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For most of my 46 years I've been an obsessed worrier - agonizing over every choice and decision, judging and re-judging every thought and action I've taken. I thought living that way was the best method to be productive, obedient and 'good'.
Whenever stressful incidents occurred, the insomnia and pessimism that resulted from the obsessive thoughts usually passed after a few days (or a week or two at the most) so I didn't really believe it was a problem in my life. I thought I was just giving my best effort.
Just over a year ago, however, I began to have more severe symptoms, even experiencing two events of paralyzing anxiety.
I was very fortunate to have been referred to a behavioral therapist who provided cognitive behavioral therapy and introduced mindfulness-based stress reduction to me through Jon Kabat-Zinn's Full Catastrophe Living.
Dr. Kabat-Zinn's approach, especially by presenting mindfulness and meditation as practical and scientifically sound tools for living life more fully, has quite frankly saved my life.
I will always be grateful to my therapist, Josie, and Jon Kabat-Zinn for crossing my path at just the right time, in just the right way. I now practice mindfulness as if my life depends upon it . . . because it does!
Thank you so much for this show - Dr. Kabat-Zinn's message is so valuable and needed at this time!