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How not to be afraid of your own life : opening your heart to confidence, intima
Piver, Susan
Adult Nonfiction BQ5620 .P58 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Readers of popular self-help books may recognize Piver as the author of The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say "I Do." But Piver has also been a student of Buddhism for 10 years and is an authorized meditation teacher. This little book distills what Piver has learned from meditation, retreats and sessions with her spiritual teacher, offering a skillful description of Buddhist meditation for the beginner. Her point is very simple: "There is a kind of happiness that is effortlessly present at all times. This happiness comes from stopping the relentless search to fulfill our own needs. It comes from relaxing with things exactly as they are." In that vein, she explores several basic Buddhist concepts and also lays out a sort of in-home retreat for greater self-awareness, a seven-day, hour-by-hour program of journaling, walks and meditation. In trying in this way to combine the more spiritual Buddhist and more pragmatic self-help genres, she produces a book that's both personal and contemplative, but that may not appeal to readers of either genre. (Apr. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In terms of guest appearances on the talk show circuit, Piver is practically a rock star. A best-selling author (The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions To Ask Before You Say, "I Do"), she has appeared on Oprah, CNN, and The Early Show and has been featured in Redbook, Time, and the Wall Street Journal. An authorized meditation teacher, she has trained in the Buddhist practice for over ten years and intuitively understands the zeitgeist. Piver wants to teach the listener how to overcome internal fears, the voices that keep the individual from realizing the importance of finding joy and fulfillment. Using contemporary language and examples, she encourages the seeker to pursue a "Seven-Day Freedom from Fear Meditation Program." She hopes that through learning the techniques of meditation, keeping a journal, and living a more reflective existence, the listener can find respite from the outside world. Piver mixes inspirational messages with practical advice in the hopes of helping the individual find balance. Insisting that the human goal should be opening the heart to relationships, having the confidence to find a career that offers accomplishment and a sense of contribution, and finding the best, "most authentic" self, the author is enthusiastic, amusing, and helpful. Recommended for public libraries with large audio collections.-Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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