Sharon Salzberg – Metta Hour – Ep. 212 – Mental Health Series with Kimberly Brown

For episode 212 of the Metta Hour, we continue our Mental Health Series with meditation teacher and author Kimberly Brown.

In this series, Sharon is speaking with teachers, experts, and health advocates to explore and destigmatize mental health, applying the tools of Buddhist wisdom and spiritual practice. This multi-part series aires every other week in the coming months. In this episode, Sharon is joined by author and meditation teacher Kimberly Brown. Kim is a guide to the transformative power of compassion and love, interpreting traditional Buddhist techniques into accessible and relevant practices for modern life.

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Kimberly Brown is a meditation teacher and the author Steady, “Calm, and Brave” and “Navigating Grief And Loss,” both published by Prometheus Books. In this conversation, Kim and Sharon discuss:

• Kim’s first education about Mental Health

• Today’s Mental Health statistics

• Kim’s childhood belief something was wrong with her

• The year of being human

• The harmfulness of normative culture

• Taking apart stigma

• Kim’s training in Psychotherapy 

• The healing connection of community

• Who’s your alley on this journey?

• Developing emotional intelligence 

• How compassion affects mental health

• The inspiration for Kim’s new books

• Kim’s teachings on grief

• The necessity of courage to face ourselves

• Rituals that support grieving

The conversation closes with a guided meditation on awareness led by Kim. To learn more about Kim’s work, and to get a copy of her books you can visit her website at

If you would like to suggest a topic for this series, you can email with your questions and suggestions.
Mental Health Resources 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 988 or (800) 273-8255
Psychology Today Find a Mindfulness-Trained Therapist 
Active Peace Yoga with Reggie Hubbard
The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman
Mark Epstein Psychiatrist & Author with a Buddhist Lens
Nalanda Institute Contemplative Psychotherapy Program
Express Yourself Black Man Healing Community for Black Men
Black Boys Om Black Boys & Men Healing & Wellness Education
Cloud Sangha Community For Meditation & Wellness
The Trevor Project Support for LGBTQ Mental Health 
Therapy for Black Girls Mental Wellness for Black Women and Girls 
The Friendship Bench Creating Safe Spaces & Community
Hope for Bereaved Grief Support Groups
Option B Grief, Trauma and Loss Support