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The 2nd and 3rd Noble Truths of Love

June 4, 2018   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 4:40. Audio only version is here. Hello dear Open Heart Project meditator. It is great to see you. I always say that because it is always true! And if you’re new to the OHP, welcome, welcome. I thank you for joining this wonderful community of mindfulness practitioners. Recent meditations have had the theme of love and... READ MORE

The Four Noble Truths of Love: Truth #1

May 28, 2018   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 5:04. Audio only version is here. Hello wonderful Open Heart Project. It is always wonderful to see you and to practice together! Before today’s sit, I share with you a bit from my upcoming book, The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships. In this video I talk about the first noble truth of... READ MORE

The smartest thing I ever heard anyone say about love.

May 23, 2018   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 6:05. Audio only version is here. Hello wonderful meditator. Before today’s sit, I tell you the smartest thing I ever heard anyone say about love–and what this all has to do with our meditation practice. Enjoy! Love, Susan

My new book, “The Four Noble Truths of Love,” is coming soon…

May 15, 2018   |   6 Comments

…and I could not be more excited. Can’t wait to share it with you. I hope you will find it inspiring, useful, and real. It is about what it really takes to open your heart in a love relationship. We are self-publishing this, y’all. I wrote this book for us specifically. Every single decision that has gone into creating it... READ MORE

Love and Attachment

February 13, 2018   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 6:00. Audio only version is here. Hello and welcome to your meditation practice. This week is the week of Valentine’s Day here in the western world–a day anticipated by some and dreaded by others. In all cases, love is real! Today’s talk is about attachment. If spiritual people prize non-attachment, how do they fall in love,... READ MORE

The Truth About Marriage Vows: Five Promises you Can Keep.

May 31, 2017   |   8 Comments

(Parts of this piece were published previously, but as our wedding anniversary approaches, I felt compelled to update it.) Next month, my partner and I celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. Nineteen years. How the hell did that happen?! As we get ready to celebrate nearly two decades of wedded bliss, (and also of wedded hell, confusion, joy, and mystery), I’ve... READ MORE

Buddhism and Relationships: Eight Qualities of Love

May 15, 2017   |   3 Comments

Even though Buddhism is often associated with ascetic practices done by people in robes, as a 20+ year practitioner, it has been useful to apply core Buddhist teachings to my love life. Buddhist practice and study were helpful when I fell in love, got my heart broken, and, now, in marriage. In a recent post, I offered a way to... READ MORE

Buddhism and Relationships: The Four Noble Truths of Love

May 5, 2017   |   5 Comments

Earlier this week, I posted about applying the wisdom of Buddhism to romantic relationships. Is it even possible? Advisable? As a Buddhist and a wife, I would say yes. Relationships have periods of closeness and distance and no one can really tell you what governs their coming and going. It’s a mystery. During one such period of distance with my... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for relationships.

May 2, 2017   |   6 Comments

My 19th wedding anniversary is coming up next month. HOLY CRAP. I never in a million years imagined that I would be with one person for this long. Our marriage has been more than I could have hoped for but nothing I would ever have expected. Like most of us, when I was young, I dreamed of finding the right relationship.... READ MORE

Renunciation and the Church of Magical Eating

February 21, 2017   |   1 Comment

When you think of spirituality, you might call to mind a framework or set of rules that show you the way to inner peace, to end your suffering (and possibly even avoid death), is to be good. On the darker end of the spectrum, however, behavior is often driven by a fear of consequences (of not following the rules), an... READ MORE

Just You and Me

January 21, 2017   |   Leave a reply

Since the presidential election, I have felt called to do more. To get involved with organizations that stand for the values I hold dear, to call my elected officials to give them a piece of my mind (or at least read one of the suggested scripts from Facebook), to march and rail and educate myself about my own ignorance and... READ MORE