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How to stop suffering: Step #5

July 3, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 10:08 Audio only version is here. Hello, Open Heart Project meditator. It is wonderful to see you! As you may know, I’m walking us through a very broad overview of the Eightfold Path in recent Monday videos. Today we discuss step #5, Right Livelihood. Enjoy! With love, Susan GET FREE WEEKLY MEDITATION VIDEOS The only way to... READ MORE

Meditation is very boring. What am I doing wrong?

June 26, 2017   |   1 Comment

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #18.  I’m really excited to be able to offer this to you. Each week, I will answer a question about spirituality and meditation practice. Please click here to ask me your question. I love, love, love this question from Paula. Thank you, Paula! She has been meditating for several years... READ MORE

How to stop suffering: Step #4

June 26, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 6:00 Audio only version is here. Hello, wonderful Open Heart Project meditator. I am so glad you are here. I’m glad I’m here, too! In the last few weeks, I’ve been walking us through a very broad overview of the Noble Eightfold Path which lays out the eight steps along the path to enlightenment, aka liberation... READ MORE

I find meditation to be irritating! My eyes feel dry and uncomfortable. Can I still get the benefits of wakefulness if I meditate with my eyes closed?

June 19, 2017   |   Leave a reply

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #17.  I’m really excited to be able to offer this to you. Each week, I will answer a question about spirituality and meditation practice. Please click here to ask me your question. Hillary is accustomed to an eyes-open practice (as I teach it). But she finds it very uncomfortable and... READ MORE

How to stop suffering: Step #3

June 19, 2017   |   1 Comment

The meditation begins at 12:46 Audio only version is here. Hello, Open Heart Project meditator. Happy Monday! Or Tuesday or whatever day it may be for you right now. Before today’s meditation, I take us through an overview of the third step along the Buddhist eight-fold path, Right Speech. (In the last two weeks, we looked at step one: Right... READ MORE

How to Stop Suffering: Step #2

June 12, 2017   |   2 Comments

The meditation begins at 8:45 Audio only version is here. Hello, Open Heart Project meditator. If you had a chance to see last week’s video, you know that I am taking us through each of the steps on the 8-fold path. The first step is Right View. To recap simply: Right View means not overlaying our projections onto reality, rather, we see... READ MORE

How and why would anyone become a Buddhist?

June 12, 2017   |   2 Comments

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #16.  I’m really excited to be able to offer this to you. Each week, I will answer a question about spirituality and meditation practice. Please click here to ask me your question. This week’s question is about becoming a Buddhist. The ceremony for doing so is called “taking refuge”. What... READ MORE

How do I know if this practice is “the one”?

June 5, 2017   |   1 Comment

   Welcome to the Ask Susan podcast. This is episode #15.  I’m really excited to be able to offer this to you. Each week, I will answer a question about spirituality and meditation practice. Please click here to ask me your question. Victoria from England is really interested in two different but equally meaningful spiritual practice. How important is it... READ MORE

On being a teacher

June 5, 2017   |   10 Comments

Just back from teaching two retreats in France and am filled with gratitude for the participants and for the great good fortune of being a teacher. Reposting this from 2015 as much of it still stands. I just finished teaching two retreats at Dechen Choling Retreat Center in France, “The Open Heart Retreat” followed by “Fearless Creativity: A Meditation and Writing... READ MORE

How to stop suffering: Step #1

June 5, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 7:48 Audio only version is here. Hello, Open Heart Project meditator! It is great that we can practice together. From a recent survey, I learned that many of you were interested in learning more about Buddhism, which is awesome. I am happy to share some of what I’ve learned over the years as a 20+ year... READ MORE

The Truth About Marriage Vows: Five Promises you Can Keep.

May 31, 2017   |   8 Comments

(Parts of this piece were published previously, but as our wedding anniversary approaches, I felt compelled to update it.) Next month, my partner and I celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. Nineteen years. How the hell did that happen?! As we get ready to celebrate nearly two decades of wedded bliss, (and also of wedded hell, confusion, joy, and mystery), I’ve... READ MORE