Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program

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Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect the brain against aging and improves our capacity for learning new things. Meditation opens the door to real and accessible happiness.

There is no better person to show a beginner how to harness the power of meditation than Sharon Salzberg, one of the world’s foremost meditation teachers and spiritual authors. Cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, author of Lovingkindness, Faith, and other books, Ms. Salzberg distills 30 years of teaching meditation into 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 a bike. From the basics of posture, breathing, and the daily schedule to the finer points of calming the mind, distraction, dealing with specific problem areas (pain in the legs? falling asleep?) to the larger issues of compassion and awareness, Real Happiness is a complete guide. It explains how meditation works; why a daily meditation practice results in more resiliency, creativity, peace, clarity, and balance; and gives twelve meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation and walking meditation. An extensive selection of her students’ FAQs cover the most frequent concerns of beginners who meditate―“Is meditation selfish?” “How do I know if I’m doing it right?” “Can I use meditation to manage weight?”

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Pap/Com edition (December 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761159258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761159254
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

highly recommended

424 people found this helpful.
 on December 21, 2010
By Dale Floody
I usually spend some time discussing meditation with several of my Psychology classes, and the more interested students often ask for additional information (readings, audio tapes, etc.). I usually reply that there are a number of good resources available, but I finally found one that I can enthusiastically recommend without reservation. Sharon Salzberg’s book describes everything from meditation (breathing, walking, body scanning, even drinking tea) to mindfulness (emotions, dealing with thoughts and feelings via recognition, acceptance, investigation and nonidentification) to loving-kindness meditation (cultivating compassion and true happiness, paying attention to ourselves and others with interest and care). She introduces a 28-day guided program of 20 minute meditation sessions. There is an extended discussion of the benefits of meditation. The book also comes with a CD with four guided meditations, which is among the best I’ve listened to. The book is what I’ve come to expect from Salzberg. Highly recommended!

Are you sporadic with your meditation practice because you just don’t have the time to do it?

8 people found this helpful.
 on August 12, 2017
By Sitka
Have you ever tried meditating and thought you weren’t good at it? Are you sporadic with your meditation practice because you just don’t have the time to do it? Have you ever wondered what is physically happening to your brain, your body while you meditate? Sharon Salzberg addresses these questions in her book “Real Happiness.”

This book was used as the text in a meditation …

15 people found this helpful.
 on December 5, 2015
By Jess in Utah
This book was used as the text in a meditation class I attended. The change in my life since I began meditating is astounding. Off Ambien, Xanax, and my therapist discharged me from therapy because I no longer suffer from the intense anxiety I had been crippled with.

An excellent book on teaching meditation

7 people found this helpful.
 on September 1, 2017
By Michele P
Meditation is not just thinking as I was taught for years when I was going to the LDS church. This book explains what true meditation is and true meditation can bring a person much happiness. This book gave an accurate description of how to focus on breath and loving kindness mantras to help calm the habitual thoughts of the mind. This book also stated the benefits one can reap from meditating. Loved this book. Love how meditation has benefited me.

This is one of the best books ever

6 people found this helpful.
 on October 29, 2017
By Theresa
This is one of the best books ever… probably my most favourite book on mindfulness. I have read it 2.5 times because the language and wording is so important for everyday mindful living. Thanks sharon – you are an inspiration.

Less Dogma, more practice!

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 15, 2017
By sarah wirth-blake
This book gives a great crash course in meditation with an emphasis on various practices. Less discussion about the glories of Meditation and more practical advice and practice. Study is good, but this gets you going with a weekly plan without forgetting any of the traditional ideology.

Start Meditating

3 people found this helpful.
 on May 3, 2017
Love this book. It is easy to read and really guides the reader through the process of meditation. There are so many ways/things to meditate on and this book highlights some very helpful examples for those new at meditation.

Excellent meditation guidence

4 people found this helpful.
 on April 2, 2017
By Peter P.
I searched for a book on how to meditate without being discouraged for years. This is the very first book that helps to understand the process almost completely eliminating the frustration of learning process.

I really love this book

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 31, 2018
By lengel
I really love this book, its layout is very well done. Especially for someone who has difficulty staying on task such as I do. I just recently started reading books about meditation and mindfulness and of the several I have read this seemed to be the best flow for the reader. Sharon also includes audio meditations which are wonderful. Very happy with this purchase.

Lab Guide for Observing your own Mind

6 people found this helpful.
 on April 12, 2016
By deepmoon
Intellectualizing & reading about spirituality is fine. But it is more akin to Spiritual Window Shopping. Buddhist mediation practice is makes your the scientist and the object of your experiment is your own mind. Dang that sounds like a crazy pursuit: Observing the Observed. Despite it’s sappy title this book is a great lab guide to just do that.
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