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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 spiritual teacher whom I admire greatly: Bryon Katie. To meet Katie yourself, please see the announcement below.

With love, Susan

Special Online Event: November 21 at 8 p.m. ET





Byron Katie

On Tuesday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET, Byron Katie will be a special guest teacher for the Daily Dharma Gathering. She will speak on her new book, A Mind at Home With Itself, and will be joined by her co-author and partner, the writer, scholar, and translator Stephen Mitchell.

In this work, she talks about how to use 4 questions (including the one in this week’s video) to “Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around,” which is the book’s subtitle.

This gathering is a special, not-to-be-repeated opportunity to meet with one of the great spiritual teachers of our lifetime. (She would laugh if she heard me describe her this way, but I stand by it.) <3

When I first encountered the work of Byron Katie about 15 years ago, I was deeply impressed by a few things. First, her genuineness and non-pretension. Second, her fearlessness. And, finally, that her method of asking four transformative questions in the face of painful thoughts was completely compatible with my Buddhist practice.

This new book is co-authored by Stephen Mitchell, one of the preeminent translators of spiritual works in our lifetime. In particular, his translation of the Tao te Ching is considered the gold standard.

I will interview them both and the gathering will last for about an hour.

How do I attend?

This gathering is part of our Daily Dharma Gathering which is free for members of the Open Heart Project Sangha.

The Daily Dharma Gathering (a daily session with a one of these amazing Buddhist teachers) is only one of the ways the Sangha helps you to deepen your practice and find more strength and joy. Please check out the Sangha here. Membership is $27 a month or $270 for a year. Membership supports your practice, your relationships, our community, and our mutual effort to bring more love and sanity into the world. xo S

PS Sangha members also attend all my 4-week E-courses for free. The next one is coming up on November 28, Invoking Magic: Create a Morning Routine.

What if I can’t attend live?

Each DDG session is recorded and available for 24 hours.

I’m really excited about this and I hope to see you there!


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“With wisdom, creativity and artistry, Susan Piver brings a Buddhist lens to the spiritual map of the Enneagram. The results are vibrant and nourishing; a banquet of insights that help us transmute our difficult emotions into pure expressions of our basic goodness.”

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