Every Challenge Is A Gift To Grow And Evolve

author/source: Dr Amba Dryg-Tobin

Dr Amba and Dad and GrandsonMy Motto is “Every Challenge is a Gift to Grow and Evolve”.  I get to remember this motto over and over. When I forget it- it bites me in the what…Reference to 30 Rock - My favorite Show. The star says WHAT THE WHAT a lot. If I do not constantly remind myself -that whatever is going on - is a gift, a lesson, a chance for me to gain wisdom and evolve a little or a lot, well I am up a creek or a Nile…De Nile. 

I recently got home from a visit with my 3 grandsons. I had an amazing time with them, and it pains me to leave them and it causes me sadness to miss my husband when I am gone. Yet, when I am away from my grandsons- let’s face it—I KICK ASS AND TAKE NAMES. The feeling of hopelessness and helplessness comes up from world events and from missing my grandsons 

This sort of helplessness or feeling of lack of control- comes more often in spring for me——with its LIVER frustration, impatience, and ANGER. Why can’t things be the way I want? Why can’t leaders use their words, like we teach children rather than physically fighting? 

When things seem hopeless or out of our control and we feel helpless- there is an important meditation that I learned from my teacher’s teacher - Lama Lar - who lives in Taos, New Mexico. When he taught it to us, it was the time of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Ōkuma, Fukushima, Japan. He called it alchemy to help us when we feel helpless and to do some good in matters that feel out of our control. 

If you want this meditation, email me.   

I have a zoom recording of it in a few of my 5 YOU DIG courses I have taught. 

A need for Control is related to the Liver, Spring, Wood Element—-it is the right side of the body- sometimes related to a Male person in our life- often our father. When people have injuries on the right side- I ask if they have unresolved issues with their father. Being with my grandsons and my daughters brings up a lot to do with my father, the father of my daughters, and mostly the fathers of my 3 grandsons—each has a different father with serious anger issues - again with the LIVER—and spring. Also has to do with boundaries—-and during the whole trip one of my daughters told me that I was judging her by giving her advice. I have a client going thru something similar and we are doing some work around multi-generational judgment and boundaries—-where mothers are maybe trying to help and never intend to judge. I have a class on judgment also. 

Mexico tripWhat in your life is causing you to feel out of control or helpless?

What do you do?

Do you sit in prayer and or stillness and ask your higher power for help, guidance, as quick as possible awareness of what the lesson is that you maybe are missing? And with grace and ease - I might add. 

I often say that we have a choice. With our FREE WILL (which is sacred)- we can declare - I only learn valuable lessons with grace and ease. I do not have to suffer to become wiser, grow, and evolve. That is why I say CHALLENGE in my motto, not problems, not suffering. Like the Kobasha Three Cs. Commitment, Control, and Challenge. 

WE can be committed to any situation to look for lessons and wisdom with grace and ease. We can either surrender control or take control of how we make our choices of how we are going to learn or handle things in strength or in victim mode. And lastly and most importantly, I believe—-it is a challenge to rise up to—- it is an offering of a gift—-to climb the steep steps higher to our spiritual highest good. To be more and more in alignment with who and why we are here right now - in this blessed time and moment. 

When I was taking care of my dad with dementia from 2018 through 2020— I had very little self-care and almost lost my self-love for so many reasons. That is when I started taking my 28 things, which I was grateful for and my teachings finally brought my walk to my talk. 

I created the SELF-Care and SELF-Love Women’s Retreats—- the first one was before my dad died and just days before the Shelter in Place in March 2020 in Dillon Beach in California. Time to get away and be spoiled and learn tools to truly embrace ourselves—in a big hug—with like-minded women doing the same.

We only have space for one more in-person in Sandia Mountains, New Mexico and over 40 spaces for the Live-Virtual on Zoom retreat experience to sign up for either here are the links $597 for in-person 3 nights/ 4 days and only $37 for on Zoom- which all with getting the replays. 


Dr AmbaDr Amba Dryg-Tobin

Dr. Amba Dryg is fortunate to have graduated in the last Doctoral class under the guidance of Abbot Sifu Professor Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson the founder of the International Institute of Medical QiGong and Senior Abbot at Tian Yun Gong (Temple of the Celestial Cloud) Daoist Monastery, in Monterey, California.

She also studied child development, psychology, medical sciences, and holistic health at several colleges and universities including San Francisco State University. As well as Chinese medical theory, acupuncture from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California

She also is a 400-hour plus- Certified Yoga Teacher from Green Path Yoga and The Bhramanada Ashram also known as the Yoga Society of San Francisco, where she studied the Sanskrit language and Vedic and Yoga philosophy with Dr. Ram Karan Sharma and the teachings of Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati Udasina (Ramamurti S. Mishra, MD). And has a second yoga certification from Integral Awakening Yoga

Dr. Amba Dryg is also a Level 3 Qigong Instructor and Workshop Facilitator of Sacred Geometry and Food Based Healing with the Supreme Science Qigong Foundation based in Florida. Within the Foundation is where she also studied with Wim Hof in Tummo Meditation, which later he renamed it "the Wim Hoff Method"