SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World

Flatiron: Macmillan. Sept. 2020. 240p. ISBN 9781250310576. $24.99. REL
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Salzberg (Real Happiness) addresses society’s ever-present need for mindfulness as a tool to mitigate human suffering on a global scale. One of the first to bring Eastern meditation teachings to the West, the author offers personal wisdom as well as poignant interviews with pivotal thinkers such as bell hooks, Mallika Dutt, and Ellen Agler, providing insight into navigating the intersection between compassion and activism. Chapters touch on Buddhist philosophy; however, meditative practices remain simple and clear, focusing on loving-kindness meditation. The stories gathered from those who have dealt with extreme suffering yet creatively cultivate space for compassionate change are both inspiring and transformative. Salzberg continually refocuses the lens, reminding us that one person can foster change with skillful action while maintaining personal awareness and equanimity.
VERDICT Fans of Salzberg’s Real Love podcast series and anyone seeking loving-kindness meditative guidance will appreciate these words on compassionate activism.

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