Susan Piver is a meditation expert, teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She is the founder of the Open Heart Project, the world’s largest virtual mindfulness community, offering meditation, courses and support.
Susan has taught thousands of students in workshops, events, and retreats around the globe. She has written 9 books and her latest book is Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation.
She is a frequent guest on network television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today and CNN. She also also been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and others.
Earlier this year, Susan and I participated together in Seth Godin’s altMBA Program and we have stayed in touch after the course ended. I have a lot of respect for the amazing mindfulness community she has created with her Open Heart Project. Recently I’ve had a great pleasure to record this Extramilest Podcast with Susan. We talked about a variety of topics around meditation and mindfulness to improve your performance in training, racing and life.
I hope you enjoy my conversation with Susan Piver!
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- Susan tells us how she first started with meditation, after reading the book The Heart of the Buddha.
- What meditation really is and how can people benefit from meditation?
- That’s the biggest misconception about meditation practice is that in order to do it you have to stop thinking.
- The basic meditation technique could not be more simple. It’s you, sitting around this earth, breathing. That’s it.
- The objective of meditation is to notice how and who you are right now from moment to moment. To stop pushing and just be with yourself as you are. When thoughts arise, notice them and let them go.
- What a beginner meditation practice would look like?
- For the practice of running and meditation, consistency is key.
- How you can experiencing mindfulness, when mind and body are synchronized in the same place?
- The many benefits of meditation, such as lowering stress hormone cortisol, increase immunity, improve sleep, and awakening your mind, which results in strength, endurance, creativity and much more!
- The benefits of meditation arise most quickly when you abandon your agenda entirely.
- Susan tells us about obstacles people run into when starting out with meditation and how to overcome these obstacles.
- Being busy is a form of laziness. The importance of taking the time to prioritize where to put your time and effort into?
- The connection between body and mind and how to use this as a benefit in endurance events?
- How Susan’s teacher, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, used visualization, mindfulness and relaxation to finish strong at the Boston Marathon.
- How you can run more mindful by focusing deeply how it feels when your feet hit the ground, the wind and sun hitting your skin, listening to all the sounds around you, focusing on your breath, etc.
- How The Open Heart Project grew to the largest virtual mindfulness community with online meditation classes, courses and support.
- The many benefits of joining the Open Heart Project with the free and paid programs.
- How to get started with meditation the right way.
- Connect with Susan Piver: website, newsletter, Facebook, Instagram
- Open Heart Project
- Seth Godin
- Alt MBA
- Book – The Heart of the Buddha by Chogyam Trungpa
- Book – The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- Book – Fit Body, Fit Soul by Mark Allen
- Book – Running with the mind of Meditation by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
- Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
- Article – Being Busy is a Form of Laziness by Tim Ferriss
- Extramilest Podcast with Mark Allen
- Boston Marathon
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