How (and why) to accept the unacceptable (aka impermanence)

May 13, 2024   |   11 Comments

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Meditation begins at 12:14

Hello, I hope you and your loved ones are well. Before today’s 10-minute meditation, I share some thoughts about the first noble truth of Buddhism–that life is suffering (or unsatisfying). Thanks a lot, Buddha! Not exactly what I was hoping to hear. Nonetheless…there is power and even joy in abiding in reality. In your life. IRL (in real life). It’s one thing to have an intellectual understanding of a spiritual teaching but another thing entirely to live it out in your own life, today. In this video, I offer a few thoughts about how (and why) to try. 

One of the stories I told took place in a conversation in the Open Heart Project sangha, our membership community. Please think about joining. It’s important–some would say necessary–to journey together with others, to be held, and accompanied. Even though each path is solitary, to tread the path alone together changes…everything. 

With love, 

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  • Posted by:  Catherine

    Thank you Susan for your reflections. Yes, I’ve heard you reflect about them before, but it’s so useful to revisit these Noble Truths and to hear your deep insight on them.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      I’m so glad you found it useful. That makes me happy! <3 S

  • Posted by:  Jane Deakin

    Thank you Susan that was fabulous as ever.
    I think the reason your teaching meditation is so effective is because of the teachings beforehand which settle one and take the mind from worries.
    Sometimes now I can do it myself too just as you teach it.
    But I do love Mondays because of this . Thank you 🙏😌

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      And I love Mondays because of you! Glad to be on the path together. <3 S

  • Posted by:  Michelle Q

    Hi Susan this was perfect timing as usual. A great reminder. Thank you ❤️

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome. <3 S

  • Posted by:  Allison Potter

    Buddhism IRL, I loved this. I accept that I cannot accept it. Be where you are.
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom <3

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      so glad you enjoyed! <3 s

  • so valuable your teaching. Especially the story in the river! Yes! Thinking. Let Go And Take a fresh Start! And repeat and repeat and rea….

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      very happy we practice it all together, kilian! <3 s

      • Posted by:  Kilian


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