I started reading The Wisdom Of A Broken Heart while my husband was recovering from major surgery and our life had just changed in a huge way. Nothing was going right, and everything was costing a fortune. I was going around in a daze of how could this be-ness even though I really knew how it got to be. I was aware and mindful and still crushed by the change. I was feeling some of the same things Susan was writing about! Wait a second, this is not only a book for people who have been dumped by jerks! Heartbreak takes many forms. Sometimes, the heartbreaker can be a nasty letter from a bank, a horrible hair cut, a friend who copies your art and acts like you won't notice, or the jerk who smashes into your car while you're in the doctor's office and doesn't leave a note. I started reading faster and feeling better!
It quickly becomes evident that Susan Piver has mastered the art of heartbreak. Susan openly shares funny stories from her life like you've been best friends with her for years. And, she does it in such a comforting way that you know if she were sitting next to you that you'd confess all your sins to her and you'd both be laughing! She would not judge you for sitting on your couch eating donuts and crying for three hours. Then, she'd offer you really good and practical advice for getting out of your self-imposed prison. And one of those ways, which she details in the book, is a 7-Day plan that involves being mindful and keeping a journal. If you've read our books you know how easy it is to start a journal! Anyone can do this. Just grab a piece of paper! Susan provides the questions/prompts and you answer them and by the time you are done, you will be out of the rut you are stuck in and you can move on. There's no rule in the book on how to do your journal~ it can be just words or it can be art. Do it how ever it will be helpful to you. I created a little notebook out of 4x6 cards and binder rings and used basic supplies that I normally use when journaling. Getting to the source of your anguish is important to your well being and as an artist, your feelings and how you see things are the most important art supplies you can ever have.
I loved, loved, LOVED this book. The lessons Susan teaches can be applied to almost all situations that result in feelings of sorrow, anguish, fear, and distrust even if they did not begin with the end of a relationship. If you are squeamish about self-help books and feel weird even clicking to amazon to look at the book because someone somewhere might think you are less than you are, then you need this book most of all. You don't have to do the step-by-step plan to benefit from the book. Even if you are in the middle of the biggest wallow in misery party ever, just simply reading the book will help. Susan's stories are funny, wise, and soothing and you will gain insight and help no matter what your suffering is about.
Be sure to check out Susan Piver's blog for great advice, beautiful writing, and her delightful sense of humor.
*The photo of my journal has notes on Flickr.
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