The Beginning of My Journey

by Carol Hendershot

We live in a fast paced world and often everything seems to be spinning out of control. I know well the feeling that I could scream if someone gave me one more thing to do or keep track of.

A few years ago, when I was going through a divorce, a change in employment and a son in the throws of addiction, I just wanted to give up. I had tried everything I could think of; working harder and more hours, giving everyone around me advice on how they should live their lives, worrying incessantly and demanding that things be done my way. When I almost suffered a nervous breakdown and drug problems of my own I realized working harder and my delusions of control were not the answer.

One day I was sitting in a bookstore, perusing the Self-Help section when a book just about dropped off the shelf into my lap. “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn. That was certainly an apt description of my life right then. The book was about a program called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for people just like me, overworked, undernourished and at the end of their rope.

Stories run in circles, and circles within circles, so there are many other parts to this story but this is its essence and that was the beginning of healing for me. Please come to a Free Information Session and see if it might help you as well.