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Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program Paperback – December 29, 2010
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Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including New York Times bestseller Real Happiness, and Real Happiness at Work. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour. For more information, visit www.SharonSalzberg.com.
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Salzberg starts by explaining what meditation is and what it isn’t. She then goes into the benefits and the science of meditation, which for me was probably my favorite chapter. Learning that the brain physically changes when you participate in mindful meditation was fascinating to me.
From here the book is broken down into a four-week program with each week focusing on a different type of meditation. Each week is beautifully laid out; starting with an introduction and then going into the practice preview. I loved this because it’s nice to know ahead of time what the meditation session will be like. You don’t want to be thinking about the HOW when you should be focused on the meditation itself. Once you get a look at what’s to come, Salzberg introduces you to several different types of mediations for that week’s area of focus. She highlights or italicizes important concepts to remember, and provides tips and gentle reminders along the way. She ends each section with FAQs, reflections, and takeaways.
I really enjoyed and learned a lot from this book. I loved Salzberg’s writing style and her organization. This book was just so well done. . .highly recommend!
Now that that is out of the way.
Sharon Salzberg has found a truly wonderful methodology for meditations that lead to happiness. Practicing the metta sutra step by step through this book (even better, following the 30 day challenge via social media along with the book called #committosit) you can develop a long term practice that will not fail you when you need to sit and find the place within you that can be as well as bring happiness.