Four steps to restore balance in your self and the world: Sympathetic Joy (3)

October 19, 2020   |   15 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 9:36

Dear Open Heart Project,

Hello, my friends. I hope you are staying strong and feeling well during this very intense time. I send you my love!

This week, we review the third of the four immeasurable qualities: sympathetic joy. We’ve already spoken about the first two:  Loving kindness ad Compassion. Next week, we’ll look at the fourth, equanmity. I know we could all use some of that. <3

Thoughts? I always love to hear from you!

Love, Susan

P.S. I invite you to join me on Saturday, October 24th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET for a Loving Kindness Retreat. We will practice together, share our hopes and fears, join with our spiritual family and see that we have everything we need to bring more joy and sanity to this world. The retreat is free for Open Heart Project Sangha members and by donation for everyone else in our community.

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  • Posted by:  Albert Cooper

    Susan, thank you for your daily talks and meditations. I also like the various options you offer in The Open Heart Project. Having recordings gives me the freedom to welcome in your thoughts or your wisdom in small doses so I can absorb your loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity.
    As I walk I often say a word for each step. Love, Peace, Happiness.
    Albert Cooper

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So happy we are on the journey together! With love, Susan

    • Posted by:  Skip Sorensen

      How do I rejoice in another’s happiness when I know the source of their joy is contrary to what I believe.

      • Posted by:  Susan Piver

        Yes. That is the question. Don’t start there. Start by rejoicing in the joy of those you share beliefs with. See what unfolds. Keep me posted! S

  • Posted by:  Karen Swanson

    The experience of sympathetic joy – MUDITA! – came into my life in a sudden and transformative way. Life expands in all dimensions when I live from this place. Life can be so hard – everyone is doing the best they know how from where they have come from, what they have been taught, what they have had the fortune (good or not so good) to experience, witness and know. Joy is healing, benevolent, kind and good. Thank you for the reminder of MUDITA being a practice, as well as a spontaneous visitation!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I so appreciate your unflagging devotion to your own heart and to the world around you. Much respect and love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Claire Holzner

    Susan, thank you so much for these talks on the videos. I’m finding them very understandable and helpful.

  • Posted by:  Farid

    Thank you Susan, for explaining the four immeasurable qualities , and as always you clarify them 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 that are usually used when meditating on four immesureable qualities.
    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

  • Posted by:  Bernie

    Just a “side comment” – your audio on this one was much more robust, better clarity IMO.. I look forward to every new opportunity to spend time with you and the rest of the community

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      good to know!

  • Posted by:  Kevin J Waters

    Thank You Susan for Reminding me that I to can feel “Good” when someone around me is Experiencing Joy, Sympathetic Joy, in the way I’ve been taught doesn’t need to be A sudden Feeling for what is Happening to another, Awareness will let me see, &, Feel Joy for Others where ever I Turn. Clarity will let me see, &, feel this Joy, Even for Those with Whom I don’t Agree ! No One Should Be Kept From Experiencing Joy, Even if Our “Paths” Diverge !!
    Peace be with You

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      And with you, Kevin!

  • Posted by:  Lisa

    It occurred to me that seeing joy has not been something actively in my life these days, for far too long!

    Thank you for your gracious reminder…

    Sending love and beauty your way.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      And to you! xo S

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