Episode 16:

Lovingkindness and Social Change

In this episode, David speaks with renowned meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. They discuss Sharon’s conceptualization of trauma and how this informs her meditation teaching, the role lovingkindness can play in trauma recovery, how to help people find agency in the face of distress, and the trauma-informed work Sharon has been doing with survivors of gun violence.

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of mindfulness and meditation and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and students. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and her most recent book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World.