Portals to Personal Growth and Transformation

Can you think of turning points in your life? Times when you can honestly say, “I was never the same after that.” Most us go through life trying to avoid pain, but it inevitably finds us. As a result, when we experience the crisis of heartbreak, illness or misfortune, often our impulse is to despair and sink into ourselves. However, there are times when pain can be good for the soul. There are times when crisis can be the inspiration for tremendous personal growth. Sometimes, we need to be at our lowest before we can truly make contact with our potential for greatness, peace, and happiness.

Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life. Written by Doctors Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Cassandra Vieten, and Tina Amorok, this audiobook offers wisdom and spiritual nourishment. It presents a unique combination of cutting-edge science and wisdom gathered from the world’s transformative traditions. A helpful resource whether you seek to transform your life completely or simply make adjustments that will add richness and depth to your life, Learn how we can all experience deep shifts in consciousness, and how those shifts can lead to healing and wholeness.

What’s in this episode?

In this excerpt, Doctors Schlitz, Vieten, and Amorok discuss the events in life that can lead to powerful personal transformation. They focus on what they refer to as “the portal of pain”—moments of intense suffering or crisis that lead to personal growth and transformation. Most importantly, if you’ve been touched by tragedy or set back by challenges, we hope you’ll find this episode inspiring. There is often a transformative power in pain and crisis. Your struggles can become the personal growth that influences your life for the best.

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I came to my current path and practice…out of my own personal despair, suffering, and confusion. Everything that I’d thought would work in the material world—drugs, violence, pleasure, crime, my own confused attempts to  find satisfaction—actually led to great personal despair and suffering. [I came] around to some place of willingness and [said], “Okay, that didn’t work. Maybe this spiritual stuff”—which I had great resistance to—”maybe these spiritual folks knew something that I don’t know.”

Noah Levine

Vipassana meditation teacher, as interviewed in "Living Deeply"

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