Sharon Salzberg

Residential Retreat Teacher

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author. She is among the first to bring mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to mainstream American culture nearly 50 years ago, inspiring generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of thirteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness, now in its second edition, and her seminal work, Lovingkindness. In 2023, Sharon is releasing two new books. The first, Real Life, is now available from Flatiron Books in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats. The second, Finding Your Way, is a small gift book now available from Workman Publishing in hardcover and ebook formats. Sharon’s podcast, The Metta Hour, has amassed six million downloads and features interviews with thought leaders from the mindfulness movement and beyond.

The main function of mindfulness is to be the platform for insight or understanding—it's changing our relationship to everything so we can see deeply what our experience actually is, who we actually are, and where happiness actually comes from. Mindfulness is a quality of attention where our perception of what's happening is not so distorted by bias—we don't have so many assumptions running or a big agenda going—and we're not so guided by what we hope or fear. We can see things more clearly, because even if those veils arise, we don't have to get caught in them. We see them, and we can relinquish them more easily and come back to the moment.

Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness at Work

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