Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, Regular Version

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Workman Publishing, Dec 29, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 224 pages
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 her students’ 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?”

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User Review  - Clara53 - LibraryThing

DESPITE the title, it's a very useful and enlightening book. Actually, it puzzles me why authors go for such catchy titles (the same with Dan Harris's "10% Happier...", another good book), when it ... Read full review

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User Review  - bodhisattva - LibraryThing

Excellent book by Sharon Salzberg. Two take-home messages: - Metta (Lovingkindness) meditation is powerful - A daily practice is essential. Kindle ebook includes a link to download the MP3 files for Sharon's guided meditations which are included with the book as a CD. Read full review

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CHAPTER 1 What Is Meditation? or If You Can Breathe You Can Meditate
CHAPTER 2 Why Meditate? The Benefits and Science of Meditation
Concentration Breathing and the Art of Starting Over
Mindfulness and the Body Letting Go of Burdens
Mindfulness and Emotions Dealing with Thoughts and Feelings
Lovingkindness Cultivating Compassion and True Happiness
Keeping the Practice Going Just Put Your Body There
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Sharon Salzberg is a pioneer in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author. She has played a pivotal role in bringing meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture since 1974. Sharon is cofounder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and has authored 10 books, including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness. Acclaimed for her down-to-earth and relatable teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. Her writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post. Sharon is also the host of her own podcast The Metta Hour, with 100+ episodes featuring interviews with the top leaders and voices in the meditation and mindfulness movement. Learn more at

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