Day 2: Falling in Love

Day 2: Falling in Love 2017-05-21T18:28:30-06:00

A Celebration of Love, Mindfulness, and Passion

Susan Piver

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Explore attention as love and the fascinating connection between passion and mindfulness
  • Explore emotions as a source of wisdom and passion as both an obstacle and a friend on the path
  • Hear the difference between love and infatuation
  • Discover how mindfulness helps us to more fully engage in our relationships pain, pleasure, and all

About Susan Piver

Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including The Hard Questions, the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. Her new book is Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. She is also founder of the Open Heart Project, an international online mindfulness community with close to 20,000 members.

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  1. Mercedes May 20, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

    I thank Shambhala for these materials, and appreciate you offering them to others.
    However, I dont like what I feel when I see a sign stating “now you dont have access, unless you pay money for it”.
    There might be other ways to remain sustainable and at the same time offer this dharma to the world without demanding a payment in money in return.
    Maybe if the material goes free and spreads through the world, more blessings and abundance come back.

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Mercedes, you bring up interesting points.

      Like the Awake Network, I teach the dharma for my work. Everyone who does this has to make hard decisions about how to make money while keeping the offering pure. This is not simple. Personally, I think the Awake Network is exemplary in this regard: they are offering real teachings from truly wonderful teachers of all backgrounds without compromise and without dumbing anything down. They are offering so much real dharma for free and, at some point, they have to figure out a way to support themselves so that they can keep doing this work.

      It is one thing to say “why don’t you make this free and then more blessings and abundance will come back” but it is another to set up complicated online platforms and spend months and months working (without pay) to create this beautiful Summit. It is simply not possible to wait and see if abundance comes back. I hope you can understand this. If there are other ways to remain sustainable, I know we would both love to hear them.

      The last thing I’ll say is this: did you not derive value from this Summit? If so, why is there hesitation to support it? I’m not saying this to be a jerk, just trying to understand why people will spend money on some things but not on others. Wishing you well and sending love, Susan

  2. Niamh May 20, 2017 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Susan, your words made me think about things in a new way. I see the importance of hearing and being present with someone, instead of jumping to how their words affect me. I learnt so much from you! Thank you.

    • Anita May 20, 2017 at 8:18 am - Reply

      Hi Ian I am Anita Txs ur talk has given me guidelines to ask some questions to myself and rethink about love and relation

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

      You are so welcome. Very glad to hear it. With love, Susan

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply

      This is wonderful, Niamh. Thank you for listening. <3 S

  3. Maria May 20, 2017 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Thank you Susan for your teaching and humility. Your remark that relationships “can work as long as you don’t expect it to make you happy” really resonated with me. Many thanks

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 9:57 am - Reply

      You are very welcome. Wishing you all the blessings of love! <3 S

  4. Laura S May 19, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Thank you, for this very insightful and wise presentation on Love and Mindfulness. I really enjoyed how you explained the many aspects of Love and how they relate to mindfulness practice with self and other’s!

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

      So glad this was useful. <3

  5. Abisola May 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks Susan for this breath taking presentation. thanks again for opening my eyes to some facts about relationship, especially on attention.

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 9:58 am - Reply

      I really appreciate your participation in the Summit. Many thanks for listening. <3 S

  6. Vera May 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much! What a lovely speech! There is so much to explore with love and relationships

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

      That is so true, Vera. Wishing you much love. Susan

  7. Sam Gentile May 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Susan, i am a long-time member of your Open Heart Sangha. I learned a lot from this talk and aooreciate your directness.

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Sam! So lovely that we continue to practice together. Your participation in the Open Heart Project Sangha means a lot to me. With love, Susan

  8. Gustaf Halldin May 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Thanks, really nice talk – great insights! So greatful that you give away this stuff. Best Gustaf (from Sweden).

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 10:00 am - Reply

      So glad you are participating. < S

  9. Robert May 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Wow, Susan, this has been most helpful. I had to stop, rewind a bit, listen again to make sure I was taking in what you were saying. I love your directness. “Attention is the purest form of love.” I’ve been trying to become more mindful, and these words offer a new perspective on my path. It cuts through a lot to get at the core of what I think I am doing. Thank you for putting words to this activity/being, which had been going in and out of focus … and no doubt will continue to do so … Haha …. perhaps, I can return to this bit of wisdom you have offered when I feel myself getting fuzzy. in loving kindness then.

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 10:01 am - Reply

      So happy you found something useful. With love, Susan

  10. François Butty May 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Thank’s a lot ,Susan, for your view of passion. It make’s me coming back again and again to which sensation I feel, ans not to tried to find a solution or définition outside of me. I think your view of passion is very deep , and it makes me a big “ouf” to listen that it is not attachement to a person that is a problem , but to think that this person would make me happy. thank’s for your investment .

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 10:01 am - Reply

      I appreciate your willingness to practice with it all. <3 S

  11. Andy May 19, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

    I found this presentation to be very moving and profound. Your discussion of passion and attachments is especially thought-provoking. I look forward to going deeper with that. Thank you!

    As a side note, I appreciate the production values of the videos I’ve seen so far in this summit – with more camera angles, different images – not just talking heads.

    FYI, my wife and I are about to celebrate our 40th anniversary. We’ve been practicing meditation and exploring Buddhism for about the past 5 years. I believe our practice has strengthened and brought renewed depth to our relationship. And I’m hopeful the teachings in this summit may help us take that to yet another level.

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 10:02 am - Reply

      So glad this presentation was beneficial. Many, many congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary and for your commitment to love. <3 S

  12. Kristina May 19, 2017 at 8:16 am - Reply

    So many helpful reflections!

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Glad! <3 S

  13. Marj May 19, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I am so grateful for this piece. It was exactly what I needed to hear this morning–beautiful, inspiring and real. Thank you, Susan. I will explore your other work!

    • Susan Piver May 21, 2017 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Delighted, Marj! <3 S

  14. Anne May 19, 2017 at 5:46 am - Reply

    I can’t access any of the videos, not from Day 1 or 2.

    • Kyle May 20, 2017 at 8:52 am - Reply

      The videos only last 48 hours, so day one is over now. Day 2 will be up for the rest of today.

  15. Janet May 18, 2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Love has it’s own charm

  16. Chandrika Jain May 18, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Connection is very noisy and staticky, makes it difficult to listen to

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