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The only thing you need to accomplish all your aspirations is this.

November 30, 2020   |   3 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 8:50 Dear Open Heart Project, This is a time of year when thoughts naturally turn to change. One year (brutal and unprecedented) is coming to a close. The ground has been shaken by illness, political power grabs, and societal reckonings, long overdue. It has been painful, certainly. So much has been shaken... READ MORE

The warrior’s greatest weapon is this

November 23, 2020   |   25 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 14:23. Dear Open Heart Project, Hello. I hope you are well and feeling strong and safe. Please take good care of yourself! Before this week’s practice, I share with you what I consider the warrior’s greatest weapon: speech. As with any powerful weapon, it can cause great harm or create tremendous protection.... READ MORE

More tools for the spiritual warrior

November 15, 2020   |   9 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 8:23 Dear Open Heart Project, This is a time for warriors to step forward! I’m talking about you. As someone who is willing to work with their mind and expand their connection to stillness, you are automatically qualified. Recent posts have discussed the warrior’s presence and qualities. They are broken-hearted. They are... READ MORE

This is the heart of spiritual warriorship

November 9, 2020   |   2 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 9:20 Dear Open Heart Project, Well, what a week it has been. Whether or not you live in the USA, so much hope and fear has been resting on the election here and all the issues connected to it: healing from a pandemic, restoring justice, mitigating centuries of systemic racism, and helping... READ MORE

How to be a spiritual warrior (spoiler alert: you already know how)

November 2, 2020   |   24 Comments

Audio-only version is here Meditation practice begins at 10:16 Hello there, This email is being sent the day before the elections in the United States. Though many of you don’t live in the US, there is some sense, I imagine, that this day could be momentous for the world. Whether you are connected to this specific election or not, there... READ MORE

Four steps to restore balance in your self and the world: Equanimity (4)

October 26, 2020   |   6 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 5:59 Hello there, This week, we review the last of the four immeasurable qualities: equanimity. We’ve already spoken about the first three: ┬áLoving kindness and Compassion and Sympathetic Joy. The final “immeasurable” is the all-important equanimity. The first three have a very distinct sense of warmth while equanimity can convey something cooler... READ MORE

Four steps to restore balance in your self and the world: Sympathetic Joy (3)

October 19, 2020   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 9:36 Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, my friends. I hope you are staying strong and feeling well during this very intense time. I send you my love! This week, we review the third of the four immeasurable qualities: sympathetic joy. We’ve already spoken about the first two: ┬áLoving kindness ad Compassion. Next... READ MORE

Four steps to restore balance in your self and the world: Compassion (2)

October 12, 2020   |   12 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 6:23 Hello you wonderful person, This week we continue our exploration of the Four Immeasurables, those four qualities we each possess without end. Last week, we discussed the first, loving kindness. Please click on this video for thoughts on the second immeasurable quality, compassion. Love, Susan P.S. Please join me at The... READ MORE

Four steps to restore balance in your self and the world: Lovingkindness (1)

October 5, 2020   |   19 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 17:00 Hello there, I hope you are well and staying strong. This week begins a four-part series to examine the Four Immeasurables, those four qualities that can help us right the balance of our inner, outer, and secret worlds. Please have a listen to this week’s talk on the first, Lovingkindness. As... READ MORE

How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 8)

September 28, 2020   |   21 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 4:19 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well, staying strong, and feeling connected to those who can support you. Today’s email brings us to the end of our exploration of the noble eightfold path–but not to the end of our conversations! Next week, we’ll begin a discussion of the Four... READ MORE

How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 7)

September 21, 2020   |   7 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 9:21 Hello there, I hope you are well and finding ways to stay strong and balanced. This week, we look at the 7th step on the noble 8-fold path, Right Mindfulness. Here, “mindfulness” has less to do with being a good meditator and more to do with the ability to ride the... READ MORE

How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 6)

September 14, 2020   |   9 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 11:41 Hello wonderful Open Heart Project. Today, I want to share with you a few thoughts about the 6th step on Buddhism’s noble eight-fold path, Right Effort. No one has to be a Buddhist to take advantage of these very down-to-earth and rich insights. Please have a listen and let me hear... READ MORE