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TC 215: Responding Consciously When Things Go Wrong - Does it Help?

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Welcome to the Transformation Cafe. In this episode host Robin Masiewicz and regulars Jamie and Gloria have a thoughtful discussion about how best to respond when faced with life's challenges. Do we freak out? Get angry? Find someone to blame? Or can we look at it from a more conscious mindset as an opportunity for growth, and a chance to practice compassion?

Robin refers to a specific challenge that she experienced as a "Cosmic Pop-Quiz". Gloria and Jamie also share their experiences dealing with challenges of their own. 

Here is another version of the story that Robin refers to in the podcast:

Two monks were on a pilgrimage. One day, they came to a deep river. At the edge of the river, a young woman sat weeping, because she was afraid to cross the river without help. She begged the two monks to help her. The younger monk turned his back. The members of their order were forbidden to touch a woman.

But the older monk picked up the woman without a word and carried her across the river. He put her down on the far side and continued his journey. The younger monk came after him, scolding him and berating him for breaking his vows. He went on this way for a long time.

Finally, at the end of the day the older monk turned to the younger one. "I only carried her across the river. You have been carrying her all day."

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