MUD to STARS ~ Alchemy of The Mind
Empowering Personal Transformation
Linda Gillan ~ http://www.heartoflinda.com
Hello I'm Linda, welcome to my world
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A Snapshot of me
I was born in Britain, Australia is my wonderful adopted home of over 30 years. My family all now live in the Northern Hemisphere and I have taken a U-Turn, spending a great deal of time travelling to the UK, Canada, Finland and occasionally a visit home to OZ.
Personally and professionally I’ve worn many hats ~ Early Childhood Educator, Music Promoter, Personal Assistant and Children’s Entertainer (to name a few). On all levels my life has been (is) a tapestry of vastly varying tones and texture, from vivid blasts of colour to smoggy blurs, lightening into subtle ethereal glimmering hues.
In the here and NOW, all the pieces of my existence on this wonderful planet, fit together beautifully as I step into this next exciting chapter of my life. Everything that has gone before solidifies my stance now as a passionate advocate for Mental Health Awareness.
In 2015 I started writing a book ‘INSIDE, LOOKING OUT – my journey with Mental Health and Sensitive Awakening’. My aim is to distribute to schools and hospitals, in the hope that sharing my story will not only help people struggling with mental issues but also bring a better understanding for families, friends and the wider community to help reduce STIGMA of Mental Illness.
Why MUD to STARS ?
I had three episodes of mental illness with admission to hospital between 1993 and 2009 and, in the aftermath of the second episode I struggled with severe anxiety and panic attacks. I was taking prescribed medication and began meditating daily, made a conscious decision to avoid the news and violent TV shows and started using a strategy to help change disturbing thoughts and replace them with positive ones. The process felt silly at first and I had a few relapses but was determined to persevere and every single day I focused on changing each destructive thought that reared its ugly head. I likened the process to going from being stuck in the mud, to reaching for the stars. After a few months I began to notice subtle changes, a lift in my mood and a returned zest for life and about 12 months later my thought shifting had become an automatic habit, a subconscious switch that literally changed my mind and changed my life,
A Few Years Later…
In 1998 while facilitating a personal development workshop in my local community centre, someone asked if I had any helpful tips for anxiety and panic attacks ? That night, I began to format a new program and called it MUD to STARS ~ Empowering Personal Change.
Over the years I have adapted the outline of the workshops to cater to a variety of ages and situations, including children, youth, seniors and women returning to work.
23 Years Later.. Now
Who I am today and my relentless positive take on life is TESTAMENT to our ability to re-program our brain, sustain AND maintain a healthy and positive mindset.
Mental Health STIGMA…
There is huge STIGMA surrounding Mental Health and the subject of mental illness is often danced around in conversation or avoided completely. This lack of sensitivity and understanding only exacerbates the silent plight of those struggling with mental issues.
Talking About The ELEPHANT in THE ROOM
LET’S TALK about the Elephant in the room – our MENTAL HEALTH ~ everyone benefits in an environment where it is safe and acceptable to share our feelings freely and openly and Children will learn by our example to recognise the inter-connectedness of our entire being and the importance of nurturing our physical and mental wellness with equal value.
Mental Illness is a lonely, silent disease which can suddenly affect anyone, at any age, at any time. THANK YOU for supporting my endeavors to raise Mental Health Awareness.
Reaching OUT and Reaching IN ~ Can Save A Life
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