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At 16, suicidal and weighing almost 200 lbs., Katherine Jansen-Byrkit was far from feeling or living expansively. The journey of waking up for her began with a suicide attempt and the long, hard passage between despair and hope. After healing from the inside out, she shares her message. Moving from the inner world to the outer, Katherine provides insights, practices and inspirational stories as she explores nine aspects of wakefulness.  

This river guide reflects the human voyage of finding our way to an awakened self. As with a river traversing steep mountains and winding valleys, our inner and outer worlds can be encumbered by old beliefs, preoccupation with death, or compromised relationships to others, all of which can interfere with living wakefully. In her work, Katherine suggests another possibility: to wake up through our human life, not in spite of it.   

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©2020 Katherine Jansen-Byrkit (P)2020 Katherine Jansen-Byrkit

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Beautifully read, and truly inspiring audiobook

I have both read this book, and spent time listening to it in order to keep the wealth of information fresh on my mind. First of all, the reader has a pleasant tone and speaks clearly. And the book itself is a true gift for anyone wanting to find a deeper sense of self, as well as to learn valuable tools to manage relationships, challenging situations, and daily stressors. In addition, it provides guidance for embracing meditation and mindfulness. As someone who has found these practices difficult, this book has given me the confidence and encouragement to be more present within myself and to take the time to prioritize mindfulness in my daily routine. The book is easy to read and follow, and outlines specific ways to put the tools into practice. I can’t express how much I have gained from listening, and re-listening to the chapters in the book that really speak to me. Highly recommend!!

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Pearls of wisdom

This book is like spending time with a good friend. Validating, encouraging and filled with pearls of wisdom. I highly recommend it.

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Helpful guidance anyone could benefit from

I'm so grateful for Katherine sharing her journey and making her useful takeaways from her expertise as a therapist (and her personal journey) so accessible via this book. I have found this book to be a helpful aid in my own journey of trauma reprocessing (through talk therapy and EMDR), and I found something relatable to my own experience from every chapter. There were so many pieces that I needed to hear, either as a reminder or something new that I learned to apply towards learning self-love and creating healthy relationships with others. Even if you have done plenty of self-work or healing, you will find the recommendations actionable and helpful, while finding the stories from Katherine heartwarming and relatable.

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