BHNN Guest Podcast – Ep. 147 – Ram Dass Fellowship: The Power of Meditation with Sharon Salzberg and Jackie Dobrinska

Delving into the power of meditation, Jackie Dobrinska and Sharon Salzberg tie together the skills of concentration, mindfulness, and compassion.

Today’s episode was recorded as part of the Ram Dass Fellowship’s regular online gatherings. To learn more about the Ram Dass Fellowship and sign up to join a fellowship gathering near you, visit

“Mindfulness is all about relationship. It’s not about what is happening, it’s about how we are relating to what is happening. I think of it as like the holding environment. It is the space within which something is being experienced.” – Sharon Salzberg

In this episode from the Ram Dass Fellowship, we hear Sharon Salzberg and Jackie Dobrinska explore:
  • The three skills of Concentration, Mindfulness and Compassion
  • How distractions waste our energy
  • Always being able to start over
  • The difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves
  • Opening our attention through lovingkindness practices
  • The practical and transformational power of meditation
  • Insight as the most precious gift of mindfulness
  • A guided meditation from Sharon
  • A Q&A from listeners on the subjects of meditation, coping, and more

“We begin again all the time. That’s what resilience is. It’s that adjustment. It’s being alive to change, being able to move, being able to flow. That’s what we’re actually practicing in meditation when we get distracted, when we let go, when we begin again. – Sharon Salzberg

About Sharon Salzberg:

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author. She is one of the first to bring mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, inspiring generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, and her seminal work, Lovingkindness.

Her forthcoming release, Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom, is set for release in April of 2023 from Flatiron Books. Her podcast, The Metta Hour, has amassed five million downloads and features interviews with thought leaders from the mindfulness movement and beyond.

Learn more about Sharon and pre-order her new book at
About Jackie Dobrinska:

Jackie Dobrinska is the Director of Education, Community & Inclusion for Ram Dass’ Love, Serve, Remember Foundation and the current host of Ram Dass’ Here & Now podcast. She is also a teacher, coach, and spiritual director with the privilege of marrying two decades of mystical studies with 15 years of expertise in holistic wellness. As an interspiritual minister, Jackie was ordained in Creation Spirituality in 2016 and has also studied extensively in several other lineages – the plant-medicine-based Pachakuti Mesa Tradition, Sri Vidya Tantra, Western European Shamanism, Christian Mysticism, the Wise Woman Tradition, and others. Today, in addition to building courses and community for LSRF, she leads workshops and coaches individuals to discover, nourish and live from their most authentic selves. 

Learn more about Jackie’s work at
More Be Here Now Network Podcasts:
Lama Rod Owens covers the dharma of freedom, loving ourselves, ancestral work, and the power of meditation: Dedication to Liberation
JoAnna Hardy shares a guided meditation all around the first foundation of mindfulness – mindfulness of the body:  First Foundation Guided Meditation
Through bearing witness, love & service, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee shares how we can collectively heal the crisis of disconnection & ecological devastation: Love & Service
Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh explores how we can joyfully bring mindfulness into everyday activities like phone calls, driving, and walking: The Ojai Foundation Presents: Under the Teaching Tree with Thich Nhat Hanh
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