• Real Happiness

  • The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program
  • By: Sharon Salzberg
  • Narrated by: Sharon Salzberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (605 ratings)

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Real Happiness

By: Sharon Salzberg
Narrated 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 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

Critic reviews

“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)