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Mommysattva: Contemplations for Mothers Who Meditate (or Wish They Could)

September 7, 2021   |   1 Comment

A few years ago, the Open Heart Project began publishing books specifically for YOU. We realized that traditional publishers may not be speaking to you as directly as we could–because we are in direct communication! It only made sense to publish works we knew you would be interested in. The first book we published was my own, The Four Noble... READ MORE

The Three Stages of the Spiritual Journey: Stage One

September 6, 2021   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 23:15. Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, I hope you are well and feeling strong during this time of uncertainty and possibility. Why do those things always have to go together?! RHETORICAL. When it comes to our spiritual practices (whatever they may be), both uncertainty and possibility are always present so in some... READ MORE

7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #7

August 23, 2021   |   12 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 14:05. Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so glad you are signed up for this video series: The Seven Qualities of the Dharmic Person. The first quality, passionlessness, was discussed here. The second, contentment, can be found here. The third, fewer activities, is here, the fourth, good conduct, is here and the fifth,... READ MORE

7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #6

August 9, 2021   |   16 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 13:48. Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so glad you are signed up for this video series: The Seven Qualities of the Dharmic Person. The first quality, passionlessness, was discussed here. The second, contentment, can be found here. The third, fewer activities, is here the fourth, good conduct, is here and the fifth,... READ MORE

7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #5

July 26, 2021   |   18 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 13:06. Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so glad you are signed up for this video series: The Seven Qualities of the Dharmic Person. The first quality, passionlessness, was discussed here. The second, contentment, can be found here. The third, fewer activities, is here and the fourth, good conduct, is here. Now we... READ MORE

7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #4

July 12, 2021   |   21 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 14:09. Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so glad you are signed up for this video series: The Seven Qualities of the Dharmic Person. The first quality, passionlessness, was discussed here. The second, contentment, can be found here. The third, fewer activities, is here. This week, we come to the fourth quality, good... READ MORE

7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #3

June 28, 2021   |   16 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 16:14. Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so glad you are signed up for this video series: The Seven Qualities of the Dharmic Person. Today we discuss the third quality. The first quality, passionlessness, was discussed here. The second, contentment, can be found here. This third quality is called fewer activities.┬áIt seems that... READ MORE

7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #2

June 14, 2021   |   29 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 12:40. Dear Open Heart Project, Hello! I hope you are well and feeling a return to a bigger and more beautiful normalcy. Whatever normal means! This video is the second in our new series, “The Seven Qualities of the Dharmic Person” (aka you). These qualities arise organically from our meditation practice. The... READ MORE

7 Qualities of the Dharmic Person: #1

June 1, 2021   |   17 Comments

Audio-only version of talk is here and audio-only version of meditation is here. Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, I hope you are well! I’m so delighted to offer you the first video in our new series: The Seven Qualities of the Dharmic Person. As you may know (or will discover if you are new to meditation), a consistent practice not... READ MORE

From Susan: Advice for Building a Powerful Practice

May 17, 2021   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 17:10. Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, it is lovely to see you. If you recently completed my 8-week series on the Noble Eightfold Path, thank you! I really appreciate your attention, feedback, comments, and excellent questions. If you missed it, you can find the whole series here. So much of what I... READ MORE

Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Eight)

April 26, 2021   |   17 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 9:07. Dear Open Heart Project, Welcome to the 8th video in our 8 video series! In this series, we have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort and Right Concentration. Let me say right up front that I messed up the sequence. Right Concentration is... READ MORE

Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Seven)

April 12, 2021   |   28 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 22:17. Dear Open Heart Project, Hello, I hope you are well and finding some more space and calm in your life. Today, I share some thoughts on the 7th step on the noble eightfold path, Right Concentration. I find this has much more to do with flow than anything else. Please have... READ MORE