How to Be Happy – Step One

April 1, 2019 | 17 Comments | FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites

Meditation begins at 14:35
Audio only is here.

Hello, dear meditator. In the Buddhist view, happiness comes from connecting with the endless richness of your heart and living every moment from that sense of personal wealth. Unhappiness results from confusion about your immeasurable resources, from feeling poverty-stricken when in fact you are absurdly wealthy.

The six paramitas (or perfections) name the treasures which unerringly lead to joy for yourself and others. Today we look at the first of them, generosity. We will examine each of the others over the next five weeks.

I’m so excited to share these teachings with you. They have the power to change your life.

Love, Susan


  • Posted by:  Annie Thorp

    Dear Susan, Thank you beyond measure for staying alive after your terrible accident. You have touched so many lives while sharing your heartfelt and wise dharmic wisdom. You inspire me to be better than I am without admonition. With gentleness and fierceness, you are a thoughtful and brilliant teacher. Huge gratitude and a bow to you.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You inspire me too, Annie. Love, S

  • Posted by:  Kathleen Herguth

    Touched by your haircut example. Great reminder how generous simple acts of kindness can be!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      It was a truly wonderful gift she gave me.

  • Posted by:  Emily

    Thank you Susan for the insightful talk and meditation! Listening to you helped me set my intention for the day.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So happy to practice with you, Emily.

  • Posted by:  Cate

    Thanks, Susan, for your wonderful energy and humor, which imbue the wisdom of these teachings — and many others — with such warmth. Appreciating and bowing to you from Colorado today.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Big hug!

  • Posted by:  Kevin J Waters

    Hi Susan,the 6 Paramitas, remind me often of the Guiding forces of being a Spiritual being in a Human Form,enabling us /me to live rich rewarding life, Generosity of open mindedness Giving of one’s self, without judgment. Your story shows both the material, and the gift of Generosity of self, (sometimes self is what we Protect the most), My day usually starts with a moment of recognizing the Generosity, of another day. waking up, when many thought it was over, I slowly began to understand Gratitude, and finally “Generosity” By the Practice of Open mindedness, Open Heartfelt Kindness, this practice of the “open heart project” I’m Reminded, &, Thankful !

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I too am thankful! Glad we can practice it all together. <3 Susan

  • Posted by:  N

    Hi Susan,
    Thank you for this meditation practice and for sharing your wisdom with us.
    I liked hearing about the hair cut story.
    I think this was one of my favourite meditation session. I particularly enjoyed the piece about ‘silence’ and also about giving what is needed.

    Thank you,
    Take care of yourself.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad you enjoyed, Nadia! Thanks for practicing with me. xo S

  • Posted by:  Sandra Stefan

    I am very grateful to the open heart project. I lost my mother, brother, father and my husband of 35 years all in a span of 5 months My husband passed May 15, 2018. This practice has helped me work through my grief and PTSD. I am kinder and more patient with myself as well as being more open to grace. Thank you. 🙏🏻

  • Posted by:  Karen Swanson

    Susan – what is the origin of this lovely story of the king, the boatman and the shepherd? I love it! xox

  • Posted by:  Lucy A Ackland

    I tried to view this but the sound was to weak for me to hear much.
    I watched your gestures thinking I might learn something. Too bad
    for me. I’ll just return to reading your “Start Here Now”. It’ll have
    to do for now.


  • Posted by:  Elaine

    Thankyou ❤️

  • Posted by:  Lloyd Hansen

    I had a long-term partner who passed on just over two years ago. She had type I diabetes for 55 years and MS for about 14 as well as various other physical maladies over her 67 years yet she was one of the most joyful people I have ever known, truly grateful for each day and most generous with her joy and kindness. One of her teachings that I greatly appreciate is that some of the greatest gifts come in really ugly packages: she saw that her physical limitations made her a much gentler and more compassionate person and never bemoaned them. I would expect that there were some gifts (beyond the haircut) in your car accident.
    Thank you for the teachings and the time to sit together.

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