Out Of the Office and Into the Wild: How Fasting In the Desert Helped Me Find Purpose

At the turn of the New Year 2012 I walked into the desert to make sense of my life. I've always felt at home in the desert; it calls me with its basin of sky, its harsh beauty, its way of mummifying the castles of dreamers. There is a challenge here for me to take up space in a way that confirms: I matter. It seemed a fitting place for my Vision Quest, a spiritual journey in the wilderness spent fasting for three days and four nights in a remote spot, alone.

Since my divorce and return from living in East Africa a few years before, I had been steadily dismantling the life I had built in service of becoming a psychotherapist. Years of living in survival mode juggling grad school and jobs, spending down my savings as I worked six day weeks, and returning to intern status had taken their toll. I was exhausted and sinking into self doubt. In my relationship, too, I faced a turning point; whether to take the next step or to let go.

I sought answers to these questions; what direction should my life take? What's my purpose? What's getting in my way?

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From Funk to Flow: Reviving Your Soul and Finding Your Passion

Recently, I asked a client who quit a dead end job in order to find her purpose what finding it would feel like. After thinking a moment she lit up and said, “it’s like work doesn’t feel like work, you have things to do but you love doing them and you can feel you’re really good at it. Even when it gets hard sometimes, you know you’re here for a reason. It’s work, but it’s about who you are.”

Sounds like flow to me. And it’s no coincidence that flow happens in connection with creation.

Here’s the reason: to find our purpose we need to connect to our soul. And connecting to our souls is a creative process. By definition it’s non-linear, right brained, mysterious, vague. It involves allowing space to hang out in the unknown for a while, without form and without to-do lists. It involves trust in our human nature, our innate programming to grow and evolve.

For most of us, that’s scary. But there is hope, and there is, ironically, something we can do. Click here to read the full article on Psyched Magazine.