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How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 1)

July 6, 2020   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 8:15 Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, excellent meditators. I hope you are well. It is getting more and more intense out there as the pandemic intensifies in some places and lets up in others. And as the demands for change and justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder go on unabated.... READ MORE

Recap: Six Transcendent Actions for Quelling Fear

June 22, 2020   |   Leave a reply

Dear Open Heart Project, Hello again. I hope you are well and feeling strong during this time of difficulty and possibility. When the pandemic began in the US, I chose to communicate with you each week rather than once a month. It was an honor to do so. During that time, I reviewed the six paramitas or “transcendent actions.” Before... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #6

June 15, 2020   |   11 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 14:53 Hello Open Heart Project, Hello, I hope you are well and riding the waves of powerful change with wisdom and compassion for yourself and all beings. A big wish! But, really, the only wish that makes sense right now. I send it to you with all my heart. In early March,... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #5

June 8, 2020   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 21:15 Hello Open Heart Project, Here we sit together, in the midst of a revolution. That is how it looks today. Something healthy has burst its banks, mixed with something poisonous. It is up to each of us to filter, filter, filter, because the poison and the medicine look alike. Still, it... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #4

April 13, 2020   |   2 Comments

Audio only version is here Meditation begins at 14:56 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and safe and that your loved ones are, too. Please stay in touch and let me know how I can be helpful during this unprecedented time. Before this week’s meditation, I offer some thoughts on the fourth paramita (or transcendent action), exertion... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #3

April 6, 2020   |   Leave a reply

Audio only version here Meditation begins at 17:18 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and safely-sheltered, and that your loved ones are as well. We are all riding the waves of uncertainty, feeling everything from fear to gratitude. There is a sense of confinement and also of possibility. It is too early to make sense of anything,... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #2

March 30, 2020   |   Leave a reply

Audio only version here Meditation begins at 12:22 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and staying strong during this very uncertain time. As mentioned last week, I’m returning to sending you a new video each week rather than once a month. At this time, it feels good and right to be in closer contact. Please do let... READ MORE

Buddhist wisdom for quelling fear: Step #1

March 23, 2020   |   2 Comments

Audio only version here Meditation begins at 13:25 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you and your loved ones are faring well during this uncertain time. Please be sure to take excellent care of yourself, as best you can. Whenever possible, send out wishes for the health and well being of those healthcare workers and first responders who are putting... READ MORE

Meditation Question 3: Eyes Open?

January 28, 2020   |   Leave a reply

I’m happy to answer your questions about meditation and spiritual practice. This question comes from Mary Lee who asks, “I know I am not alone in having trouble keeping my eyes open during meditation and I do want to do it correctly. I do a lot of Yoda Nidra and body scans and they are done with eyes closed. Any... READ MORE

Meditation Question 2: Meditation and panic attacks? Can it help?

January 15, 2020   |   Leave a reply

I’m so happy to discuss your questions about meditation and spirituality. If you want to ask one, let me know in comments. I will do what I can to help. This question is from Faith, who asks: I have a history of anxiety and moderate to severe panic attacks. Anything you can offer to assist with these feelings would be... READ MORE

Meditation Question 1: Anxious Moments

January 10, 2020   |   Leave a reply

This week’s question is from Roxana: “Can you provide meditations on how to obtain tranquility/calmness/serenity in anxious moments.” . If you’d like me to answer your questions about meditation, please email your question to me. xo Susan