Open Hearted Resources

Kira Elliott 2014 books

I get a lot of questions about self-care, my meditation practice and cultivating an open heart.  I have had so many great teachers and influences to guide my path over the years.  Here are some Open Hearted Resources that stand out in my mind.  Some are newer but most are oldies but goodies for me.  Ones that I return to again and again.

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How to Develop an Open Hearted Writing Practice

Open Hearted Wisdom Circles

A Few Books that Matter to Me

On Spiritual Matters

The Issue At Hand: Essays On Buddhist Mindfulness Practice

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha

If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path

Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood

A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

Getting Unstuck

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Ten Poems to Change Your Life

Books on Writing/Creativity

The Art of Slow Writing

Writing As a Way of Healing

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative

Writing Alone and with Others

This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart

The Artist’s Way

Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

 A Few Resources that Help Me Cultivate an Open Heart

Meditation/Dharma Talks

Insight Meditation Center – A wonderful resource for insight meditation practice and learning more about Buddhism.  I really wish I lived out in the Bay area so I could attend in person.  They have a full online community.  

Meditation Instruction– This is how I began my meditation practice. Gil Fronsdal is wonderful teacher.  This is a great foundation for Vipassana practice.   

Audio Dharma – I listen Drama at least 4 days a week, mainly on my commute to work.  I know listening the Dharma while driving is not very, well Dharma like, but it works for me.

Dharma Seed – A great resource to talks, teachers and centers related to Vipassana tradition in the West.

Tara Brach – I love her message of self compassion and staying present for what is no matter how scary.  She is also very funny.

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