My life has been a roller coaster filled with loss, pain, illness, failure, heartache and suffering. (Life can be so much fun, right?) It has also been filled with PURE JOY – the joy of spiritual awakening, wonderful people, world travel, long bike rides, hiking up mountains and the heart-warming adventures that come from taking the road less traveled. When I was 23 I had a profound spiritual enlightenment experience and since then my life has been about exploring how I can wake up to that state more fully and help others to as well. This book shares my adventurous and ultimately triumphant story of finding happiness through inner transformation. It explains how going “crazy” can actually be a good thing and how when things fall apart, that’s the doorway to something more.I believe that we’re all in this together. It is my hope that by sharing what I know others can find joy in the middle of their own difficulties and ultimately find their way home.
Oprah says, “There is a calling on your life. Your job is to know that and to find that.” Listening to and following these callings takes courage. It’s the courage necessary to be different from other people around you, to let go of things that seem comfortable, to be willing to fall. There is no guarantee of success and no guarantee of ease.
It took time, a lot of time, to figure out what I really wanted from life. As a young twenty-something I had wanted to work for the United Nations to help those who needed help the most in the world – refugees, women, and children. As empathic as I am, I sincerely wanted to alleviate the suffering of others.
What I didn’t realize for some time was that my path of helping others might look very different from a conventional, professional path. It took chronic illness and leaving everything I knew to notice that what has helped me through everything, what keeps me excited about waking up in the morning, is spiritual at its core. And that perhaps I can best be of service in this world by owning that and helping others to know their own version of spirituality, spiritual awakening and inner peace.
I’ve heard it said, “Every problem is a spiritual problem.” No matter what goes on in our daily lives, what tragedy or even joyful problem (like being so successful that you don’t have time to fit everything in), the roots of our very existence rest in something spiritual. Once we figure out that we are not what happens to us, but we are that which lives behind or within what happens to us, the world becomes lighter and easier to navigate. Once we know that earth is a school (largely thanks to Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth), that we are not really separate from one another and that we are here to learn and grow in consciousness, in love, then we are better able to help ourselves, others, and the planet.
Thank you, Kimberly Herndon and RABT Book Tours
About the Author
Kimberly Herndon has traveled the world and studied various spiritual paths to enlightenment to determine what makes us truly happy. Kimberly has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. She also has a master’s degree in Theological Studies from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She is from Overland Park, Kansas, and lives in Denver with her boyfriend, their human baby and two fur babies.