Transform Your Mind, Change the World: Sharon Salzberg at TEDxBinghamtonUniversity

Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Sharon’s latest book is the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including The Force of Kindness (2005), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995).

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26 thoughts on “Transform Your Mind, Change the World: Sharon Salzberg at TEDxBinghamtonUniversity

  1. it's funny how she got so surprised when her first instruction was so simple.. you don't need to go all the way to india to meditate! quite the misconception.. it's not as big of an ordeal as it is thought to be however the effects are what is mind-blowing

  2. It amazes me how gullible people can be. Why would anyone listen to a teacher who clearly has not mastered her physical appetites? I am getting help with my issues before I start teaching yoga here in Boston (4/2017); Ms. Salzberg needs to get help with hers before she presumes to teach anyone. She is "playing shakuhachi at a fork in the road"; she is showing herself publicly for criticism. Anyone who pretends there is no problem with Ms. Salzberg's morbid obesity, or who finds my critique "judgmental", should ask themselves: What if she were smoking?

  3. I've been meditating and around meditators for over 20 years. Some meditators lose the strong identification with the body so they simply aren't motivated to lose weight or in some cases take care of the body in a certain way. if you don't have the same idea ingrained in most of us that being fat devalues you as a person you may have no strong motivation to do the work to lose weight, which actually is one of the most difficult things to do -just look at the statistics – if it were easy then nobody would be fat.

    Chogyam Trungpa was an amazing teacher with profound insights and yet he died at 47 from cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcoholism. So people with profound wisdom can also be flawed but it doesn't dimish the value of what they have to offer.

  4. Asking an honest question isn't being judgmental. I have the same question several people asked below. Is there a relationship between mediation and physical health and in this case, a relationship with extreme obesity? I am a big fan of the Dalai Lama and I know he is a pretty chubby so I am not expecting that a spiritual or meditation leader ought to be physically perfect but it is reasonable to expect reasonable healthy habits. I am not suggesting that a transformed mind should lead to high levels of fitness, but Ms. Salzberg appears to have a serious mind problem in similar ways as people who have other serious substance addictions. Unfortunately, unlike many she wears her serious mind problem publicly, but that doesn't change the fact that what she is preaching doesn't seem to have a positive impact on this very important area of her life. Sure, she might be a teacher vs. a doer, but I have read one of her books and listened to several talks and she does makes claims about being a serious life long practitioner.

  5. All of you people who are so judgmental about weight need to consider (1) that weight gain is often caused by medical conditions, and no responsible teacher claims that meditation resolves all medical conditions, and (2) how you would feel if we exploited some condition beyond your control in a public forum, then judged your ability to do your job based on that irrelevant condition, and (3) I promise you are far from perfect yourself or you wouldn't be filled with so much judgment. You may want to consider what you are hiding from yourself by preoccupying yourself with judgment about others.

  6. I have a question. Why when we listen to people such as yourself talk about meditation it seems to be "The breath, the breath, the breath, the breath, the breath………….

    Oh and "mindfulness"

    There are countless different types of meditation.  ( many of which I personally find much more appealing ) and yet when one goes online or reads about meditation its the same old ( boring ) pot being stirred around again and again and again. 

    There is a vast wonderland of variety in meditation practices and people just seem to often stay in the same old boring pot. 

    As for me, my suggestion is to GO OUT!  EXPLORE! FIND THE MANY INTERESTING

    ( now not tha the "pot" doesnt have its value ) but make life interesting see what else is out there!!!!!

  7. You can get rid of your thoughts  and emotions completely now (take control of them)
    Do you think you're ready for the transition? It doesn't require meditation. All you need is to read 1 book.

    It's called "The Present" It's for free at Truthcontest > ComI hope you'll like it as much as I did.
    The truth WILL set you free…

  8. I'm not trying to diminish the value of her insights by bringing up her weight. I've struggled, and still struggle, with my weight to this day. I'm just curious why mindfulness hasn't brought her overall health in body and mind? When you put yourself out there as a teacher of mindfulness to the public I think that's a fair question. She should write a book on her struggles. I'd love to read about how she's still struggling or has come to peace with her weight. To me it's not dissimilar to someone advocating healthy eating/living but being overweight. I think it's natural to wonder why it's not working for the spokesperson. Because if its not working for them you wonder if its going to ever work for you.

  9. +Catarina Wikström It's a purely practical issue.  The body and mind cannot be considered as separate in this life.  While it is true that you don't need a healthy body to meditate effectively, it can help a lot.  A healthy body can help with hormonal and biochemical imbalances that can affect your internal well-being a great deal, and also provide the energy to make the most of your meditation.  A lot of people's minds are so wild that they need physical exercise as a foundation to get started with mindfulness practice.

  10. MRI data may link meditation to physiological brain age. But I wanna see pragmatic effectiveness, let's say, 1h of meditation translates into 20 % no-stress productivity increase among professionals.
    No one can tell how she would look like (considering her initial conditions) w/out meditation, but her public appearance undermines lay people trust, just as fitness freaks, who literally live in gyms, endorsing pointless supplements &being paid by the manufacturers.

  11. You are wrong. The purpose of meditation has nothing to do with health. It is about getting to know your mind, and training it. Everything else is side effects, and not really relevant. You don´t have to be thin and fit to be meditating and knowing how mind works.

  12. Those of you who comment on Sharon's weight should be ashamed of yourselves. You don't know a thing about her, or about the source of her weight. I'm sick of the prejudice and judgement that some of you exhibit. (THANK YOU to those of you who came to her defense.)

  13. Sharon Salzberg is so wonderful in her message that no negative comment from people not yet calm, matured, focused, intelligent or connected enough can do any real harm. Such words simply demonstrate how far the person has to journey toward self-knowledge and happiness.

  14. The question you might be asking yourself is if you derived any benefit from her talk. Do you know that she doesn't have a medical condition? Is her weight relevant one way or the other to the perspective she is sharing with you?

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