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We all yearn for connection, yet often feel trapped by our sense of isolation, anger, and envy. Ultimately, our minds get in the way of fulfilling this yearning; we spin stories and assumptions around in our heads that keep us feeling alienated from one another. In Real Love, bestselling author and meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg shows how we can redefine our limited definition of "love" to enhance our connection to ourselves and each other.

Salzberg provides a pathway towards more sustainable and authentic connection by offering a creative toolkit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that guide us to strip away our layers of habit to access a truer understanding of love, "real love." This journey enables us to become more present and to begin to experience real love -- love based on direct interactions, rather than preconceptions. When we are truly engaged in these present experiences we are not only able to feel more connected to our own core selves, but also to those around us, and ultimately to life itself.



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Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. Sharon has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding retreats worldwide since 1974. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and the author of many books including "Real Happiness," and "Lovingkindness."

Sharon's latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010) , Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier with Robert Thurman (2013) , Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002) , and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995) .

Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work. "Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright." For more information about Sharon, please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com.



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