Cultivating the Mind of Compassion in a Crazy World: Step 4

March 7, 2022   |   18 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 21:40.

Dear Open Heart Project,

Welcome to the final video in our series: Cultivating the Mind of Compassion in a Crazy World.

Week 1: Affection for the World

Week 2: Faith in the Right Situations

Week 3: Compassion for Sentient Beings

Now we come to Bravery, the fourth quality. In this view, bravery begins with developing some tolerance for your own discomfort. If we are unable to do so (or simply chose not to), we ignore our own pain and the pain of others and may choose to hide from those who need us.

Please have a listen to this short talk for more ideas about bravery and compassion in general. I always love to hear your thoughts! Please let me hear any questions or reflections in chat.

And stay tuned for the next video series which will begin in two weeks. If there are any topics you’d like to explore together, let me know.

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Audrey Szubert

    Thank you, Susan, I enjoyed the series and learn so much from you. Sending good wishes to you, your co-teacher and the participates of your meditation teacher training.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thank you! Very happy to practice together. <3 S

      • Posted by:  Denise

        Merci beaucoup

  • Posted by:  Paula

    Thank you so much for your ongoing meditation practices – it is a connection I am sure so many treasure. Did I hear correctly – did you say at the outset today – “….when I used to live in Texas”? Confused….Thank you!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You’re so welcome, very happy to practice together. Yes, I used to live in Texas! Austin, that is. Is that what you meant?

      • Posted by:  Paula

        Yes – I thought you still lived in Austin – I received your information about a retreat there in April so I became confused – not an unusual state for me :). (I’m originally an Austinite and I have a friend who was so glad you live(d) there. )

  • Posted by:  Linda Miller

    Thank you so much for this timely series! Important to cultivate some space and be with sangha.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Very happy to be on the journey together, Linda.

  • Posted by:  Janie

    Thank you for this Susan,

    Self-aggression seems such a common activity and it promotes aggression toward others. I’m learning self compassion while at the same time learning to be okay with discomfort. Such is life and understanding the Four Noble Truths.

    I’d really enjoy some elaboration and discussion of the Noble Eightfold Path. Thank you.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Janie, I so appreciate how you are bringing these very important explorations to the path. And I’d love to revisit the Noble Eightfold Path! Great idea. <3 S

  • Posted by:  Gail O

    Susan – Ha! Thank you for the “brave hero” gift story – it’s the first time I’ve legit laughed in a while 🙂
    And thank you for the reminder about Sangha. I’ve been struggling – we live in a world that does not acknowledge loss/grieving for things like wildfires. My self-talk is getting self-aggressive – Why aren’t I “over it” yet? – so maybe I will see you soon at a Fri Sangha meeting?
    I keep telling myself I need to “be ready” first to show up there – aka, I need to have my sh*t together – but I’m not really sure what that even means anymore.
    Love, Gail

  • Posted by:  Susan Piver

    So glad the “brave hero” story hit the spot! I truly laugh every time I think of it.

    Grief has its own timetable…what you went through was so traumatic and a deep loss…I hope you will be very gentle with yourself.

    Would be great to see you at a sangha meeting–where none of us have our sh*t together and that’s what makes it so precious.

    Love, S

  • Posted by:  Barbara Matakis

    Thank you. Your meditation today was very helpful and calming. Especially timely for our current world situation.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So glad to hear it, Barbara. <3 S

  • Posted by:  Marsha

    Thank You Susan!!

    🙏🏼 I LOVE your teaching style.
    I would like to explore a series on THE FIVE HINDRANCES? (Perhaps you have done this, I will check out your website.) If not, a suggestion. AND I will look forward to whatever is next.

    I do think of you as a mentor. 🌹

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thank you, Marsha!

      I’ve never done a series on the 5 hindrances but will think about it for sure. Love, S

  • Posted by:  Sue May/Shiwa Chotso

    Love the “brave hero” story – we are all (sometimes) brave heroes, I think. I notice how much I secretly yearn for a credential for sitting with negative emotions. Holding that in awareness as well as being aware of the flow of emotions is a source of some inner gentle laughter. I recently felt unappreciated, although I know that I am valued, and in looking at that I discovered that the source was my own. I have not been appreciating myself, perhaps feeling that my inner and outer efforts are futile in an overwhelming and chaotic world. Bravely looking at this discomfort needs such compassion. Thanks for this series.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I appreciate you! As I’m sure you know. But it is never wrong to make sure. <3 S

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