Everyday Awakening

Five Practices for Living Fully, Feeling Deeply, and Coming into Your Heart and Soul

We live in an infinite field of possibility. Whatever you may call it—energy, a quantum field, God, spirit, a higher power—you are not alone. Why, then, do so many of us feel alone? In a rapid-moving world filled with turbulence both personal and global, it has become harder than ever to live in the moment and be fully present. Even though our everyday lives may seem to be out of control, we can surrender to the daily fluctuations that we encounter by releasing the inclination to grasp or direct what is happening, and instead open to and trust the myriad mysteries of life. When we practice accepting each moment of life exactly as it is, without trying to dictate what is going on, we become better able to move life changes. 

Though this type of awareness and awakening is profound, it's not complicated. Former hospice chaplain and integrative spiritual consultant, Catherine Duncan, presents over forty exercises to navigate the ups and downs of life—no gurus or mountaintops required. Dispelling the myth that awakening is only for a select few, Catherine reshapes the narrative to reveal personal transcendence as a natural and all-too-human experience, available to us all with the right tools. Using decades of research—academic, professional, and personal—to form the backbone of Everyday Awakening, the engaging and accessible breath practices, meditation, body movements, and grounding rituals are.

Learning how to feel more aware during our day-to-day routines is the same as building our muscles: the more awaken to ourselves, the more we have to give to others. When we are in the present moment and not lost in our mind, we are fully alive and more aware of a connectedness that defies the emptiness that many experience, even despite otherwise fulfilling lives.

ISBN: 978-1-63755-608-5
SKU: 18-1116-01
Categories:Amplify Publishing, Health, Medicine, and Wellness, Mental Health, Inspiration and Personal Success

"Everyday Awakening is a practical spiritual guide that recommends steps for becoming more alive in the present moment." FOREWORD REVIEWS

"Everyday Awakening provides solid advice that teaches readers how to become actively involved in the lifelong process of becoming fully alive." BLUEINK REVIEWS

“In this beautifully written, intelligent, yet heart-centered work, Catherine Duncan has merged a traditional religious orientation with cutting-edge psychological insights and tools that will empower the aspiring soul on its way to awakening.”—JOHN RUSKAN, author of Emotional Clearing and Deep Clearing

“While many traditional religions focus on being ‘chosen,’ spirituality is, in the end, about what we choose. In Everyday Awakening, Catherine Duncan reminds us that awakening isn’t an incident—it's an action, one we’re each capable of taking. Duncan, who’s been through some harrowing experiences herself, serves as a loving guide on the path to awakening as a way of life.”—TERRI TRESPICIO, author of Unfollow Your Passion: How to Create a Life That Matters to You

“How to awaken? That is the question and Catherine Duncan has the answer. She draws on her decades of spiritual practice and her deep humanity to point you in the right direction and to instill your journey with purpose and meaning.”—RICHARD J. LEIDER, bestselling author of The Power of Purpose, Repacking Your Bags, and Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Old?

“I AM ALIVE. Can you embrace that statement and wear it boldly? Sense your soul in the poetry of every moment? You deserve to—and Catherine Duncan’s book, Everyday Awakening, points the way to loving every darn second of your existence. This is more than another self-help assurance of ‘happily ever after.’ Catherine’s gritty life experiences, including childhood cancer and serving as a hospice chaplain, means that every point made and practice shared is gripping and powerful. This is not just another self-help guidebook; it’s an initiation into everyday and genuine enlightenment.”—CYNDI DALE, author of 30-plus internationally renowned books about energy healing, including the award-winning The Subtle Body series and Energy Healing for Trauma, Stress & Chronic Illness

Catherine Duncan

Spiritual and Well-Being Expert, Integrative Consultant, Writer, and Speaker


Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC, is passionate about wholeperson healing. Her focus as an integrative spiritual consultant is emotional and spiritual health. With a reverence for the sacredness of life, she companions individuals who are struggling with chronic illness, life transitions, grief and loss, and those searching for more meaning and purpose.

She sees clients through her own private practice, Learning to Live, LLC, and as a consultant with Minnesota Personalized Medicine, an integrative medical practice in Minneapolis.

In her work, she draws on her experience as a board-certified chaplain and certified spiritual director; her training in positive neuroplasticity with Rick Hanson, PhD; and her education in a range of alternative healing modalities, including Reiki, Healing Touch, qigong, the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)/tapping, and sound healing.

As a public speaker, she frequently delivers talks on stress and resiliency, self-compassion, self-care, neuroplasticity, and awakening to organizations and companies in person and virtually. Her writing is featured on the website for the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, the Institute for Well-Being in Law’s website, and in the textbook Integrative Medicine by David Rakel, MD (5th edition, Elsevier, November 2022).

Catherine has served as a spiritual-care provider with Fairview Home Care and Hospice, Hennepin Healthcare, and the Good Samaritan Society. An ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, she received her MA in theology and her spiritual direction certificate from St. Catherine University (St. Paul, Minnesota). She also holds a master of divinity equivalency from United Theological Seminary (New Brighton, Minnesota).

In addition to her deep professional background, Catherine teaches from her three personal awakening experiences, including a brush with death that opened her gifts as a mystic and intuitive. These spiritual gifts, which include the ability to see spirits, support her work of helping people open into their souls.

She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two dogs, Bella and Gigi, and is the mother of two adult children. For more, please visit her website: learningtolive.org.