Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

Real Love The Art of Mindful Connection You are a person worthy of love You don t have to do anything to deserve all the love in the world Real Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to

  • Title: Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection
  • Author: Sharon Salzberg
  • ISBN: 9781250076502
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Hardcover
  • You are a person worthy of love You don t have to do anything to deserve all the love in the world.Real Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and family, and with life itself.Sharon Salzberg, a leadinYou are a person worthy of love You don t have to do anything to deserve all the love in the world.Real Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and family, and with life itself.Sharon Salzberg, a leading expert in Lovingkindness GR1 meditation, encourages us to strip away layers of negative habits and obstacles, helping us to experience authentic love based on direct experience, rather than preconceptions Across three sections, Sharon explains how to dispel cultural and emotional habits, and direct focused care and attention to recapture the essence of what it is to love and be loved.With positive reflections and practices, Sharon teaches us how to shift the responsibilities of the love that we give and receive to rekindle the powerful healing force of true connection By challenging myths perpetuated by popular culture, we can undo the limited definitions that reduce love to simply romance or passion, and give the heart a much needed tune up to connect ourselves to the truest experience of love in our daily lives.

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    1. If you are familiar with Sharon Salzberg (perhaps you took her free meditation course through email or listen to her podcast), you will not be surprised at the way this book is organized - self-help plus meditation exercises plus personal stories. It is a gentle overview tying psychology/analysis to mindfulness, all to the end goal of improving relationships. Although much like most Buddhist practice (hmm, I don't believe they ever specifically use the word Buddhist, but that's what it is) the f [...]

    2. Sharon Salzberg has written another beautiful book. Real Love isn't about romantic love, but rather about meeting the world with love. It's a radical concept. Just like anger isn't personal, neither is love. We tend to focus our love on a romantic partner or family, but this book broadens our notions of what real love is. In order to do that, Salzberg explores all the ways in which our habits of mind block us. Starting with stories we tell ourselves and working with self-criticism, each chapter [...]

    3. A treasury of compassionate wisdom and transformative practicesWith a voice is like a wise and compassionate aunt we all wish we had, Salzberg conveys principles of lovingkindness, mindfulness and deep connection through stories and simple exercises. One of the centerpieces of the book is the RAIN protocol when dealing with negative emotions: RECOGNIZE it, ACKNOWLEDGE it, INVESTIGATE it with a sense of openness and curiosity, and NON-IDENTIFY with it - it's not you! This is not just one of the f [...]

    4. A well written book that can provide a lot of assistance in finding and maintaining relationships. I am glad that I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.

    5. This book tells what its like to love and be loved. I liked that the book that there are all types of love.

    6. I know of Sharon Salzberg's work through the teachings of Jack Kornfield and Ram Dass and listened to her podcast on the Be Here Now Network before reading Real Love. Even though I'm a practitioner and meditate daily, I picked up a lot of golden nuggets from the book. To the person beginning their spiritual path or to anyone curious about real love, the book offers different ways to look at love than what we see in our culture and practical action steps to cultivating real love and mindfulness.I [...]

    7. This book came to me at just the right time in my life and really hit home for me. I don’t know if would have been as meaningful for me had it come at another period. It reinforced for me my beliefs and what I’ve been trying to practice in my daily life. Real love isn’t all fireworks and passion, but about making a meaningful connection to others. It starts with having compassion and loving kindness first for yourself, then others. It doesn’t mean everything is perfect and that you will [...]

    8. I really liked the subtitle of this book - the art of mindful connection. Learning how to connect with self, Self, world, and others is a challenging skill and Sharon Salzberg makes it an approachable challenge. She interweaves many schools of thought: Jungian, yogic, Buddhist, and common sense. Her words felt sincere and self-revealing, which I admire. Highly recommended for anyone on a path of self-reflection and authenticity. Not too dense, not too light, just right!

    9. One of the first books in years that I've read about mindfulness and meditation. And the first Sharon Salzberg book I've read, and the first time I've heard about her. I think I read a book back in 2003 about Zen meditation. I like the lessons, research, and the stories presented in this book to relate real life situations/examples to the lesson being talked about. I did some of the exercises and will come back to a few others. I learned the phrases to use for lovingkindness meditations, which a [...]

    10. This book is about love, as a practice of mindfulness, that can be learned, cultivated and put into practice in many ways and many types of situations we all encounter in our lives. It is organized into three sections, each with a number of chapters, and each chapter has an exercise for practicing the principles of the chapter. The chapters themselves could easily have drifted into "preachiness", yet Ms. Salzberg's honest, intuitive and in-depth investigation of all the ways a situation or emoti [...]

    11. Excerpt: I find myself inspired by the perspective my friend and fellow author Jason Garner offers: “At times it can seem glib, naïve, or perhaps even stupid to talk about loving all beings. When we look around our world, with wars, terrorist attacks, people killing each other over things like race, religion, and gender—so many incidents of beings inflicting pain on one another—how can we possibly hold a space for loving everyone? But this is, in fact, exactly why we mustWe're called to p [...]

    12. This book has encouraged me to add other work written by Sharon Salzberg to my reading list! The summary did not lie when it stated this book will give your ❤️ a much needed tune-up. Of course, I must include one of my fav quotes from the book, "Practicing kindness doesn't require us to add extra items to our daily-to-do list. It's simply a matter of learning to be where we are at any given moment with an open ❤️. When we're truly present, the occasions for expressing care and compassion [...]

    13. one of the best books i have ever read“When we experience inner impoverishment, love for another too easily becomes hunger: for reassurance, for acclaim, for affirmation of our worth. Feeling incomplete inside ourselves, we search for others to complete us. But the equation doesn’t work that way: we can’t gain from others what we’re unable to give ourselves.” (15)“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Maya Angelou, Let [...]

    14. “If we truly love ourselves, we would never harm another.” (Buddha)“The object of the passion is just an accessory to the passion itself.” (Zadie Smith, White Teeth) Recognizing real love: Real love may run at a lower voltage, but it’s also more grounded and sustainable. Ask questions: 1. What’s your favourite childhood memory? 2. Where in the world do you feel warmest and safest?3. How do you relax? “Kindness doesn’t mean that we don’t express our anger, but the kindness infor [...]

    15. A beautifully written book with both theory behind how to be more mindful and loving. There are also meditative practices on loving kindness, forgiveness, and how to incorporate RAIN, an acronym to work through negative emotions. R = recognize A = acknowledge I = investigate N = nonassociate I have incorporated Ms. Salzberg's methods into my meditation and have noticed a deeper connection to those around me and an awareness of how much I need to work on loving myself more in order to connect bet [...]

    16. This incredibly healing book captured my interest right away. It’s easy to see that Salzburg has been a master instructor for decades - she distills complex ideas into simple language and provides do-able action steps for every chapter of this invaluable book. Every few paragraphs, Salzburg delivers an observation that takes my breath away with its deep compassion, profound insight and graceful way of expressing ideas with heart and soul and sense.I could not rest until I finished this book. M [...]

    17. This book was perfect timing for me. It made me think of how to deal with my emotions. I loved how she related each chapter with real stories of how people dealt with situations. I am hoping that I have learned to take some time to do some meditation and forgiveness. I know I have already said some of her sayings to keep me calm which just proves that you could take a way a lot from this book. Thank you for the free book.

    18. I won a copy of this book.This isn't the kind of book I would regularly read, but I could get behind some of the ideas in it. Salzberg fills her book with stories from everyday people who have begun to love themselves, letting go of the negative thoughts that bring them down daily. She has suggestions for helping one to be in the moment, feeling all those feelings each moment brings and appreciating it for what it is.

    19. I enjoyed reading this book from a wonderful author and mindfulness teacher. The style is very clear and I enjoyed the anecdotes which exemplify different emotional states, some leading to skillful action some to not so skillful. I like the bullet point reflections and the practice of RAIN. I like the stories of how mindfulness has helped build communities. The meditations are wonderful. I find loving kindness practice so energising. Sharon: please come again to the U.K.

    20. "Taking responsibility for oneself is by definition an act of kindness."RAIN: An exercise for welcoming your emotionsR: Recognize--acknowledge you're feeling an emotionA: Acknowledge--accept the feeling and allow it to be thereI: Investigate--ask quesitons and explore your emotions with a sense of openness and curiosityN: Non-Identify--avoid being defined by or identified with a particular feeling

    21. This is a very approachable book. I've encountered a lot of the advice and concepts in the work I've been doing over the years, but Salzberg breaks everything down into simple steps with stories that most people should be able to relate to. I was impressed with how straightforward and easy to read this book was, and I'm thinking of buying it as a gift for someone I love who I think would get a lot out of it.

    22. This is a guide for extending lovingkindness to all --- starting with oneself. It includes useful engaging stories, meditations, and interactive exercises. It also provides help in changing inner narratives and dealing with anger. It encompasses so much that I have not consistently applied everything. I'll have to work on it.

    23. Absolutely LOVE this book! Real Love approaches the subject of LOVE in all aspects of life. We can all use more love in our life, and Sharon has a way of breaking it down for people on all levels to understand the depth of love, from self love, love of pets, family members, and all of humanity. I highly recommend this book! Joyfully, BJ Dowlen

    24. Sharon is a master at describing, in layman terms, how the science and practice of developing the skills to love can be brought to the world. Read it if you want to work on your own personal development, read it if you think you could have better relationships with others and read it if you want to create ripples of loving kindness that circulate around the world!

    25. I hadn't actually heard of this author before I put in for it and won it from Firstreads, but I should have known that it would be a good book when I told my son's girlfriend, who is a clinical psychologist,that I won it and she got really excited because she had read her previous book " Loving Kindness". Now I have to go back and read that one and pass this one on to her!

    26. From the reviews that were given here I thought this may be a good book to read when I take a break from the non-fiction and history that I usually read. I was wrong! This is dry and long for no reason. My advice to anyone who hasn't read this but is thinking about it save yourself! Read "The Four Agreements" by Miguel Ruiz and you'll get the same information in 200 pages less.

    27. This book encapsulates many of the spiritual teachings i have spent the better part of my life learning.So often people ask me how to learn to love oneself to forgive to relate in conflict laden relationship. I believe this book had many insights into and dare i say answers to these questions.Mindfulness practices easily explained. Companion CD would be lovely

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