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Life, the Path Towards Oneself: When challenges guide us towards ourselves!

Who has never experienced challenges? We all have, at some point or another, faced challenges that have marked the path of our existence. They are often perceived as painful, uncomfortable, and unpleasant. They give us the feeling that we are losing our bearings, take us out of our comfort zone, and we thus allow ourselves to live in fear, sadness, anger, or confusion. In short, most of the time, these challenges disrupt our lives—and fortunately for that!

Everything exists for a reason; there’s no such thing as coincidence. Even suffering has its meaning: It invites us to take the plunge inside ourselves in order to rediscover our true and sacred nature and to live in harmony with it. The more we resist to acknowledge our profound truth, the more challenges begin to multiply. Suffering demands an honest evaluation by which we identify our needs, our dreams, our strengths, and our limits. Suffering asks us to recognize the power we have to alter our behaviours and beliefs, or to let go and accept what is when we do not.

Suffering is a powerful transformation tool; do not let it make you bitter: recognize it, welcome it, and accept it fully and without judgment. Use it as a springboard that propels you, guides you, and sheds light on the path of your life, and advance towards this new light, this new awareness of yourself. The better your self-awareness, the better your choices, and the more peaceful your life will be!

Here are some inspiring quotes that I would like to share with you so as to nourish your thoughts. Enjoy!

“Beyond suffering and illness, we must discover meaning. The reward of this discovery is the unveiling of the meaning of events.”

—Adéla Tremblay Sergerie

“Suffering is a silent whisper, a hidden murmur that should be received as a secret of love. The only sacred pain of the body is to open our consciousness to a new horizon of understanding.”

—Martin Brofman

“The moment you accept the problems that are bestowed upon you, the doors open.”

—Rûmi

“A mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

—Oliver Wendell Holmes

“We have crossed the darkness of the ocean and the vastness of the earth. We have finally found the fountain of youth. She waited for us patiently, at the heart of ourselves.”

—Rûmi

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

—Helen Keller

Isabelle Beaudoin
Certified yoga instructor and early childhood educator.
yogavyana.com