Advertisement

How can life's challenges help define our purpose?

Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine
The "weather" of our lives (suffering, loss, disappointment, and disease) helps to define our meaning and purpose. Instead of attempting to change the weather, or to run from storms, we can choose to turn within and cultivate deep roots, a strong trunk, and flexible branches. When we turn within, we create the opportunity to emerge transformed by the storm, creating a new sense of strength and balance.

In the same way, imagine a tree complaining of the coming autumn, or whining that its new spring buds aren't the right shade of green. It may sound silly, but we do this when we resist the cycles in our lives. The tree becomes a dynamic part of the stages of this magnificent life, not the victim of it. The tree becomes the regal hero of hundreds of years of surviving and thriving in the direst of circumstances.
A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness

More About this Book

A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness

Nautilus Book Awards Winners for 2007 (category: Self-Help/Psychology/ Personal Growth) "Like many people, Kathleen Hall found that despite great success and material wealth, she had yet to identify...

Continue Learning about Spirituality and Religion

5 Health Benefits of Spirituality
5 Health Benefits of Spirituality
There is no single definition for spirituality, nor is there a single way to practice it—spirituality means different things to different people and e...
Read More
How is fasting related to spirituality?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
In some religions and spiritualities, fasting is a way to cleanse and purify the body, and is consid...
More Answers
What is spiritual distress?
HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkHealthCare Chaplaincy Network
Spiritual distress is an outcome of spiritual struggle, which is defined as having high spiritual ne...
More Answers
How Do Rituals Like Chanting Contribute to Healing?
How Do Rituals Like Chanting Contribute to Healing?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.