Mommysattva: Contemplations for Mothers Who Meditate (or Wish They Could)

September 7, 2021   |   1 Comment

A few years ago, the Open Heart Project began publishing books specifically for YOU. We realized that traditional publishers may not be speaking to you as directly as we could–because we are in direct communication! It only made sense to publish works we knew you would be interested in.

The first book we published was my own, The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships. It was followed by Jenna Hollenstein’s Eat to Love: A Mindful Guide to Transforming Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Life. Both books are personal but informed by many years of deep study and practice.

Our third book, also from Jenna Hollenstein is out TODAY.


This book was written for mothers everywhere who have worked so hard to create balance in an unbalanced time for themselves and their children.

In 2020 and beyond, mothers were made to discover the depth–and preciousness and messiness and pain–of their capacity to love. In the Buddhist view, one who undertakes this journey is called a bodhisattva: those willing to have their hearts broken over and over by the poignancy and impossibility of loving so much.

In this new book, writer, meditation teacher, nutrition therapist, and mom Jenna Hollenstein shares her own experiences of motherhood, viewed through the lens of powerful Buddhist teachings. It is not a guide to motherhood. Rather it’s an exploration of how everything mothers do is an opportunity to embrace the power, love, chaos, and possibility of this life.


Our books are rarely available in bookstores but you can purchase a print copy, Kindle edition, or audiobook from Amazon, here.

The Open Heart Project is already the most wonderful, loving, brilliant meditation community I’ve ever experienced. Together we are doing something quite extraordinary: studying and practicing the dharma in a very personal way, without dogma, religion, or levels of achievement. It is all very revolutionary. Lionheart Press, our publishing imprint, extends our very particular voice–genuine, warm, fierce–in a whole new way. We are so proud to share this new work with you.

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Sher

    I’m reading it now, and I love it…necessary and timely.

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