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Betsy Johnson teaches English and Communication at a small liberal arts college in Minnesota. Her A Hit of Hope meditations can be found on Insight Timer. You can also subscribe to her newsletter here. Betsy is also a seasoned and quirky yoga teacher, and you can check out her yoga website here. You can email her at betsybeingbetsy@gmail.com

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When Life Gets Hard: 4 Lessons That Eased My Suffering

“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning.” ~Viktor Frankl

When life goes sideways, it can be hard to take one more breath, let alone find meaning.

Trust me. I know.

In the same year, I had breast cancer, chemo, radiation, and a divorce I didn’t want. There’s more to the story (there always is), but in essence, I lost everything—my health, my love, my home.

During all of this, I lost sight of myself, quit trusting myself. I was sure I was to blame for everything.

At the same time, within twenty-four …