New York Times Bestselling Author of Real Happiness
From one of the world’s foremost experts on lovingkindness meditation comes a field guide for anyone seeking awakened living in the 21st century. Real Love will revolutionize what true connection and love mean to you, and empower you with practical and creative tools to embody it.
The Real Love Podcast Series is a special series on Sharon's podcast featuring a variety of conversations with some of the world’s finest thinkers and teachers exploring the themes in Real Love.
Join Sharon in person for her upcoming Real Love book tour! Sharon will be offering a variety of events for the book release starting in Spring of 2017, including book signings, talks and retreats throughout the U.S. and Europe. Some events will also be available online (via livestream) to join virtually.
In her tenth book, Sharon Salzberg provides a pathway towards more sustainable and authentic connection by offering a creative toolkit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that guide us to strip away our layers of habit to access a truer understanding of love, “real love.” This journey enables us to become more present and to begin to experience real love—love based on direct interactions, rather than preconceptions. When we are truly engaged in these present experiences we are not only able to feel more connected to our own core selves, but also to those around us, and ultimately to life itself. Divided into three sections, Real Love explores love in three arenas of life: for oneself, love for an other, and love for all of life.
“Sharon Salzberg is an amazing teacher, and her words and inspiration in Real Love illuminate the way to love wisely, a treasure for your heart.” —Jack Kornfield
“This expert’s guidebook cuts deftly through layers of modern confusion to the core of what it means to love and be loved. Sharon Salzberg has penned a treasure-house of practical tools and rituals mined from her own tenure mending wounded hearts in the trenches of human relationships.” —Amanda Palmer
“Writing with compassion and keen insight Real Love opens the heart, helping everyone understand love as revolutionary spiritual practice.” —bell hooks
“In a most lively and inspiring way Sharon Salzberg shows that unconditional love—for ourselves, for our dear ones, for all sentient beings—is naturally present within our hearts. Even when love from others and to others seems out of reach, what we really need to do is to let it come to the surface and express itself inexhaustibly. Real Love is a precious guide to experience the most supreme of all emotions.” —Matthieu Ricard, author of Altruism
“In Real Love, one of the world’s leading authorities on love tells us how to find it, how to nurture it, how to honor it—and most of all how to rethink it. Sharon Salzberg shows us how to experience love not as an emotion, not as the byproduct of a particular romantic or familial relationship, but as an ability, that all of us can cultivate. This book has the power to set your heart at peace.” —Susan Cain, author of Quiet
“In Real Love, Sharon Salzberg combines the brilliance of her understanding, the depth of her compassion, and the incisive friendliness of her writing skills to create a book that illuminates the many subtleties and nuances of love. Real love is not an abstraction, and Sharon brings it to life in ways that can uplift us all.” —Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness
“Sharon Salzberg’s Real Love is a genuine offering of love that immediately befriends the reader. It is a practical, how-to guide for unearthing the love within oneself, no matter how buried.” —Sarah Jones, Tony and Obie award winning playwright and actress