Hi Dr. Greg,
My sister invited me to join her for your class. I hesitated because of the expense and time. Would I be able to be away from the needs of the family for eight weeks for two and half hours? Despite my concerns, my need to change is so great that I accept and haven’t regretted it for a moment. Over the course of the past eight years, I have been carrying so much guilt regarding my response to my son's behavior as well as guilt for how much his behavior has changed me as a parent for my other children. I understand now, that deep inside, I did not see myself as God sees me. I became so reactive instead of proactive and didn’t know how to change. I was trying to be the best multi-tasker I could be so that I could get it all done. In other words, I was Martha! I often felt guilty anytime I did something for myself because then I would be adding more of a burden on to my husband, mother, or sister to help me with the kids so I was inadvertently kept creating a depletion-rich environment. I never lost my love for God, but I certainly didn’t rely on him like I did on myself. I realize now that I lost my trust in Him. I lived in fear. Fear of today, fear of tomorrow, and fear that I messed up in the past. I was faithful in prayer, going to the sacraments, and surrounding myself with holy people. I guess you could say that I knew that God was calling me closer and to change my bad habits, but I didn’t know how to change it in a real and consistent way.
Dr. Greg,First of all, your class has been ABSOLUTELY amazing and a total God send for me. I have struggled with anxiety and fear in ways that make everyday living very difficult and have been to counseling and still been struggling and really felt helpless, so your class has been fantastic for helping me learn to actually manage my thoughts. You have done a great job of teaching us about the brain and about thought patterns while also teaching us to be accountable to ourselves while still taking specific actions. I have already shared it with one individual, and I definitely plan to share it with more. This class has truly been phenomenal, so I'm very grateful for all the work you've put into making it such a great course. The way that being mindful integrates the spiritual life with all other aspects of life is really, really cool and exactly what I've been searching for for a while! I just wanted to encourage you to keep continuing to share Catholic Mindfulness with people - the course and the extra exercises changed and continue to change my life. It's absolutely amazing now that I can truly rest in God - I've spent my whole life running in one way or another so it's a gift to know that God's in charge even if it's only for a moment or two each day! So thank YOU for being open and saying yes to Him! ~SB
Just finished the course materials for the first time ; ) The quality of my life has greatly improved as I have been listening to the Lord speak to me in the silence, trusting Him. I have made changes at work, home and addressed some long overdue health issues, truly the burden is light. I find myself just happy and humming, thinking I haven’t done that in a while. I wonder why, why did I wait so long?
I have PTSD and now being more aware of my thoughts has kept me from going down the path of what if I am in this scenario (insert any new horrible thing happening in the world) how best to save myself and others. I catch myself now, knowing God has it all under control infinitely better than I ever could. Before I just avoided the news, etc., but now when it enters my life I pray for all those involved and know that is what God wants and it is enough. Thank you. ~PB
Hi Dr. Bottaro, I wanted to sincerely thank you for the Catholic Mindfulness course. It is truly life changing. I know it has been and will continue to be a critical part of my journey. I am so grateful to you. My therapist said to me that mindfulness is a secular practice that can increase our capacity for God. I am seeing that every day. I had read about mindfulness and listened to some podcasts about it. It didn’t “Take” for me until going through your course. Your incorporation of our faith and spirituality with mindfulness made all the difference for me. God is good! May God bess you and keep you. ~LD
P.s. 4 weeks ago I never would have thought I had time to write an email this long. That alone is proof this course changes lives.
This course is a God send and completely anointed. I feel God's peace reading and listening to the material and doing the exercises, more so than when I did a secular mindfulness course, like my body and my soul are discovering for the first time how they were meant to live. The fact that it's online is even more of a God send, thank you for expanding your reach to so many more people! The online format works really well. I honestly can't think of any way to improve, other than getting the word out there more that this program is available! ~EN