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My new book From Darkness to Light is officially available June 4, 2016.

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Shop pre-sales of From Darkness to Light before June 4.
And receive Design Your Dream Year: A 30-Day Program
This program sells for $29, but you’ll get it as a love-gift.

From Darkness to Light

Confronted by the sudden realization that her entire life no longer fits her, magazine editor Lindsey Lewis promptly has a quarter-life crisis. She leaves her former dream job, seven-year relationship, and home. Pursued by anxiety and panic attacks, Lindsey embarks on a new path that takes her to a studio apartment in Vancouver, a one-bedroom in Paris and then Greece, and time after time to a yoga mat.

Along the way, she meets three strangers who will change her life, her perception of what’s possible, and, ultimately, her understanding of herself. On the walkway along the edge of the ocean she meets the Greek man Iairos, dressed in white, tanned from the sun, white hair and bald head capping a beaming face. He shows up inexplicably at the precise moments when she is feeling alone, bringing with him a very distinct message. The Navajo medicine man who finds her in a crowd to tell her she is the one he has been waiting for brings with him a gift and a story that can’t possibly be true–but is. And the orange-clad swami from India reveals to her a life-changing truth about who she really is.

Devil Wears Prada meets Eat Pray Love. An uplifting story of personal transformation, travel, and starting over.

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About Lindsey Lewis

Lindsey Lewis is a former magazine editor. Before her quarter life crisis, she was the assistant editor of four different publications. She has worked as a communications consultant, copy writer, and freelance writer. Lindsey has appeared on Urban Rush and Breakfast Television. She considers chocolate a food group and lives in Vancouver, BC, with her husband, Matt.

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From Darkness to Light comes out on June 4!
Pre-order your copy of From Darkness to Light before June 4.
And receive Design Your Dream Year: A 30-Day Program
This program sells for $29, but you’ll get it as a love-gift.

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The Fear Cure

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I recently read Dr. Lissa Rankin’s book The Fear Cure. Given the nature of my nervous system, I’m always on the lookout for books that help me calm down. One of the funny things about my life is that people always tell me how calm I seem to be, and I feel like I’m always walking around revved up like a race car. Luckily, I’ve got a fear cure. And I’m sharing it with you in this post.

Things I’m Thankful For

I’ve managed to get to a place where walking around revved-up doesn’t bother me as much as it used to. I’ve gotten used to the jitters, the jumps in my heart, and have figured out how to sleep. And, I get to design my days in a way that lets me meditate and exercise in the morning, go down to the water in the afternoon, and spend zero time in a car commuting anywhere. Plus, I work with really, really great people.

Still, I’ve noticed that there’s been a strong upswing in the fears and nerves category lately. And I can guess why: my new book is now open for pre-orders. This is so exciting, a dream come true, and something I’ve been wanting for nearly my entire life. It’s also kind of terrifying.

Things I Worry About

I have a list of things I worry about related to this:
1. That nobody will read my book.
2. That tons of people will read my book, even people I wish wouldn’t.
3. That of those people who read it, two will like it/find it helpful.
4. That of those people who read it, all of them will like it/find it helpful and I’ll be swamped with requests for…stuff.
5. That my closest friends and family will think parts of it are far too weird and woo-woo, and I’ll have to figure out what to do about that.

And I’m just getting started.

Thankfully, right at this very moment–the moment I’m typing this–I am starting to laugh.

Laughter

That’s what the fear cure does for you. It lets you laugh at your fears. Lissa Rankin has some neat ideas about how to handle fear and develop courage in her book.

And I’ve got a few up my sleeve these days, too. And, since I have a hunch you sometimes have a list something like mine, I’m sharing them here with you.

Here you go.

Fear Cures

1. Take your fears to the next level. When I voice my fears aloud I use a cartoonishly loud and wacky voice. I shout them out: “Nobody will read my book! Everyone will read my book! People I don’t want to read my book will read my book! Some of my friends and family will think I’m a total weirdo!” Picture me standing on chair as I do this. With a megaphone. I also like to add in a “Aaaaaaaa!” sound.

The truth is, my fears are funny. They’re so contradictory and unfounded, with so little evidence to support them. And I can see this when I exaggerate them. It makes me laugh.

2. Look for evidence. Oh boy does our mind loooove to look for evidence. It’ll pull in the most outlandish things to prove that a fear is founded and definitely going to happen. Knowing this is key. ‘Cos we can pull in way more real-deal, actually true, not outlandish evidence to prove the opposite of our fears. Nobody will read my book? How about ‘Lots of people will want to read my book’? I can list at least three reasons why I know that’s true. And I bet you can for your opposite thoughts, too.

3. Feel for peace. Truth feels like peace. It feels like a sigh of relief. It feels like the opposite of worry, stress and anxiety. So feel for when you feel peace, and test out taking action that stems from the thoughts that generated that feeling. Not the ones that made you feel more fearful or anxious.

Need a clear example? How about this: when you worry about money, do you confidently go out and create new business, new clients or ask for a raise? Or do you tuck in and hope things get better? On the flip side, when you think the peace-thought “My fears have never come true, and I’ve always had a roof over my head and food to eat”, what might you go out in the world and do?

4. Stay in the now. Fear likes to project us into the future–and it’s not a pretty picture. Fear says things like “What happened once will happen again and again! People can’t be trusted! You’ll fall on your face! Things will never get better!” Stay in the now. Look around you. Notice the roof over your head, the food in your fridge, the people who will always be there to help you. List at least thirty things you feel grateful for, right now.

5. Ask what truth and love would say. We all have access to a wiser part of us. We can call this our Higher Self, our Soul, our Heart, our big-S Self vs small-s self. Call it whatever you like. That part of you is connected to truth and love and it’s verrrry intuitive. Ask what truth and love would say.

For me, truth and love would say “Oh, sweetie, calm the frick down, you are hilarious. There’s nothing here to even worry about. Take one step at a time. Be gentle. And be open to what might happen. Magic is coming your way. Just you wait.”

And, you know what? Truth and love is right. I’ve experienced this time and time again. And when I hear this part of me speak, I feel a big sigh of relief, a great sense of contentment and peace. And I know: I’ve stepped into truth.

With much love, and light ahead,

Lindsey

Apr 5, 2016 · Read More · Comment

Waking Up {Excerpt from From Darkness to Light}

From Darkness to Light by Lindsey Lewis

Breaking Through

I’ve been holding my arms stretched out in front of me at a sixty-degree angle for twenty-five minutes now. They’re beginning to shake. My shoulders hurt. My neck is tensing up. I am furious. Our teacher for the rest of the yoga workshop is up on stage. She looks elated. “Keep going. Keep up and you’ll be kept up. Don’t give up.” I love her, but . . . I hate her.

My lower back is starting to ache, my hips went numb ten minutes ago, and my ankles feel bruised. I’m thinking of giving up. I’m thinking about what it would feel like to lower my arms, lie down on my back, and close my eyes. I’m picturing the sweet relief of doing nothing. “Keep going,” she chants. “Keep up and you’ll be kept up.” Dammit. I’ve paid for this experience. Not only this one, but three hours of experiences just like it. I’m starting to think about what else I could be doing today.

Sweet Relief

Namely, nothing. Oh, sweet relief.

And then, there is nothing.

Rather, suddenly I’m gone. It’s as though I’ve left my body. I just don’t feel it anymore. No pain. No discomfort. No aches. I check to see if I lay down without noticing it. Nope. Same position. I check to see if I lowered my arms without noticing it. Nope. Same position. What’s happened to what I was feeling? What’s happened to, well, everything?

Because nothing feels the same anymore. Nothing.

What is Happening?

I’m still in the same position, still in the room, still at this workshop, and yet—I’m not. I’m immersed in something wondrous. I’m being held by an incredible force. I’m being loved more deeply and more intensely than I ever have been before. There’s joy. There’s delight. And something else. It’s like the force that is loving me is also kind of laughing at me. Kind of saying, “Oh, you lovely funny bumbling you.”

I’m looking behind me to see if someone has come up and started hugging me. No one’s there. But I’m being held. I’m being cradled. Every cell in my body is immersed in this love-bath that silently, steadily, and firmly communicates: I love you for all that you are. Every single bit of you. I love you for who you’ve been, what you’ve done, and where you’ve been. I love you for the moments you made your biggest mistakes, the times you were selfish and mean. I love you for the jealousy and the insecurities. I love all of you. I love you for all that you are.

There are tears streaming down my cheeks. I can’t stop them.

I’m Sorry

And then I begin to apologize. I’m praying out “I’m sorry’s”—not for what I’ve done, but for what I will do. I conjure up every person in my life who I think will be disappointed by what will happen next, who might be afraid of how my future will turn out. I see my dear, responsible dad in all his fear and worry and I say, “Dad, I’m sorry. I just can’t do this anymore.” I see my patient, loving mom in all her hope and concern and I say, “Mom, I’m sorry. I just can’t do this anymore.” I see a crowd of people getting larger by the minute: elementary school teachers, high school teachers, neighbors, and friends’ parents. Everyone who ever told me, “This is what I see in you. And this is what I think you can be.” And I say, “I’m sorry.”

I’m sorry.

Because I’m letting it go. I’m letting go of the person I thought I should be. The person they thought I should be. I have no idea—no idea!—who I will become or how I will get there. I just know a part of me feels absolutely still. Absolutely calm. And absolutely certain. That part of me feels no anxiety—can’t even comprehend the thought. That part of me is in absolute peace.

And I think God just told her that’s the way it can always be. That’s the way it’s meant to be.

From Darkness to Light

This is an excerpt of From Darkness to Light–my new book coming out June 7, 2016. Shop pre-sales before June 7 and get Design Your Dream Year: A 30-Day Program for $29 as a love-gift.

Mar 28, 2016 · Read More · Comment

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