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December 14, 2020   |   16 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 7:05.

Dear Open Heart Project,

I hope you are well. Before today’s sit, I share with you the single most necessary component of a meditation practice, the aspect that actually keeps it all going. I have learned this after teaching (literally) thousands and thousands of people how to meditate.

It has nothing to do with how much you know or how true your intentions are. There is something else that we all need… Please have a listen to see what that is.

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  MARIANNE OLIVIER

    I love your teachings. Thanks very much. Joining you from South Africa.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      How wonderful that we can practice together, even from such a distance. Sending love across the oceans. Susan

  • Posted by:  Karen Swanson

    Thank you for the lovely talk, Susan. It moved me to stay on and sit ‘with’ you and the OHP, instead of my usual MO these days of doing it on my own. I found your instruction exquisite and experienced your presence and that of the group – even remotely – as supportive. I go into my day feeling glad and grateful, Karen

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Karen! This is so lovely to read, for so many reasons. It is so good that we can sit together. Much love, S

  • Posted by:  marie dewald

    this was my 2nd practice of the morning … however this time I felt my body relax in the moment (from time to time) as I practiced feeling the breath not just concentrating on the breath. thank you for your guidance.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome. And I agree–that tiny pivot (maybe not so tiny) from concentrating to feeling is everything. Glad to practice together! <3 S

  • Posted by:  Farid

    Hello Susan,
    Thank you for the teaching, I’ve been meditating since 2007 and honestly speaking I am not sure what happens to me as result of meditation practice. But there is somthing in meditation and these teacings that like magnet that atracts me toward them.
    Thank you,

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      How wonderful, Farid! Also: me too. The magic is indescribable, but so real. Warmly, Susan

  • Posted by:  Irena Danys

    Joining you from New Hampshire.
    Deeply grateful for your generosity and the weekly meditations and your contemplations.
    May all your aspirations be fulfilled.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      How lovely, Irena, many thanks! Sending many good wishes right back– Love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Barbara Cone

    Thank you, Susan, this is just what I needed to hear and think about today. It gives me hope that sooner or later I will be able to find myself on my path.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Glad this was helpful. And you are definitely on your path. Sometimes we can only see this in retrospect. Keep me posted! And, if it appeals, please think about joining the OHP Sangha for more support. With love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Virginia Mitchell

    Dear Susan,

    For a very long time I have struggled with the concept of a higher power. Yesterday the light turned on and it shone bright. My hp is community. Then, I listen to your talk this morning, and now that light is blazing. Community, sangha – that’s my higher power. Thank yih. Susan, reaffirming this for me. As always, I send you oceans of gratitude for all you have done in the past years to help me truly enter this world, if that makes sense! ❤️

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      How lovely! Auspicious coincidence is a beautiful thing. So happy we are able to practice together. Love, S

  • Posted by:  Kevin J Waters

    Hello Susan, a little late responding, but as I was Reading, &, Listening, I “Felt that Slap on The Head”. When I was 1st. starting out in Recovery,(12step), I was Taught that I should learn to Look to someone besides myself for Guidance,(higher Power), That I wasn’t the Doctor I thought, &, when I questioned this Higher Power Stuff I learned that I already had one, ( the Bottle), guiding me ! Only when I let someone else in did some of the decisions / Pathways, move me in a productive direction, since then Listening has become so Important to my Expanded Practice !

  • Posted by:  Andrew Lenards

    Thank you. I used to joke that I was “all in” on 2 of 3 jewels. Community has been the one I struggled with the most. I have so appreciated the 6 PM E.T. sit with Sokuzan during the past year. It’s a frankly been a highlight of weekdays in 2020. /bow

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