Mindfulness, Our Youth and the Future of Citizenship in the World

Dialogue with Sharon Salzberg and Congressman Tim Ryan

Feb. 7
Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference
Paradise Point Hotel
1404 Vacation Rd San Diego, CA 92109
7 – 9 p.m.

More than just a means of managing stress or facilitating attention, mindfulness is woven into the fabric of who we can be as people and as members of the human race. Meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness at Work who has taught and written about the relief of suffering through mindfulness, and Representative Ryan who writes and advocates for a more mindful nation, will explore the way in which mindfulness practice can deeply impact the future of our lives, our culture, our society and our planet through offering it to the next generation. Join Tim and Sharon for a lively evening of discussion, reflection and dialogue on the larger implications of mindfulness practice and how our children can manifest this work through citizenship, for the good of all beings, everywhere.

Sharon’s talk Friday evening with Congressman Tim Ryan is open for public registration at a cost of $40.00/ticket. You can register here.

Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace (Workman, Jan. 2014, $13.95), the follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Real Happiness, is a practical guide in which Sharon Salzberg brings the profound benefits of meditation to the workplace. Using core meditations and stealth practices, readers will learn how to improve their work life through mindfulness, compassion for coworkers and clients, and ingenuity.

If you don’t already have a meditation practice, the exercises in “Real Happiness At Work” will get you started. If you do have one, Sharon’s guidance will show you how to bring it to the office with specific and meaningful acts appropriate anywhere—even during a meeting. Employing simple thought adjustments and mini-meditations throughout the day will improve creativity, productivity, organization, and kindness for both you and your coworkers.  For example:

  • Put a free minute—or five—on the calendar before every meeting for a short follow-the-breath break.
  • Notice how you are holding something in your hand—a steering wheel or cup, for instance. Sometimes we exert so much force holding things it exacerbates tension without our realizing it.
  • Unitask! Focus exclusively on just one thing—for a small portion of time, if necessary.
  • Don’t pick up the phone on the first ring. Let it ring three times, breathe, then pick it up.
  • Before sending an important email, send it to yourself first. When you open it as the “recipient,” you’ll better notice the tone, implications, and omissions.
  • As you sit down at your workspace, gently scan the sensations of your body, from head to toe. Notice areas of tension, and breathe into them to relax.

Pulling from forty years of meditation teaching, Salzberg presents the Eight Pillars of Happiness in the Workplace and explains them through narrative anecdotes and examples, questions and answers, and of course, breathing exercises. The core concepts explored by each chapter are:

  • Balance: the ability to differentiate between who you are and what your job is
  • Concentration: being able to focus without being swayed by distraction  
  • Compassion: being aware of and sympathetic to the humanity of ourselves and others
  • Resilience: the ability to recover from defeat, frustration, or failure
  • Communication and connection: understanding that everything we do and say can further connection, or take away from it
  • Integrity: bringing your deepest ethical values to the workplace
  • Meaning: infusing the work you do with relevance for your own personal goals
  • Open Awareness: the ability to see the big picture and not be held back by self-imposed limitations

These eight pillars are the foundation of  “Real Happiness At Work” and the key to unlocking happiness in a subtle yet powerful way.

About the Author

Sharon Salzberg is one of the leading meditation and spiritual teachers in the world. She cofounded the Insight Meditation Society with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, and is the author of eight books, including the bestselling Real Happiness, Lovingkindness, and Faith. A meditation teacher for 40 years, she has been a contributing editor at O, The Oprah Magazine and has appeared in TimeReal SimpleGood HousekeepingSelf, Yoga JournalMore, and others. She divides her time between Barre, Massachusetts, home of the IMS, and New York City.