How To Bounce Back When Life Knocks You Down

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At times life can get difficult. We’ve all experienced this at some point and likely more recently than not, given what’s been happening in the world as a result of the Coronavirus.

Maybe it’s a broken relationship, the loss of a job, accumulating debt or financial ruin, a terminal diagnosis, or grieving the passing of a loved one. 

These are some of the biggest emotional challenges of our lives, and they seem to not escape anyone. In the depths of despair, no matter how hard you might try, it can feel utterly frustrating and overwhelming. 

However, is it possible to find meaning in adversity? And could this lead us to discover a deeper purpose in our lives?

This is something that Sonia Ricotti knows all too well. Years back, she hit rock bottom after losing her home, accumulating six-figures in debt, breaking off a relationship with her alcoholic partner, and going through a significant health scare. For a fleeting moment, she even thought about ending it all.

In Episode 5 of Transcendence Season 2, Sonia shares her personal story alongside expert commentary on bouncing back with the likes of Michael Beckwith, Bradley Nelson, Turia Pitt, Sadhvi Bhagawatiji, Dawson Church, and more. 

From losing a child in a mass shooting to surviving a horrific bushfire, these incredible stories show that how we respond to life’s challenges can shape who we are. Our willingness to bounce back and the lessons we take from challenges are what propel us forward in life. 

Part of understanding the bigger picture and purpose of our suffering lies in what American Professor Joseph Campbell refers to as ‘The Hero’s Journey.’ In Episode 5, Mike Sherbakov elaborates on this concept, encouraging us to find meaning in a moment instead of reverting to a ‘why me’ mentality. 

Reverend Michael Beckwith takes this further and suggests that when we stop asking ourselves why and start asking ourselves what is seeking to emerge through these experiences, our lives begin to shift exponentially.

In Episode 5 “Discovering Your Gifts,” you’ll also uncover:

  • How to stop procrastination and start living a life aligned to your true purpose, without having to quit your job.
  • The secret to discovering your gifts and what that journey will look like for you.
  • Why some of the brightest minds today believe our future is a positive one.
  • The power of meditation and life visioning to manifest your dream life and shift the world’s energy and vibrations.
  • How meditation can boost your creativity and mind power by over 400%+.
  • And, much more.


The worldwide premiere screening of Transcendence Season 2 begins on Monday, May 18. You can save your spot here to the free online premiere.

We have the ability to turn our greatest challenges into our greatest teachers. Sometimes it just takes a slight change in perspective.

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Amma: The Loving, Hugging, Humanitarian Saint

As of the date of this article, Amma has hugged attendees to her programs over 40 million times. Her free events attract thousands upon thousands of people, often taking place in football stadiums. In the early days, when 50 or 60 people were in attendance, Amma was known as “Ammaji” or “Ammachi.”

It was 1990 when I first met Amma. She was seated on a tattered, cushioned chair in the center of a small, basement room in The African-Methodist Episcopal Church in Central Square, Cambridge, MA.

The moment I walked into the room, I was so profoundly struck by Amma’s light and presence that I fell to my knees and bowed to her. I spent the rest of the day sobbing in absolute bliss, happily crouched in a corner. In addition to a few Swamis and helpers, there were less than ten other people in the room.

While indulging my tears, Amma caught my eye and invited me to her chair. I was so nervous, I could barely speak. I walked toward her, awkward and self-conscious, as if it were my first time walking. I bowed and she immediately took my hand, then gently bent me across her lap.

Amma then gently rubbed my body from head to toe while I cried. She massaged my scalp and forehead and patted my spine. Amma even squeezed my ears and tussled my hair. It felt as though I were embraced by the most loving bundle of light.

After 20 minutes of her healing touch, Amma lifted my head with her soft hands and pressed her cheek and lips against my ear. She lovingly whispered Sanskrit mantras to me as I absorbed every morsel of her love.

“Pure love transcends the body. It is between hearts. It has nothing to do with bodies.”

— Amma

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