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Becoming Aware

Becoming Aware : How to Re-pattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life
Lisa Garr
Hay House
ISBN 9781401947262

becoming aware

Book Description

Lisa Garr wants you to stop going through the motions in life. She wants you to become aware. Her mission on her internationally syndicated radio program, The Aware Show—and now in her first book—is to inspire positive growth in all areas of life and bring conscious conversations into everyone’s living room.

Lisa’s own story is remarkable. Several years ago, she suffered a traumatic brain injury during a freak biking accident that rendered her unable to speak or rely on her short-term memory. She not only used cutting-edge EEG techniques to heal, but also set out to live a different life than the one she was leading in her pre-accident days. Lisa used this experience as a wake-up call and decided to transform in every way possible, including marrying her true love and giving birth to their daughter.

Today, the woman who couldn’t even say a few words is a radio and Internet sensation with a massively growing audience and multimedia platform. Now she brings the lessons she has learned from countless interviews with inspirational, spiritual, and new-thought leaders to the pages of this book. She discusses how she’s applied them to her own life, and explains how you can, too.

The author

Lisa Garr

Since 1999, Lisa Garr has hosted a popular program on Pacifica Radio Network (KPFK) called The Aware Show. Based on her desire to live in a more conscious world, Lisa created The Aware Show to feature best-selling authors and experts in the fields of natural health, cutting-edge science, personal growth, and

With a background in the healing arts, she is considered an expert herself in the field of lifestyle and transformational media programming. Lisa also hosts a show on Hay House Radio called Being Aware and a series for Gaiam TV called Gaiam Inspirations.

She is a regular weekend host on Coast to Coast AM, syndicated in over 500 stations around the world, and has one of the largest telesummit series on the Internet. Combined, she reaches millions of listeners globally every month.

My review: [rating=4]

I am big on awareness. I consider it to be the start of pulling yourself out of a mess, or moving towards becoming the person you were meant to be. Awareness is the first step towards authenticity, in my book.

In Becoming Aware, you will find inspiration and motivation to look at your own life more closely and find all the beauty that surrounds you. The book will help you to connect with your own desires and using what Lisa refers to as ‘awarisms‘, you can become more and more attuned with yourself.



In this excerpt from Becoming Aware: How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life , Lisa gives us a few of her steps to De-stress:

Aware and Not Stressed Out

We’ve all read countless stories that stress is bad for our health and leads to weight gain, heart disease, and a host of other emotional and physical issues. We’re told to reduce our stress, which sounds like a solid idea, but how does one accomplish that in this crazy-busy world?

Personally, I don’t let things linger too long or nag at me. The idea is to make each moment and each conversation complete before moving on to the next one so that I don’t let things carry over to the end of the day, where stress often compounds.

When it comes to stress, take small steps and deal with things as they come—try not to carry all of it to the end of the day. Instead, resolve as many things as possible, and move on to be fully present in the next moment.

Have a “let it go” chalkboard (or eraser board) and write down all the negative things that happen. Then read them aloud before erasing them. The latest neuroscience research conducted by Professor Mark Waldman says that putting those negative things out in the open desensitizes you to those particular issues and then causes you to be done with them.

Find what it takes for you personally to let go of your stress and incorporate that into your daily routine. I like to take naps, go out in nature, or be in a deep state of gratitude.

Realize that life will present challenges. Look for core-issue feelings in order to acknowledge what is really bothering you.

If you dwell or fixate, then that will take up all of your energy and bandwidth. It’s fine to say to yourself, “This stinks. This hurts.” Recognize the unfairness, hurt, and unkindness, and then realize that your need for consideration wasn’t met. Don’t ignore it, stuff it down, or put it away for another day. Release it.

I received this book from Hay House via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



  1. LuAnn Braley LuAnn Braley September 23, 2015

    Sounds like something I should do more of – taking care of things as they arise instead of letting them pile up.

  2. Alana Alana September 23, 2015

    Right now, we are in the (we hope) final stages of trying to sell a relative’s home. It has become so stressful for everyone. Today was the perfect day for a post like this.

  3. Kathy Kathy September 22, 2015

    Lisa’s story is inspirational. When you put your mind to it, anything can be accomplished. Thanks for sharing this here. It reinforces the idea that anything can be possible.

  4. Laurie Laurie September 22, 2015

    Great tips, Corinne. Lisa sounds like an amazing woman I also find that envisioning the best possible outcome helps with stress. If I focus on what I want, rather than all the annoying details getting there, somehow things work out.

  5. Laurie Laurie September 22, 2015

    Thank you for this, Corinne. I also find what helps with stress is imagining the best possible outcome. If I keep that in mind, it helps me realize all the little annoying details will somehow iron themselves out. Lisa sounds like an amazing woman

    • Laurie Laurie September 22, 2015

      Sorry, somehow ended up with two comments!

  6. Roshan R Roshan R September 22, 2015

    This kind of speaks to me on a personal level… the last 96 hours has been a major overload of stress at various family levels… and i guess it has taken its toll since i have a splitting headache since afternoon. I need to prioritize and look to tackle them one at a time instead of just fretting about the avalanche.

  7. Leanne Leanne September 22, 2015

    she sounds like an amazing woman Corinne – it astounds me how some people rise so far above adversity and make a wonderful life for themselves

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 22, 2015

      You’re so right, Leanne. Sometimes, it makes me feel a little small. But then we all have our own unique place in the world, don’t we?

  8. Mahathi Ramya Mahathi Ramya September 22, 2015

    Lisa’s story is very inspiring. I liked the excerpt, you have good patience to provide an excerpt in your review Corinne 🙂 Will try to implement the tip in the excerpt to reduce stress, lets see if it works..

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 22, 2015

      Glad you liked it, Mahathi. I feel an excerpt (with permission) is always a good draw.

  9. Ashwini Ashwini September 22, 2015

    Seems like a good book to read .:-)

  10. nabanita nabanita September 22, 2015

    Sounds like a good book to be read Corinne, especially in this day and age…I loved how she explained her steps to De-stress…Thanks for sharing!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 22, 2015

      It is a good book, Naba, if you like this sort of reading. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

  11. Rena McDaniel Rena McDaniel September 22, 2015

    Great piece Corinne! I had never heard of her before. Thanks for sharing about her.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | September 22, 2015

      I love how Hay House brings such a variety of authors into our midst, Rena.

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