The quality that changes everything

Hello, wonderful meditators. Before today’s practice I remind myself (and you) of the simple most important quality to bring to our meditation. This quality changes everything…

With love, Susan

PS I know my hair looks crazy today.

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In which we wish each other well

The Open Heart Project continues to amaze me. We are forming a wonderful community and today’s practice is meant to remind you that you are not practicing alone.

Responses? Do tell.

With love, Susan

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A way to start your day with courage


On days when I feel most afraid or nervous (such days are not infrequent), this brief exercise helps me drop into a place of courage. Use as needed!

Was this helpful? Let me know.

With love, Susan

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A way to deal with stressful, anxious, scary thoughts

Before today’s meditation, a suggestion for working with painful thoughts. It is a short, simple exercise you can do anytime, anywhere, on the spot.

Let me know if you try it!

With love, Susan

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Can I meditate lying down? How about with my eyes open?


I received these questions via email: Can I meditate lying down? How about with my eyes open?

Basically, the questions can also be expanded to include, Do I have to do everything you say? Some thoughts before today’s practice.

Thoughts? Do tell!

With love, Susan

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I want to ask you something


Contemplating this question is a good way to start the day. Share your answer if you like!

Sending love,  Susan

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In which I answer a (vaguely) personal question


How did I know I was a Buddhist?

I sometimes receive this question from a member of the OHP and I’m delighted to offer a (brief) answer. Spoiler alert: it was when I read a book by Chogyam Trungpa in which he said something like (and I paraphrase):

The only spiritual path is your own experience.

This blew my mind and before today’s video I say a bit about why.

What do you think? What do YOU have faith in?

Enjoy your practice! And if you can’t practice today, please enjoy that.

With love, Susan

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Two somewhat magical questions


Here are two questions to ask yourself as you begin your day. They are simple (truly). But they also seem to create some kind of magic.

How would you answer them, today?

If you try it, let me know what you find.

With love,  Susan

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Generosity is the virtue that produces peace


Everyone can agree that generosity is “good.” But it may seem difficult to be generous when we feel that we don’t have enough ourselves. There is a way, however, to be in perpetual contact with a kind of abundance that makes generosity feel like a gesture of power rather than a depleting one. In Buddhist thoughts, there are three forms generosity this generosity can take.

Thoughts? I always love to hear them!

With love, Susan

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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

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