Susan Piver is a meditation expert with over two decades of Buddhist study and practice. She is the founder of the Open Heart Project, an online community of more than 12,000 people from all over the world who have been receiving weekly meditation instruction from her for three years.

The author of several bestsellers including The Quiet Mind sees meditation as a way of being in the world. This spiritual practice can boost self-confidence, improve relationships, enrich creativity, and provide a way to work with strong inner emotions.

The meditation beginner will find plenty of basic material here along with Piver's advice on the interplay between meditation and depression, creativity, compassion, and love. You will also want to seriously study the chapter on "Obstacles and Antidotes" where she deals with commonplace challenges facing all those who meditate.