Sharon Salzberg | Why Leading with Loving Kindness Can Change the World

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Sharon Salzberg | Why Leading with Loving Kindness Can Change the World

Sharon Salzberg

Posted on March 3, 2021

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“When uncertainty is revealed, we have to learn how to be with one another or we sink.” —Sharon Salzberg, 

Sharon Salzberg is a true pioneer in making meditation accessible for anyone looking to live with more peace, stability, and kindness. For over 45 years, this New York Times bestselling author has inspired a new generation of practitioners with her modern, secular, and relatable approach to meditation and mindfulness.

In our wisdom-packed conversation, we talk about different meditation techniques that can support anyone through unpredictable times, ways to lead with more love and happiness, and the differences between empathy and compassion.

In this episode of Leading with Genuine Care, you’ll also learn:

  • What “Loving-Kindness Meditation” is
  • Why small acts of kindness can make a huge impact
  • Ways to meditate to boost kindness and compassion
  • How anger can be like drinking poison
  • The difference between feeling anger vs. “getting lost in anger”
  • How we can avoid getting “lost in anger”
  • What “doom scrolling” is
  • What we can learn by looking at a tree
  • Why happier people create less misery for others
  • What the 8 Worldly Winds are
  • Why the Statue of Liberty is so symbolic to Sharon
  • How to be a leader who leads with kindness
  • Why it’s important to acknowledge the “neutral” people in our lives
  • How to better appreciate how interconnected we all are
  • And so much more

More About Sharon Salzberg

Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society, and the author of eleven books, including her seminal work, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary, and her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World

Her podcast, The Metta Hour, has amassed over 3 million downloads and features interviews with the top leaders and thinkers of the mindfulness movement and beyond. Sharon’s writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post.

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Read Sharon Salzberg’s Books 

Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World

From one of the world’s leading experts in meditation comes a roadmap for engaging in challenging times with clarity, calm, and heartfulness. Real Change guides us to embody the fundamental principles of mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to create a better world for both ourselves and others.

Real Happiness 10th Anniversary Edition: A 28-day Program to Realize the Power of Meditation

Meditation practice is far simpler, more fun, less esoteric and much more relevant to the wide-ranging situations we encounter in everyday life than we might imagine. Rather than an ornate, arcane set of instructions, meditation consists of practical, accessible tools to help deepen concentration, mindfulness, lovingkindness and compassion.

LovingKindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and find a greater sense of connection with others. Our fear of intimacy—both with others and with ourselves—creates feelings of pain and longing. But these feelings can also awaken in us the desire for freedom and the willingness to take up the spiritual path. Sharon Salzberg, shows us how the Buddhist path of lovingkindness can help us discover the radiant, joyful heart within each of us. 


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