January 9, 2023   |   16 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 11:00.

Dear Open Heart Project,

Hello and welcome to a new year. It is a delight to practice meditation with you. Before today’s 10-minute sit, I share some thoughts about what we are really doing when we practice meditation. Spoiler alert: It’s not about self-improvement! Or fixing anything! It’s way better than that.

At the end of the video, I invite you to join the Open Heart Project sangha to connect more closely with me and other practitioners and find countless resources to support you on your journey. There is more info here. It would be great to see you there.

Wishing you peace in the new year and always.

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Paul

    Have I been forever oblivious? Like 10,000 kalpas worth? (Okay, yes, clearly…) The deeply knowledgable Susan Piver, who slapped the “I’m-an-Instant-Buddha” BS out of me during our two one-on-one Meditation Instructor sessions years ago, appears for real. (Did she just transmogrify before my eyes? Why do I suddenly want crazy hair?) I’ve forwarded this recording to all aspiring Buddhas I know. Wow. The true, undistilled gen. Happy New Year indeed. Thank you, Susan.

    Shantih Shantih Shantih

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Paul, this made me laugh so hard!!! And our meditation instructor sessions were fantastic and I hope your practice is going well and beyond well. Now on to the crazy hair!! Send pics!! Much love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Lisa

    Thanks for reminding me that I won’t get better at this… and I love the crazy hair!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      we all need this reminder! and occasionally some crazy hair. xoxo S

  • Posted by:  Martha Carnahan

    “The technique is not the practice. The technique sets up the practice, which is you being you.”

    Susan, you and your hair are blowing my mind this morning! And I thank you.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      My hair and I thank YOU for these words! With love, S

  • Posted by:  Karen Swanson

    I LOVE your ‘crazy’ hair! It’s free! It’s expressive! It’s lively and curly! It’s beautiful – just like you.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Awwww Karen, thank you! My hair hanks you, too.
      Here’s to free and lively women everywhere! Especially you. xo S

  • Posted by:  Amy Oliff

    Your hair looks great!
    Thank you for this, , perfect reminders about our practice .

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thanks, Amy!! Always great to practice with you. Love, S

  • Posted by:  Esther Schoem

    Susan, you make me laugh, you make me cry. I’m so glad to start the day, the year with you. Thank you for my Circle – they help me keep it all together. You spelled it out so clearly and simply today. And it takes courage to cut your long hair. Bravo for you and your short hair! I love it!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thanks, Esther! So very glad our paths cross and cross some more in the OHP. So happy to practice with you. Love, S

  • Posted by:  Betsy Loeb

    Dear Susan, Thank you for this reminder that we are not our hair!! BTW, I love your hair!!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Haha! And thank you! Love always, S

  • Posted by:  Margit

    Your teachings and your messages have given me so many tools to bring into the world outside of my practice and meditation. The way you bring your wisdom and knowledge is definitive, and yet you encourage me to look at all possibilities.

    And–I love your hair!

    Thank you for the blessings you bring us. Margit

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So happy to read this, Margit! All of it. THANK YOU. Love, S

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