Day 1: Mindful Relationships

Day 1: Mindful Relationships 2017-05-21T08:37:22-06:00

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection

A Dialogue with Sharon Salzberg and Acharya Fleet Maull

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Discover why love is more than just a feeling
  • Learn about love as an antidote to fear
  • Find out why “real love” is important in today’s relationships
  • Experience RAIN practice with Sharon

About Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and Real Love, her new release by Flatiron Books. Acclaimed for her humorous, down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour.

To learn more about Sharon Salzberg visit her website here.

To pre-order Sharon’s new book Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection, click here.

About Acharya Fleet Maull

Fleet Maull is an author, meditation teacher, executive coach and social entrepreneur, working at the intersection of personal and social transformation. Acharya Maull is an empowered senior teacher in both the Shambhala Buddhist and Zen Peacemaker traditions, who leads meditation and bearing witness retreats, activist trainings and prison programs around the world. He founded Prison Mindfulness Institute and Engaged Mindfulness Institute. He is the author of Dharma in Hell and the forthcoming book Radical Responsibility.

To learn more about Fleet Maull visit his website here.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.


  1. TurtleWoman May 24, 2017 at 6:25 am - Reply

    My first introduction to lovingkindness meditation was Sharon Salzberg’s book, “Lovingkindness.” It was in the early nineties. I have been following Sharon’s work since then and have not been disappointed. I was thrilled to meet Sharon in Wilmington, North Carolina in 2016. I appreciate day to day Sharon’s heartfelt work for love and peace on this planet. Thank you, Sharon Salzberg.

  2. Susan Oliver May 19, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Very enjoyable, peaceful and timely message in our current world state of affairs. So grateful to be able to participate in this. With Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii. Mahalo nui.

  3. Laura S May 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Lovely talk about the act of loving with self and others! The practice of Rain sounds like a useful tool to use and to embrace within self love:))
    I have enjoyed your books for years and they were one of the first that lead me to Buddhism and Mindfulness!

  4. Shujaat May 19, 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Abundance of inner love is gifted to prophets and thanks Sharon reminding us that it can be attained by practice

  5. Aikta Suri Dhillon May 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    So many gems! “The antidote to fear is loving kindness… the connection between generosity and inner abundance…” And of course the RAIN method. Need this. Thank you.

  6. Jill Whitaker May 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Appreciated the talk and particularly the message that love is an ability and can be cultivated and learned.

  7. Rita Moya May 19, 2017 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Reparenting through practice and generating love for our own being, these are the two suggestions from Sharon that resonate deeply with my own practice at this time. Mahalo!

  8. Susanne, Austria May 19, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Thank you! I feel so connected now with all the people, watching and listening the wisdome of Sharon Salzbergs words. My heart is filled with love. What an ability we share :-)))))

  9. Nancy Figueroa May 19, 2017 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Thank you!!! This summit is like a breath of fresh air for someone who is drowning. The speakers are wonderfully knowledgeable and communicate with clarity and sincerity. It certainly is for me and indicative to have them closer by taking advantage of their written wisdoms.

  10. Christine May 19, 2017 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Hi, just to let you know that the link to Sharon’s website isn’t working

  11. Ginny Griffin-Monk May 19, 2017 at 2:25 am - Reply

    Thank you for all of that -the discussion and practice. I felt a shift and strong emotions during the practise, recognising the different feelings within and ended by feeling more open and warm to myself and others.

  12. Mak May 19, 2017 at 2:18 am - Reply

    We have connection beyond our mere suffering-of-the-moment, and therein lies the power to rise. Sharon, thank you so much for taking action to continue to realize it, and to share with others. Your sharing gives anyone listening the permission they’ve been seeking to graduate to a level of awareness where truly loving ones self, and then others, is feasible. It is everything that matters.

  13. Christine May 19, 2017 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Thank you Sharon for the RAIN practice. It was very moving and powerful for me.

  14. Melissa Lewis May 18, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Loving without liking, and love as an ability (which can be cultivated) vs. a (happy) feeling — important instructions for our times. In the words of MLK, “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.”

  15. Pascale May 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Those simple and equally radiant words come from a huge practioner. Thank you so much Sharon, for making it reachable to us, it gives real motivation. ?

  16. Linda May 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you Sharon, that was lovely.

  17. Lisa May 18, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Thank you for the teachings, Sharon and Fleet. For many years I have learned from you both, and continued today. Thank you for the generosity and dedication in sharing the path.

    And to the organizers and interviewers, too, many bows and much gratitude to you all. -/lisa

  18. Emily May 18, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Thank you. I liked the reminder in the RAIN practice that painful feelings come and go and are not the sum total of my experience. It was helpful to see these painful feelings as being put into a larger space of loving awareness. I also liked the reminder to cultivate the love inside of each one of us as a path to connection to others.

  19. kathryn simon May 18, 2017 at 8:34 am - Reply

    very grateful thank you Sharon. Deep work.

  20. Aruna May 18, 2017 at 6:07 am - Reply

    How can we work on self love? How do we fill that bucket that has been left empty? I have started self compassion to an extent but still have a long way to go.

  21. Sissy Martens May 18, 2017 at 4:12 am - Reply

    so touching to receive that warmhearted conversation between them.
    And the guided meditation instruction by Sharon Salzberg is a key to let things be as there are.
    Thank you very very much for this gift!

  22. Beautiful! Thank you thank you !

    love the idea of love as the antidote to fear!
    , love as an ability and
    that the best generosity comes from an inner sense of abundance & sufficiency!

    Thanks again! blessings on your path =)

  23. Connie Roseman May 18, 2017 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Sharon is so real, so warm, and caring. A bit of love that one can breath in and out.

  24. Gaynor O'Flynn May 17, 2017 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you I think it is very lovely to also remember ‘body fulness’ – the heart essence, nyingtik. Relax, breath & let the innate intelligence of our bodies simply open our hearts & connect us to love.

  25. Sherri L Powell May 17, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you.

  26. Phillip Brewster May 17, 2017 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Sharon has been there and as a result has the ability to love and to lift another up.

  27. Colleen Germain May 17, 2017 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I loved this discussion. Thank you for keeping it real! The RAIN meditation was very powerful for me.

  28. Fleet Maull May 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    What a joy to have this conversation with Sharon about Real Love!

  29. Cecelia May 17, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Love is an ability not just a feeling. Love is inside me! Love the RAIN practice!

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