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Welcome! I am a NY Times bestselling author, meditation teacher, speaker, and long-time Buddhist practitioner. Whether I’m writing books, leading retreats, or giving keynote presentations, everything I offer is meant to help you apply the profound lessons of this ancient tradition in your life. No one has to be a Buddhist to mine these teachings. They can help you to live a meaningful life, stay steady in a chaotic world, and love with all your heart. Best of all, no new beliefs or weird behaviors are required. In fact, in the Buddhist view, beliefs are considered an obstacle, so no worries on that count. And I will never ask you to wear all white, pretend you’re blissed out, or speak in hushed tones. (Unless you want to!! Smiley face!!)
The place to start is by developing a meditation practice. This is where all the magic begins. Meditation is so much more than a life-hack, y’all. It is a path to love. A way to discover and offer your unique gifts. It leads to lasting transformation. Yes, research shows that meditation can also reduce the stress-hormone cortisol, help you sleep, and generally make your brain happy in a bunch of ways. Thank you for the rad intel, science! But major thanks must also go to 2500 years of extraordinary Buddhist insight into the nature of truth, meaning, and joy. That is that wisdom that is available to you.
I have taught thousands of students in workshops, events, and retreats around the globe. If you want to learn to meditate immediately please sign up for my free meditation newsletter and/or read my book, Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. And PS, my new book,The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships is out now. It’s about bringing mindfulness to relationships.
When you’re ready, come back and join the Open Heart Project Sangha for daily meditations, online gatherings, and the joy of knowing you are part of a worldwide community of honest, soulful, kind renegades with the audacity to bring more love and goodness to the world.
If you’re not sure where to begin, click on “First Time Here?” above and off we go.
Susan is the perfect blend of wisdom, joy, and intuition, equally at home on a spiritual retreat, a large stage or a corporate off-site. Her leadership skills draw people in and leave them feeling they’ve been given not just a valuable body of knowledge, but an experience of how to work with and live into it.
Please join me to learn shamatha meditation (the practice of tranquility) and the three keys to establishing a consistent home practice. Come explore the power and pitfalls of bringing increased awareness to your personal and professional relationships. For all levels.
In addition to plenty of personal writing time, quiet, and the supportive (but non-intrusive!) presence of other writers, this writing retreat will include meditation instruction and discussion of how to create and maintain a practice at home.