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Susan Piver
Susan Piver is the bestselling author of six books, including 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. Her new book, entitled The Wisdom of a Broken Heart was released in paperback in January 2011.

A student of Buddhism since 1995, Piver teaches workshops on meditation, relationships and creativity. She wrote the relationships column for body + soul magazine, is the meditation expert and contributor at, and is a frequent guest on network television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and The Tyra Banks Show.

In 2011, Piver launched The Open Heart Project to teach anyone who would like to how to meditate.

For more information, please visit her website.

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Entries by Susan Piver

How to Love Donald Trump (Without Losing Your Soul): One Buddhist's Point of View.

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 12:00 PM

During this election cycle in the US, I find tremendous cause for hate. Spoiler alert: I HATE Donald Trump--hate him with a passion I would otherwise reserve for terrorists, power-mongers, fundamentalists of any stripe, baby slappers, and puppy murderers. HATE. I hate that guy. He is a liar. A charlatan....

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Uncommon Advice to Heal a Broken Heart (In Time for Valentine's Day...)

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 1:40 PM

A few years ago, I traveled across the country giving talks based on my book, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. I drove from Boston to Victoria, B.C. and back, giving talk after talk, hearing story after story, meeting person after heartbroken person who was seeking some way, any way,...

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Idiot Compassion and the Power of Sorrow

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 3:13 PM

To be a spiritual warrior, one must have a broken heart; without a broken heart and the sense of tenderness and vulnerability that is in one's self and all others, your warriorship is untrustworthy. -- Chögyam Trungpa

Chogyam Trungpa, the Tibetan meditation master who introduced the Shambhala teachings...

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Can Success and Sex Sell Mindfulness?

(4) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 12:40 PM

I'm a meditation teacher who speaks about mindfulness and teaches workshops around the world. I'm also founder of the Open Heart Project, an online meditation community with close to 12,000 members. And what a great time it is to be a meditation teacher! Mindfulness is becoming a movement and although...

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What I Believe (About You)

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 7:22 PM

A show of hands, please. What do you believe in? What are your values? What do you believe is at the heart of human nature?

What kind of world do you want to live in?

Here is what I say.

There are more people who want to act out...

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The Boston Marathon: One Buddhist's Response to the Unthinkable

(9) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:51 PM

It has been quite a week here in Boston and everywhere, truthfully.  The events of the Boston Marathon and beyond have been staggeringly painful, tragic, surreal, and difficult to even believe. 

No one can make it less painful, tragic, or surreal -- but we can make it more believable. At...

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Only Us: Beyond Republican and Democrat

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 1:15 PM

My name is Susan Piver and I am a writer and blogger. I have written six books and send out a newsletter twice a week to my list of nearly 10,000 subscribers. My topics include meditation, creativity, and relationships. I'm fortunate to have an active, caring audience and when I...

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Anticipatory Dread: Stop Putting Things Off

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 10:00 AM

This past weekend, I was teaching at the Providence, R.I., Shambhala Center. We spent the entire time talking about fearlessness -- what it was, how fear maintains its grip on us, how to loosen it, and how to manifest fearlessness in our lives. My final talk was on confidence, and...

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The Power of Lineage

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 7:05 PM

Your life is telling a story. Do you know what it is?

If you reflect, you could see that your life actually has a narrative arc. Themes keep repeating. On any ordinary day, story lines are continually rising, arcing and fading. Some are big and some are small. Although you...

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The Power of Sorrow

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 8:00 AM

As founder of The Open Heart Project, a virtual meditation community with more than 4,000 members, I often hear questions about the increased sense of vulnerability that can arise with a steady meditation practice. I don't know if you have noticed this about your meditation practice, but one...

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Meditation, Relaxation And The Self-Help Demon

(26) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Every now and then, I see ads for meditation that describe things like shortcuts and fast tracks, which are often numbered and qualified, as in: "Meditation: 5 Steps to Easy-Peasy Peace" or "Meditation: Bliss in Just 3 Minutes a Day" and such.

I've been meditating for about 15 years...

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New Year's Resolution Revamp

(4) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 11:16 AM

The last two weeks of December are among my very favorite of the year because it is a natural time for turning inward, taking stock, envisioning the future and so on.

I don't know about you, but I've spent many a late December making long lists of goals to achieve...

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Overcoming Anxiety Through Kindness and Meditation

(10) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 9:56 AM

Recently, a member of the Open Heart Project wrote asking if I knew of any meditations for dealing with anxiety and this really started me thinking. I struggle with anxiety myself and it has been through attempting to apply the dharma to my own experiences that I have...

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Depressed? How to 'Just Cheer Up!'

(11) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 2:25 AM

This morning I woke up with a feeling of depression. This is not unusual for me. Perhaps you can relate. I have struggled with depression for my entire life since I was a child. I really don't know why and I sort of don't really care why anymore. Nonetheless, I...

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September 12, 2001

(10) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 2:05 PM

September 12, 2011

There is a Buddhist meditation practice called Tonglen. In Tibetan, "tong" means "sending out" and "len" means "receiving." So Tonglen is known as the practice of sending and taking, or of exchanging self for other. Instead of inhaling what makes us feel good and exhaling what makes...

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6 Tips for Choosing a Meditation Practice

(50) Comments | Posted September 3, 2011 | 12:03 PM

When I started practicing meditation in 1995, I didn't tell too many people about it for fear they would think I had joined a cult or turned into some kind of new-aged oddball. If I mention it today, however, I'm more likely to be greeted by comments like, "I just...

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Is This a Relationship Or a Love Affair?

(18) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 8:25 PM

The other day, I was talking to my friend Bridget about her new guy. He was everything she said she wanted: smart, handsome, funny, gainfully employed in a creative profession, and committed to the same social causes she was. Most awesome of all, sex was h.o.t. You know, the kind...

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Compassion for Our Enemies: Necessity or Naïveté?

(35) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 12:55 PM

Last Monday, I wrote a little about my response to Osama bin Laden's killing. Upon hearing of his death, most people expressed heartfelt and understandable relief that our hunt for one who wished to destroy us was over. Others participated in "celebrations" that seemed tinged with what could...

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Should We Have Celebrated Osama Bin Laden's Death?

(261) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 9:11 PM

"In the Shambhala warrior tradition, we say you should only have to kill an enemy once every thousand years."
--Chogyam Trungpa

Osama bin Laden is dead. We killed him. It seemed there was no choice. We were clearly in an "us-or-them" situation, and if we didn't kill him, he...

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How to Create Real Change in Your Life

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2011 | 7:00 AM

When it comes to creating real change in your life, there is only one action item that is critical. The most brilliant organizational strategies and profound insights into human behavior are 100 percent meaningless without it. If you are not doing this one thing, nothing else matters. I'm not being...

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