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#RealHappinessChallenge Day 24 LovingKindness

“You can imagine yourself sitting in the center of a circle, the circle being made up of the most loving beings you’ve met” says @SharonSalzberg in this lesson.  Picturing yourself in the center of a circle of people who are Read More

#RealHappinessChallenge Day 23

I’m getting more comfortable with walking meditations.  I was initially not real thrilled with the idea of a walking meditation today.  At times, when I’ve done them before, I get distracted with my balance, what’s going on around me, etc.  Read More

#RealHappinessChallenge Day 22

The final week of the challenge is here and we start with #LovingKindness.  I have to admit, I had a hard time thinking of something good I did yesterday.  I know I did things – it was a very busy Read More

This is the Practice

I am just winding down my Drynuary (a popular time in American culture for folks to choose to abstain from alcohol, or perhaps gluten, sugar, meat, Netflix binges–a bit of a secular Lent, if you will). Of course, as in Read More

Starting over, one breath at a time

I was first introduced to meditation many years ago by a yoga teacher whose combined yoga and meditation class fit best into my working mom schedule. I was transformed by her introduction of Metta. I read Sharon’s book, Lovingkindness and Read More

Insight Meditation Society • METTA RETREAT

Sharon’s annual Metta Retreat at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA is now open for registration. Due to popular demand, the retreat registration is a lottery. Registration is due by October 31st, 2017.


Metta is the Pali word for friendship or lovingkindness. It is taught as a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. With its roots in practices said to have been taught by the Buddha himself, metta is traditionally offered along with meditations that enrich compassion, joy in the happiness of others and equanimity. These practices lead to the development of concentration, fearlessness, happiness and a greater ability to love. This retreat is a residential retreat. Sharon will be joined on the teaching staff for this year’s retreat by Mark Coleman and Oren J. Sofer. This silent retreat, open to all, will include an optional daily period of yoga, offered by Tanya Diallo Welsh. 21 CE credits are available for psychologists, social workers and nurses. More information here.

May all beings be happy ♡