Mindfulness Mondays - The Individual Stories From Having A Life Worth Living Film


In celebration of International Mindfulness Day 2016, Sashbear released another compassionate message of hope to commemorate Sasha on her birthday, March 10th. in 2016, thirteen brave souls stepped forward to share from their hearts an honest portrayal about living with symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) .Their candid, personal journeys offer strength and hope for those still struggling day to day. As well, Dr. Blaise Aguirre, medical director of McLean3 East hospital in Boston, contributes mindful insights toward positive outcomes for this condition.

We ask you to please share this film and the individual stories freely with others on your social media sites: to help spread this message of hope for those seeking a life worth living. You never know who might need to hear that they are not alone, and that they can seek and find help and understanding.

Wishing a wonderful mindful day full of loving kindness to you all.


Participants of 'Having A Life Worth Living' who candidly share their stories

Dr. Blaise Aguirre during interview for 'Having A Life Worth Living' film

During the fall of 2016, every Monday, for each of the 13 participants of the Having A Life Worth Living film, their powerful and hopeful individual stories will be released here, one by one.

We want to wholeheartedly thank all of the participants of this film, who are courageous warriors and heroes, as well as all of those volunteers and organizations that made these individual stories possible as well as the original film. In particular, among those volunteers, special thanks go to Director Karen Waddell whose loving and compassionate vision was masterfully put to life by Editor Wally Goodwin - both Karen and Wally spent countless hours creating these films for the noble purpose of giving participants a voice so their stories could be heard.


Dr. Blaise Aguirre's Insights into Borderline Personality Disorder - "..they are as essential to the universe as anyone of us is...without them the universe cannot be the same""


Victoria's Story - "when somebody gets me and supports me, ..they encourage me because they see that I am more than my disorder and that I have endless possibilities."


Selena's Story - "We were not given the basic skills to cope with emotions that we face everyday. Our feelings are valid. There needs to be more awareness - having a compassionate mindset...can make a huge difference in our lives. You are a warrior and you have survived..that's the most beautiful thing a person can say about themselves."


Sam's Story - "That's a fantastic feeling to feel understood, to be listened to, to be connected..Self stigma is huge, it's another obstacle you have to jump through, and there's no therapy for that...Recovery is not just getting "better", it just means having a life that you define as thriving."


Mehma's Story - "Through DBT interpersonal effectiveness I could start recognizing that even if I felt invalidated that people did not intend on invalidating me. With DBT I was able to recognize what I wanted to do with my life. You are not crazy, everything you are feeling is valid. These are waves of emotions that will eventually end and you will learn how to cope with them."


Maria's Story - "Acknowledging my emotions was a huge part of my recovery...DBT has changed my life. The most successful thing about my recovery is me!"


Julies's Story - "I don't want to be part of the stigma...if we don't stand up and speak up about this then we feed the stigma. There are so many beautiful qualities about people with BPD... Helping others can be so rewarding."


Georgia's Story - "There isn't enough help or research around BPD to really understand how people are thinking when they have been diagnosed with it cause as a society we need to try and understand these people right?.. but we seem to be failing to do that"


Emily's Story - "inter relationship skills...it helps you understand the full situation instead of just your point of view"


Donovan's Story - "I learned who I am", "when you realize what you can do [to alleviate pain] you will do it often"


Debbie's Story - "I was mad at the system that decided that the label was not.. "effective??" - are you kidding me!?"

The lecture Debbie refers to in her story was a presentation of Sasha's story.


Daniela's Story - "This makes so much sense!"


Caleigh's Story - "Being your own advocate can change your life"


Alicia's Story - "I am enough and that is revolutionary"



We ask you to please share these films freely with others on your social media sites: to help spread this message of hope for those seeking a life worth living. You never know who might need to hear that they are not alone, and that they can seek and find help and understanding.


  • We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better...
  • Let's remove stigma from mental illness and Borderline Personality Disorder...
  • We are all in this together, you are not alone...
  • Validation before problem solving...
  • Emotion Regulation Disorder is the new name for Borderline Personality Disorder...
  • Let's teach DBT skills in schools...
  • Let's intervene, let's intervene early...
  • Show me compassion and empathy first, don't just tell me how to change
  • Let go of judgments and believe in me so that I can believe in myself
  • Accept me so that I can better accept myself
  • We are all doing the best we can and we can all do better next time
  • Take care of yourself then you can attend to others
  • Be mindful - Observe, describe, participate effectively
  • Observe your own emotions rise and that of others, pause then engage effectively
  • Strive to be wise, not just rational or emotional
  • Change what you can, accept what you cannot
  • Validation is not agreement
  • Validate, Validate Validate
  • Be supportive, let go of judgements
  • We can't control having strong emotions but we can change how we respond to them
  • Hope is everything and is always there even when I cannot see it
  • BPD is more common than Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder combined 6%
  • The suicide rate of BPD victims is 400 times that of general population
  • BPD is the third leading killer of young women between the ages of 15-24
  • 1 of 5 seek help, 4 of 5 benefit from treatment
  • 4,000 young people die by suicide per year in Canada
  • I am not the disorder. I am a person
  • Stop the Stigma - by Speaking Up
  • Living with BPD is like not having an emotional skin
  • Genetic vulnerabilities and invalidating environment could lead to BPD
  • Breathe
  • Mindfulness is not what you think
  • Mindfulness is being present moment to moment
  • Mindfulness is just observing, paying attention to non-judgement
  • Patience, trust, non-striving and acceptance
  • Mindfulness does not come by itself..it takes practice
  • Let your breath be your anchor to observe thoughts as they arise
  • Observe thoughts as they come and go like waves on the ocean
  • Pay attention to what you are actually paying attention to
  • What we frequently think we become
  • Turning my auto-pilot off
  • Only that day dawns to which we are awake - Thoreau Walden
  • It is a radical act of love to just just down and be quiet for a time by YOURSELF
  • You are HERE!
  • Make each moment count!
  • I am a valuable part of all that EXISTS
  • I am Love. ALL is Love
  • The practice of mindfulness is not to follow your heart but to train your heart
  • It's OK, let it be
  • Smile at thoughts, they are empty. The only power thoughts have is the power you give them
  • The benefit will come to your life with consistent mindfulness practice everyday
  • Whatever you do to make it mindful!
  • Kindness is pure wisdom
  • Mindfulness is free or craving, want or hate
  • Be gentle to yourself as well as others
  • When you feel connected to someone that connection gives you purpose
  • Practice kindness whenever possible. It's always possible - Dalai Lama