Healing the Heartbreak: How Buddhism Can Help You Overcome Pain and Find Inner Peace

by Leif Harum January 17, 2023

We've all been there, the feeling of heartbreak is all too familiar. It's that feeling of emptiness and pain that seems to linger long after the relationship has ended. I remember when my heart was broken, I felt lost and alone, unable to shake off the feelings of hurt and betrayal.

But as I delved deeper into Buddhism and its teachings, I came to understand that heartbreak is a form of suffering, just like addiction. It arises from attachment and craving for something that we believe will bring us happiness. The Buddha taught that true happiness cannot be found in external things, but rather within ourselves through the cultivation of mindfulness and self-awareness.


One of the most important teachings of Buddhism is the idea of non-attachment. When we become attached to a person, we create an unbalanced state in which we cannot see things as they truly are. By cultivating a sense of non-attachment, we can begin to let go of the past and move forward with a sense of peace and freedom.


Another important aspect of Buddhism is the practice of compassion. When we're going through heartbreak, it's easy to become consumed by our own pain and to lose sight of the suffering of others. By developing compassion, we can learn to have empathy for our ex-partner and understand that their actions were a result of their own pain and suffering. We can also learn to have compassion for ourselves, and understand that heartbreak is a natural part of the human experience.

Everyday Enlightenment: Heartbreak

For those who are looking for a more structured approach to overcoming heartbreak, I highly recommend the Everyday Enlightenment: Heartbreak journal. It is a 21-day journal that draws on the principles of Buddhism and modern psychology to help individuals overcome heartbreak. Each day includes a unique breathing exercise, a question of self-reflection, a daily mantra, and an action that the user can take to help them move on from the past and build new habits. It's a powerful tool that can help you stay focused and motivated as you work towards lasting change.


Buddhism teaches us that heartbreak is a form of suffering, but it is not something that we have to endure forever. By cultivating mindfulness, non-attachment and compassion, we can begin to understand the impermanent nature of things and let go of the past. The Everyday Enlightenment: Heartbreak journal is a powerful tool that can help you stay focused and motivated as you work towards lasting change and find peace and happiness within yourself. Remember to be kind and compassionate towards yourself, and always trust in the natural process of healing.

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