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

April 12, 2021   |   14 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

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

March 29, 2021   |   35 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 16:19. 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

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

March 15, 2021   |   11 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 17:58 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

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

March 1, 2021   |   15 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

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

February 15, 2021   |   14 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 22:38 Dear Open Heart Project, Hello and I hope you’re well and finding love, insight, and courage in your life and in your mind. These three qualities, aka compassion, wisdom, and power, are said to be the three qualities of the awakened mind. How do we realize such wakefulness? There is actually... READ MORE

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

February 1, 2021   |   25 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 21:10. Dear Meditator, Welcome to the 2nd video in our eight video series on Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path. Each video contains a talk followed by a guided 10-minute meditation practice. If you want to skip ahead to the meditation, by all means! It begins at the 21:10 mark BTW,... READ MORE

Meditation Question 3: Eyes Open?

January 28, 2020   |   Leave a reply

I’m happy to answer your questions about meditation and spiritual practice. This question comes from Mary Lee who asks, “I know I am not alone in having trouble keeping my eyes open during meditation and I do want to do it correctly. I do a lot of Yoda Nidra and body scans and they are done with eyes closed. Any... READ MORE

Meditation Question 2: Meditation and panic attacks? Can it help?

January 15, 2020   |   Leave a reply

I’m so happy to discuss your questions about meditation and spirituality. If you want to ask one, let me know in comments. I will do what I can to help. This question is from Faith, who asks: I have a history of anxiety and moderate to severe panic attacks. Anything you can offer to assist with these feelings would be... READ MORE

Resource for learning more about meditation and trauma

December 21, 2018   |   Leave a reply

Mindfulness is often suggested as a panacea for, well, everything. It is not. It is especially important to be careful about practicing or teaching meditation when trauma is involved. I wanted to make sure you saw this video conversation between trauma expert and author David Treleaven, Jenna, and myself. It’s not short (a little over an hour), but if you... READ MORE

Do you have problems being consistent with your practice? The cause may not be what you think.

December 4, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 10:32 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. How are you? I hope you are well and feeling happy. Basically everyone I have ever known finds it difficult to be consistent with their practice and, further, basically everyone thinks this is because they lack discipline. I suggest that this is probably not the issue. Before... READ MORE

When you’re committed to kindness, how do you respond to hate? (The one where someone called me a _________ [the b word])

November 27, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 9:17 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. How are you? I hope you are well and feeling happy. In the U.S., this is Thanksgiving weekend. For many of us, this means time with family–which can also mean time with people who make you angry/sad/confused/irritated…triggered. We meditate to practice generosity, patience, and equanimity. How do... READ MORE