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Reclaim Your Life: the Path to Living Awakened

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Dorothy Ratusny
Psychotherapist & Meditation Teacher
My client Mackenzie described it as a flash of light - and the feeling of being wide awake; able to witness herself in the true aspect of who she is. We call this, 'awakening' - moments of lucidity and clarity where, as Mackenzie describes, she is able to "see everything as it is" and instantly is aware that the opposite - the absence of clarity - is akin to "being in a coma." This gateway into the truth of what you are living is completely yours to decide upon.  You may not approve of everything that you see with eyes wide open. It is not necessary that you do. Perhaps like Mackenzie and others, who go through a myriad of emotions including sadness and regret for living so much of their life in a habitual way that rarely honoured their own needs and desires; you too may feel remorse and even self-loathing for what you are now discovering.  Please do not be in this state for long. The point of "awakening" is not to regret the past but to give yourself the opportunity and privilege of reclaiming your life; of living honest and truthful here and now. If you would like my help as you step forward, as you reclaim your truth and live authentic, please reach out to me. You can best find me here: dorothyratusny.com Namaste and much love! xo
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24 reflections
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Laura
7/10
I feel like this give me insight into the relationship between self awareness and self discipline.
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Tayli
First morning practice
Normally I practice at night right before bed to help me sleep, but I decided to do a practice in the morning to help collect my thoughts and get me ready for my day and I absolutely loved it. I slept really good last night and so I feel like that also helped me be really relaxed and feeling good this morning. I use an app called SleepWatch and it really helps me monitor my sleep and get into a good healthy pattern. I also use this app and one called Headspace for meditation and they are both amazing.
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Natalie
Aware and Unwilling to Change
Each bout of mindfulness I induce upon myself further unravels the fatuous superficiality covering my insecurity and vulnerability. However, the state of simply being aware is not the state of immediately changing— this is the most deprecatory shortcoming of mindfulness. I feel I must mold mindfulness into a beacon of hope... The more mindful I am, the more malleable I will be. I just want peace! ☮️🐻💫
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Keng Wan
I felt great 👍🏻
I will continue to practice daily for deeper self awakening 😊
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Kate
Awake
This track articulated how I’ve been feeling lately. Moments of crystal clear vision of the things that are real, present, and laid out before me on my path. As I have put aside the need to control and KNOW everything, I am more available to myself to see what is. Sometimes what is becomes clearer, and is revealed as how it really is - not what I thought or wanted it to be. As people move through my life, some because I have chosen to leave them behind, some because they have chosen to go their separate way, I am no longer saddened. I know their path is theirs to take. I have my own path, and those people have been guideposts along the way. I have learned from every one of them something about myself, about life and the broken paths that we all follow, about my own wants and needs and the difference between the two. I can not control the people in my life, and I don’t want to. I want people to be in my life and bring themselves fully to our relationship because they want to be with me, on my path, part of my circle. Those moments of clarity are more and more consistent, the more I give myself what I need, and not only giving to others what they need.
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Anita
I felt relaxed and encouraged.
I learned to be mindful and aware of my life and to be conscious and present.
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Ankur
Name out the Distractions
I learned that naming out the distractions and focusing on the breathing process set your focus.
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Walter J
Awakening...
Dorothy nails this important session directly on the head!! I agree with her that many people are “living” life on autopilot based on past choices & beliefs that have crystallized into habits. Once habits are formed the subconscious takes them over & we no longer have to make a choice to do that action, we just do it without thinking ... on autopilot. If it is a beneficial habit, like being mindful or exercising every day, that is great news! But if it is detrimental like worrying or smoking, this is horrible news! We need to stop being like zombies & reclaim our lives. Check our habits & beliefs & if they are not benefiting us we need to work on changing them so they do! Now!! Great job Dorothy!! Go do it Tribe!! ❤️☮️🍀
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Steve
The Road to Awakening
I now realise how much life I am missing whilst on autopilot. I need to be attentive all the time to avoid this, and particularly attentive to my own needs as well as others.
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Alia
The road to awakening isn’t smooth
This is a very rough time for my soul. Most of the things are not tangible nor describable. I am ridding my life, my body, and my mind of toxins and it is painful. I am at this stage in my life where I am about to reinvent my future, for the countless time. I am trying to learn to accept it as what’s best for me, to not be upset, disappointed or scared. It is hard. No one tells you how painful an awakening can be. No one tells you how vulnerable you become while on the path to enlightenment. Breaking away from everything you have created for yourself, everything you dreamed because it’s what you thought you wanted, yet realizing it was a dream curated by someone else’s mind, and the sparkle of the dream made you want it for yourself. I am opening and coming undone, and it is messy and dark. I am spilling my contents of soul out for no one else but me and I forgot what I hurried dee in my own depths. I am a beautiful and magical creature, but it’s time for me to start being beautiful and magical for myself. I am working at becoming in tune with the universe again, the energy and magic of Life. I cannot believe how far I’ve strayed from my true authentic path trying to create a life that was never meant to be for me. I was always meant to create, to love and accept and to learn other people. I was never meant to be in a lab, mixing chemicals and writing lab reports. I have always been destined to walk through the trees, to swim in creeks, to lay in the flowers, to paint, to write, to love, to support, to guide, to encourage, and to just be alive and experience all the beautiful things in this life. This is the painful part; that I forgot who I truly am and changed into a person I never truly wanted to be, it was never me. Every day I am finding parts of my authentic self and I am welcoming those bits and pieces back. This journey is not smooth, but it is beautiful and worth it. This journey is cracking open the countless mortared walls I put up.
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Ans
Releasing Enjoyment
I learned that, by suppressing urges in order to be accepted, one becomes less happy.
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Susan
Reclaiming Your Life
You can choose to be awake by be conscious and living in the present. Make good choices.
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Max
Autopilot is not a thing for me
I already found my place in this world. I have dreams and i chase them. Every time I hear people giving the Autopilot thing importance I feel great for being through the process of finding my place in our society. Eventually I will grow into the huge space I put myself in back then.
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Ans
Deep Breaths Help Calm the Body
I learned that shallow breaths lead to more anxiety while deep breaths helps to check in
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crystal
all you need is breath
just breathing slowly and with intention can bring you back to yourself and the present moment.
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Diego
self awareness
I feel shaken, I am always on a semi automatic life style. I've grown so used and accommodated myself to it, it just feels natural though, it's a wrongful nature .
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Ashley
Awaken
This has been the most powerful meditation for me so far. I am not awake! I can see how I am not awake and I am more concerned with being observed then being the observer. I have always been hypersensitive to others emotions and to a fault at times, never really digging in and observing what my emotions are truly stemming from. I always want to defend something or someone, maybe I am the one who feels defensive.
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Julie
Awakening
“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”-John Lennon Cherish shared this quote with me a few weeks ago which it really stuck with me. This year I have been living on auto-pilot until recently when I started to care for myself again. With taking the time to meditate everyday, I have notice I am beginning to live more in the present moment. My mind is becoming less focused on the past or what the future may hold. I feel I am awake for the first time in a long time. It feels good.
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Cherish
Flashes of Light
In this beautiful Life Coaching session, Dorothy explains how one of her clients began living her true authentic self by becoming aware of ‘what is’ in her daily life. She described her awakened moments as ‘flashes of light’. This session reminded me very much of my meditation I had listened to yesterday talking about beginners mind. Dorothy’s client equated living life in auto-pilot to living life in a coma. I found this analogy to be not only true, but very inspirational. Only after being introduced to meditation have I come to the realization that I have lived too many of my days in an uninspired state, walking through stages of my life as if I was in a coma. However, those days are over and I am truly happy that I have embraced the concept of living life aware and awake or with a beginners mind. Now that I am trying to live life aware and awake, I feel the need to inspire others to live with ‘flashes of light’ as well! To me, it’s the only way to fully live life! Thank you, Julie for introducing me to this wonderful Life Coaching session! May everyone live life with ‘flashes of light’! Namaste...❤️☮️😊🙏🏻
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Denika
Eye opening truth
I really needed that reminder to consciously take [multiple] moments throughout the day, to think about the choices i am making. Then, truly and honestly, reflect on how that makes me feel. And then ask myself if I am choosing this because it is what I need to stay true to me. Cannot Express how moving that was for me, and the gratitude I am feeling. Thank you dorothy ratusny for put that out out there.
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Shannon
Reminder!
To be sensitive to other peoplees feelings! I need to live by this, and share with others to do this too. As Ive been dealing with a narcissist.
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Brittney
Being true to your being
Life gets so busy sometimes and we get wrapped up in our jobs, love life, friendships that we tend to forget a little bit about our own true being. We need to appreciate ourselves and take a few moments every day to appreciate our feelings, emotions to be fully present in the moment!
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Dena
Awakning
I'm living my life on automatic pilot, I am in a coma, how do I find who I am, I don't know the real me anymore
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Wendy
Searching
The coma is lifting 😴 I see and feel the changes the need to come. Its not easy to know my truth and realize I haven't been living it. Courage to make the right choices for me is something I am not use to. I can feel myself slowly shifting watching the fog slowly lifting and trying to embrace the changes in me.
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