Day 5: Susan Piver – Learning to Love Through Heartbreak 2018-05-21T00:09:47+00:00

Day 5: Relationships

Learning to Love Through Heartbreak

Susan Piver

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What You’ll Learn

  • Understand how we can can learn more about love through the pain of heartbreak
  • Stop running away from your pain, and learn how to move towards it with care, intention, and mindfulness

About Susan Piver

Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including The Hard Questions, the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. Her new book is Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. She is also founder of the Open Heart Project, an international online mindfulness community with close to 20,000 members.

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18 Comments

  1. Rich May 19, 2018 at 2:27 am - Reply

    Very helpful, Susan. Thank you. I am going through divorce (down here in Texas) and I have found myself playing both of those games – it’s all my fault or just get over it. It helps to remember to feel what you are feeling and trust it will not last forever. Namaste.

  2. zafu May 19, 2018 at 2:41 am - Reply

    thank you thank you!! very helpful … really loved all of this … thank you … clearly and superbly presented …

  3. Geri deGruy May 19, 2018 at 3:03 am - Reply

    So kind and loving. You shared wonderful ideas and gave a lot of space. Thank you!

  4. Susannah May 19, 2018 at 6:52 am - Reply

    This is just beautiful, Susan – I love your realisation that “heartbreak is love unbound from an object” and also the invitation not to see the path of heartbreak as proof that something from childhood needs healing. I have lived through some pretty devastating heartbreak and something that helped me was the phrase: Do not fear heartbreak, for it is only when your heart has been broken open that God can pour the whole universe into it. I hold the space with you for all those moving through heartbreak at this time to have that experience you had of the 8 seconds between the garbage cans of knowing that in this moment all is well.

  5. Susannah May 19, 2018 at 6:52 am - Reply

    This is just beautiful, Susan – I love your realisation that “heartbreak is love unbound from an object” and also the invitation not to see the path of heartbreak as proof that something from childhood needs healing. I have lived through some pretty devastating heartbreak and something that helped me was the phrase: Do not fear heartbreak, for it is only when your heart has been broken open that God can pour the whole universe into it. I hold the space with you for all those moving through heartbreak at this time to have that experience you had of the 8 seconds between the garbage cans of knowing that in this moment all is well.

  6. Paul May 19, 2018 at 9:29 am - Reply

    I just take my seat and allow to feel it – It’s my mind that’s causing this … joy (my choice) as well as this pain … Thanks, Susan Piver

  7. Victor May 19, 2018 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Love <3

  8. Rivka May 19, 2018 at 10:02 am - Reply

    When my heart will be broken I would like Susan Piver to be around.
    Thank you so much.

  9. Evelyn May 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    I have always appreciated advice from someone who has been there and experienced the things I have. I had a broken heart 10 years ago and I would have loved to have heard this talk at that time. Anyway, as you said the pain does go away and my love and compassion for others who are or have experienced it has grown.
    Thank You

  10. Sarah May 19, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Susan. I had a moment similar to your trash can moment, sitting in my car, crying. Feeling so horrible and like I would never recover (and I am usually very resilient, optimistic). Eyes shut and sobbing, I all of a sudden felt sun coming in the window and touching my skin. It was gentle and a reminder that nothing bad was happening to me at the moment. I was ok. I was safe. My expectations had been smashed but I was still ok.

  11. Judith May 19, 2018 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    This was absolutely brilliant and deeply caring. Wish I’d heard it some years ago but it still is helpful for little heart breaks. If such a thing. And having lived through it I can only say it’s all true! Thank you

  12. Angel Russek May 19, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    Remembering that the sensation of heartache is simply a reflection of how much love I carry. —-thats promising as I navigate the turmoil of this pain

  13. Kathleen Rubin May 19, 2018 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    This is my favorite talk so far! Thank you Susan for so much insight. I felt identified the whole time. I take way many things, but some of my favorite are ” I am the sky, my thoughts the clouds”, “there is no difference between love and heartbreak”, “heartbreak is love itself unbound from an object”. The entire talk priceless.

  14. Rea May 20, 2018 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Thank you Susan, I really enjoy your talks, they are so clear and to the point! It is so true: Meditation helped me more than anything else to get through my heartbreak! Namaste

  15. VJ May 20, 2018 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Susan, thank you for a very honest and well articulated talk. My dear husband passed away from cancer nearly four years ago. I love your concept ‘the heart is broken open’, it is exactly how l felt during the loneliest and saddest days. But slowly and amazingly with time the heart does heal and l am able to feel whole again.

  16. Kristina May 20, 2018 at 6:41 am - Reply

    Thank you Susan for this talk! You describe it so well, how the mind attacks when we feel already so vulnerable, but there is so much relief in knowing we can work with the mind and learn that our capacity for love actually can grow after heartbreak, even if it may not feel like that for a very long time… Much love! from Kristina

  17. Kirsten Connelly May 20, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Exceptionallly heartfelt and 100% Truth.
    Thank you! Namaste to all of us in our experiences of heart ache.

  18. Ambika May 20, 2018 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    This was helpful for me to hear. It came when I needed it most.

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