The Spiritual Power Of Heartbreak with Susan Piver

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“Love is the least safe thing there is. It’s fierce. You can’t domesticate it. It’s wild. When you find it you should rejoice. When you lose it you should grieve.” So says Susan Piver, because she knows the joy of loving, the devastating groundlessness of betrayal, and the deep crushing loss when love goes away. But she also knows how to turn that trauma into something sacred, to learn the truth of who and what is most valuable in your life. In this rich and insightful conversation she invites you to step into your heartbreak with the courage of a warrior, and to embrace your tenderness and fragility with a calm, steady heart. She’ll show you how, with a few simple techniques, you can gain authority over your pain and release its hold on you. Best of all, she points out, “Who doesn’t want to be loved by someone like that, someone who can stand in their vulnerability, can stand with you in yours? This makes you a lover of the highest order.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Susan Piver is a graduate of a Buddhist seminary and an authorized meditation instructor in the Shambhala lineage. She has written for Body and Soul, Self, O: The Oprah Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and the Shambhala Sun, and has been featured on Oprah, CNN, and Today, and in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and other national print publications. She is the author of several books, including:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • When positive thinking can be harmful for you
  • What might happen when you invite your inner demons to dinner
  • Why betrayal is a sacred gift
  • Why a deeply loving marriage is the most heartbreaking situation of all
  • How you can have love in your life all the time, every day

Host: Justine Willis Toms       Interview Date: 2/2/2010     Program Number: 3341

Music Playlist

From Album: Prayer For Compassion
Artist: David Darling
2009 Wind over the Earth #WE2340

Opening Essay: Track 01 Untold Stories
Music Break 1: Track 03 Stones Start Spinning
Music Break 2: Track 01 Untold Stories (reprise)
Music Break 3: Track 10 ShoeStrings