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Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg

is a monthly columnist for On Being. She is a meditation teacher and the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books, including Love Your Enemies, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, and Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. Her most recent work is Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.

We Can’t Survive In a State of Constant Agitation

We’re beset with horrible news from all sides, these days — from the lives lost in Las Vegas to the millions suffering in Puerto Rico and Houston. Sharon Salzberg asks: Can we break out of our cycle of agitation to meet this suffering from a place of love?

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We Can’t Survive In a State of Constant Agitation

Cheri Maples Showed Me How Blessed Our Lives Were, No Matter What Was Happening

She embodied a sense of steady gratitude regardless of the circumstances. A reflection in memoriam of police captain-turned-dharma teacher Cheri Maples.

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Cheri Maples Showed Me How Blessed Our Lives Were, No Matter What Was Happening

Your Three Feet of Influence

To make the world a better place is an intimidating challenge. But what if we focused on our immediate surroundings?

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Your Three Feet of Influence

Love Doesn’t Make Us Stupid — It Makes Us Brave

Love and gratitude can be daring, disruptive acts in a world that insists on conflict and endless craving.

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Love Doesn’t Make Us Stupid — It Makes Us Brave

A Standing Meditation for Self-Care

A balm for burnout: self-love and a guided meditation to empower us to take a stand — literally — for our own right to be happy and whole.

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A Standing Meditation for Self-Care

The Gut-Wrenching Process of Befriending Ourselves

Lovingkindness isn’t a sweet and soft thing. It’s a rigorous transformation of mind and spirit, and it’s the first step to cultivating a sense of connection to those around us.

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The Gut-Wrenching Process of Befriending Ourselves

How to Train Your Brain to See Beyond Us Versus Them

A sense of mindfulness can help us recalibrate our reactions to those we judge as different or dangerous.

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How to Train Your Brain to See Beyond Us Versus Them

The Conscious Effort Real Love Requires

The stories we tell about love and life are the root of dreams and frustration, alike. Sharon Salzberg on how “unstitching and reweaving” the narratives we hold can lead to a more generous understanding of our relationships, and ourselves.

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The Conscious Effort Real Love Requires

The Paths We Take Tumble Together

A pilgrimage of gratitude illuminates an essential connection between the private journeys we take in life and the messy path we all walk together.

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The Paths We Take Tumble Together

Letting Go of Fear to Face What’s Real

Instead of denying frightening realities, sometimes the best path forward is a courageous acknowledgement of the truth.

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Letting Go of Fear to Face What’s Real