The Wisdom of a Broken Heart by Susan Piver PDF

Download The Wisdom of a Broken Heart by Susan Piver PDF book free online – From The Wisdom of a Broken Heart by Susan Piver PDF: When a relationship ends, the anguish and disappointment can be devastating. A broken heart is genuinely traumatic.

Typical recommendations to keep busy, move on, repair your hidden flaws, and then forget about it may not be helpful. In these pages, Susan Piver reveals that heartbreak actually creates an opportunity for genuine emotional and spiritual transformation, enabling you to emerge on the other side stronger, softer, and capable of loving with renewed confidence.

In the years following her own experience, relationship writer Susan Piver searched the world’s wisdom traditions and discovered that heartbreak can be an uncompromising teacher of authenticity, power, and even joy. She shares that wisdom here, with instantaneously recognizable anecdotes, insights, on-the-spot practices, exercises, meditations, and down-to-earth advice that make The Wisdom of a Broken Heart a steadying prescription of solace and encouragement, wisdom and humor during the hardest time of your life. Like an infinitely patient, trusted friend, Piver tells you in a thousand different ways the most important thing to remember and the easiest to forget: “You’re going to be okay.”

Editorial Reviews

Review of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

“This accessible and pragmatic book for anyone who has had his or her heart broken by the termination of a romantic relationship….[is] a care package … that can help the broken-hearted heal.” —Spirituality & Practice


This was revolutionary in my life. I read this book many years ago and I still use the wisdom I found in it on an almost weekly basis, particularly the simple concept of sitting with pain instead of resisting it. This is useful for broken hearts of all kinds, even grief over a death. She provides very real things you can “do” to help yourself, including incredibly powerful meditations (I know, for those of you granola-hating skeptics the idea of meditating on your pain sounds ridiculous and seld-defeating, but trust me on this.)

It was also incredible to realize the sublime amount of creative energy being broken hearted unlocks, not to mention the ability to prioritize what really matters in life, or to feel things more deeply and more empathetically than ever before. At the same time she gives you permission to feel that, yes, having a really, really broken heart can be the worst pain imaginable. I was truly a wreck of a person before I found this book, I related to her level of heartbroken self-destruction. I can’t recommend it enough, and I do every single time a friend is going through a break up.


I bought this book the LAST time I was heartbroken, and found it incredibly helpful, and now, once again, I’m reading it while in the throes of a broken heart. The thing I like about this book is that the author is one of the only ones (besides Pema Chodron) I’ve read who writes about heartbreak the way it really IS, without implying that you shouldn’t be in so much pain. Most self-help writers say “Yeah, it hurts, but you’ll get over it.” In this book, the author has humor and compassion for the pain, shares her own experience of heartbreak, doesn’t tell us we shouldn’t be feeling it, but also makes sure we see the options for walking out of it.

That’s a pretty fine line to walk: not too coddling, not too stern, not to blaming, and not too sentimental. I also like that the author shares her own stories and others’ stories about how it actually FEELS and how we THINK when we’re heartbroken, which makes the reader feel not so alone, not so crazy or out of whack. I loved the cornbread example, about how minor things can seem to trigger intense pain after loss. The exercises are profound, usually pretty simple, and unique, getting us to the somatic and soul levels rather than staying in the head, the way many self-help and therapeutic techniques often do. I’m very grateful for this book right now!

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About the Author

Susan Piver is the bestselling author of The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say ‘I Do,’ and the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life. A graduate of a Buddhist seminary, she writes the relationships column for Body & Soul magazine and is a frequent guest on network television, including The Oprah Winfrey ShowToday, and The Tyra Banks Show. She lives in Boston.


Details About The Wisdom of a Broken Heart by Susan Piver PDF

  • Name: The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: How to Turn the Pain of a Breakup into Healing, Insight, and New Love
  • Authors: Susan Piver
  • Publish Date: December 28, 2010
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Psychology, Romance, Self-Help
  • Format: PDF/ePub
  • Size: 1 MB
  • Pages: 240
  • Price: Free
  • ISBN: 1416593160

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