Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and find a greater sense of connection with others. Our fear of intimacy-both with others and with ourselves-creates feelings of pain and longing. But these feelings can awaken in us the desire for freedom and the willingness to take up the spiritual path.
Sharon Salzberg is a cofounder and guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and a cofounder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. She teaches meditation around the country, and has been practicing Buddhist meditation for thirty years.
"Sharon Salzberg's book illuminates the heart of lovingkindness
like a lamp in the darkness, like the clearing of fog, like a
sunrise on a beautiful morning--it brings light so that all those
with eyes may see."--Jack Kornfield, author of After the
Ecstasy, the Laundry
"Reading Salzberg's book produces the sense of having been gifted abundantly."--Sylvia Boorstein