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 themselves on the line for the rest of us without adequate support or personal protection equipment. And while you’re at it, do anything else you can to support their efforts. While staying home…

I’m sending you a 10-minute guided meditation which I hope will give you a chance to rest your mind. Before the sit (which starts at 13:25 so skip ahead to that part if you’d like), I offer some thoughts on the first of the six paramitas or transcendent actions. What do these actions help us to transcend? Chaos, anger, sorrow, and fear. That is how powerful they are. At the same time, they are very ordinary.

The first paramita is generosity. During times of uncertainty, it is easy to lose track of your capacity for generosity. There is a danger that our minds will shrink and become concerned only with self. Of course we should each be very concerned and very practical about how we take care of ourselves and our loved ones. No one has to be a martyr. But this is also a time when we need each other more than ever.

There are 3 ways to demonstrate generosity and I mention a bit about each in this talk.

Next week, I’ll send you a new meditation with a short talk about the second paramita, discipline.

The Open Heart Project is offering four live meditation gatherings per day, Monday – Friday. The details are here. (The third meditation each day is in Spanish.) Open to all. Please forward to anyone you think may benefit.

Let me hear how you are doing and what I can do to help.

With much love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Sarah Butler

    Hi Susan
    I heard you interviewed by Elise on the Mindful Project and I loved listening to you. I’ve joined your Open Heart Project and simply wanted to say thank you for your generosity. You’re sharing everything for free which is rare these days. I’m going through the six paramitas at the moment.
    Thank YOU ??

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So nice to meet you, Sarah. I hope you enjoy your exploration of the six paramitas–they are worth of a lifetime of study! Warmly, Susan

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