Five Practices for Living Fully, Feeling Deeply, and Coming into Your Heart and Soul
by Catherine Duncan
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Pub Date 11 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 02 Oct 2023
Your Everyday Awakening is right in front of you.
In a fast-paced, turbulent world, it’s often hard to feel vibrantly alive. Constantly living from our minds has led to overwhelming feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression—often manifesting as chronic health conditions.
We’re yearning for more peace, love, meaning, and embodied aliveness. We’re yearning for awakening.
Awakening is often portrayed as mysterious, complicated, and dramatic or something that requires traveling to a distant country and sitting at the feet of an enlightened guru. But it’s actually something we can choose to do, by engaging five simple and profound practices:
Coming back to the present moment
Connecting with something greater
Growing our trust
Everyday Awakening integrates the best of spirituality, neuroscience, psychology, and therapy so you can change how you embrace every day, every moment, and every choice.
Drawing from decades of her personal and professional experience in healthcare, spiritual care, and complementary healing, Catherine Duncan offers a wealth of options—including breathwork, meditations, grounding rituals, and other exercises—for bringing each of the five practices into your daily life. You will begin to move from stress to presence, from your mind into your heart and soul.
“Everyday Awakening is your road map to living a fully engaged life. Catherine’s story and her five practices are refreshingly accessible. She doesn’t just talk about awakening—she’s lived it, and teaches you how to stop sleepwalking through your life and start living it!”
—MEL ROBBINS, New York Times bestselling author and host of The Mel Robbins Podcast
"Everyday Awakening provides solid advice that teaches readers how to become actively involved in the lifelong process of becoming fully alive." — BLUEINK REVIEWS
“In this beautifully written, intelligent, yet heart-centered work, Catherine Duncan has merged a traditional religious orientation with cutting-edge psychological insights and tools that will empower the aspiring soul on its way to awakening.”—JOHN RUSKAN, author of Emotional Clearing and Deep Clearing
“While many traditional religions focus on being ‘chosen,’ spirituality is, in the end, about what we choose. In Everyday Awakening, Catherine Duncan reminds us that awakening isn’t an incident—it's an action, one we’re each capable of taking. Duncan, who’s been through some harrowing experiences herself, serves as a loving guide on the path to awakening as a way of life.”—TERRI TRESPICIO, author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life That Matters to You
“How to awaken? That is the question and Catherine Duncan has the answer. She draws on her decades of spiritual practice and her deep humanity to point you in the right direction and to instill your journey with purpose and meaning.”—RICHARD J. LEIDER, bestselling author of The Power of Purpose, Repacking Your Bags, and Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old?
“I AM ALIVE. Can you embrace that statement and wear it boldly? Sense your soul in the poetry of every moment? You deserve to—and Catherine Duncan’s book, Everyday Awakening, points the way to loving every darn second of your existence. This is more than another self-help assurance of ‘happily ever after.’ Catherine’s gritty life experiences, including childhood cancer and serving as a hospice chaplain, means that every point made and practice shared is gripping and powerful. This is not just another self-help guidebook; it’s an initiation into everyday and genuine enlightenment.”—CYNDI DALE, author of 30-plus internationally renowned books about energy healing, including the award-winning The Subtle Body series and Energy Healing for Trauma, Stress & Chronic Illness
“The word ‘breathe’ in Japanese is written with two characters, ‘heart’ and ‘self,’ and the two together spell ‘presence.’ Catherine Duncan’s new book is both a metaphor for and an embodiment of this great wisdom.”—PETER M. LITCHFIELD, PHD, president, Professional School of Behavioral Health Sciences
“Catherine Duncan is an amazing catalyst for healing. Her work with the hundreds of patients I have referred to her is so beautiful that I can be moved to tears. If you are suffering in mind, body, or spirit, or if you feel stuck in negativity and want to move forward, then this book of wisdom will be worth more than its weight in gold. May you follow these five practices and be transformed.”—GREG PLOTNIKOFF, MD, MTS, FACP, founder and medical director, Minnesota Personalized Medicine
“We yearn for authenticity as much as aliveness, and Everyday Awakening offers both. Catherine Duncan has clearly walked the paths she guides us on. Her five practices for awakening are practical and accessible yet profoundly soulful. Use them and breathe deep into your own vibrant life.”—HENRY EMMONS, MD, author of The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm, cohost of the podcast Joy Lab
“Catherine Duncan’s book will help you avoid becoming overwhelmed with anxiety and pain. Its five powerful practices will allow you to harness your psychology and, in turn, your life. This book will help you turn your suffering into an awakening and lead you to find inner peace.”—MARK FORD, former chief revenue officer of Time Inc.
“Everyday Awakening is a beautiful guide to living a more vibrant, joy-filled life. Catherine Duncan teaches us what it means to live fully, drawing on her years of walking with people at the end of life. You’ll feel Catherine’s wisdom and radiant heart as you follow the five practices and awaken your heart and soul. This book has the power to transform our individual and collective lives.”—SHAUNA SHAPIRO, PHD, professor, author of Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy
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Me, and most people I know are all on their own wellness journey and need help focusing on being present. For me, my anxiety results in me struggling to be in the present.
This book was great with giving methods and reflections for grounding myself in the moment and appreciating life.
I also really enjoyed learning about other people’s journeys that the author shared in this book, with difficult circumstances and still learning to ground themselves and be at peace.
Everyday Awakening by Catherine Duncan
Pub Date: 07/11/23
I would like to thank @netgalley and Amplify Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read Everyday Awakening in exchange for my honest review.
People, now more than ever in this post-covid world, are searching for peace and striving to live fuller, more balanced lives. Author, Catherine Duncan, presents 5 relatable practices to help you live your most awakened, present life. She provides simple, guided practices such as breathing exercises, meditations, grounding rituals, and other exercises to help you along this journey.
Catherine's work as a hospice chaplain, her masters in theology, and her decades of experience consulting with her patients has helped her compile and hone these practices. I appreciated that this wasn't a God-centered book and people of all faith backgrounds can enjoy this book. If you are on a journey to live more in the present and aren't sure how to start, this is the book for you.
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