I am just writing to say a big heartfelt THANK YOU for the retreat in November. I wanted to tell you my story so you know how much you have helped me. I am not expecting an email back, just wanted you to know.
I will keep it brief. For 13 years I was on ADD medication (a stimulant) and did not know how I would ever cope without it.
I decided to quit, so I booked a month of annual leave starting with your weekend retreat. My first day off the medication was the saturday. What a great way to start!!
I expected to be sleeping all day and severely depressed for this first month (and maybe even years) due to dopamine deficiency in my brain. I had been dreading this time in my life for many years. The fear and anxiety were almost unbearable towards the end.
However instead of being an apathetic sloth, I have been meditating and doing yoga and exercising every day. I am calm, connected and feel more genuine happiness than I have ever felt. I feel like my heart opened on that retreat and I have been able to train my mind to be positive. Instead of hiding away in isolation, I want to connect with people! What I thought would be ‘the end of my life’ has turned out to be the beginning, and I feel like I have discovered my authentic self for the first time.
Your guidance in the retreat has given me these amazing tools to get through what I expected to be the most difficult and painful time of my life. The only tears I have cried have been tears of joy!!
I am back to work tomorrow, and I know it will be challenging, but I also know my breath can carry me through any difficult situations 🙂
(I have been doing ‘loving kindness’ breathing whenever I go anywhere, and it always calms and energizes me!)