At the age of 20, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). After I graduated from college I spent five years in bed, and another 5 years not far from it.
It felt like everyone else had a normal life and I’d been dealt a bad hand. I saw therapists, I read books. I felt sorry for myself. And for a long time I thought I was unhappy because I was sick.
Gradually my health improved. The turning point was deciding to spend a year being silent, “doing nothing”—which is a meditation technique—while having weekly conversations with retired psychologist Don Morrison.
I came to have a clear understanding of the mind’s agenda.
From that point on the world looked different: It was easier to make decisions and take leaps, I wasn’t as affected by what others thought, and I felt better about myself, regardless of what was happening in my life.
Since then I’ve been helping people apply these insights to their life.
When you’re dealing with matters of the mind it is easy to over-intellectualize and miss the point entirely. My teachings are simple, accessible for any age, and have far-reaching benefits.
I grew up in New Zealand and now live in the U.S. with my daughter and husband, Franco (co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?).
You can contact me by emailing: lisa at lisaesile dot com.