At times when we face pain and setbacks, we often shy away and cower in fear and disappointment. This can become a way of life. In Real Life, Sharon Salzberg shows that things can be done differently.
When we feel alone, isolated, or trapped, we can use these obstacles as a path to an authentic and thriving life, a life that allows us to find the wholeness within ourselves. Whether we live alone or with others; a sense of togetherness can carry us through stormy times. We can align our words, our hearts, and our actions with a greater vision, free from worrying and fearful thoughts. If we want to live more freely – a life with more space and awareness of possibilities, creativity, connection and joy – we need to take seriously what is really important according to Salzberg and ask ourselves questions such as: what is my deepest desire? What better to let go? What do I think my options are?
Great freedom is found when we develop certain skills, such as mindful awareness, friendship, and a greater sense of purpose/aspiration. In Real Life we learn to take risks, to be interested in inner states of mind that we normally try to avoid, and to experience a new sense of connection.