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Working with Painful Emotions: Anxiety

August 15, 2022   |   6 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 11:57 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and finding joy and richness in your world. About a month ago, we began a series of conversations on working with difficult emotions and how meditation can help. We started with anger, moved on to  attachment (or grasping), and then shame. Last... READ MORE

Working with Painful Emotions: Jealousy

August 8, 2022   |   9 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 14:00 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well as we enter this new week on planet earth. May it be a peaceful one for all beings. A few weeks ago, we began a series of conversations on working with difficult emotions and how meditation can help. We started with anger,... READ MORE

Working with Painful Emotions: Shame

August 1, 2022   |   25 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 13:25 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well as we enter this new week on planet earth. May it be a peaceful one for all beings. A few weeks ago, we began a series of conversations on working with difficult emotions and how meditation can help. We started with anger... READ MORE

Working with Painful Emotions: Attachment

July 25, 2022   |   10 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 9:51. Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and finding hidden pockets of good fortune wherever you look. Last week, we began a series of conversations on working with difficult emotions and how meditation can help. We started with anger and this week we move on to attachment. In spiritual... READ MORE

Working with painful emotions and how our meditation practice can help

July 18, 2022   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 10:09. Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you are well and finding your way through this time! Before today’s sit, I wanted to offer a few words on working with painful emotions and how our meditation practice can help. In the Buddhist view, there are three possibilities for meeting our “negative” emotions.... READ MORE

What is the difference between spirituality and self-help?

July 11, 2022   |   7 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 11:59. Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you enjoyed my recent series on the noble eightfold path. And if you missed it, no worries! You can just jump in right here. I know that meditation is counseled as a way to de-stress, develop greater powers of concentration, and get a better night’s... READ MORE

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 8

July 4, 2022   |   6 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

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 7

June 20, 2022   |   7 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

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 6

June 6, 2022   |   10 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 16:02. Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so happy to send you the sixth video in our eight video series on the noble eightfold path of Buddhism. We have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action and Right Livelihood. Right View and Right Intention comprise true wisdom. Right Speech, Right Action, and... READ MORE

Tonglen Practice

May 25, 2022   |   26 Comments

What happened in Uvalde yesterday was beyond shattering. There is nothing I or anyone can say to make this bearable. It is normal (and understandable) to go in one of three directions with our shock and heartbreak. We could fall into despair, We could become enraged. We could turn away because it is too much to bear. Each of these... READ MORE

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 5

May 23, 2022   |   2 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 17:40. Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so happy to send you the fifth video in our eight video series on the noble eightfold path of Buddhism. We have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech and Right Action. Today we look at Right Livelihood. What does it mean to do your work... READ MORE

The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 4

May 9, 2022   |   2 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 20:55 Dear Open Heart Project, I’m so happy to send you the fourth video in our eight video series on the noble eightfold path of Buddhism. We have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, and Right Speech. Today we discuss Right Action. Interestingly, right action has more to do with what we... READ MORE