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Magic is real. Here’s how I know: Part 2

March 31, 2024   |   6 Comments

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Hello, I hope you are well! Last week, I mentioned that there were three steps we could take to keep our practice firmly rooted in the realm of the spiritual–the mysterious, the sacred, the deeply personal–rather than the realm of self-help which can turn quite aggressive. Our practice is so powerful, but the real scope is glimpsed only when we... READ MORE

Magic is real. Here’s how I know.

March 25, 2024   |   39 Comments

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Hello wonderful sangha, A long time ago, I was talking to my own meditation teacher (of now more than 30 years) about how to create an environment that invites the magic of transformation. Like most meditation teachers, I want to help you go beyond whatever your current challenges may be. To do so, you have to see something you have... READ MORE

The connection between meditation and creativity

March 18, 2024   |   1 Comment

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Dear, wonderful Open Heart Project, Before today’s meditation, I offer a few thoughts about the connection between creativity and meditation. I find that one is very difficult without the other! If you want to explore this topic further, please think about joining me in Austin, TX May 22-26 for a meditation and writing retreat. We’ll spend 4 full days practicing... READ MORE

More than self-help, meditation is a path to love

March 11, 2024   |   12 Comments

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Dear, wonderful Open Heart Project, When the benefits of meditation are discussed, the word “science” comes up a lot. Yay! Love science! Thank you science for proving how awesome meditation is! Your data rules!  However, this ancient practice is so much more than a life hack for less stress and more happiness (both of which are fantastic). It is actually... READ MORE

Love After Heartbreak

March 4, 2024   |   Leave a reply

Hello Open Heart Project, Since The Wisdom of a Broken Heart came out, I’ve had the honor of speaking with many people who are meeting this incredibly difficult life passage with courage and tenderness. We talk about the endless waves of grief, fear, and rage and how one could possibly weather them. We talk about the valuable, hard-won heart opening that can... READ MORE

How our practice can help with a broken heart (Part 3)

February 26, 2024   |   5 Comments

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Dear, wonderful Open Heart Project, I have three basic suggestions for how Buddhist wisdom can help with heartbreak. Two weeks ago, we talked about the first step which involves figuring out how to work with your racing or clouded mind. Last week, I made suggestions for working with the overwhelming energy of the heart. This week, I share some thoughts... READ MORE

How our practice can help with a broken heart (Part 2)

February 19, 2024   |   5 Comments

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Dear, wonderful Open Heart Project, I have three basic suggestions for how Buddhist wisdom can help with heartbreak. Last week we talked about the first step which involves figuring out how to work with your racing or clouded mind. This week, I make suggestions for working with the overwhelming energy of the heart which, when shattered or upset, overflows with... READ MORE

How our practice can help with a broken heart (Part 1)

February 12, 2024   |   6 Comments

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Dear, wonderful Open Heart Project, Many years ago, I wrote a book called The Wisdom of a Broken Heart about how Buddhist wisdom helped me with my own broken heart. I get emails and messages about the impact of this book more than anything I have ever written. I am gratified to know it is useful. (Last year, I updated... READ MORE

Four ways to react to the situations we encounter

February 5, 2024   |   8 Comments

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Dear, wonderful Open Heart Project, Hello, I hope you are well and finding sources of peace within yourself and around yourself. Did you know that within the OHP there is something called the Open Heart Project Sangha? We explore a different theme each month and recently that theme was something called the Four Karmas which describe four different ways to... READ MORE

This post is a little different–it’s about me and how I became a meditator

January 29, 2024   |   12 Comments

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Dear, wonderful Open Heart Project, Thank you so much for being a part of this amazing, beautiful meditation community. Together, we are building something very special–a meditation community based on dharma without dogma.  Over the years, some of you have expressed an interest in my personal journey: how I came to the path, what motivated me, and so on. Before... READ MORE

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