Four steps to restore balance in your self and the world: Lovingkindness (1)

October 5, 2020   |   19 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 17:00

Hello there,

I hope you are well and staying strong. This week begins a four-part series to examine the Four Immeasurables, those four qualities that can help us right the balance of our inner, outer, and secret worlds. Please have a listen to this week’s talk on the first, Lovingkindness. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions, concerns, jokes, and reflections.

As you know, these meditations are free. Please forward to anyone you know who may benefit. They can sign up here.

Love, Susan

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Loving Kindness Meditation link here.

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  • Posted by:  Mary Lou Basham

    I love the anticipation of my Monday morning meditation. This morning I listened to the entire broadcast and really “heard” the message.

    While I know that love and hate are the two end of the same stick (love and lack of love), your phrase
    “ love looking for a place to land “ is exquisite! There’s a feeling of hope in action that rings true to me!
    I feel ready for my day!
    Thank you

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so, so welcome. I am delighted that we are practicing together. xo S

  • Posted by:  Alan Goodman

    Good Morning

    Thanks you so. Much for doing these talks/meditations. Much appreciated. I think you mentioned a posting of a link to loving kindness practice. I don’t see it. KIndly let me know

    With love


    • Posted by:  Donna Schlager

      Thank you Susan for sharing your thoughts this morning. You have given me much to think about and pray with. You reminded me of concepts that my teacher who recently passed spoke of in slightly different terms. I haven’t joined you for some time and I was called to join you today for a purpose. May you be blessed for your generous sharing. 🙏

      • Posted by:  Susan Piver

        So happy we are here together and much sympathy on the loss of your teacher. With love, S

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thanks. Added the link!

  • Posted by:  Kevin J Waters

    Hello Susan, These Immeasurables, that you going to be speaking about, I spent Years trying to convince myself that I had all this in “Check” …. Well Bull … As my life went along, &, my Practice grew, &, I became more Involved in my “Initial Recovery” very Aware People around me began to Explain, then when I was up against a Wall, Show me the Relationship between these Immeasurable’s, &, my Emotions. At 1st. I was Floored by how interwoven they all were in my Life!
    For me I was advised to look deeply at my Anger, &, where I let it take me, Especially when I truly felt I was “Justified” This Awareness Suddenly Provoked by some very wise people, had me Contemplating, (viewing things with attention ), so I was Able to see how all this is Woven into the Fabric of my “Being”, &, without that Awareness I am at times able to “Draw That Line in the Sand” Not as often, but in our world as it is, it becomes easer …….. I’m Right, can’t open your eyes and see how Right I am …. I sit each day with a bit of Fear on my Shoulder, for where we as Human’s might be Headed ……… I find myself looking in, &, around myself throughout my day, “Situational Contemplation” if you will ? So Susan keep reminding me, so I stay Ethically Aware ……. Peace be with you …..

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So much to work with it! Glad we are working on it all together. With love, S

  • Posted by:  Lisa

    Thank you Susan!
    You are a steady beacon to return to when my practice slumps and fades.

    Being human is so simple and so complicated, and so frustratingly consistent. I think these teachings appeal to me because they acknowledge my humanness, yet let me begin again with fresh starts as often as necessary.

    Have a great week!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Yes to humanness as the foundation of…everything. Much love, S

  • Posted by:  Linda F

    Thank you again for these weekly sessions. I simply want to share that in todays teaching, I heard and felt a deep truth. And and a lot of emotions surfaced. Although, I am also feeling confused and enlighted at the same time, if that makes any sense, I definitely desire to learn more about loving kindness. Looking forward to more learning.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      “Confused and enlightened at the same time” makes perfect sense to me. I look forward to continuing the exploration together. With love, S

    • Posted by:  Sue May

      Yes, confusion and enlightenment seem to be necessary for each other. Sometimes it feels uncertain to back away from wanting to control the confusion and just observe it happening all around. I wonder if our limited perceptions just cannot truly pick up all of the natural confusion that goes on all the time, which is how it all works.

  • Posted by:  Sue May

    This very morning I felt overwhelmed by sadness – real, throat grabbing, tear welling sadness. There was no one cause, but the morning news certainly was a factor. And then I allowed the tears to come, my throat to unlock, my muscles to soften and relax. The crazy out there seemed to have affected me in such a negative way – and then I remembered snapping at my husband in the middle of the chaotic debate the prior week. I am thinking that the roiling and churning energy of our current state has been having much to do with my emotional response. Oh, it is so difficult to recognize that a fellow human being is so cruel, mendacious, bigoted and self-centered. But you are right, Susan, I can tick off times in my life when I have behaved in some degree of all of these. I regret each and every one. So it is with humility and recognition that I can wish all beings (not just my favorites) health, safety, happiness, peace and equanimity. It takes nothing from me to wish those things, and perhaps somewhere out in the ether those wishes are of benefit. Thank you for your teaching, as always.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Yes, so, so difficult. And so interesting to see how utterly inseparable we are/it all is–the chaos and cruelty of our politics, the way we speak to our loved ones, how we feel, what we do, whether or not we have hope or despair–it is all of a piece. Than you for pointing out the truth of our interdependence. Also, sending a giant hug!! And so much appreciation for your willingness to step right into it all. With love, S

  • Posted by:  Arleen Garcia Herbst

    Thank you Susan. Everyone can benefit from this teaching and I appreciate your reminder of our interconnectedness.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Sending love, Arleen. xo S

  • Posted by:  Farid

    Thank you Susan, for explaining four immeasurable,and as always you clarify Mitri very wonderfully, but I have a question I would like to know why in the meditation session of the practice you did not use the classical phrases for Loving kindness meditation?
    With much appreciation and respect,

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thanks for asking. There are a variety of classical phrases and I guess I went with what felt right at that moment! Wishing you well, S

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