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

Audio-only version can be downloaded here.

10 MINUTE SIT, FULLY GUIDED

10 MINUTE SIT, NO INSTRUCTION

5 MINUTE SITE, NO INSTRUCTION

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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

Audio-only version can be downloaded here.

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

 

Audio-only version can be downloaded here.

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.

What does it mean to be “non-attached?”

A non-subtitled version is below.

Often, Buddhism is said to counsel non-attachment. Because all phenomena arise, abide, and dissolve, if we become too attached to, well, anything, our suffering will increase.

This is often associated with not caring or being super cool and removed. Actually, it means the opposite. Before we sit today, I explain.

Enjoy!

Love,
Susan

Audio-only version can be downloaded here.

When the Tibetan Buddhist was mugged at Port Authority

Hello, dear meditators. Before we practice together today, I tell you a story that taught me something important about working with anger and loss.

Sending love,  Susan

Audio-only version can be downloaded here.

Will meditation make you more peaceful?

Yes! And no. Please check today’s pre-meditation talk for more thoughts on how both of these things can be true.

I always love to hear from you, so please feel free to share your reactions.

Love,
Susan

Audio-only version can be downloaded here.

The Most Important Question

What did Albert Einstein say was the most important decision we each must make? And what does that have to do with meditation? Before today’s sit, we consider these points.

Thoughts? Love to hear them.

Enjoy!

Love, Susan

 

Audio-only version can be downloaded here.