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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.

Everything We Do Matters

An unexpected moment on the Katie Couric show instills an awareness of the fruits of mindfulness, a deep sense of lineage, and an inexpressible peace for our columnist.

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The Fractal Moment: An Invitation to Begin Again

The act of letting go is a popular idea — but it isn’t easy. It’s a practice requiring time, patience, and a good deal of steadfastness. Words of wisdom on acknowledging an experience and changing our relationship to it.

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The Fractal Moment: An Invitation to Begin Again

The Mysterious Junction of Suffering and Love

To truly meet each other “that mysterious junction of suffering and love could well be the most truthful and potent place.”

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The Mysterious Junction of Suffering and Love

Delusion Is a Hindrance to Insight

The mind can get in the way of itself. Sharon Salzberg on the hindrance of delusion and not seeing things as they actually are by going numb and turning away from the world.

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Delusion Is a Hindrance to Insight

The Challenges of Seeing Meditation Only Through a Scientific Lens

Much great brain research has been coming out about the value of meditation and mindfulness. But, when the rigor overtakes the intention of the practice, how do we measure success and the “powerful signs of change in our everyday lives”?

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The Challenges of Seeing Meditation Only Through a Scientific Lens

The Real Power of Generosity

Generosity is the tissue that connects us to ourselves, to others, and to life itself. And it’s a practice — one that has meaningful benefits to our mental and physical health, as well as our relationships with others.

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The Real Power of Generosity

The Pain of Caregiving and the Privilege of Suffering

To constantly grow and serve and change, Sharon Salzberg says, we must be resilient with ourselves and the effort that it takes to care for oneself and the others in our lives.

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The Pain of Caregiving and the Privilege of Suffering

What Does Mindfulness Really Mean Anyway?

Mindfulness and meditation are becoming pop culture buzzwords. But it isn’t just about hearing, seeing, or observing a particular feeling; it’s about doing so in a certain way — with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Our columnist Sharon Salzberg walks us through the deeper case for mindful attention.

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