Why do I find it so difficult to meditate every day?

March 11, 2019 | 6 Comments | FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites

The meditation begins at 11:48
Audio only version is here.

Hello, dear meditator,

Probably the most frequent question I hear from you guys is, “Why am I so bad at showing up for my meditation practice?” In this video, I try to offer some advice about what may be missing. Spoiler alert: it is not self-discipline.

It turns out we need three components to keep our practice consistent. However, we usually only think about one of them. The other two are right at your fingertips!

With love, Susan


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  • Posted by:  Johanna

    It makes so much sense that taking refuge is committing to something we already are doing and feeling.
    Love your kitty, I have a cat too, and he greets me every morning when I wake up. I’m always amazed by the beauty of his lines and by his sweetness. It’s a nice way to start the day

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Agreed on all counts! xo S

  • Posted by:  Gail

    Dear Susan –
    I echo Johanna’s sentiment, re: “committing to something we already are doing and feeling.” I immediately felt a warm wave of “YES” wash over me at this point, which was reassuring to me.

    My longstanding concern with taking formal vows of refuge is that my commitment has to “look” or be a certain way: eg, I have to shave my head; or agree with everything Buddhism espouses – and if I don’t, then I’m not “really” a Buddhist.

    I am signed up for the Intro to the Open Heart Path, and look forward to exploring these thoughts further.
    Thank you for this talk –

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Gail, so glad you’re signed up for the OHP path course. Perfect venue to discuss it all. But you have to shave your head first. HAHAHA!! Just kidding. xoxo S

  • Posted by:  Reb

    Hi Susan
    I have been participating in your weekly meditation for about a year and today is the first time I was able to listen to the whole thing without it pausing somewhere along the line, often more than once. Yay!! I love the practice of being able to take refuge in this sangha it has certainly been powerful and unique . Thank you.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      so glad it worked and so happy we are practicing together! with love, s

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