Publisher description for How not to be afraid of your own life : opening your heart to confidence, intimacy, and joy / Susan Piver.

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How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life is an inspirational and practical guide to conquering fear and embracing joy.

Although you may not realize it fear is getting in your way and stopping you from connecting with others, realizing the significance of your life, and finding fulfillment and joy. It doesn’t have to be this way. Susan Piver has the key to breaking down the barriers of fear that are holding you back. Using simple meditation techniques, based in Buddhist principles, she will teach you how to:
-Open your heart to relationships
-Gain the confidence to pursue a meaningful career
-Achieve perspective to live your authentic life

With a contemporary approach to ancient practices Susan teaches you how to incorporate principles of meditation and mindfulness into your everyday life. This isn’t about enlightenment on a mountaintop it is a way of bringing intelligence and courage to the way you relate to yourself, your family, your friends, and your life.

How Not to be Afraid of Your Own Life features the “7-Day Freedom from Fear Meditation Program” a guided journey into discovering what may be holding you back from experiencing life to the fullest. Using meditation, journaling, and other reflective practices you will find a respite from everyday pressures and learn techniques to help you re-enter your busy life refreshed, renewed, and ready to live the life you were born to.

Advance Praise for How Not to be Afraid of Your Own Life

“I have long recommended meditation as central to a healthy lifestyle. Susan Piver teaches this important practice in a trustworthy and practical way – and shows us how to use its lessons to create a fearless life.”
-Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Healthy Aging

“Susan Piver has worked her magic again. She gives us an everyday approach to Buddhism, so that all of us can benefit from the wisdom of this magnificent philosophy. In this wacky world we all need practices and perspectives that ground us in the here and now. Navigate and swim the river more gracefully with Susan's advice.”
-Rodney Yee, author of Yoga: The Poetry of the Body

“In direct and playful language, Susan Piver’s new book translates Buddhist wisdom to show its relevance to daily life.”
-Stephen Cope, author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self

“Susan Piver has written a beautiful book about how to overcome fear and be empowered in your life based on her years of Buddhist practice.”
­-Judith Orloff, MD, author of Positive Energy: 10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength, and Love

“How we can live a life more awake, present and connected without the impediments of beliefs, ideas, and fears created from past experience? In simple but startlingly clear language, Piver takes the mystery out of Buddhism, and makes it relevant to our struggles to be happy in the 21st century.”
-Mark Hyman, M.D., author of Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss

Susan Piver is the author of the bestselling The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say “I Do”. She has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, CBS The Early Show, The Today Show and featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time, Modern Bride, O Magazine, and Redbook. She has trained in Buddhist practice for ten years, is a graduate of Buddhist seminary, and is an authorized meditation teacher. She is the meditation expert on and She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. Visit her website at

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Meditation -- Buddhism.
Spiritual life -- Buddhism.
Fear -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism.