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5 Questions for Sharon Salzberg

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1. What important lesson came out of your childhood?Maybe most strikingly, the impermanence and uncertainty of life. As a child I had no ability to extract the sweet from the bitter of this truth. Now, as an adult with a long background in meditation, I feel the poignancy of impermanence, and also its injunction to live this moment fully, right now, because it will surely pass.2. What do you struggle with most and what do you do with your struggle?Having time just to relax, go on retreat, not to be writing or teaching or speaking. I sit every day, and do go on retreat each year, but I am finding a longing for more. It’s hard, since I also get inspired by teaching and the people I meet when teaching, but I’m trying to carve out more time just for quiet.3. When is the last time you were deeply moved and why?I am deeply moved by my students, and I feel incredibly lucky in that I tend to meet a lot of good-hearted people. I have a friend who has suffered from strong bouts of depression. She told me recently that one of the most healing activities she has undertaken is volunteering at a kitchen that serves h …

A meditation teacher for more than 35 years and the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, bestselling author Sharon Salzberg’s latest book is Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace.

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