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How Are You Going To Meet Life’s Challenges?

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How Are You Going To Meet Life’s Challenges?

Recently, I noticed that my kids are entering adulthood just as I’m leaving it. My friend Lisa asked me where I am going, and to tell her the truth, I’m not exactly sure. But what I do believe is something Deepak Chopra also believes: Change and transformation are your birth right. It was in this spirit of always “evolving and recycling,” that I entered the world of Deepak Chopra’s newest book (I think it is his 65th!) entitled Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges.

Chopra is all about showing you how to expand your awareness, which he says is the key to resolving the confusion and conflict we all face. “The secret is that the level of the problem is never the level of the solution,” he writes. “By rising to the level of the solution in your own awareness, you can transform obstacles into opportunities.”

Chopra wants to assist his readers to get out of their stuckness. And so many of us are stuck. Filled with numbness. Or even depressed. And his answer may be a challenging one for some people. He is asking us to wake up and take responsibility for our lives and be open to new perceptions. As he says so wisely: “You can only change what you are first able to see. What you are willing to be aware of?”

Now, this is a tough one for most of us. We don’t always want to see what is true. And as Deepak pointed out, we all see “true” through our own tinted glasses. No enemy is more dangerous than the one we are blind to.

Look, life can be viewed as a series of unpredictable weather patterns that we can either choose to struggle with or carry the right gear! Stuff happens. This book is a wonderful reminder that the most powerful way to change your life is to become self aware and to own your stuff. After reading Spiritual Solutions, I felt recommitted to living this second half of my life awake and viewing life’s challenges as creative opportunities. And of course, it can be difficult at times. Change and transformation are hardly ever completely comfortable.

As a sexuality, fertility and intimacy coach, I can tell you that most of life’s struggles arise when we somehow manage to go unconscious. It is a practice to always bring ourselves back to a place of self awareness. And that is what this book is encouraging us to do, in steps that are understandable and inspiring.

Chopra points out that struggles can sometimes be a gift and can arise to make you more aware of your life’s purpose. I believe that. I agree with Chopra when he says that nothing is random. Sure, life brings challenges. But how are you going to meet them? Are you willing to be conscious or will you simply blame and numb out? Cookies used to work for me. But I gave them up because I decided that I preferred feeling instead.

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Pamela Madsen

Pamela Madsen is an Integrative Life Coach Specializing In Women's Issues: Sexuality, Fertility, Body Image, Wellness and Rejuvenation. Pamela is also author of the best selling memoir Shameless (Rodale, Jan 2011), and founder of The American Fertility Association.Her websites and her daily blog,, are a breakfast essential for reporters, writers and policymakers.


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9:43AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Don't take everything too seriously and carry a big stick :)

5:02AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thanks and nice posting

4:03AM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Thanks!! Great post!

3:29PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Timely topic- 2012 is believed to a year where human awareness and consciousness will reach higher levels of vibration. I was beginning to wonder how and when this kind of transformation will begin. I have not met too many who can talk freely of raising their self-awareness and where self-transformation is important.
However, I do not agree with the word recycling as applicable to human beings. Change is part of life, discard what is negative and unnecessary, honor what is right and respectable.
Relationships do not get recycled, it gets renewed and refreshed- raises it to a level of respectability.

11:14PM PDT on May 29, 2012

thank you .... any mention of Deepak Chopra translates into wisdom, and the best type of guidance one can receive to act on..

5:08PM PDT on May 29, 2012

With sarcasm and a good sense of humor. If you don't have humor, you won't survive life intact.

3:52PM PDT on May 29, 2012


No, Silly!

Run with it.

1:37PM PDT on May 29, 2012

Nice one ,,,Thanks..

8:58AM PDT on May 29, 2012


6:52AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Old saying, dont worry, be happy. Will try advice thanks

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