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This is the heart of spiritual warriorship

November 9, 2020   |   2 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 9:20 Dear Open Heart Project, Well, what a week it has been. Whether or not you live in the USA, so much hope and fear has been resting on the election here and all the issues connected to it: healing from a pandemic, restoring justice, mitigating centuries of systemic racism, and helping... READ MORE

How to be a spiritual warrior (spoiler alert: you already know how)

November 2, 2020   |   24 Comments

Audio-only version is here Meditation practice begins at 10:16 Hello there, This email is being sent the day before the elections in the United States. Though many of you don’t live in the US, there is some sense, I imagine, that this day could be momentous for the world. Whether you are connected to this specific election or not, there... READ MORE

Less stress, more joy

May 25, 2020   |   10 Comments

Audio-only version is here. Meditation practice begins at 9:10 Hello Open Heart Project, I hope you are well! I know that for many, this is a stressful time. Before we sit today, I want to share with you three ways to find joy in the everyday. If you try them, let me know how it goes! With love, Susan  ... READ MORE

Tired of trying to be nice? The solution for compassion fatigue is…

May 4, 2020   |   18 Comments

Audio only version is here Meditation begins at 9:20 Dear Open Heart Project, I hope you and your loved ones are well. Please let me hear how you are doing? What is difficult? What is helping? I’d love to know. I once had the chance to interview the wonderful vipassana meditation teacher Tara Brach about compassion. I asked her what... 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

Meditation Question 1: Anxious Moments

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

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

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

How to dispel stressful, scary thoughts + a very special guest speaker

November 13, 2017   |   Leave a reply

The meditation begins at 4:58 Audio only version is here. Hello, dear meditator. Before today’s meditation, I offer you a suggestion for working with painful thoughts. It is a short, simple exercise you can do anytime, anywhere, on the spot. I use it constantly. Let me know if you try it! This suggestion comes directly from the work of a... READ MORE

Right Speech: Four important choices that turn your words into tiny emissaries of goodness and power.

November 6, 2017   |   4 Comments

The meditation begins at 7:15 Audio only version is here. Hello dear meditators. It is great to see you! In meditation, we bring mindfulness to three aspects of our existence. First, we are mindful of our bodies in the way we establish the meditation posture. Second, we become mindful of breath by allowing our attention to ride the breath. Finally,... READ MORE

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