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  • The Sharon Salzberg Metta Hour features Buddhist philosophy in a practical, common sense vernacular. Sharon’s natural wisdom, sense of humor and the ease with which she translates these teachings forge an intimate connection with the listener. From everyday experiences to pithy revelations, each podcast is a journey on the path of self-discovery.


    Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author.

    She is one of the first to bring mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, inspiring generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, and her seminal work, Lovingkindness. Her forthcoming release, Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom, is set for release in April of 2023 from Flatiron Books. www.sharonsalzberg.com

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  • Jul 25 2022

    For episode 188 of the Metta Hour podcast, Jason Garner joins Sharon to talk about life, practice, finding meaning, and refuge.

    Jason is a spiritual seeker, author, and previously a Fortune 500 company executive. He spent the first 37 years of his life working his way up from flea market parking attendant to CEO of Global Music at Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter. After several significant losses in his life, Jason turned to yoga, meditation, martial arts, and eastern philosophy to learn a different way of being in the world. In 2014 he wrote the book "And then I Breathed," chronicling his unique journey.

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    In this conversation, Sharon and Jason speak about:

    • Jason's path making his way in the world

    • What led to Jason becoming a spiritual seeker

    • Bringing spiritual practice of the music business

    • Finding meaning in life to help navigate challenging times

    • Sharon's experience in isolation during the pandemic

    • The inner resource of meditation in COVID

    • Jason and Sharon's shared Tibetan teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche

    • Everyone's inherent "inner okay-ness"

    • How self-compassion changed the course of Jason's practice and life

    • The courage to show up as a human

    • Re-writing the myth of winning so "everyone gets to win"

    • Collaboration versus competition

    • Creating Love4Live to offer meditation resources for the music industry in COVID

    To learn more about Jason, you can visit his website jasongarner.com and love4live.org


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    44 mins
  • Jul 11 2022

    Sharon welcomes Dr. Galit Atlas for Episode 187 of the Metta Hour.

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    Galit is an author, psychoanalyst, and clinical assistant professor at New York University. She has published numerous articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. Her New York Times published “A Tale of Two Twins” won a 2016 Gradiva Award, and her latest book “Emotional Inheritance” was released in January of 2022. In this conversation, Galit and Sharon discuss:

    • What drew Galit to therapy

    • The stigma and shame around mental health

    • The definition of trauma

    • How generational trauma shows up

    • The effect that secrecy has on trauma and healing

    • How the secrecy in Sharon’s childhood affects her

    • Post Traumatic Growth

    • What we must accept versus what we can change

    • The role of forgiveness in healing

    • The epigenetics of family trauma

    • Winnicott’s “good enough” parent

    • Vicarious Trauma for Caregivers

    To learn more about Galit’s work, you can visit her website at galitatlas.com 

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    51 mins
  • Jun 27 2022

    Stephen Cope and Sharon Salzberg come together in Metta Hour to discuss dharma and the shared struggles of humanity. In this episode Sharon and Stephen talk about:

    • How Stephen arrived at Kripalu Center
    • Stephen's new book
    • The Bhagavad Gita
    • Dharma and Sacred Vocation
    • Times of Struggle
    • Loving Kindness vs. Hatred and Anger
    • Yoga and Compassion
    • Guided meditation

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    Stephen Cope is a best-selling author and scholar who specializes in the relationship between the Eastern contemplative traditions and Western depth psychology. For almost thirty years, Stephen has been Scholar-in-Residence at the renowned Kripalu Center. Stephen is also the founder and former director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living—one of the world’s most influential research institutes examining the effects and mechanisms of yoga and meditation, with a team of researchers from top universities. Stephen's new book, The Dharma in Difficult Times, is now available to purchase.


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    1 hr and 8 mins

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