What is the difference between spirituality and self-help?

July 11, 2022   |   7 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 11:59.

Dear Open Heart Project,

I hope you enjoyed my recent series on the noble eightfold path. And if you missed it, no worries! You can just jump in right here.

I know that meditation is counseled as a way to de-stress, develop greater powers of concentration, and get a better night’s sleep. All true! However, it is also a path to true, lasting joy. All we have to do is, at least from time to time, jump off the self-improvement treadmill to instead rest with ourselves exactly as we are. It turns out that this is the most expeditions route to freedom from suffering.

In this video, I share with you three very important (and simple) steps you can take to keep your meditation practice in the realm of true transformation rather than yet another self-improvement hack designed to make you feel inadequate.

As always, I love to hear your thoughts! Please let me know what you think in comments.

With appreciation and love, Susan

P.S. Interested in How to Find Your Enneagram Type?
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P.P.S. The Kindle version of my new book The Buddhist Enneagram: Nine Paths to Warriorship is available for pre-order now on Amazon. You can find out more here.












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  • Posted by:  Esther

    Thank you, dear Susan. Much to think about today. . .

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      keep me posted!

  • Posted by:  Anett


    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      <3 <3 <3

  • Posted by:  michael cano

    Awesome, thank you!
    Greetings from Gothenburg.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You’re so welcome!

  • Posted by:  Phillip

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Susan. 🙂

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