14 Sep The Re-birth Of Happiness with Catherine Stewart!
“I sorely needed these skills as I am recovering and beginning life anew after thankfully surviving suicide.”
This is what Catherine had to say about changing her life around for the better. Once she completed Aware’s 21 day foundation course, she says that meditation has improved her life tremendously. She recalls being in the present as one of the things that helped.
“Instead of ruminating on past pain, shame, and loss, which leads me to depression; or worrying about what may happen that’s unpleasant in the future, which creates anxiety; I have been learning how to be, feel, and think RIGHT NOW without judgement or fear. This practice has lead me to increased calm, joy, love, knowledge, and acceptance of myself. I sorely needed these skills as I am recovering and beginning life anew after thankfully surviving suicide. ”
It hasn’t been easy for Catherine to turn her life around.
“I was so deeply depressed, anxiety-ridden, and in despair over physical pain, grief, emotional abuse, and utter lack of self-esteem, that I saw no way out and seriously tried to end my life. Thank God I didn’t die!”
One of the things we appreciate the most about her decisions, is the inner strength to turn her life around. Yes, we will be there to help teach you how to lead a mindful life, but it is ultimately your decision to want to change for the better.
“As I am discovering life again, I started meditating using Aware.”
Catherine is a great example of an individual who can inspire you to change your decisions. No matter how dark life may seem at this moment, the impetus of life itself suggests that light can be found at any moment from now- all you have to do is be calm and stay patient. Something can click, that will change every single thing you thought you knew. Along with this philosophy, the practice of meditation, and excellent counseling and reading great books like Navigating Your Mind, by Kristopher Walton, Catherine has been seeing a great psychiatrist, and learning how to live “in the now” which has given her a fresh new life.
Finally, Catherine says, “The absolute key in all of the help I’ve received is NO JUDGEMENT! Aware is great at teaching me to observe my thoughts without judgement. Then I can choose which thoughts to entertain & which to dismiss & refute. Empathy is the cure to shame. I finally love myself.”
We, at Aware, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Catherine Stewart, for not only having the inner strength and courage for turning your life around, but for also giving somebody, who desperately needs to read this, a real source of inspiration.