This whole pandemic, getting a rescue dog, other concerns I had . . . I was filled with intense anxiety.

I started spiraling into that dark place, the place my shadow lives. It is an indescribable and lonely place filled with terror. Those were the words I used in trying to describe it to my husband.

Two weeks prior I was feeling pretty good. I was using this time to slow down, get creative, be mindful, do meditation, yoga. What happened you ask?

I made a different choice. My friend Kate and my husband pointed it out to me. They reminded me that I stopped doing all the things that make me feel good. Not only that, my thoughts were filled with negativity and I chose it. I allowed it.

It all changed when I reached out for help. I listened to my close friend and did as suggested. I listened to an amazing video by Anita Moorjani and started practicing her suggestions. I signed up for a conference (via zoom) and listened to Goldie Hawn talk about the importance of mindfulness.

Today I had over a dozen mindful moments, breathing and listening. I did my work, I worked on my book, listened to the birds and sounds of nature, appreciated what I did have, turned every negative thought I had into a positive and what an amazing day!

Sometimes we just need the simple reminder that we always have a choice. When I started to tell myself how hard it is, I said “No, it’s easy.” And it was.

About the author

Kim Hiles (Dancing Feather) was born in Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Her mother was from Germany and met her father while stationed there. The family moved several times before settling in a town called Millis, Massachusetts.

Kim developed severe anxiety and depression as a child and struggled to find her way. Growing up, Kim was told by her grandmother that she wrote beautiful letters and had a way with words. Later in life, this memory would be a catalyst for sitting down and writing her memoir.

Continuing to say yes to life, Kim talks about her struggles of addiction, anxiety, depression and relationship issues, to name a few. She considers it her life mission to help empower others and uses her memoir as a way to offer guidance in living a more authentic life, following your dreams.

She has overcome much adversity and enjoys walking with others as they find their way. Kim has also co-written a young adult fantasy with her husband Will, called Little Wonders. Their pen name is K.W. Hiles.

Kim is a successful Educator, Social and Emotional Learning Specialist, Behavior Specialist, Mediator (Restorative Practices), 3rd degree Reiki Practitioner, and blogs regularly. In addition Kim offers online classes at Shamanic Passages Institute

Kim is considered highly sensitive and intuitive. Utilizing her gifts, her mission is to channel inspiration and healing and help spread some light. Empowering others to create the life of their dreams is the ultimate goal.

Kim is happily married (21+ years) and lives with her husband, son and their animal companions.

"I had a teacher who told us to go out that week and see how many Mercedes cars we noticed. When I came back I told her I had seen a lot! She asked me if I had seen any junk cars. I told her I didn’t remember seeing any. The next week she reversed it and asked us to go out and see how many junk cars we noticed. Of course we noticed a lot but didn’t remember seeing any Mercedes cars. Where is your focus? Is it on the problem or on the solution and more importantly, where would you like it to be?" -- Kim Hiles

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