Merging the insights of inspiring voices with her own understanding of mindfulness, New York Times bestselling author Sharon Salzberg shows us how we can recover from the emotional effects of crisis.

Product Code: 9144
ISBN: 9781250835734
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages: 208
Published Date: 04/11/2023
Availability:In stock
Price: $27.99

When confronted with pain and obstacles, we often shrink back and contract out of fear and disappointment. That can become a way of life.

In Real Life, Sharon Salzberg lets us know it doesn’t have to be that way.

When we feel alone, cut off, or trapped, we can let those difficulties steer us onto a path toward an authentic, flourishing life—living in a way that allows us to find the wholeness that lies within. Even when we’re alone, a sense of community can accompany us through the stormy times. Our words, hearts, and actions can line up with a larger vision, rather than the smaller views our anxious, fearful thoughts arouse in us.

To live in a less constricted way—with a more spacious, open sense of possibility, creativity, connection, and joy—Salzberg says we need to get real about what’s most important, to ask ourselves, “What do I most deeply yearn for?” “What would I benefit from letting go of?” “What do I believe is possible for me?”

We accomplish the journey to expansive freedom (Real Life) through developing tools like mindful awareness, friendship, and a greater sense of purpose/aspiration. We learn to:

• take some risks with what we dare to imagine

• take an interest in internal states we might normally try to avoid

• take an interest in people we might normally try to avoid

Real Life is about the journey we make when we decide to live the life that speaks to our innermost longing to live free.

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Introduction: Embarking on a Journey Together

1. From Constriction to Expansion
2. When Do We Feel the Smallest?
3. Being with Difficult Feelings
4. The Light Within
5. Being with Difficult Circumstances
6. How We Can Feel More Expansive Every Day
7. W Are Not Alone
8. With the Light of Clarity
9. Aspiration

The Eightfold Path
Meditation Guide

"Sharon Salzberg is, to me, a perfect Buddhist teacher, who manages to guide us gently and entertainingly towards peace, awakening, and lovingkindness, where joy is to be found.” - Anne Lamott, bestselling author of Bird by Bird

“Sharon Salzberg writes from a place filled with love and simplicity. With Real Life, she gives profoundly effective advice about emerging from the dark corners where we find ourselves. Her insights are life-changing.” - Mary Louise Parker, star of Showtime’s Weeds

Real Life has the power to revolutionize the way we relate to ourselves and the world.” — Valarie Kaur, bestselling author of See No Stranger

Real Life leaves us wiser, encouraged, courageous and tender, more connected to our heart.” — Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy and The Laundry

“Sharon is a master at helping us get over ourselves and get out of our heads — so that we can do hard things and generally do life better. This book will help you shed old, unhelpful patterns and escape what David Foster Wallace once called ‘the skull-sized kingdom’. Check it out.” - Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier

“What a joy to soak in these illuminating ideas and engaging stories of how we each can mice more fully and freely in our challenging times.” — Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. New York Times best selling author, IntraConnected and Executive Director, Mindsight Institute

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