Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

by Sharon Salzberg
Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

by Sharon Salzberg

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author and a central figure in the field of meditation, Sharon Salzberg, uses ancient Buddhist wisdom to redefine love and experience it in a more profound way.

We all yearn for connection, yet often feel trapped by our sense of isolation, anger, envy, and other forms of aversion. Ultimately, our minds get in the way of this yearning, as we spin stories and assumptions around in our heads that keep us feeling alienated from one another. However, in Real Love, bestselling author and meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg will teach you to redefine and open up the limited definitions of "love" and experience it in a more essential way.

This book provides a pathway towards a more sustainable and authentic model of love by offering a creative toolkit of mindfulness exercises, meditation techniques, and interactive applications that will guide readers through the process of stripping away layers of habit to find a truer meaning of love, to "real love."

The book is divided into four sections, each addressing a distinct experience of "real love": love for the self, love for another individual, love for all beings, and love for life itself

Working from the inside out, the first step on the journey is to learn to love yourself; only then will you be able to share your love with the rest of the world. As you work through each layer you will become more present and adapt to things as they actually are. And it is only when we are truly engaged with present experiences that we not only are able to feel more connected to our own core selves, but also to those around us.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250076519
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 152,203
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation and a world-renowned teacher and author. She is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and the author of many books, including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness. Acclaimed for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Looking for Love

Section 1
Introduction: Beyond the Cliché
The Stories We Tell Ourselves
The Stories Others Tell About Us
Welcoming Our Emotions
Meeting the Inner Critic
Letting Go of Perfection
Becoming Embodied
Moving Beyond Shame
Taking a Stand on Happiness
Following Your Ethical Compass

Section 2
Introduction: Love as a Verb
Barriers to Finding Real Love
Cultivate Curiosity and Awe
Authentic Communication
Playing Fair: A Win-Win Proposition
Navigate the Space Between
Letting Go
Healing, Not Victory
The Heart is a Generous Muscle
Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Section Three
Introduction: The Wide Lens of Compassion
Priming the Pump
Challenging Our Assumptions
Love Everybody
Creating Community
From Anger to Love
Say Yes to Life

Takeaways from Each Section
Notes

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