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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.

Voting Is an Exercise in Empathy

Our lives are interwoven, even when the connections aren’t always apparent. A reflection on civic participation as a form of compassion to the loved ones and strangers we live alongside.

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Voting Is an Exercise in Empathy

The Hardship We Accept, The Gratitude We Choose

Unwavering gratitude can be an intimidating ideal. Sharon Salzberg examines gentle attention to the positive as a generous alternative to our negativity bias.

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The Hardship We Accept, The Gratitude We Choose

Dealing with Difficult Emotions

In an anxiety-fueled society, how can we muster the courage to deal head-on with negative emotions? Sharon Salzberg counsels wise action in the face of fear, and mettle in the face of hopelessness.

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Dealing with Difficult Emotions

The Kindness Rebellion

Independence is seen as a hallmark of success, but is it wise to deny our connection to one another? Sharon Salzberg on how unity and compassion can bolster individual strength.

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The Kindness Rebellion

A New Vision of Kindness Starts with Paying Attention

In pop culture “coolness” is sometimes equated with nonchalance, isolation, and sarcasm. Sharon Salzberg asks us to rethink what it means to be “cool” and argues that kindness and empathy can be the “in” thing.

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A New Vision of Kindness Starts with Paying Attention

Care for the Caregiver: The Importance of Self-Compassion

To devote oneself to battling injustice is noble, but rigorous. Sharon Salzberg celebrates the extraordinary work of agents of social change, and illuminates the importance of balancing exposure to hardship with self-care.

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Care for the Caregiver: The Importance of Self-Compassion

A North Star of Integrity: Remembering Sayādawgyi U Paṇḍita

One of our columnist’s most influential teachers passed away this spring. Sharon Salzberg with a reflection and an homage to “a man who completely walked the talk of his values.”

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A Safe Space in Equanimity

Life can be frustrating, and we often react with resistance, or overwhelm. Sharon Salzberg reminds us that emotional balance doesn’t come from denying feelings, but from allowing them room to play out fully.

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Happiness Is an Arm of Resilience

Humility is a virtue, but denying ourselves the happiness we deserve can be a destructive habit. Sharon Salzberg with a reflection on the perils of self-deprecation, and how we might come to relish moments of joy, fully.

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Happiness Is an Arm of Resilience

With Doubt, A Sense of Exclusion

The value of doubt can be lost in a culture that puts us on a quest for certainty. Sharon Salzberg on the complex relationship between questioning and faith, and how they can lead to growth when put to skillful practice.

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With Doubt, A Sense of Exclusion