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The wisdom of a broken heart: how to turn the pain of a breakup into healing, insight and new love

By: Piver, Susan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York Atria Book 2010Description: 216 p. Includes bibliographical references.ISBN: 9781416593164.Subject(s): Love | Separation - Psychology | Interpersonal relationsDDC classification: 158.2 Summary: 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.”
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Cover Page
Title Page
Copyright Page
Dedication Page
Contents
Introduction
Part One Relax
1 How the Light Gets In
2 Nothing Happens
3 Depression versus Sadness
4 Completely Uncool
5 It Is a Dark Night
6 Making Friends with Heartbreak
7 Yes, You Have Lost Your Mind (But It’s Okay)
8 How to Meditate
9 If You Accept Pain, It Cannot Hurt You
10 Sex Might Help
11 Have Faith
Part Two See Where You Are
12 Betrayal Stands Alone
13 Of the Four Responses, One Is Helpful
14 Act Like a Queen
15 Give Your Demons a Dinner Party
16 Expect Jeannie
17 Become Wrathful
18 Intensify to Let Go
19 Trump This
20 Mirrors
21 “I Forgive You”
22 Really Unhelpful Things
23 Really Untrue Things
24 Intimacy Is Always There
Part Three Be Where You Are
25 A Luminous Journey
26 Authenticity
27 The Meaning of All These Tears
28 One Sorry-Ass Bodhisattva Wannabe
29 Tears and Awakening
30 The Practice of Loving-Kindness
31 Loving-Kindness Meditation and the One Who Broke Your Heart
32 Turning Off the Projector
Part Four From Broken hearted to Whole hearted Learning to Breathe Again—A Seven-Day Program
33 The Seven-Day Rescue & Relief Program
Afterword
Appendix A The “I’m About to Totally Freak Out” Checklist of Alternatives
Appendix B Instructions for Creating a Daily Meditation Practice
Appendix C Resources
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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.”

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