Real Change

Mindfulness to Heal the World and Ourselves

This Global Read with author Sharon Salzberg was held September 22, 2020



realchangecoverFrom one of most prominent figures in the field of meditation comes a guidebook for how to use mindfulness to build our inner strength, find balance, and help create a better world.

In today's fractured world we're constantly flooded with breaking news that cause anger, grief, and pain. People are feeling more stressed out than ever and in the face of this fear and anxiety they can feel so burnt out and overwhelmed that they end up frozen in their tracks and can't do anything.

In Real Change Sharon Salzberg, a leading expert in Lovingkindness meditation, shares sage advice and indispensible techniques to help free ourselves from these negative feelings and actions. She teaches us that meditation is not a replacement for action, but rather a way to practice generosity with ourselves and summon the courage to break through boundaries, reconnect to a movement that's bigger than ourselves, and have the energy to stay active.

Consulting with veteran activists and social change agents in a variety of fields, Salzberg collects and shares their wisdom and offers the best practical advice to foster transformation in both ourselves and in society. To help tame our inner landscape or chaos, Salzberg offers mindfulness practices that will help readers cultivate a sense of agency and stay engaged in the long-term struggle for social change.

Whether you're resolving conflicts with a crochety neighbor or combating global warming, Real Change will help guide you with the fundamental principles and mindfulness practices that will lead to the clarity and confidence that lets us lift a foot  and take our next step into a better world.

About the Author

realchangeSharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer and industry leader, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and has authored 11 books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World, coming in June of 2020 from Flatiron Books. Sharon's secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings is sought after at schools, conferences and retreat centers around the world. Sharon is the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour, with 100+ episodes featuring interviews with the top leaders and voices in the meditation and mindfulness movement, and her writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post.

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About the Host

Ellen SEllen (Hoffenberg) Serfaty, CEI Education Advisor is a retired American-Israeli, currently living in northern Israel, who spent 45 years as a public service lawyer, developing and leading public human service organizations, and teaching young people of all ages and teachers who work with special needs students.  Born in NYC, raised in rural upstate NY, she began her career as a Florida public criminal defense lawyer, and thereafter led programs for abused and neglected children in the court systems, and directed then Governor Bob Graham’s statewide Constituency for Children, a grass-roots lobbying and advocating effort in communities throughout Florida. 

Ellen made aliya (immigrated) to Israel, married her husband Dany and raised her daughter Mya, while exploring new careers as Development Officer for a non-profit international children’s rights organization, and becoming a teacher, teacher-trainer and curriculum developer for students with special needs.  She currently volunteers as a consultant with the Charter for Compassion's Education Institute, as well as local eco-activist activities.

Ellen has been meditating for over two decades, and participates in international online sanghas (meditation practitioner gatherings) and courses, as well as local groups in Israel, and leads several virtual and local sangha meetups.  She counts Sharon Salzberg as one of her early and most influential meditation teachers, and is grateful for this opportunity of introducing yet another book on Sharon's teachings.


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