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The Sharon Salzberg Metta Hour features Buddhist philosophy in a practical, common sense vernacular. Sharon’s natural wisdom, sense of humor and the ease with which she translates these teachings forge an intimate connection with the listener. From everyday experiences to pithy revelations, each podcast is a journey on the path of self-discovery.

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author.
She is one of the first to bring mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, inspiring generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, and her seminal work, Lovingkindness. Her forthcoming release, Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom, is set for release in April of 2023 from Flatiron Books. www.sharonsalzberg.com

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The Sharon Salzberg Metta Hour features Buddhist philosophy in a practical, common sense vernacular. Sharon’s natural wisdom, sense of humor and the ease with which she translates these teachings forge an intimate connection with the listener. From everyday experiences to pithy revelations, each podcast is a journey on the path of self-discovery.

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author.
She is one of the first to bring mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, inspiring generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, and her seminal work, Lovingkindness. Her forthcoming release, Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom, is set for release in April of 2023 from Flatiron Books. www.sharonsalzberg.com

    Ep. 189 - Simran Jeet Singh

    Ep. 189 - Simran Jeet Singh

    For episode 189, Sharon welcomes Dr. Simran Jeet Singh to the Metta Hour to speak about the Sikh philosophy of love and service. 

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    Simran is the Executive Director of the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute. Recognized among TIME Magazine’s “sixteen people fighting for a more equal America, ” he is an Equality Fellow with the Open Society Foundations. Simran is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, CNN, and TIME Magazine and writes a monthly column for Religion News Service. In July of 2022, Simran released his first book, The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life, from Riverhead books. In this conversation, Simran and Sharon speak about:

    • Growing up as an outsider

    • Identity as a refuge

    • The foremost teaching of Sikh philosophy of interconnection

    • The natural expression of love is action

    • Inspiration for his book“The Light We Give”

    • De-centralizing the Ego

    • Understanding our deeper values

    • The impact of Lovingkindness on our enemies

    • What does it mean to be a warrior of the heart?

    • What is lost in hyper-masculinity 

    • Building a healthy sense of self when living in the margins

    • Honor the dignity of all the feelings that arise in us

    • The motivation of anger vs. love

    The episode ends with Simran leading a Sikh meditation to close the conversation. To learn more about Simran’s work visit www.simranjeetsingh.org or get a copy of his book, The Light We Give.

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    Ep. 188 – Jason Garner

    Ep. 188 – Jason Garner

    For episode 188 of the Metta Hour podcast, Jason Garner joins Sharon to talk about life, practice, finding meaning, and refuge.

    Jason is a spiritual seeker, author, and previously a Fortune 500 company executive. He spent the first 37 years of his life working his way up from flea market parking attendant to CEO of Global Music at Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter. After several significant losses in his life, Jason turned to yoga, meditation, martial arts, and eastern philosophy to learn a different way of being in the world. In 2014 he wrote the book "And then I Breathed," chronicling his unique journey.

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    In this conversation, Sharon and Jason speak about:

    • Jason's path making his way in the world

    • What led to Jason becoming a spiritual seeker

    • Bringing spiritual practice of the music business

    • Finding meaning in life to help navigate challenging times

    • Sharon's experience in isolation during the pandemic

    • The inner resource of meditation in COVID

    • Jason and Sharon's shared Tibetan teacher Tsoknyi Rinpoche

    • Everyone's inherent "inner okay-ness"

    • How self-compassion changed the course of Jason's practice and life

    • The courage to show up as a human

    • Re-writing the myth of winning so "everyone gets to win"

    • Collaboration versus competition

    • Creating Love4Live to offer meditation resources for the music industry in COVID

    To learn more about Jason, you can visit his website jasongarner.com and love4live.org




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    • 44 min
    Ep. 187 – Dr. Galit Atlas

    Ep. 187 – Dr. Galit Atlas

    Sharon welcomes Dr. Galit Atlas for Episode 187 of the Metta Hour.

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    Galit is an author, psychoanalyst, and clinical assistant professor at New York University. She has published numerous articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. Her New York Times published “A Tale of Two Twins” won a 2016 Gradiva Award, and her latest book “Emotional Inheritance” was released in January of 2022. In this conversation, Galit and Sharon discuss:

    • What drew Galit to therapy

    • The stigma and shame around mental health

    • The definition of trauma

    • How generational trauma shows up

    • The effect that secrecy has on trauma and healing

    • How the secrecy in Sharon’s childhood affects her

    • Post Traumatic Growth

    • What we must accept versus what we can change

    • The role of forgiveness in healing

    • The epigenetics of family trauma

    • Winnicott’s “good enough” parent

    • Vicarious Trauma for Caregivers

    To learn more about Galit’s work, you can visit her website at galitatlas.com 

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    • 50 min
    Ep. 186 – Stephen Cope

    Ep. 186 – Stephen Cope

    Stephen Cope and Sharon Salzberg come together in Metta Hour to discuss dharma and the shared struggles of humanity. In this episode Sharon and Stephen talk about:How Stephen arrived at Kripalu CenterStephen's new bookThe Bhagavad GitaDharma and Sacred VocationTimes of StruggleLoving Kindness vs. Hatred and AngerYoga and CompassionGuided meditationToday's podcast is brought to you by BetterHelp. Click to receive 10% off your first month with your own licensed professional therapist: betterhelp.com/metta

    Stephen Cope is a best-selling author and scholar who specializes in the relationship between the Eastern contemplative traditions and Western depth psychology. For almost thirty years, Stephen has been Scholar-in-Residence at the renowned Kripalu Center. Stephen is also the founder and former director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living—one of the world’s most influential research institutes examining the effects and mechanisms of yoga and meditation, with a team of researchers from top universities. Stephen's new book, The Dharma in Difficult Times, is now available to purchase.




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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 185 – Jacoby Ballard

    Ep. 185 – Jacoby Ballard

    Sharon welcomes social justice educator, yoga teacher, and author Jacoby Ballard to the Metta Hour for Episode 185.

    Jacoby has taught Queer and Trans Yoga since 2006. In 2008, he Co-Founded the Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn as a healing and social justice space. His first book, “A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditations for Liberation,” was released in 2021 from North Atlantic Books.

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    In this conversation, Jacoby and Sharon discuss:

    • How Jacoby began his practice in high school & college

    • The release of Jacoby’s new book in the time of Covid

    • Applying dharma teachings to explore identity

    • The path of liberation for those targeted by systems of oppression 

    • Addressing the trauma in the room

    • Noble silence versus silencing

    • Lovingkindness in Queer communities

    • Acceptance and anger 

    • Forgiveness is not amnesia

    • Jacoby’s self-care practices

    • How to find the therapist for you

    • Guidance for Queer and Trans meditators

    • How to be a better LGBTQ+ ally

    The episode closes with Jacoby leading a guided Mudita (joy) meditation practice. To learn more about Jacoby’s work, you can visit his website.

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    • 56 min
    Ep. 184 – Agapi Stassinopoulos

    Ep. 184 – Agapi Stassinopoulos

    Author and speaker Agapi Stassinopoulos joins Sharon for a conversation on the Metta Hour Podcast Episode 184.

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    Agapi Stassinopoulos is the author of “Wake Up to the Joy of You” and “Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity and Unconditional Love.” She leads workshops at Thrive Global, a company founded by her sister, Arianna Huffington, to help change how we work and live. Agapi’s newest book, “Speaking with Spirit: 52 Prayers to Guide, Inspire, and Uplift You,” was released in January of 2022 by Harmony Books. In this conversation, Agapi and Sharon discuss:

    • Agapi’s family history in WW2

    • The influence of Agapi’s mother on her path

    • What happens after spiritual awakening

    • The inspiration for Agapi’s new book

    • Differences between prayer and meditation

    • How to embrace a higher power

    • Approaching prayer as a practice

    • Cultivating confidence

    • Spiritual versus religious

    • Non-attachment in prayer

    • Communion with the Divine

    • Why we lose our sense of connection

    • Finding the beloved inside

    • Letting go of perfection to find greater joy

    • The epidemic of loneliness

    • Getting out of the way of our creativity

    • Giving your inner critic a vacation

    • Agape’s approach to grace and resilience

    The episode closes with Agapi reading a passage from her book on coming home. To learn more about Agapi’s work, you can visit her website.




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Sharon's delivery and humour makes the lessons so accessible . Thank you.

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