Conversations with the Wise: Sylvia Boorstein

Awakening Joy’s James Baraz recently sat down with Sylvia Boorstein, a best-selling author, psychotherapist and founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Sylvia is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation. Her books include Happiness is an Inside Job; It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There; and Pay Attention, for Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness.

“Mindfulness is being alert moment to moment to see clearly what’s really happening so that we will be able to respond in a way that will not create suffering for ourselves or others.”

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