Without embracing doubt and experiment, the hero’s journey so to speak, life becomes smaller and more isolated in the pursuit of certainty. In today's episode I share some poignant words from the great Carl Jung on using our doubt and uncertainty to find truth.

In times like these, if we don't face and embrace doubt, we'll surely be lost.

The Coffee Shop barista said, "I'm gonna go looking for my power place," and it ended up making all the difference in my decision to embark on an epic motorcycle journey for the answers to the questions I couldn't find answers.

What can you do right now in the middle of the coronavirus to find your power place? Today, on The Pilgrim's Odyssey.

Use the eye of this current storm to focus on three things that can pay long-term benefits - simplify, quiet time, and family and friends. None of this is new, and to help drive what matters home, enjoy a gem from the Philokalia written 1700 years ago.

And pardon the baby racoons. They ended up being very agreeable.

Thomas Merton wrote 65 years ago in No Man is An Island how the noise of society obscured truth. 

In this time of quiet, stop to think about all the noise in our lives from the news, media, politicians, businesses, schools, work, etc. Everybody selling something. What does it do to our ability to accurately and honestly examine our own lives? Where is truth?

Join me for some Merton soul food and a challenge for your life.

Little did I know volunteering inside Pendleton Maximum Security Prison would change my life and the most important lesson I learned came from the most unexpected of sources - a monster or an angel? What keeps you imprisoned, and how do you escape?

Driving the desolate streets of Indianapolis brought me an eerie peace and unexpected surprises. It hearkened me to a time when the mystery of what was around the next bend was enough to keep my spirits high and my soul in balance. It's a feeling I'd let the noise of the world hide from me for too long.

In this episode we discuss the science of hope and the steps I took to find it in my darkest of times. Hope is contagious and hope builds. The momentum of hope is as powerful as the momentum of despair, but it must be maintained. Meaning must be pursued to our last breath.

We conclude our suicide series with a motivating explanation of Viktor Frankl's theory of suicide. Viktor Frankl lost everything to the Nazis except his will to move forward and find hope in the worst of circumstances. His lessons have never been more valuable. 

Part 2 of my 3 part series on suicide. I delve a little more into my own story while sharing a powerful theory of suicide development from a friend at the VA's Suicide Prevention office and Dr. Thomas Joiner's great book, Why People Die by Suicide. It's a powerful theory because the more we understand why people make unthinkable to us choices, the better we are able to help them and help ourselves. The key to suicide prevention is relationships that allow us to show people another path.

Suicide leaves in its wake despair, pain, regret, and a ton of questions. Drawing on my years of experience helping those who feel like life isn't worth living, I share some of the lessons I teach on understanding suicide, and ultimately how to show someone another way to meet their pain and despair.

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