Toward a More Meaningful Life

December 14, 2016 1 Comment

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Those of you who read my blog or subscribe to my Facebook Page, LiveLongQigong, know that I look for ways to live a better life.  I can confidently say that I am healthier, happier and stronger today than before my retirement.  I won’t deny that the recent four-year (I’m from Iowa, the first in the nation caucus state) political drama set me off my game.   Hard questions came up with no viable answers.  I lost some equilibrium at first, and then I asked myself, “Am I doing all I can do to create a more fulfilling and meaningful life for myself and for future generations despite what the world may throw at us?”

I found a program that I believe will help me round out my development and keep me grounded as the world continues to become more confusing and dangerous.  It is The 30 Challenges to Enlightenment course. The 30 Challenges is a set of thirty lessons, each designed to be practiced for 30 days, all designed to develop intelligence, self-awareness, compassion, and encourage active participation in contributing to goodness in our world. The challenges are progressively more challenging, each one builds on the ones before it.

When I enrolled, I got a well-written e-book and received a large, beautifully designed chart. (They call it a Challenge Map). After reading the introduction, I jumped in to the first challenge, “High on Existence”, which required abstaining from caffeine, nicotine, and non-prescription drugs for 30 days. It wasn’t easy, as I do love my coffee.  But, I made it through.

There are 29 more challenges.  Right now, I’m on Challenge Nine.  They can be addressed sequentially, or selected based on what seems best for me. There is a private Facebook group where I can interact with others on the journey, and the creators of the course are frequent contributors on the page. I’m 96 days into my quest and I am experiencing results. I gladly meditate every day. I regularly go to the gym. My home and my mind are more serene and orderly. And, miracle of miracle, I am eliminating my procrastination habit. This is a powerful, well-developed program.

I know that you are busy preparing for the holidays and may not have time to think about how you will grow as a person (i.e., set New Year’s Resolutions) today, but bookmark or save the 30 Challenges to Enlightenment link and promise yourself you will consider signing up in the New Year.  Or, do it now while you are thinking of it.

In my opinion, you can’t go wrong when you take a path to appreciate simple living, explore your motivations, passions and fears, and touch the lives of those around you.

I am so grateful that I found the course, I think you will be too.  And, let me know if you take the  challenge.


(Note that I am quoted on the 30 Challenges website.  That recommendation was freely offered as is this one, I received no actual or in-kind compensation other than the fact that this is one of the few developmental programs where I’ve kept going, seen results and wanted to share with others.)

About the Author:

First born, awkward teenager, young professional, wife, Momma, divorced wife, Grammy, wife (again), business owner, Fortune 500 Corporation executive, career coach, reader, writer, fly fisher, joke teller, fast driver, INFJ, Aquarius, Feng Shui hobbyiest, Starbucks drinker, Tai Chi/Qigong practitioner and teacher, Iowan....Of all my labels, momma, grammy and wife are the most cherished

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  1. Ruth says:

    Wow. Becky, this is impressive.

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