Charlotte Joko Beck, Joseph Goldstein, Sylvia Boorstein, and Sharon Salzberg on how meditation has changed their lives

How might meditation change a life? Author Donna Rockwell asked four teachers just that. How do their answers resonate with your experience?

Lion’s Roar
31 August 2010

Rockwell: Can you please complete the following sentence for me? “Meditative awareness has changed my life in the following way…”

Charlotte Joko Beck: “‘It has changed my life in the direction of it being more harmonious, more satisfactory, more joyful and more useful probably.’ Though I don’t think much in those terms. I don’t wake up in the morning thinking I’m going to be useful. I really think about what I’m going to have for breakfast.”

Joseph Goldstein: “…I’ve become more aware of the nature of my mind — how it creates suffering and how it can be free.”

Sylvia Boorstein: “It changed me from being afraid of being in a life to celebrating it.”

Sharon Salzberg: “…it has changed my view of who I am.”

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