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3 Keys to Navigating Life’s Storms – Book Giveaway!

3 Keys to Navigating Life’s Storms – Book Giveaway!

We are giving away five copies of No Storm Lasts Forever: Transforming Suffering Into Insight by Dr. Terry Gordon. Check out this article by the author, and then leave a comment for a chance to win your own copy of this book!

3 Keys to Navigating Life’s Storms
By Dr. Terry A. Gordon

As a cardiologist for over a quarter century, I dealt with life and death circumstances on a daily basis. I came to fully appreciate how precious and tenuous life can be; it can change in an instant. On June 30th of 2009 such a dramatic shift occurred in our family when our son, Tyler, was involved in an automobile accident sustaining a severe spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed.

As John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” In a nano-second, our entire family was thrust into the midst of one of the fiercest storms imaginable.

“Why do disruptive, terrible things like this happen? Why must there be such anguish? Does it serve any purpose?” These were questions that had answers… but it would take quite some time for me to sift through the quagmire in order to uncover them.

There were three things that helped me navigate the storm:

  • Journaling became the vehicle of my delivery from the abyss. After the accident occurred I initially found it extremely difficult to talk about. I needed the time in order to allow the experience to be absorbed into the deepest recesses of my soul, where it would be pondered over and over again. It would be in that silent space that I began my search for meaning. Journaling allowed me to distill my ideas down to the most elemental level, then to expand on them, exploring places deep within that I had never before recognized. It provided me with incredible clarity in the midst of the chaos I was experiencing.
  • Yielding to a higher power offered me the strength to endure the ravaging storm. Letting go of my false egoic belief that I must handle this alone enabled me to find an unfathomable peace within the quagmire. Ultimately I came to see, to truly visualize the beauty that hid within the belly of the beast. On this path through hell, my mantra became: “I can’t but we can!”
  • Changing the thought made all the difference. As Dr. Wayne Dyer says: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” I came to understand that that everything is in perfect order . . . even this! It’s all in one’s perspective. Even in the midst of such profound sadness, I found that if I allowed myself to look around, I could focus instead on the beauty before my eyes; it was there right alongside the suffering. There must be this maintenance of equilibrium in our lives, a balance that is manifested in the apparent dualities of life. After all, the monsoon is countered by a calm, sunny day; perfect health is balanced by life-threatening disease or injury, good by evil, and darkness by illumination. These perceived opposites are in truth conjoined with one another.

What I ultimately came to appreciate was that this human realm represents a perfect circumstance in which one can approach what we all seek — transformative enlightenment. I have learned that all the pain and turmoil of this existence, those things that cause us to suffer, are beautifully balanced and coupled with those things that bring us pleasure. It is because of that symbiotic relationship that we do not become overly burdened with the negative aspects of any experience.

Through this heart wrenching experience, I have learned that when adversity comes our way, it is how we respond to that difficulty that determines who we become. Our life experiences become calamities only if we make the conscious decision to make tragedies out of them. Rather than lamenting the so-called hardships in our lives, we can choose to be grateful for them. We can embrace them and accept them as gifts from the Divine. While they may not come in beautiful wrapping paper, these “gifts” provide fertile soil for our growth and enlightenment. They can actually be a blessing in disguise.

An expression from the Kabbalah says it all: “The falls of our life provide us with the energy to propel ourselves to a much higher level.”  We should be grateful for the falls of our life.

 

Dr. Terry A. Gordon, a Cleveland Clinic–trained cardiologist, practiced within mainstream medicine for over two decades. Named the American Heart Association’s National Physician of the Year in 2002, Terry is nationally recognized in matters of the heart. As a motivational speaker, he has shared the stage with Dr. Wayne Dyer; as a musician, he is the co-host of Docs Who Rock, a United Way event. He is currently spearheading a national campaign called The Josh Miller HEARTS Act, which will place Automated External Defibrillators  (AEDs) in every school in the country, protecting from sudden cardiac arrest our mostprecious resource: our children.  He is the author of the new book:  No Storm Lasts Forever : Transforming Suffering Into Insight (Hay House/ July 2012).  For more information please visit: www.drterrygordon.com

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Excerpted from the book No Storm Lasts Forever: Transforming Suffering Into Insight © 2012 by Dr. Terry Gordon. Printed with permission from Hay House.

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12:41PM PDT on May 4, 2013

thanks

9:40AM PDT on May 4, 2013

wow very inspriational

3:13AM PDT on May 4, 2013

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2:09AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

I live in the country which is on the edge of bankruptcy. I lost my job about 6 years ago. In that time I was 44. Nobody want to give you a job ( any job ) if you are over 35 here. I was very depressed. Very. My husband couldn't cope with my depression and found some hobbies outdoors. He also found another woman to be with. We separated then reconcile then again separated and reconcile again when I found out that he had never left her. I grieved a lot. I was completely broken. I lost him forever and at the same time my mother became disabled. Now I have to take care of her all day every day. I don't know whether I can endure any more and any longer. It is said that God won't give us anything that we can't handle but is it really true? What about those who can't handle anything anymore and they commit suicide? I don't think that we should be grateful for the all falls of our lives. They can destroy us.

2:09AM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

I live in the country which is on the edge of bankruptcy. I lost my job about 6 years ago. In that time I was 44. Nobody want to give you a job ( any job ) if you are over 35 here. I was very depressed. Very. My husband couldn't cope with my depression and found some hobbies outdoors. He also found another woman to be with. We separated then reconcile then again separated and reconcile again when I found out that he had never left her. I grieved a lot. I was completely broken. I lost him forever and at the same time my mother became disabled. Now I have to take care of her all day every day. I don't know whether I can endure any more and any longer. It is said that God won't give us anything that we can't handle but is it really true? What about those who can't handle anything anymore and they commit suicide? I don't think that we should be grateful for the all falls of our lives. They can destroy us.

10:51AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

While I do have times without storms, and I am able to appreciate some aspects of what the storms have brought to me in the aftermath, I've never found anything in my life that brought a positive balance to the storms. I've never had enough happiness in my life to make those times worth it. I'd like to believe that balance is out there, but I've never felt what it was like to experience it for myself.

10:50AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

While I do have times without storms, and I am able to appreciate some aspects of what the storms have brought to me in the aftermath, I've never found anything in my life that brought a positive balance to the storms. I've never had enough happiness in my life to make those times worth it. I'd like to believe that balance is out there, but I've never felt what it was like to experience it for myself.

6:23PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

If this is how things are supposed to be, I desperately need to see the silver lining. Sounds like this book might help.

1:39PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

What a beautiful article. I needed to read this so badly today! It reminds me of the lovely writing by Kahlil Gibran on joy and sorrow.

4:07AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Often the silver linings round the tough times are pretty easy to find. You get made redundant and have no income but your time's your own again; getting ill gets you off the work treadmill for a few days. To discern the greatness in the really rotten stuff requires a willingness to take it, experience the pain and find strength to rise to a higher perspective, beyond the pain. Am looking forward to reading the book.

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