Creative Expression, Mind-Body, Mindful Living

WATCH: Susan Piver on Writing, Magic, and Meditation

You probably already know who Susan Piver is — because she is famous for helping people through her writing. She’s a New York Times Best-selling author of titles like How not to be Afraid of Your Own Life and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. You probably already know that! But, what you may not know, what may come as a surprise, is that the main impetus for this writer — who has helped tens of thousands of people through her writing — is not to be helpful, necessarily. Rather, it is to discover something.

If this makes you wonder about what it means to be a “helpful person” or an “artist” — good!

In our recent interview, Susan spoke powerfully about the creative process and its healing potential, and how discovery is a phenomena that a writer can experience themselves, but cannot quite provide for readers. Rather, perhaps, they can set the stage.

She quotes her teacher Saykong Mipham:

“Don’t teach anyone anything. Help them discover something.”

In a culture that seems full-up with opinion, this is a refreshing bit to consider. Of course, Susan also speaks about meditation — which she has been teaching for decades — and how this relates to writing. And also about a mysterious element known as the “container principle” (hint: you may have experienced this magic in the presence of a deadline).

Enjoy the video below, or scroll down to stream/download the audio.

Shambhala Mountain Center hosts Fearlessly Creative: A Meditation and Writing Retreat with Susan Piver, December 15–19 — click here to learn more 

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About the Authors

Susan-PiverSusan Piver is an internationally renowned meditation teacher and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books, including the award-winning How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life, and the recently released Start Here Now: An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation. She is the founder of the Open Heart Project, an international online meditation community with more than 12k members. Learn more at

travisTravis Newbill is a writer, musician, and meditation guide.  After living at Shambhala Mountain Center  for three years, he has recently moved to Boulder, where he studies poetry within the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. 

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