February is the host to Sharon Salzberg’s 28 day “Real Happiness Meditation Challenge,” an online event designed to help both beginning and experienced meditators “#Commit2Sit.” Of course this year is a leap year, so we get an extra day to strengthen our meditation muscles! The challenge is inspired by her bestselling book Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (A 28 Day Program). Real Happiness features two introductory chapters that introduce the reader to the type of people that seek out meditation training—from an active duty soldier in Iraq to a stepmother committed to her new extended family. During week one, Salzberg skillfully strips away the mysticism that surrounds mindfulness—often thought of as some esoteric practice–and shares practical advice on how to deal with the myriad of distractions that arise during practice.
As a meditation instructor myself, I know firsthand that distraction is one of the greatest hurdles beginning student will tackle. Week two teaches mindfulness of body, including the body scan, walking meditation and how to mindfully drink a cup of tea. Week three—perhaps the most challenging and insightful chapter—focuses on how to deal with thoughts and feelings, and even difficult emotions.
If the purpose of mindfulness meditation is to help us reduce suffering and indeed attain happiness, then difficult thoughts, feelings, and emotions must be acknowledged, but in a skillful way.
Finally, in week four, the reader learns how to cultivate compassion and true happiness with lovingkindness. That being said, it is not always easy to send well wishes to all beings everywhere, especially if you are dealing with a difficult ex-spouse, a demanding boss, or a passive aggressive parent.
Lovingkindness for a difficult person is about seeing what happens when we recognize a connection with someone instead of focusing only on our feelings of conflict; when we pay attention to that person’s suffering and not just his or her transgressions (p. The final chapter titled “Keeping the Practice Going” reminds us that meditation is a practice, and to get the most from it, a daily one at that.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (A 28-Day Program), and join this year’s event.
And if you live in Frederick Maryland or nearby, join one of our three Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation courses starting in February 2016. Heather Stang is a mindfulness speaker, author of the grief book on Mindfulness & Grief, and founder of the Frederick Meditation Center. 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.
A true friend encourages us, comforts us, supports us like a big easy chair, offering us a safe refuge from the world. My Christian living blog featuring amazing authors all sharing their life lessons and stories of faith. Earlier this week, the Dalai Lama Center had the opportunity to speak with Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and author of the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness - The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program.

As one of the most influential teachers of Buddhist meditation in the West, Salzberg has been teaching and leading retreats for over three decades and is well known for her emphasis on lovingkindness (metta). Metta meditation involves actively cultivating positive emotional states towards others, such as forgiveness, love, and compassion. Salzberg discussed with the DLC why she chose lovingkindness as her primary focus, and she shared some valuable insights for both novice and experienced meditators.
Next week, Salzberg hopes to touch more on these issues, while offering guidance to those who are interested in both beginning or enriching their practice. Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Privacy PolicyCopyright © 2009 Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, all rights reserved.
This title rolls off my tongue whenever beginning meditation students ask for book recommendations. The author makes it clear that although our life situations may be different, we share a similar longing to be healthy and happy.
Each week contains written instructions and has a corresponding guided meditation available on the CD. Many people give up on meditation altogether after just one or two tries because “my mind won’t stop thinking,” or “there are too many distractions.” Salzberg assures the reader that the distractions are not a problem in and of themselves. It really is remarkable how disconnected so many of us are from this physical house we embody! So often people think that learning to meditate means shutting out anything less than pleasant, but that would be delusional—the opposite of mindfulness. Real Happiness offers clear direction on working with, rather than fighting, strong feelings. This practice of sending well wishes deepens our connection to self and others, and for many practitioners cultivates a feeling of warmth and joy.
As with week three, Salzberg does not whitewash emotional or physical pain in this chapter, but rather addresses it head on. Cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, author of Lovingkindness, Faith, and other books, Ms. When we relate to the process in a non-judgmental, gentle way, we learn to treat ourselves with the same compassion and equanimity that we extend to others. Not only is the book accessible, easy to understand, and full of very clear directions, it is also bundled with a CD containing four guided meditations.
One of the most helpful features in the book is the FAQ section offered at the end of each chapter.

Whether you are inhabiting a strong and healthy body without pain, or are burdened with aches or illness, the instructions in this chapter will help shift your perspective and drop habitual attitudes towards your body. Even during a four week course I see some students stay with the practice, and others drift away.
This is why I love the annual “Real Happiness Meditation Challenge.” It is a chance for those who have drifted away from their meditation practice to begin again, with support and structure—and Sharon Salzberg’s infectious humor. Salzberg distills 30 years of teaching meditation into a 28-day program that will change lives.
At first I hated the title of the book, because it sounds so self-helpish, but by the end of the book, I understand why it's called Real Happiness.
Salzberg draws from her decades of teaching people how to meditate to offer wise answers to some of the most common questions a beginner might have, and even a few doozies. As a teacher, I long for my students to stick with it, but as a fellow human being, I totally get it. 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. 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? When we train our attention through meditation, we connect to ourselves, to our own true experience, and then we connect to others.
Meditation helps protect  the brain against aging and improves our capacity for learning new things.
The simple act of being completely attentive and present to another person is an act of love, and it fosters unshakeable well-being. It is happiness that isn't bound to a particular situation, happiness that can withstand change."The practice of meditation contributes to such a profound shift in how you look at and cope with the world and your problems.
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. Just thinking about meditation gives me comfort now, knowing that there is a way to stay calm and centered and present in the face of constant change. It is not about Buddhism, it’s not esoteric—it is closer to an exercise, like running or riding a bike.

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