The Zen of Getting Through A Challenge


Facing a challengeWe all face challenges all the time. It’s one of the hallmarks of living in the world we live in.

We face challenges in the realm of work, with our bodies, our health and with our relationships.

We face financial challenges, and challenges of the heart, where we’re trying to honor ourselves yet can’t see our way out of some bad habits.

Challenges are a part of life.

So how do most of us handle challenges?

With grit. And determination. And clenched fists.

We push ourselves through our challenge. It doesn’t feel good. But we think it’s the best or only way to go.


Just because that’s how we’ve always done it. We may struggle and claw our way to the solution. But it certainly won’t feel good.

And if it doesn’t feel good along the way, it may not feel good when you finally get there.

How do you get through the challenges of life, feel good along the way and feel good when you get there?

Try this:

You pamper your way through instead of push your way through. You are gentle with yourself during a challenge.

That doesn’t mean you don’t work and strive. It means you do it with compassion.

You look for ways to make your journey easier. This doesn’t detract from your final result. But it sure does help you get there peacefully instead of grumpy and resentful.

You treat yourself like someone you love, very, very much.

You see what you need and give it to yourself.

Rest, a break, company. You don’t beat yourself into pushing more, working harder or doing things faster.

You’ll get there. But I want you to get there feeling good.

Peaceful now. Peaceful along the way. And eventually, peaceful when you get there.

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2 Responses to “The Zen of Getting Through A Challenge”

  1. Julie says:

    I love this. Always the way of peace and gentle attention, loving limits. So great.

  2. Thanks Julie! We’re so used to powering through things! It really took me a while to know there was a way that felt better.