Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it:Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieveschronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greatercalm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challengesour habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect the brain againstaging and improves our capacity for learning new things. Meditationopens the door to real and accessible happiness.
There is no better person to show a beginner how to harness thepower of meditation than Sharon Salzberg, one of the world's foremostmeditation teachers and spiritual authors. Cofounder of the InsightMeditation Society, author of Lovingkindness, Faith,and other books, Ms. Salzberg distills 30 years of teaching meditationinto 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 abike. From the basics of posture, breathing, and the daily schedule tothe finer points of calming the mind, distraction, dealing withspecific problem areas (pain in the legs? falling asleep?) to thelarger issues of compassion and awareness, Real Happiness is acomplete guide. It explains how meditation works; why a dailymeditation practice results in more resiliency, creativity, peace,clarity, and balance; and gives twelve meditation practices, includingmindfulness meditation and walking meditation. An extensive selectionof her students' FAQs cover the most frequent concerns of beginners whomeditate-'Is meditation selfish?' 'How do I know if I'm doing itright?' 'Can I use meditation to manage weight?' Includes CD
About The Author
Sharon Salzberg is one of the leading meditation and spiritualteachers in the world. She cofounded the Insight Meditation Societywith Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, and is the author of eightbooks, including the bestselling Lovingkindness and Faith.A teacher for more than 30 years, she has been a contributing editor atO, The Oprah Magazine and has appeared in Time, RealSimple, Good Housekeeping, Self, Yoga Journal,More, and others. She divides her time between Barre,Massachusetts, home of the IMS, and New York City.
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