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A follow-up to my previous post…

September 16, 2019   |   Leave a reply

I’ve said this to dozens of people. To a person, to a person, every one has turned, looked at me, and said, “I don’t mind at all.” This question seems to evoke a moment of softening in everyone I’ve posted it to. Each has made an effort to connect with me, and each time this happens, I calm down. It’s... READ MORE

How can I help?

September 16, 2019   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 1:19 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. Thank you for practicing together! I am delighted that we can sit together. As you have discovered as subscribers to the Open Heart Project newsletter, these weekly videos are almost always preceded by a short talk on something relevant to meditation practice. This week is different. Rather... READ MORE

Faith

September 13, 2019   |   Leave a reply

I figured that making a relationship with the person in charge couldn’t hurt. As she walked away to get him, I realized even in my panic that what she really wanted was for the captain to take his own read on my sanity. I guessed she thought there was a chance I could make this a very long flight for... READ MORE

Do you have problems being consistent with your practice? The cause may not be what you think.

December 4, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 10:32 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. How are you? I hope you are well and feeling happy. Basically everyone I have ever known finds it difficult to be consistent with their practice and, further, basically everyone thinks this is because they lack discipline. I suggest that this is probably not the issue. Before... READ MORE

When you’re committed to kindness, how do you respond to hate? (The one where someone called me a _________ [the b word])

November 27, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 9:17 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. How are you? I hope you are well and feeling happy. In the U.S., this is Thanksgiving weekend. For many of us, this means time with family–which can also mean time with people who make you angry/sad/confused/irritated…triggered. We meditate to practice generosity, patience, and equanimity. How do... READ MORE

How to dispel stressful, scary thoughts + a very special guest speaker

November 13, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 4:58 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. Before today’s meditation, I offer you a suggestion for working with painful thoughts. It is a short, simple exercise you can do anytime, anywhere, on the spot. I use it constantly. Let me know if you try it! This suggestion comes directly from the work of a... READ MORE

Right Speech: Four important choices that turn your words into tiny emissaries of goodness and power.

November 6, 2017   |   4 Comments

The meditation begins at 7:15 Audio only version is here. Hello dear meditators. It is great to see you! In meditation, we bring mindfulness to three aspects of our existence. First, we are mindful of our bodies in the way we establish the meditation posture. Second, we become mindful of breath by allowing our attention to ride the breath. Finally,... READ MORE

How to be more disciplined.

October 30, 2017   |   1 Comment

The meditation begins at 7:09 Audio only version can be found here. Hello and welcome to your practice. It is great to practice together! Before today’s 10-minute sit, I offer you a very simple definition of discipline. Though it is not easy to be disciplined, it is predicated on one very simple gesture that you can make within your own mind.... READ MORE

The Four Immeasurables

September 18, 2017   |   4 Comments

The meditation begins at 8:47 Audio-only version can be downloaded here. Hello to everyone in the Open Heart Project. I am so happy we can practice together. Before this week’s sit, I offer you some thoughts on the four qualities that, according to Buddhist thought, you possess in immeasurable quantity: loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. In this video, I talk... READ MORE

How to create more happiness: Step #6

September 4, 2017   |   4 Comments

The meditation begins at 4:49 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditators. I think you are very brave. I think this because you are willing to look at your mind through the practice of meditation. Thank you. As you may be aware, over the last six weeks, we have looked at each of the six paramitas, or transcendent actions.... READ MORE