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Transforming through Adversity and Training Our Minds and Bodies for Happiness

mark tanaka

This year kicked my ass. It was a tough year to say the least. For those of you who don't know or missed it, my mother passed away in February after battling cancer for a year. The year has been full of other twists and turns but dealing with the practical matters of her death and the emotional impact added an extra layer to all of my experiences this year.

I've been going through my grieving process all year. But something has been different. Along with the natural emotions and ups and downs that come with a life event like this, I also experienced a lot of peace and strength, and a general capacity to hold my experience with greater ease than in the past.  Don't get me wrong, I had emotional hardships. Old woulds of abandonment and loneliness came up hard. There were moments of pure overwhelm. I felt grief, fear, nauseating amounts of regret and guilt. But it was also a year that I got to see how much I've grown in the past 20 years.

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