The Open Heart Project: Online meditation instruction and moreMarch 5, 2011 | 38 Comments
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Happy New Year!
Today is Tibetan Buddhist New Year and a great day to start fresh and celebrate the fact that you exist. Come to think of it, every day is worthy of such celebration–and nothing creates the quality of a fresh start more than meditation practice. With each breath, you begin again and all things are possible.
If you’ve been looking for a meditation instructor, I would like to volunteer. I’ve created a series of videos and resources to help you get started. You can find them on my blog in the coming days. I’ll also be sending a short daily email offering encouragement, support, and insight about how to bring the mind of meditation into all areas of your life. (If you’re signed up for my newsletter, you’ll get these emails. If this seems like too much, you can opt out, below. And if you know others who might enjoy this, they can sign up here.)
Meditation is an antidote to the speed, anxiety, and overwhelm that we contend with day after day, hour after hour. Also, perhaps surprisingly, it provides a counterbalance to another potent 21st century malady: self-doubt and the fear that lies behind it.
The reason I am so certain it works this way is because I’ve seen the impact on my own life (now for over 15 years) and since becoming a meditation instructor in 2005, on the lives of my students. Although there are many profound explanations, it is still a bit of a mystery to me how this incredibly simple (but not easy) practice leads to meaning, authenticity, joy, and goodness—but it seems to. In addition to imparting the quality of inner stability, meditation teaches you who you already are, and this–not some grand gesture of invincibility–neutralizes terror and hesitation. You can live your life, finally.
I often hear from people who want to learn to meditate, but don’t live near a meditation center and I volunteer to teach them myself via Skype. But I’ve sort of maxed out on the number I can work with directly, so I’ve created this way of teaching virtually, through meditation videos, daily (M-F) short emails, and connection with a community of fellow practitioners. I hope it will serve.
It is my sincere hope to help everyone on earth develop a meditation practice. (Why think small?) When terror and hesitation are neutralized, hatred and aggression are too. Our hearts open. The world becomes a manifestation of our goodness rather than our fear. Therefore I’m calling this The Open Heart Project.
Are you ready? Meditation will change your world. Then we can change the world. There is no question.
This explains my view of meditation (3:47)
To begin: try this 10 minute guided meditation instruction. Am working on uploading 5-, 20-, 40-, and 60- minute sessions.
Questions?! Post in comments.
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