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You are a person worthy of love. You don't have to do anything to deserve all the love in the world.

Real Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and family, and life itself.

Sharon Salzberg, a leading expert in Lovingkindness meditation, encourages us to strip away layers of negative habits and obstacles, helping us to experience authentic love based on direct experience rather than preconceptions. Across three sections Sharon explains how to dispel cultural and emotional habits and direct focused care and attention to recapture the essence of what it is to love and be loved.

With positive reflections and practices, Sharon teaches us how to shift the responsibilities of the love that we give and receive to rekindle the powerful healing force of true connection. By challenging myths perpetuated by popular culture, we can undo the limited definitions that reduce love to simply romance or passion and give the heart a much needed tune-up to connect ourselves to the truest experience of love in our daily lives.

©2017 Sharon Salzberg (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Beautiful and profound

What a beautiful and meaningful exploration. Sharon Salzberg thoughtfully guides the reader through a deep, introspective meditation on the truth of Real Love. Thank you for your wonderful insight.

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So good I re-read some chapters multiple times.

Sharon is wise and relatable. I usually speed up audio but her pace is appropriate for the content. her words continue to help me deconstruct my traumatic childhood in a religious cult. I've been able to use her words to guide my meditations and dig deeper than ever into my biases and trauma. Thank you for a wonderful book 😊

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Enlightening read.

I enjoyed the perspectives taken throughout this book. I also enjoyed visualizing the complex mental processes of being mindful, and the interesting way personal experiences can describe situations through which people learn a lesson of mindfulness. This also directly connects mindfulness to love and compassion, because mindfulness involves considering our impact in a given situation, thus being able to prevent suffering by feeling empathy for others in our projections of the future. The idea that all beings deserve peace and happiness stems from this ability. Mindfulness also involves more subtle thoughts, and the tendency we have to be hard on ourselves, as well as negative about our past. There are insights on forgiving in this book as well, which can help transform your perspective on resentment and unresolved issues.

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  • Catherine B.
  • 2018-02-12

Book is awesome, interface needs improvement

Would you listen to Real Love again? Why?

Real Love is an expertly written book and Sharon Salzberg's relatable voice and stories are engaging and meaningful. A resource to be drawn from over a lifetime.

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Unfortunately the Audible format does not break the book up into chapters by tracks or digestible portions. It's all one long audio file. This makes the book less useful for guided meditations, to know where you are in the book, and to refer back to specific portions. I was pretty astonished this was not the case.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2018-04-13

Wonderful life changing book

My husband picked this book from the bookstore by the title thinking it would help with some marital issues we were having and it sat on the shelf. I got him hooked up with audible and this book and he started listening. At first he was not getting much because he was expecting a book about marriage, for me having been involved with self help for years already I just laughed and told him no silly, this is about YOU! And it clicked and he listened to the whole book and loved it! He has been working very hard to put Sharon's words to practice. And he is listening a second time now. Thank you Sharon for your words of wisdom and presenting them in a way that made sense to a hard headed man who had never read more than 2 pages of a self help book in his life.

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  • van winkle
  • 2017-08-06

cut right through my mind and into my heart.

could listen to Sharon all day. she brings a reality to the subject that some others lack.

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  • Rugiatu Jalloh
  • 2017-11-19

Life changing.

This book was on time! I felt it was specifically written for me, i did not want it to end. I was in a deep depression and listening to this audiobook has allowed me to really dig deep and 1 face my fears, allow compassion to permeate me and let go. This book has also taught me the difference between empathy and compassion. I’d recommend this book to anyone on a journey of self healing and understanding. I like how practical her prompts were! Awesome listen! Purchasing the physical copy! This was my first audiobook experience and it has opened me up.!!!

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  • chris boutte
  • 2017-06-27

Incredible book about love in all forms

I thought this book was all about relationships, but it discusses love from all angles. From self love, to loving your partner, to rebuilding relationships and letting go of anger. I learned so much from this book and think everyone can relate to it.

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  • Lizzy
  • 2017-10-21

great message, hard to listen

it has a great message and great lessons that seem to hit me right when I need them. But it can be hard to listen to for extended periods of time since her voice is very soft and soothing.

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  • 2017-08-27

Good information

The author has good examples that register in one's mind to heal from any hurt.

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  • mike cloud
  • 2017-06-22

will definitely pass it on to friends

I will share this with my family and friends. would have preferred a different reader though

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  • Lee33
  • 2021-01-06

Boring and puts me to sleep

Thought after reading reviews it would be good. It is not. Voice of author/narrator is way too soothing and after the Intro, I had heard the word "Love" way too often.

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  • Tatyana A. Keney
  • 2018-12-28

Awesome content but awful performance

Great topic, great examples and very clear written delivery. Unfortunately the author is just dreadful to listen to, I had to buy a hardback version to be able to actually enjoy this wonderful Real Love book. Sharon, you are an amazing human being and a wonderful author. Please, please, please don’t narrate your books! Love you anyways, -Tatyana

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