Surviving Myself A Journey from Suicidal to Happy

27Apr/110

Tools That Have Helped Me

-- Andy Grant, April 27, 2011

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is exactly what sort of things helped me overcome years of depression and suicidal thoughts.  I've touched on a few of them in my videos, but here I'll spell out some of the most powerful tools I've come across to transform myself into someone who is actually happy to be alive.

By far, the most powerful tool for changing my thoughts that I've come across is meditation.  You can't change anything until you are aware of it, and meditation raises your awareness.  It raises your awareness of your own thoughts and feelings, helps take you off of the auto-pilot of negativity, and gives an overall sense of peace and contentment.  Meditation is free and there are many ways to try it.  Anything from deep breathing, guided meditations, Transcendental Meditation... you can search for books, mp3 or videos.

The tool I've used daily for almost four years is called Holosync.  Holosync are CDs that make your brain resonate at the same frequency of monks who've meditated for years.  All you need to do is listen and you are put into the meditative state.  Centerpointe (the makers of Holosync) make a lot of promises in their marketing.  I can honestly say that for me, they are all true.  The very first time I used it I enjoyed the experience.  Within weeks friends and family noticed that I was calmer, not overwhelmed by things, and over a few months I was no longer bothered by things that used to drive me nuts.  You can get a free sample CD to try it out or browse around the web for other products that work in similar ways.  Whatever you decide, give some form of meditation a shot.

Another amazing practice I've used is known as Holotropic Breathwork.  This is a little tougher to do as it is best done in a group environment and needs to be run by well trained facilitators.  Holotropic Breathwork uses deep accelerated breathing and loud, provocative music to induce an altered state of consciousness that allows an inner healer to take over and release old stuck energies and emotions.  No two sessions are ever the same.  Tremendous emotional and physical healings can take place.  Here is my personal report on my most recent experience.  I've done breathwork four times so far and do plan to do it again.  This link is to an online community where you can search for workshops near you.  Holotropic Breathwork can be truly life altering.

Finally, I'll plug two books that I've read repeatedly and gain new insights from with each read.  Louise Hay's classic You Can Heal Your Life is the most life changing and affirming book I've ever come across.  Another great read with lots of helpful exercises and practices is Marci Shimoff's Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out.  Everyone I've referred these to has loved them.  Buy one, visit your library, borrow a friend's... I don't care how you get it, but read them and rock your life!

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Enjoy!
Andy -- andy@survivingmyselfbook.com

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10Apr/112

Using EFT For Suicidal Thoughts

--Andy Grant, April 10, 2011

Here is short video about using EFT or Tapping for dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. This is very simple and surprisingly powerful tool that you can use anytime.
Here is a great site for more info on EFT - http://www.eftuniverse.com/.
Here are the sites for a few experts I mention in the video. Brad Yates, Carol Look, and Nick Ortner

Give it a try -- Andy

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9Apr/110

Marine Who Campaigned for Veterans Takes His Own Life

--Andy Grant, April 9, 2011

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/04/09/clay-hunt-marine-who-campaigned-for-veterans-commits-suicide/

Another tragic waste proving that once suicide crosses your mind, it will always be there. If you've ever seriously considered ending your own life, that option will show up over and over again in your brain. This also points out the horrible mistake of having anyone who has ever expressed suicidal thoughts to have easy access to a gun. Guns make stupid, rash decisions far to simple to act on.

So sad to lose a guy like Clay, who had obviously discovered how good it feels to serve - I don't mean in the armed forces, I mean the service work he did once he got home, fighting for veterans rights and promoting suicide prevention. Unfortunately, when he needed to heed his own advice most, a gun was next to him. Clay battled PTSD and survivor's guilt. He didn't believe he was worthy of being alive any longer. He didn't feel any love for himself. That is the ultimate and loneliest heartbreak.

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