SUSAN’S
Blog

Beliefnet Videos

October 16, 2007   |   Leave a reply

Some months ago, Beliefnet taped me giving a few short (5 mins) talks on various topics: Becoming Fearless Loving Yourself Spiritual Discipline Healing a Broken Heart What is Meditation?

Melancholy Music

October 15, 2007   |   10 Comments

Yesterday, Duncan and I were talking about what qualified a song as melancholy. Melancholy is not quite sadness. It seems to also include an element of longing, even of sweetness. As an enneagram 4, I feel eminently qualified to compose a melancholy playlist. (For more about the enneagram–and my obsessive interest in it, click here.) And so I did, and... READ MORE

Best Advice. Ever.

October 12, 2007   |   2 Comments

What I was told when I e-mailed a friend with a question about some reading he suggested: Yes, you understand the reading instructions clearly. Go slow, absorb, contemplate, be confused, discover enlightenment. Pretty much applicable in all situations.

Books on Meditation & Creativity

October 9, 2007   |   Leave a reply

Mary (who commented on this post) asked about books or articles about meditation and writing. Here are some suggestions: In terms of readings, there really is nothing specifically about meditation and writing. That said The Zen of Creativity by John Daido Loori is a wonderful book about Buddhist practice and creativity. Also, Dharma Art by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche is wonderful,... READ MORE

6 Billion Trillion Miles of Emptiness: "This is incredibly important for something where there is nothing to it," says retired NASA astronomer

October 5, 2007   |   2 Comments

Source Associated Press Friday, August 24, 2007 WASHINGTON — Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. That’s got them scratching their heads about what’s just not there. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years across of nothing. That’s an... READ MORE

Singing Sweet Songs in Darkness

October 5, 2007   |   2 Comments

The lonely child who travels through The fearful waste and desolate fields, And listens to their barren tune, Greets as an unknown and best friend The terror in him, and he sings In darkness all the sweetest songs. —Chögyam Trungpa from “The Silent Song of Loneliness” in Mudra: Early Poems and Songs Relationships are lonely. Even good ones. My relationship... READ MORE

ocean of dharma

October 1, 2007   |   Leave a reply

got this today from ocean of dharma which delivers a quote a day from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. i received tremendous heart from these words and hope you will too. TO SUBSCRIBE visit following link: http://OceanofDharma.com [Chogyam Trungpa escaped from Tibet in 1959, having witnessed extensive destruction and death when the communist Chinese took over the country. He reflected on this... READ MORE

humans are human

September 24, 2007   |   4 Comments

Mother Theresa’s Crisis of Faith anyone with thoughts and longings such as these must have attained a very high level of realization. when i read about her struggles, it gives me more faith. thank you, Mother Theresa.

once i had a broken heart. it was awful.

September 15, 2007   |   35 Comments

This is my story. What’s yours? Buddhism gives a unique perspective on relating to a broken heart. Of course, there are broken hearts and then there are broken hearts. No matter how much losing other relationships may have made you cry, there are some endings that transcend everything you’ve ever known about pain. If you’ve had such a heartbreak, you... READ MORE

3 things that help with fear

September 12, 2007   |   2 Comments

Typically the suggestions to fight fear are based on confrontation. But this doesn’t always work, especially for women. Actually, men too. Here are three alternatives to “fight or flight” that you may not have thought of. 1. Hang out with your friends. It’s no accident that you feel better after a long chat with your best friend. Connecting with others... READ MORE