Real Happiness

Real HappinessThe Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program
Unabridged audiobook read by Sharon Salzberg

Sample Tracks

Audio Excerpt

Body Scan Meditation

Summary
One of the foremost experts on meditation distills her 30 years of teaching into a 28-day program that will change lives. From the basics of posture, breathing, and scheduling to the finer points of calming the mind, distraction, and addressing specific problems (pain in a particular area, trouble falling asleep, etc.) Real Happiness delivers a comprehensive guide. Includes guided meditations.

Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg by Workman Publishing

Product Description
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 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?”

Includes guided meditations.

Reviews / Praise
“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

“The real deal, a trustworthy how-to.”
—Daniel Goleman, author Emotional Intelligence

“Real Happiness is a real treasure. . . simple, practical, effective. . . . I love it and highly recommend it!”
—Robert Thurman, author of Inner Revolution and Infinite Life: Awakening to Bliss Within

“Can guide and support a newcomer to meditation or enrich and refresh an experienced practitioner. . . . No one could ask for a better teacher.”
—Martha Beck, columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine and author of Finding Your Own North Star

“An inviting gateway into the interior territory of profound well-being and wisdom. With Sharon’s gentle voice, intimacy with the landscape, and thus exquisite guidance, mindfulness and lovingkindness come to life.”
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses and Wherever You go, There You Are

“People frequently ask me where they should begin if they are interested in learning more about meditation. Now I know where to send them: Real Happiness is the perfect beginning.”
—Dr. Richard J. Davidson, William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry; Director, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds; University of Wisconsin-Madison

“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

“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

“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 thoroughly modern gift from 2,500 years ago by one of our favorite teachers.”
—Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies and A Gradual Awakening

“Wonderfully clear, remarkably accessible, warmhearted and wise. All you need to transform your life!”
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

“Her voice is filled with humor, kindness and wisdom, and her meditation instructions are practical and accessible.”
—Roshi Joan Halifax, Founding Abbot Upaya Zen Center

“A highly accessible primer for anyone interested in exploring and undertaking the practice of meditation.”
—Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, author of The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, Speaker at TED conferences

“Simply put, this is an awesome book from a truly excellent teacher. . . . It’s startling how few really complete ‘nuts and bolts’ practice manuals there are. . . . Complete with the why’s, how’s, and FAQs of practice, [Real Happiness] is perfect for really accessing the power of meditation.”
—Ethan Nichtern, author of One City: A Declaration of Interdependence

“Salzberg outlines a path wide enough for everyone from today’s wounded veterans; to ADD school kids; to distractable (and irritable) stay-at-home parents and CEOs.”
—Eliza Griswold, author of The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam

“I will be suggesting and giving this jewel . . . to everyone I know who wants to bring steadiness, grace, peace, and happiness into their life through the practice of meditation.”
—Elizabeth Lesser, Cofounder of Omega Institute and author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

“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

“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

“Very few books will actually make you a better person. This is one of them.”
—Chelsea Cain, author of New York Times bestseller Heartsick and Sweetheart

“Salzberg’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

Author Bio
SHARON SALZBERG cofounded the Insight Meditation Society with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, and is the author of eight books, including the bestselling Lovingkindness and Faith. A teacher for more than thirty years, she has been a contributing editor at O, The Oprah Magazine, and has been featured in Time, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Self, Shambhala Sun, More, and others. She divides her time between Barre, Massachusetts, home of the IMS, and New York City.

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May all beings be happy ♡