Some of the challenges we face in life can be handled and sorted through easily, dissolving not long after they pop up. But there are some that knock us off our feet when we least expect it – and these are not always so easy to shake.

While everyone deals with life’s challenges differently, I like to view each challenge as a chance to transform – a chance to grow. Our June 2009 cover story interview with Dr. Judith Orloff about her book “Emotional Freedom,” looks at how our emotions offer us a chance to transform our soul, and I think the same lesson can be applied to any adversity we face. With each bump in the road, I always try to find the lesson and expand my awareness a little more.

Here are a few of the things I try to remember when facing a difficult situation or challenge – big or small:

Remember to Get Quiet – I remind myself the importance of meditation to clear my mind, and connect with source, knowing an answer will come.

Surrender/Ask for Help – I call on my angels, guides and God to help direct me to the answers I seek, and ask that they open my eyes to see the signs sent in my direction.

Be Grateful – I give thanks for what I do have, and try to look at the positive side of every challenge. I’ll also remind myself of the good things that have come out of past challenges, and be thankful for them as well.

Love Yourself Through It – No matter what the challenge, we all must remember to love ourselves for who we are – pieces of God – and know that we can tap into that energy at any time. In particularly taxing times, I try to treat myself gently, as I would a good friend, and remind myself that everything is love, and so am I.

Look for the Gift – When we are in the midst of a challenge or difficult time, it can seem impossible to find a gift within the situation – but in time, it will usually reveal itself. I know that with each challenge, I will end up stronger.

Blessings and love to you all!
Tammy Mastroberte
Founder, Publisher & Editorial Director
Elevated Existence Magazine

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