“Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!” -Ram Dass

Hi friends! I thought I’d elaborate on this quote a bit. It is one of my favorites, and even serves as wallpaper on my phone, so I can be reminded of it daily.
I read several studies recently about mental/emotional qualities of breast cancer survivors in predicting distress, emotional well-being, and how well they coped with their disease and treatment. One (of many) interesting quality that was associated with less distress and better emotional well-being was seeing the cancer experience as an opportunity, rather than some horrible catastrophe. An opportunity to learn something from the experience, to use the experience to better ourselves in our habits or behaviors, or even an opportunity to help others going through something difficult.
Thinking this way is SO empowering! As Ram Dass says, “Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your awakening. Use it!”. Even the shitty experiences (and maybe those most of all) can be great opportunities for us to grow and transform into better, healthier, happier people. I know I learned a lot (and continue to) through my cancer experience (patience, surrender, humility, tust, how to ask for and accept help, just to name a few). I bet you did too! I love studying Yogic philosophy to help me cultivate a healthy mindset.
With love for all going through any trying transformation, 💕🧘🏽‍♀️🙏🏼🕉

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