . . . an extraordinary teacher.” (O, The Oprah Magazine)

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

“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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    Meow San Jose, CA, United States 06-25-12
    Meow San Jose, CA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully written and read by the author."
    What did you love best about Real Happiness?

    I find Sharon Salzberg's gentle words transmitted beautifully in "Real Happiness." As they were in "Lovingkindness." The significant difference is that this audiobook is unabridged, so that all of her loving wisdom and teachings in this book are shared in the audio version. And, as with "Lovingkindness," this is a book to which one can listen while driving, not just while being still with no outside distractions. it has been a wonderful addition to my library, and I enjoy listening to it again and again.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Steven E. Lurie Lawrence, NY 06-09-12
    Steven E. Lurie Lawrence, NY 06-09-12 Member Since 2007

    Steven Lurie, Ph.D.

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    "A pleasure to read and experience"

    This is probably my 6th or 7th book on mindfulness and this is among my favorites so far. All are pretty good - I'm really liking Ronald Siegel' Mindfulness Solutions.

    Like many books, written and recorded of this genre, the wisdom is communicated through explanation, metaphor, thought exercises, homework and guided meditations. Mindful practice as it seems to exist in the west is a bit like ballet - there are the basic positions -- in this case assumptions, practices, organizing principles from which each person creates a new and unique expression. Some resonate more than others. Sharon's approach and personal style really resonate with me. Her book is extremely well written, credible without going into the details of neuropsychological and behavioral research -- She reports the trends and collective wisdom of the research community and I trust and believe her. Thank you Sharon for telling me everything you know about neurology.

    Sharon's writing is clear and direct. Her voice is compassionate without being too bohemian and new age. In reading this book it is easy to see why Sharon is one of the more popular Buddhism influenced mindfulness meditation practitioners and teachers. She comes across as interested as motivated to write to give others the benefit of what she has learned and experienced. But she does not come across as needing to sell you on anything or get anyone to admire her. She connects with her audience by being someone you could idenfify with -- a regular person who really seems comfortable in her own skin. She shows up as caring and insightful in her anecdotes and illustrations and you feel that, through the book, she is a friend. I must admit, I can't attest to what happens in 28 days. I didn't test that aspect out.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    DIANA IRVINE, ca, United States 01-30-12
    DIANA IRVINE, ca, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Amazing for understand and start meditation"
    If you could sum up Real Happiness in three words, what would they be?

    Compassionate, simple and practical.


    What other book might you compare Real Happiness to and why?

    I can't think of anyone as this one.


    What about Sharon Salzberg’s performance did you like?

    Yes. Her voice is very calm. It's nice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Meditate and start being happy


    Any additional comments?

    I really recommend it. I have hear and read a lot of different approachs to meditation, but no one has been as simple, compassionate and practica as this one. It is amazing for someone that wants to start meditating or even to improve your actual meditation practice. The only thing I would suggest to audible.com is that they make the authors add a index with the chapters and sub-chapters and the minutes and seconds in which you can find it. It would make it easier to get back to a especific theme.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jean KIRKWOOD, MISSOURI, United States 03-11-13
    Jean KIRKWOOD, MISSOURI, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Meditation made easy!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Real Happiness to be better than the print version?

    I am a hands on person so some times its easier to incorporate audio into my day than print. I sometime need to slow down and don't spend as much time with "print" so I was able to take away more meaning and understanding with the audio version at this time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The practical application. I was able to slow myself down when I wake up at night and my mind is racing. I used some of the practices to go back to sleep.


    Which character – as performed by Sharon Salzberg – was your favorite?

    Don't really thave a favorate.


    What did you learn from Real Happiness that you would use in your daily life?

    To except, acknowledge, and move on. She gave several practical ways to do this.


    Any additional comments?

    I have already listen once and am now going back to listen to again to see what I may have missed the first time!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alphonso Fayetteville, NC, United States 02-11-13
    Alphonso Fayetteville, NC, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Real Happiness?

    it gives you step by step instruction on how to reach your goals with meditating


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mary BURLINGTON, MA, United States 01-09-13
    mary BURLINGTON, MA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "worthy"

    An excellent starter for someone wanting to explore meditation. It's probably the next best thing to attending a class, but because it is an "online class" so to speak, one wants to go through it all in one sitting, which isn't feasible. But I will reuse this again and again to help me get started and try to maintain a commitment to meditation. Her voice is gentle and calm, her pauses, at first surprising, are well timed. I enjoyed my time with Sharon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer 06-04-12
    jennifer 06-04-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    What did you love best about Real Happiness?

    Very infomative


    What other book might you compare Real Happiness to and why?

    Living the full Catastrophe, Authentic Happiness


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sharon Salzberg?

    Anyone, she wasn't a good narrator. Her voice was monotone and boring.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Good info, but hard to listen to. The author is seldom the best person to read the text. Did anyone listen to this before it was distributed?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brad toronto, ON, Canada 10-02-14
    Brad toronto, ON, Canada 10-02-14 Member Since 2011

    love to listen

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    "Real Sad I bought this book!"

    Salzberg should have stayed asleep and never have written this dribble. Awful! The only trance I went into was from the boredom of the reader and the content. DON'T do it - don't waste your $ on this one.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    david 03-20-13
    david 03-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "more of the same"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone that has never heard anything about meditation or mindfulness.


    Has Real Happiness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probably not, but I won't purchase these basic ones.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sharon Salzberg’s performances?

    Sure


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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