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Unplug: For an Hour, a Day, or a Weekend Book Supplement – Box set, October 1, 2007
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A new way to recharge. -- O, The Oprah Magazine, March 2008
Designed for busy, distracted people with lots of excuses... The barriers to meditation are few and the benefits many. -- Shambhala Sun, May 2008
Designed to be simultaneously supportive, uplifting, and sustaining, Unplug can be utilized daily, weekly, or when needed. -- Healing Lifestyles & Spas, January/February 2008
Helps you embark on a mental retreat that lasts an hour, an afternoon, or a weekend -- whatever you have to spare. -- body + soul, March 2008
Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg helps you embark on a mental retreat. -- Body + Soul, March 2008
Salzberg has extended her skills at helping individuals tap into their own innate sense of self with the creation of Unplug. -- Healing Lifestyles & Spas, January/February 2008
Salzberg says you don't have to practice like a monk to gain calm and clarity at your own pace. -- O: The Oprah Magazine, March 2008
This box is designed for busy people with lots of excuses. The takeaway message is that the barriers to meditation are few and the benefits many. -- Shambhala Sun, May 2008
About the Author
Sharon Salzberg has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Influenced by her 35 years of study with Buddhist masters from a variety of traditions, she teaches intensive awareness practice ("insight" meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion. She is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, both in Massachusetts. Sharon Salzberg is the author of several books, including The Force of Kindness (Sounds True, 2005), Faith (Riverhead, 2003), Lovingkindness (Shambhala, 2004), and A Heart as Wide as the World (Shambhala, 1999), and the Sounds True audio programs Insight Meditation (with Joseph Goldstein) and Lovingkindness Meditation.
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1. Calming the Mind
2. Trusting Yourself
3. Facing Challenges
4. Letting Go
5. Being Present
6. Opening the Heart
7. Knowing Yourself
8. Being with the World
She introduces her book by explaining that we can all have an inner "Wyoming." This is a peaceful place with vast open spaces, freedom, room to move, and a feeling of being unconfined. In order to reach this inner Wyoming, we need to slow down and unplug from our fast paced life. We are used to thinking of an adventure as an exotic vacation or learning to bungee jump. But we can have an adventure by getting to know ourselves and that which surrounds us. Meditation is a wonderful tool that allows us to reach this inner sanctum.
She explains that we focus on the positives in our lives, deny the negatives and become numb to the neutrals. When we become disconnected like this, we tend to wait for an intense experience to wake us up.
My favorite line in the book is "It is better to do nothing than waste your time" What an awesome sentiment! Doing nothing means stopping what we normally do so we can gain new perspectives on our lives and see a deeper reality.
One of my favorite contemplation cards on Being Present, says "The simple act of being completely present to another person is truly an act of love--no drama required." How true that is.