Lift Your Life
What is Lift
Lift is a modality developed over the past 25 years by Managing Director Kim Durga. It combines meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, breathing practices, positive psychology, mindfulness, energy and sound medicine, transactional analysis, forgiveness, radical acceptance and adaptation.
These Lift sessions have been further adapted by Kathy Perrego, MD to meet the needs of the health care professionals during this stressful time. The sessions focus on stress reduction, calming the nervous system, coping with overwhelm, hopelessness, dealing with worries about getting sick and infecting your love ones, etc. These sessions are designed to foster hope, vitality and resilience.
During one on one sessions a Lift Practitioner will accompany you on your journey from distress to re-empowerment. Every session is unique; every time it will offer insights and mental lift based on exactly where you are right now. You will be shown resilience tools to deal with practical issues and problems. You will probably feel lighter and clearer, and as the journey unfolds your perceptions, reactions, sense of burden and burnout will dissolve into calmness, greater confidence and resilience.
Free Pre-recorded Lift Sessions for Doctors, Nurses and Health Professionals
To support your wellbeing as you take care of countless others, The Well Being Initiative has pre-recorded 7-20 minute Lift sessions available during this COVID 19 crisis, free to all doctors, nurses and health professionals.
We are pleased to offer these free of charge to all health care professionals as we deal with this global crisis. We are deeply grateful for your service.
Kathy Perrego, MD, CGP Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist. Scarsdale, NY, USA
Kim Durga Founder and Managing Director of the Well Being Initiative. Cooranbong, NSW, Australia
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DITCH THE STRESS AND THRIVE
Usually, we don't notice the signs and symptoms until we are quite stressed, depressed or unwell. Health care professionals are particularly susceptible to burnout. Now recognised as a medical condition by the World Health Organisation (2019) this condition can lead to depressive symptoms, insomnia, body pain, fatigue, absenteeism, job dissatisfaction, clinical errors as well as a raft of physical problems from high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease to respiratory and gastrointestinal issues.
We are here to help support your journey to wellbeing. We have had great success in helping thousands of people from all walks of life manage and lift out of these problems. We have also supported people with chronic or terminal illness who have been depressed and anxious as a result. Lift has been taught and practiced in Australia, USA, Canada, India, UK and China.
We offer gentle, friendly and caring services, sharing effective tools that are easy to integrate into your successful professional life. We want to help you find the most important thing there is: a happy, healthy YOU!
As well as helping those who are already experiencing challenges, our focus in The Well Being Initiative is providing simple, non-medical tools for the prevention of burnout and related issues.
What we do
We offer drop in classes in Lift, individual sessions as well as structured 8 week Lift group sessions. These bring profound transformation and alleviation of heaviness, bleakness and pain. Participants feel more enlivened, empowered and vital. They report to us that using the simple tools and techniques we share with them, work and home life are easier and more satisfying.
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“On every occasion that I have met Kim, I have been impressed by her commitment to healing. She has put herself and her students under rigorous training, discipline and practices. She attempts to build in science and research to validate her work. I have seen her treat a group of skeptic physicians and was able to interview them afterwards. They spoke about how they were confused at how they felt so peaceful and calm after their sessions.”
Psychiatrist Badri Rickhi, MBBS, FRCP Member, The International Association of HealthCare Professionals
Dr. Rickhi is clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Calgary. A psychiatrist who specialises in the relationship between mental health and spirituality, Dr. Rickhi is research chair and a founding member of CINIM (the Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine) based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
I met Kim Durga earlier this year, and I was very impressed by her background and experience. She has developed an integrative meditation technique called LIFT, which combines mindfulness, psychology and other healing modalities.
I feel very fortunate have experienced LIFT sessions with Kim directly, as well as with one of her students in the United States who facilitated LIFT sessions for physicians and mental health clinicians working on the front lines treating patients with COVID-19 in the United States.
Kim is a wonderful mentor and teacher, and I highly recommend her as a resource for physicians and other health care practitioners. She understands the many benefits of prevention and lifestyle choices in mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Her practical, holistic approach can be used to reduce stress, overwhelm, anxiety, depression and burnout.
Kristin Riley-Lazo, MD
We help people be well and happy
Understanding My Own Needs
Great skills for communicating and relating, in the workplace or in our personal lives.
Richard M, Army Officer, Bondi
I Feel Lighter
After the first Lift session I couldn't believe the difference. I felt lighter, and as though I would be able to find a pathway forward during an extremely stressful period in my personal and professional life. With each session I felt the release of tension and the dissolving away of the hopeless feeling of 3 years of depression.
Lift Group Sessions
I have never relished the thought of sitting around talking about problems with a bunch of other people doing the same. Happily Lift group sessions are not like that. It is refreshing, entertaining, uplifting, bonding and the best thing I have found. I have learned so many skills that I can use every day, to keep on top of things and to thrive.
Edward, MD, Sydney
No Longer Drained
I never expected that the work I enjoy and the career I love would be so draining. After giving 110% for years I had nothing left. Lift cleaned that out and gave me the energy and focus I need to do my job to the best of my ability and know how to care for my own wellbeing in the process.
Sally, High School Teacher, Central Coast
Lift meditation is not a medical treatment. If you are feeling suicidal or acutely depressed, please consult your usual doctor as well as having more treatment.