Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy

Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy

by Bella Mahaya Carter
Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy

Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy

by Bella Mahaya Carter


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Raw is the story of one woman’s quest for health and happiness, which dragged her kicking and screaming into spiritual adulthood. Anxiety and a desire to heal it holistically—even before she knew what it was—is at the heart of this story, which reveals Carter’s struggles to face her fears, release perfectionism, surrender things beyond her control, and find validation within for her life and work. The book is divided into three sections—body, mind, and spirit—and it begins with Carter’s efforts to holistically cure chronic stomach problems. Toward that end, she adopted a 100 percent raw, vegan diet, which eased her symptoms and produced impressive, unexpected perks, but didn’t completely heal her. She then looked to her mind for answers and discovered that unconscious negative thoughts combined with a stressful, hectic-paced life sabotaged her well-being. Finally, a few mystical experiences brought her “home” to a visceral understanding of who she really is.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631523458
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Bella Mahaya Carter is a writing teacher, developmental editor, and coach with a lifelong passion for creativity, health, and healing. She is the author of Secrets of My Sex, a collection of narrative poems. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in MindBodyGreen; The Sun, Lilith; Calyx; Literary Mama; and elsewhere. Her work has been anthologized in The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey; Grandmothers’ Necklace; and Writing Our Way Out of The Dark: An Anthology of Literary Acts of Bravery. She’s a featured columnist on SheWrites.com and maintains her own blog, Body, Mind, Spirit: Inspiration for Writers, Dreamers, and Seekers of Health & Happiness. Visit Bella online: www.bellamahayacarter.com.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Body

1 Dis-ease 13

2 The Road to Raw 21

3 Going Raw 33

4 Going Public 49

5 Dancing Again 57

6 Friends 67

7 Family 79

Part 2 Mind

8 Back to the Cave 97

9 Fear 111

10 Back to School 123

11 Being Seen 137

12 Manifesting a Heartfelt Dream 151

13 Leap of Faith 167

14 Coaching 181

Part 3 Spirit

15 Death 199

16 Anxiety 213

17 Beyond the Veil 225

18 Learning to Breathe 235

19 Medication 245

20 Integrative Holistic Psychiatry 253

21 Healing 267

Epilogue: Raw Food Revisited 281

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