#279 How To Stay Politically Engaged Without Losing Your Mind | Sharon Salzberg

Ten Percent Happier
September 2, 2020
#279 How To Stay Politically Engaged Without Losing Your Mind | Sharon Salzberg
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Transcript

In the heat of an election that is both incredibly nasty and hugely consequential, it might be tempting to try to shut out all the feelings of anger, frustration, and powerlessness. But my guest today makes a compelling argument for engagement -- and for the notion that nothing should be excluded from your meditation practice, not even politics. Sharon Salzberg has a new book, called Real Change, which is about how to stay socially, civically, and politically engaged without losing your mind. We talk about how to develop patience when it seems there’s no light at the end of the tunnel; why it’s wise to cultivate compassion, even for people you find deeply objectionable; and ways to limit our Twitter doomscrolling, something Sharon struggles with herself. Loyal listeners will know Sharon well. She’s a towering figure on the American meditation scene, the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, the author of several books, including Real Love, Real Happiness and Real Happiness at Work, and a founding teacher on the Ten Percent Happier app.

Where to find Sharon Salzberg online: 

Website: https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/ 

Podcast: https://www.sharonsalzberg.com/metta-hour-podcast/ 

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To find meditations and courses guided by Sharon Salzberg in the Ten Percent Happier app, visit https://10percenthappier.app.link/SharonSalzberg 

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