Set your intention for the day and rejoice whether you accomplish it or not

The meditation begins at 2:51.
Before today’s practice, I share with you a few short lines from the great teacher, Pema Chodron. With very few words, she offers brilliant instruction for how to begin and end your day with joy. EnJOY!

Love,
Susan

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Who would you be without that thought?


The meditation begins at 2:43.

Hello, excellent Open Heart Project people! I hope your week is off to a great start.

The visionary author Byron Katie suggests that we ask ourselves four questions about things that upset us and they are amazingly helpful! The first question alone has the power to change things. It is: Who would I be without that thought? Try it out! “I hate my job.” Who would I be without that thought? “I’m scared about my finances.” Who would I be without that thought?  “No one likes me.” Who would I be without that thought?

Even though it is quite simple, taking a moment to imagine how you would feel minus this ONE thought creates a sense of spaciousness and possibility. And after all, no matter how dire, even your most treacherous thought is just, well, a thought.

Of course your meditation practice teaches you exactly how to examine your thoughts and, when you wish to, to let them go.

Love,
Susan

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On 9/11…and 9/12


The meditation begins at 11:39.

Hello, wonderful meditators. In today’s video, I talk for a bit longer than usual before our meditation. If you’d like to skip right to the practice, please do! As shown above, it begins at 11:39.

Today is the anniversary of 9/11 and I felt moved to share with you a story about where I was–on 9/12. I may have been the only person who decided to go into NYC on that day. In my story, I explain what happened.

Thoughts?

With great hope for humanity,  Susan

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Your mind is like the sky


The meditation begins at 2:40.

Hello, wonderful meditators. It is great to see you after an end-of-the-summer hiatus. I hope you are well and excited about entering a new season.

Before today’s practice, I offer you a few thoughts on the vast and accommodating space of your own mind. There is nothing, nothing, your mind cannot hold and work with. So if this is a particularly difficult or stressful time, I hope you’ll find that this way of looking at things provides a bit of relief. And if it is not, yay! Remember this should such a time arise.

Love,
Susan

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It’s ok to be negative

NOTE: The Open Heart Project will be on hiatus until September 8. Please refer to this blog for past videos you may have missed or would like to repeat, OR here are some no-frills meditation videos I suggest you use in the meantime. Enjoy the end of summer/winter (depending on your hemisphere)!

Hello and welcome to your meditation practice! It is very common to think that negative thoughts can harm you and you shouldn’t think them. I disagree. Before today’s meditation, I explain why! Hint: your mind is vast…

Today’s practice lives here.

Love,

Susan

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10 MINUTE SIT, FULLY GUIDED

10 MINUTE SIT, NO INSTRUCTION

5 MINUTE SITE, NO INSTRUCTION

PS Please enjoy watching how my hair has been growing out. ;-)

In which I make a request of you.

My request: to remember that what you do matters. Your practice is important. Before today’s sit, a short reminder…

Love, Susan

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Note: The meditation begins at 1:23 in the video.

Meditation and Strong Emotions

Hello and welcome to your meditation practice. Today we will sit together for 10 minutes.

It can happen sometimes that while you are meditating, a strong feeling of some sort arises. It could be grief or anger and it might even bring you to tears. What should you do? Should you just let go and try to focus on breath? Well, maybe. Today’s video offers some options.

I am always interested in what you think. Your comments and questions are most welcome.

Thank you!

Susan

 

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The Dharma of Depression: a podcast

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In this podcast, drawn from a talk in the Spring of 2014 at the New York Shambhala Center, Susan discusses the intelligence of depression, how to differentiate depression from sadness, and how depression can become a part of your spiritual path.

The Importance of Non-Aggression

Hello, dear meditators. The world is a crazy place and it is really easy to see enemies and threats wherever we look. While we must protect ourselves and stand up for justice, aggression only–ever, ever, ever–leads to more aggression. The entire scope of recorded human history is my witness. Then what? Before today’s sit, a few small thoughts on this gigantic topic.

With love and great hopes for peacefulness, Susan

Audio-only version can be downloaded here.

The Power of Ordinariness

We all live complicated lives and have worries, losses, and uncertainty. We work harder and harder to make these difficulties go away–and that can be fruitful sometimes. But at other times we are just beating ourselves up. What to do? Before today’s practice, I offer a suggestion.

With love and great hopes for your ease and peacefulness, Susan

Audio-only version can be downloaded here.