New York Times Bestselling Author of Real Happiness
From one of the world’s leading experts in meditation comes a roadmap for engaging in challenging times with clarity, calm, and heartfulness.
Real Change guides us to embody the fundamental principles of mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to create a better world for both ourselves and others.
“Inspiring, loving and empowering. The perfect medicine for these difficult times” – Jack Kornfield
In her eleventh book, Sharon Salzberg teaches us that meditation is not a replacement for taking action, but rather a way to practice generosity with ourselves and summon the courage to break through boundaries, reconnect to a movement that's bigger than ourselves, and have the energy to stay active. Consulting with veteran activists and social change agents in a variety of fields, Sharon collects and shares their wisdom and offers the best practical advice to foster transformation in both ourselves and in society. Real Change guides us to embody the fundamental principles of mindfulness practice toward greater clarity and confidence so that we can create a better world.
“Inspiring, loving and empowering. The perfect medicine for these difficult times.” —Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“In this age of anxiety, grief, and strife, Sharon Salzberg, a leading authority on lovingkindness meditation, offers exactly the wisdom we need. She is the guide we’ve been looking for.” —Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of author of Quiet
“Sharon Salzberg’s depth of wisdom and open-hearted kindness gets better and better book after book! With her usual generosity of spirit and keen observation of life’s realities, emerging from these pages as now even more than a singular voice. I commend this book whole-heartedly, as kindling the pulse of the positive in the realistic way so needed by us all today, in these challenging times.” —Robert A.F. Thurman, author of Man of Peace
“Sharon Salzberg continues 'keeping it real' with this beautifully written and inclusive work that carries a crucial message for anyone interested in mindfulness in the modern world: how to take our practice off of the meditation seat and into action. Sharon's true strength—as both one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time, and as a great writer—is mixing her own insights with the wisdom narratives of others…generating insights that will help meditators with their activism practice, and help activists with their self-care. A wonderful and timely book.” —Ethan Nichtern, author of The Road Home
“Of all the contemporary female Buddhist teachers, Sharon Salzberg, is the most radically open, the one teacher I have met throughout the years who I can spend lots of time with, speaking about both the sacred and the mundane.” —bell hooks, author, professor, feminist, and social activist
“Sharon Salzberg is wisely reminding us that we live in a deeply and profoundly interconnected world. Read Real Change, take its wisdom to heart, and take its message to the world.” —Omid Safi, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University
“Sharon leads us through the narrow way, to the intersection between lovingkindness practice and making change in the world. The manual for those who are committed to both personal and societal evolution at this moment in time.” —Rosanne Cash, New York Times bestselling author of Composed and acclaimed singer-songwriter
“Sharon Salzberg is bringing forward the teachings of the Buddha at a critical time in human history. We can all gain from having greater mental clarity and stronger lovingkindness, but what is special about Real Change is that it invites us to see the unity between personal transformation and global healing; as compassion grows in the hearts of many it will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the world. Sharon Salzberg is a gift to the world of mindfulness and a leader amongst meditators, her timeless wisdom has helped countless people reclaim their power.” —Yung Pueblo, author of Inward
“This book is amazing! An imperative read for anyone who has feelings or cares about the world and doesn’t want apathy or exhaustion to win. Sharon Salzberg writes beautifully and clearly, and you feel she’s sitting with you and ‘getting’ you. Whether you started heartbroken or feeling hopeless, by the end you’ll want to show up, connect, and make a difference in this messy, miraculous world.” —Daphne Zuniga, actor and activist
“Real Change is a real gift to us all at a crucial time in our human evolution helping us cultivate the clarity to bring deeply needed transformation into our personal and public lives. Soak in these words of wisdom and your inner life and the world around you will change for the better!” —Dan Siegel, New York Times bestselling author of Brainstorm
“Sharon Salzberg’s wisdom is a compass. Her teaching helps readers navigate through unnerving times, serves as a salve for fractured hearts, and illustrates who we can be personally and collectively if we allow ourselves to embrace compassion as a path to clarity.” —Jamia Wilson, Feminist Press Director and Publisher, author and activist
“Sharon Salzberg has guided hundreds of thousands of individuals into the depth of their own hearts. In Real Change, she reveals not only her potent sources of inspiration, but the personal struggles that have turned her into our most kindly and seasoned spiritual teacher. A real joy!” —Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Going to Pieces without Falling Apart
“In this book, Sharon has bridged the worlds of mindfulness and social action. She helps us understand that the work we do on ourselves is a prelude to the work we can then do, with others, to reduce suffering in the world. The self-inquiry tools she gives us are not just appropriate for social activists but can be by everyone involved in social change from philanthropists to leaders in corporations, foundations, and governments. Mindful, collaborative, social change!” —Jeffrey C. Walker, Chairman, New Profit