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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

Lojong Slogan 2

January 13, 2020   |   2 Comments

In 2020, the Open Heart Project Sangha is examining each of the 59 slogans of Atisha, aka Lojong aka mind training practice. Each Monday, I send out a short video with some thoughts about one of the slogans, followed by a guided meditation. We now consider the second slogan: Regard all dharmas as dreams. . Last week, our slogan was... READ MORE

meditation question 1

January 10, 2020   |   Leave a reply

This week’s question is from Roxana: “Can you provide meditations on how to obtain tranquility/calmness/serenity in anxious moments.” . If you’d like me to answer your questions about meditation, please email your question to me. xo Susan

Lojong Slogan 1

January 10, 2020   |   Leave a reply

In 2020, the Open Heart Project Sangha will examine each of the 59 slogans of Atisha, aka Lojong aka mind training practice. Each Monday, I send out a short video with some thoughts about that week’s slogan, followed by a guided meditation. The first one went out a few days ago and discusses slogan #1, first, train in the preliminaries.... READ MORE

I invite you to a year of love, meaning and community

January 5, 2020   |   Leave a reply

Audio-only version  is here. Meditation practice begins at 18:39. Dear Open Heart Project, Thank you so much for your responses to my end-of-year letter. 2020 is going to be a powerful year in the Open Heart Project, one crafted to offer you strength, friendship, and joy. As you may have read, after seven years of sending free weekly meditations, I... READ MORE

Let’s go big AND go home in 2020!

December 30, 2019   |   Leave a reply

Hello beloved Open Heart Project, As mentioned last week, the Open Heart Project is changing to offer more support, more love, more connection in 2020. Why? Because it’s been a crazy year! So much is up in the air. Yes, there is a lot of stress…but there is also a lot of strength and support from people who value what... READ MORE

The Open Heart Project is changing: PLEASE READ

December 23, 2019   |   Leave a reply

Hello beloved Open Heart Project, 2019 has been a very intense year and 2020 is shaping up to be so as well. I’ve spent the last month thinking deeply about what I can do to support you–and what I need from you to keep the Open Heart Project growing and vital. Instead of sending you a meditation video this week,... 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