Susan Piver

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn the difference between knowledge and wisdom, and how to trust what you know is true

  • Explore the relationship between creativity, expression, and mindfulness and how they help you to discover who you are

  • Understand the importance of kindness towards yourself on the path of self-inquiry

About Susan Piver

Susan Piver is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, and Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. Piver has been a practicing Buddhist since 1995 and graduated from a Buddhist seminary in 2004. She is an internationally acclaimed meditation teacher, known for her ability to translate ancient practices into modern life. Her work has been featured on the Oprah show, TODAY, CNN, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MONEY, and others. 
In 2011, Piver launched the Open Heart Project, the largest virtual mindfulness community in the world. 
Her new book, The Four Noble Truths of Love: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships, is out now. You can learn more about Susan and her work on her website.

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  1. Ellen April 14, 2019 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    This talk really pulled on my heartstrings and left me feeling connected and grateful. Thank you Susan for sharing.

  2. Candice April 11, 2019 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you Susan! I’m so happy to have learned about you and your methods. I especially liked what you said about meditation and creativity being the same.

  3. Lori Mills April 11, 2019 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    wow, wow, wow~♡ Such a lovely lady and thoughtful interview. Many blessings to Susan for sharing her wisdom and kudos to The Wise Woman Summit for sharing this event.?

  4. Kylie Brown April 11, 2019 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    In mediation, we access brain waves that are not available to us at all times when we are busy doing. We encourage neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine to flood our system instead of the typical cortisol and adrenaline. When we are flooded with adrenaline and cortisol, we can only do. We cannot access the cortex of the brain until we are calm. During meditation, we are literally opening the door to our calm mind, our rational mind, the cortex of the brain. During our typical busy states, we most often only have access to our amygdala, our reptile brain. From here, we usually only react, not truly think. Mediation allows us the space and the time to truly observe. Without deep breathing and a focused mind, we succumb to all of the exterior sensory input. We have more sensory input now than ever before. The science behind meditation is amazing. It is more than just a spiritual practice. It becomes a mental practice of controlling the mind and where we want to focus our thoughts. It becomes an emotional management practice as we allow ourselves to access our thinking brains and process the emotions fired by the amygdala instead of reacting to them, and it becomes a physical practice by supporting and encouraging the happy hormones that allow our cells to return to healing and regeneration, another thing that cannot happen when we are not accessing that calm. :):)

  5. Mel April 11, 2019 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    It was refreshing to hear someone who has been practicing for so long to admit that they are still “confused”. It encourages me to be more patient with myself when I get confused as well. So thank you Susan for your honesty and authenticity.

  6. Nigel Stewart April 11, 2019 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Thank you for the tears of recognition of openly visible sky-like truths. Peace and Blessings!

  7. Gwen Hartland April 11, 2019 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Thank you Susan for your honesty and authenticity. You bring clarity and understanding to many complex subjects of life. Your simply and real way of following your truth is inspiring, as always!

  8. Melissa Lewis April 10, 2019 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I would add the words fearless, illuminating, and generous to describe Susan. Thank you for yet more jewels for us all to contemplate. Thank you for the reminder — and the invitation — to trust in the wisdom of our experience and to allow the strength of the feminine to abound. And thank you for your ferocious vulnerability! You continue to inspire this curious and confused woman.

  9. Susan D'Agostino April 10, 2019 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Authentic and inspiting

  10. Cecelia Lang April 10, 2019 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Of the Day One speakers I found Susan Piver’s voice the most well crafted. I listen to these wise women confident that there will be new skills and ideas I can use to develop the ability to articulately share who I am and what I have to share while on my journey with the family/community. Well done.

  11. Sidonie April 10, 2019 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Yes, utterly genuine! That’s exactly what I felt listening to you and it’s the first word that came into my mind to describe you… I really enjoyed the interview, I am deeply touched by the humility, vulnerability, courage and authenticity throughout your sharing. Heartfelt gratitude and warm greetings. Namasté!

  12. Karen Swanson April 10, 2019 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    gorgeous, wise, lovely, inspiring words. always, from Susan Piver, but I swear she’s getting clearer and clearer with each speaking engagement. we are so fortunate to have her on the planet!

  13. Nicole April 10, 2019 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    hearing you say that the conventional wisdom on loving yourself first is wrong made my heart relax in a way that rarely happens. i have always been able to love others more than myself (my meditation and yoga practices have helped me overcome that) and just grew exhausted from people telling me that my heart was wrong for that. this video settles it; i will be part of one of your writing retreats at the shambhala mountain center as soon as my life permits.

  14. Lanie April 10, 2019 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    Wow, thank you Susan and Kaleigh. That was so powerful. Very moving to hear that the Dalai Llama said that. Susan’s telling of it and the incredible power of the feminine had me in tears actually.

  15. Ana April 10, 2019 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Thank you Susan for confirming once again that wisdom comes from within, and that suffering is the biggest and most amazing teacher ?✨?

  16. Teresa Testa April 10, 2019 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Enlightening, thank you!

  17. Savannah April 10, 2019 at 8:45 am - Reply

    This talk has allowed me to look at a lot of my misfortunes in a different light. When my loved ones go through my same experiences, they often come to me for advice. But for some reason, I’ve never realized how much good my suffering has done for others. If I hadn’t gone through dark times alone, I wouldn’t have ever been able to help others get through their dark times.

  18. Jewel Clearwater April 10, 2019 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Loved this talk. Deliciously, gently…… validating. Thank you!

  19. Arida Wahyuni April 10, 2019 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Thank you Susan. Love your honesty and authenticity. Your words really resonate with me. My take away at the end of the talk is that Wisdom is Being comfortable with not Knowing and trusting that things will unfold exactly as they need to be.

  20. Deborah April 10, 2019 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Much deep appreciation and words for me to contemplate. Been practicing buddhism for a number of years. The mindful awareness is key. Many gems and AHA! Moments. Love yours words on art and vulnerablity. Wow! The Dalai Lama quote! (Paraphrasing) “Western women will save or change the world” . i agree. We are at a painful yet powerful pivotal place! Women can change the world. Everyone needs to pay closer attention to us. Thank you!

  21. Mary Welch April 10, 2019 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Inspiring! Susan is eloquently articulate and engaging in her authenticity. Thank You!
    I appreciated all of her shared wisdom and especially appreciated her view on not having to ‘love yourself before you can love others.” I so agree. I think that notion has kept so many women and men from experiencing a life committed to a loving relationship. I have been married 50 years and I know for me that it is within the relationship that I grew to love myself deeply And to love my husband more deeply.
    My purpose has evolved from that experience of loving. I lead AWAKE! Women in Serendipity Circles every month where we share our wisdom. Thank You for sharing yours.

  22. Luisa Elisa Almada Wright April 10, 2019 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Pacient, strong,present. Sharing with woman make my spirit happy.

  23. Liz Marsis April 10, 2019 at 12:50 am - Reply

    I appreciated hearing a talk filled with so much emotional honesty. I was surprised to learn of the Dalai Lama’s statement that the world will be saved by the Women of the West. I guess we are in the best position to change how the most powerful block of people use their power. Thanks.

  24. Janet April 10, 2019 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and thoughts. My sense of connection to a community of women has been strengthened in such a joyful way.

    • Brigitta van der putten April 10, 2019 at 1:24 am - Reply

      I like her realness and simplicity on explaining meditation and Buddhist practice. Interesting and helpful.

  25. Gerry April 10, 2019 at 12:39 am - Reply

    I have been left by Susan’s thoughts stunned!

  26. Elle April 10, 2019 at 12:08 am - Reply

    Easy awake share authentic

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