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Transforming Through the Mud: How I Created My Life Through Cancer

Transforming Through the Mud: How I Created My Life Through Cancer

Journey of Transformation: Navigating Life Through Cancer

In yoga practice, we talk about the lotus flower and all its beauty, and it grows from nourishing mud. In life, we tend to overlook the beauty of the mud. When unexpected things happen, we become crippled by resentments and fear, or we choose to transform and grow through self-awareness, self-love, and spiritual expansion. During a tumultuous time in my life, I experienced all of the above. And it became clear to me that resentments and fear were not an option, and that self-love was the only option. The only way forward was a shift from fear to love. I had four children to raise with my husband, a wonderful home, and a lot to live for! 

It was a dark, rainy morning that forever changed me. I wanted to escape my life.  Gripping the steering wheel, struggling to see the road ahead through the tears and rain as I commuted to a job that was killing me. A voice spoke, “Just keep driving, disappear into the world. You’re no good to anyone anymore.” I felt depleted, empty, and exhausted with nothing left to give, not even to my kids. I was knee-deep in the mud. Then, a miracle occurred. As A Course In Miracles describes, a shift occurred from fear to love.

I caught my breath, and the voice of love spoke “WAKE UP Dawn! There’s got to be another way!” So I prayed, “God, you have to give me something else- this I cannot handle”. 

Leading up to that rainy day when I felt as if the beauty of my life was swept away, was my husband’s job loss. So I took action- “came to the rescue” as my old superhero self would do, and took a job as a licensed counselor at the county jail.

Surrounded by hopelessness and despair, fueled by coffee and self-loathing, I had replaced my “job” of caring for our home, being a mom to our four beautiful boys, and pursuing my career desires. No more running through the sprinkler on hot summer days and getting lost in the adventures of bedtime stories. I was depleted, exhausted, and empty. My mind, body, and spirit were broken. Deep in the mud, I was transforming.

And then I was diagnosed with cancer. 

Overwhelmed with anxiety, and self-doubt, and now living life through cancer, yet still, I had a deep knowing that a shift was coming. My roots were strong. The transformation was near. Self-love was about to blossom. Without the pain of unworthiness and fear, I would not have taken the risk to become my authentic self. The decision to stay and pray for guidance, to see another way, allowed my heart to open to love, and I found courage. Cancer was my opportunity to WAKE UP! To show up as my best self, to choose to live this life moment by moment was a commitment I had to make. 

Seeds contain the essence of flowers. When properly nourished, a tiny seed grows and blossoms into its magnificence! Within us is the essence of our human spirit, and like a seed in the mud it requires nourishment, love, and care. 

I had to shift my self-image, stop being the superhero for others, and be the superhero for myself! Only then could I live a life of happiness, joy, and abundance.

I was transforming. Life Through Cancer

The mud of navigating cancer was terrifying. We decided, despite the risk of giving up the paycheck that was putting food on the table and paying bills, that I would leave my job. Further, I had a true knowing and faith that my husband would find a job so that I could rest, heal, and renew.  It was time for a big shift – to clear the path. So we made a choice to pack up our young boys and head out west to the Rockies, Utah, and the Grand Canyon to play and have fun! I had to know what it felt like to live again, to be alive, vibrant, and loving my life. 

I was transforming!

After a couple of years of healing – being me again and being a mom to our boys, I started my own practice- Mind Body Counseling and Coaching, PLLC. I also trained in New York City to be a Leader in a spiritual fitness practice of movement, mantras, meditation, and mindfulness called intenSati. Through self-awareness and self-love, I was able to live my life again!

As the lotus flower transforms from mud, I too grew from the mud of life and circumstance. I now consciously create a life I love. I use and teach four simple keys to amplify your joy and transform your life:

  • Intuition is my guide and I listen with love to its call
  •  Visualize my desires and create a clear image
  •  Emotions fuel my vision and amplify its energy
  •  Action is required. Inspired action fuels your soul

I now feel the vibrancy in my life. Like the lotus, I transformed from the mud by nourishing my mind, body, and soul. 

The human spirit is capable of transforming in the ways we choose. Self-awareness, self-love, and a mindset that embraces change allow for healing and positive growth, and ultimately, a life of joy!


About the Author

Women Thrive Magazine Author - Dawn Gaden

Name: Dawn Gaden

Professional Title: CEO of Mind Body Counseling & Coaching, PLLC, Licensed Professional Counselor

Bio: Dawn Gaden is the CEO of Mind Body Counseling & Coaching PLLC, Licensed Professional Counselor, Yoga Teacher, Mindset Expert, Self-image Coach, International Speaker, and 3x Best-selling Author. Dawn is a powerhouse in the field of personal empowerment. She is internationally known for igniting positive change. In her global coaching program – The Image Shift – Dawn helps professional women energetically align their emotions, thoughts and movement to create more love, joy, and success.

Website: createconsciousliving.com

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