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I’m SOOOO Excited!!!!

This is my 4th year participating in Sharon’s annual Meditation Challenge. I’m honored to be blogging once again as part of it. Due in large part to this phenomenal yearly program, I have grown tremendously in my meditation and mindfulness Read More

Looking forward

I will be on a 7 day personal retreat for part of February, so I will miss a few days. I hope to return with renewed insight and juicy substance to share. I’m grateful to have this opportunity to connect Read More

NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care – REAL LOVE – Workshop

Join Sharon at the NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care speaking about her new book, Real Love. To love ourselves, we must know ourselves. To love one another, we must know one another. But our assumptions, distractions, fears, expectations, and personal sense of unworthiness obscure these kernels of truth.


We yearn for connection with others — but our minds get in the way, constantly spinning judgments about how we are fundamentally alienated from one another. As William James wisely explained, “Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.” However, we can train ourselves to change, to “hear” more of what is out there – and to “listen” less to our limiting and often self-condemning thoughts along the way.

With core mindfulness and lovingkindness techniques, and other meditation exercises, Sharon Salzberg will guide participants through the process of seeing through layers of habit – whether rooted in fear, self-condemnation or other mental conditioning –to find a truer meaning of love for themselves, for their loved ones, for those they don’t know but with whom they share this planet — for all beings everywhere.

Suitable for both new and experienced meditators, the evening will consist of guided meditations, a talk and time for questions and answers.

A copy of Sharon’s newest book Real Love is included in the registration price.

Shambhala NYC – REAL LOVE – Weekend Retreat w Ethan Nichtern

Shambhala New York

Join Sharon and Ethan Nichtern for a non-residential retreat weekend retreat in New York City at Shambhala NYC. Sharon and Ethan will guide us through the process of seeing through layers of habit – whether rooted in fear, self-condemnation or other mental conditioning – to find a truer meaning of love – for ourselves, our loved ones, for everyone we don’t know but with whom we share this planet – for all beings everywhere.


To love ourselves, we must know ourselves. To love one another, we must know one another. But our assumptions, distractions, fears, expectations, and personal sense of unworthiness obscure these kernels of truth. We yearn for connection with others — but our minds get in the way, constantly spinning judgments about how we are fundamentally alienated from one another. With our mindfulness practice, we can train ourselves to listen more to what is out there, and to less of what our limiting and self-condemning thoughts are saying.

From one of the world’s foremost experts on loving-kindness meditation comes the best-selling book, REAL LOVE: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg. Real Love is a field guide for anyone seeking awakened living in the 21st century. It’s designed to revolutionize what true connection and love mean to you, and empower you with practical and creative tools to embody it. Based on the teachings and exercises in this book, Sharon Salzberg, alongside friend and colleague Shastri Ethan Nichtern, have built a program consisting of core mindfulness and loving-kindness techniques suitable for both new and experienced meditators.

Washington DC – HEALING THE HEART OF DEMOCRACY – Talk with Tim Ryan

Healing the Heart of Democracy: Real Love & the Art of Mindful Connection

Join Congressman Tim Ryan and author/meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg for a Mindful approach to current times.  These friends and colleagues will exchange stories and practices to help us free ourselves for action and service. Participants gain tools for remaining fully engaged without feeling overwhelmed or withdrawn.


For over four decades, Sharon Salzberg has taught the ancient practices of mindfulness and metta (loving kindness) that the Buddha taught as an antidote to fear.   Congressman Ryan has encouraged us all to engage in voting/political action with compassion and connection—qualities they both consider essential to a vibrant democracy. In her newly released book, “Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection,” Salzberg writes “Awareness and love are qualities we can rely on moment to moment.  They help us find ourselves when we’ve lost our way.  They protect us during storms…and help us let go of our preconceived notions of how life should be at any given time.”  Congressman Ryan begins his landmark book “Mindful Nation” with “American has always been defined by how we have responded to crisis,  and then explores how mindfulness can boost our capacities to act skillfully in response.


Congressman Tim Ryan represents Ohio’s 13th Congressional District and was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 at age 29. In January, he began his eighth consecutive term.  Ryan serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and co-chair of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus. Ryan has authored   two groundbreaking books:  “A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit”   and “The Real Food Revolution:  Healthy Eating, Green Groceries and the Return of the American Family Farm.” LEARN MORE HERE