Start Here Now
The Path and Practice of Meditation
Four 20–30 minute lessons and two guided meditations from Susan, available in both video and audio format, with transcripts
Guided reading assignments with PDFs from Start Here Now, and a 50% discount off the paperback version
Exercises to help you integrate the practice into your everyday life
Unlimited access on your computer, mobile device, or tablet—learn at your own pace wherever and whenever works best for you
This course is also available in a Group Study Version, which includes a facilitator's guide and everything you need to bring this course to your community.
In this course, Susan distills all of her best advice and tried-and-true techniques into a four-week program that will:
- Guide you through the basics of starting a meditation practice
- Teach you how to work with your body, breath, and mind for an effective practice
- Present practical tips for creating a sustainable routine
- Explain how to navigate the inevitable roadblocks
- Teach the key principles of meditation and clarify common misconceptions
- Show you how to maintain a potent connection to your own unique path
Getting Started: An Introduction and Overview of Sitting Practice
Meditation is perhaps one of the simplest activities we can do—it is basically just taking our seat on this earth and paying attention to our breath. And yet, there are many misconceptions about the practice that can get in our way when we’re first starting out. In this lesson, we’ll review what meditation is—and what it is not. Susan will also give you practical advice for how to set up your home practice.
Confidence Leads to Discipline: A Strong Foundation
Culturally, we tend to think of discipline as rigid and sometimes even cruel. But in the context of meditation practice, creating a container of discipline is life-affirming and even joyful. In order to bring discipline to our practice in a healthy way, we need confidence. In this lesson, we’ll learn five steps for creating outer confidence and one step for creating inner confidence. We’ll also learn the three most common obstacles to meditation practice and their essential antidotes.
Deepening in Wisdom: Relaxing Self-Aggression
Many of us encounter a deep well of self-aggression as we deepen in our practice. At that point, it would be easy to mistake our meditation as a means of self-improvement. Self-help, however, undermines the underlying principle of meditation practice, which is that we already have everything we need to be wakeful and kind. In this lesson, we’ll receive practical wisdom to avoid turning our meditation into a weapon we use against ourselves—instead, we’ll learn how to maintain our connection to the sacredness of the practice.
Living with a Fully Open Heart: Loving-kindness for Ourselves and Our World
The meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche said, “The only true elegance is vulnerability.” This may sound hard to believe, considering how uncomfortable it sometimes is to live with an open heart. In this lesson, we’ll discuss the relationship between tenderness, meditation, and spiritual warriorship. We’ll learn how to stabilize our minds and hearts in a state of openness to create a truly sustainable practice that will serve not only us, but our whole world.
“Straight forward. Concise. Positive. Very helpful in creating a continuing meditation practice.”
“Susan offers an easy-to-understand way to practice and integrate meditation (and the teachings) into one's life. I really liked the videos!”
Susan Piver is a New York Times bestselling author and meditation instructor whose books include How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, The Hard Questions, and Start Here Now. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, the CBS Early Show, The Tyra Banks Show, and other national television programs in connection with her books. She is the founder of the Open Heart Project and leads workshops and retreats around the country on living an awakened life.
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