January 19, 2014

Tricycle Talks: Sharon Salzberg & Real Happiness at Work

A conversation with meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg

Tricycle Talks: Now in iTunes

In this episode of Tricycle Talks, contributing editor Amy Gross speaks with renowned meditation teacher and best-selling author Sharon Salzberg. Co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, Salzberg was among the first to bring mindfulness meditation practice to the West. Her new book, Real Happiness at Workhelps us cultivate mindfulness, compassion, and awareness at work. In this podcast, Gross and Salzberg speak on the practices that can help us bring these qualities into our workplace and infuse our work with greater meaning.

Tricycle Talks is a podcast series featuring leading voices in the contemporary Buddhist world.

Stay tuned for more from Sharon Salzberg—she's leading our February retreat on generating happiness at work.

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jackelope65's picture

If we take time to notice people at work each time we see them, they become real people with whom we develop both work and personal relationships, with whom we can share joy, compassion, friendship, .fostering job efficiencies that no amount of endless meetings could ever convey. In my last job before retirement, the personal and job benefits of noticing, being compassionate, and friendly culminated in a medical code I was running as a physician in an effort to resuscitate a patient. Initially I was aware of being grounded and giving orders for the procedures indicated, but very soon I was consciously above the bed and mentally aware while continuing the code with my body on the ground. At that point, we seemed to communicate without words acting as one mind and large body in a way that was simply amazing. The head nurse noted how well the code team had performed. This wonderful team of people did not require a member to speak to be aware of personal suffering, always able to give the kind words and actions needed. Time was spent in engendering these relationships and compassion where the whole team felt worthy and important, but I do not know how I could have done so much without their help, and how much time I saved to be able to spend time with my family, go to Sangha 2-3 times a week with a daily meditation practice, eat well and exercise with my dogs, play tennis with my wife, and surf with my family and friends. Noticing people, sharing sympathetic joy, giving compassion and friendship, not only allows people to feel worthy and accepted and reciprocate, but is effective in improving performance and saving time. Finally, Sharon communicates so beautifully in a way we may all understand, I have become to feel that I know her personally. Thank You

Dominic Gomez's picture

Dualism splits an idealistic notion of happiness from samsara (e.g. one's workplace). Buddhism reveals them as one and the same, but it takes unwavering faith and practice to actualize it.