The Noble Eightfold Path: Part 3

April 25, 2022   |   3 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 22:38.

Dear Open Heart Project,

Hello and I hope you’re well and finding love, insight, and courage in your life and in your mind. These three qualities, aka compassion, wisdom, and power, are said to be the three qualities of the awakened mind.

How do we realize such wakefulness?

There is actually a recipe. Trust me, it is not my recipe! It is actually 2500+ years old and just as fresh as the day it was cooked up. Millions and millions of people have tested it. Some even became Buddhas themselves.

The Noble Eightfold Path lays out the eight steps we can all take to become liberated from suffering and truly wake up. Today, we look at the third step, Right Speech. The first two were covered recently, Right View and Right Intention. Over the next 5 videos, we will explore Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Concentration, and Right Wisdom. It is truly a delight to share my thoughts with you on these most powerful teachings.

THAT SAID. While the eightfold path is powerful beyond description, it is not enough to simply read about it. It is not even enough to try to put the steps into play. What makes it all come together is the practice of meditation. Far more than a stress-reduction technique or self-improvement tactic, meditation actually dissolves the boundary between your conventional mind and your wisdom mind. It seems to do so in a very odd way. The less you try and the more you relax while applying the meditation technique, the more clearly you see your natural brilliance. You notice that you are actually waking up. Don’t take my word for this! Or anything! Try it yourself and see. Each video in this series concludes with a guided 10-minute breath-awareness meditation. Feel free to return to this instruction as often as you like.

Please don’t hesitate to let me hear your thoughts, questions, ideas. I always love to hear from you.

Love, Susan


I have taught Fearless Creativity at residential retreat centers for over a decade. Past attendees have included memoirists, novelists, poets, bloggers, songwriters, screenwriters, and people with an important professional commitment to a writing project (like a textbook or a how-to manual). Participants have completed stories, figured out plot points, started new projects, surprised themselves with a new creative direction, and finally written about what is most important.

This program is for you if you long for the time and space to listen to your own voice and sink into a project with the support of a teacher, a preset schedule, a community, and lots (and lots) of tacos.

Find out more about this August 10-14 retreat at my house in Austin, TX here.

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  • Posted by:  Ray

    Your lessons are a blessing and I appreciate them so much, but I find it a distraction when you are playing with your cat during meditation. Can one really be meditating and petting a cat at the same time?

    Not a criticism. An observation.

  • Posted by:  Catherine

    Susan. I share my mornings with you almost every day. Thank you for your clarity and humor

  • Posted by:  Horacio Scheimberg

    You don’t know me personally, however, you have been my friend and teacher for many years, I just want to say. Thank you!

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