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The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

How to Turn the Pain of a Breakup into Healing, Insight, and New Love
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
 | 
December, 2010
ISBN:
9781416593164
In stock now: 
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$21.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

There is no pain quite like the heartbreak when a relationship ends. For many, the devastating, obsessive nature of a broken heart is a complete surprise. You feel like something has been physically shattered, right in the middle of your chest. The anguish and disappointment of a broken heart is devastating, but Susan Piver shows how heartbreak’s overwhelming pain also creates an opportunity for genuine spiritual transformation, enabling you to emerge on the other side stronger, softer, and capable of loving even more deeply than before.

The heart that is broken has been broken open. When my heart was broken, it changed my life.... I still breathe in the consequences of this incredibly difficult event every day—but with gratitude, not despair. From this most painful experience came the ability to find and appreciate lasting love.

In instantaneously recognizable anecdotes—heart-wrenching and, at times, comical—from her own life and others’, she shows that heartbreak is a rite of passage for everyone—one that can leave you firmly convinced of your personal power and secure in your indestructible ability to love. And like an infinitely patient, trusted friend, she tells you in a thousand different ways the most important thing to remember and the easiest to forget: “You’re going to be okay.”

Job number one when it comes to a broken heart is regaining your mind. This is exactly what the practice of meditation teaches. It trains the mind to be your ally, not your foe. In meditation, you simply stop struggling with yourself… You simply notice each thought with a nonjudgmental “thank you very much” and go back to the naturalness and honesty of the breath.

The Wisdom of a Broken Heart is a practical, steadying, compassionate plan filled with on-the-spot practices, exercises, meditations, poems, and down-to-earth advice on living with day-to-day miseries, offering a kindly prescription of solace and encouragement, wisdom and humour during the hardest times of your life.

By establishing yourself in uncertainty, your heart essence refines itself into what it already is, just beneath the surface of agitation: a kind of love that is simply indestructible. In this way heartbreak itself becomes a most profound and uncompromising teacher.

“Piver has managed to perform an extraordinary task, namely, to inspire a person to want to love again. She knows how to repair the shattered soul, using her personal experience as well as the wisdom of great saints, poets, and cultural elders.” —Caroline Myss, author, Entering the Castle

“Quite beautiful, a natural read for healing. Many do not realize how much more painful divorce, the betrayal of the heart, can be than even the loss of death.” —Stephen & Ondrea Levine, co-authors of Embracing the Beloved

Publisher’s Description: 

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 worlds 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: Youre going to be okay.

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