Welcome to episode #68, in the middle of the summer training season! It's hot, so here are a few of the topics discussed in this episode to keep you moving!
The podcast this month is primarily recorded from a talk after my recent recent run-walk pilgrimage in Portugal/Spain along the Camino de Santiago, and outlines how identifying our purpose can help us to have the courage and willingness to begin difficult things, grow and change, in all aspects of life. A few years ago, I set out to answer these questions as I started training in something which would transform the way I see the world: logotherapy. It is the psychology of purpose and meaning-making amidst difficulty. It is especially useful in recovery from past trauma, current suffering and addictions, and is part of many inter-religious chaplains' training.
The Power of Purpose
Many of us have goals and dreams, and maybe even good habits to make them happen. However, research has shown that life purpose and values are much more a director of our actions than these arbitrary goals we set, and our latent higher purpose determines many of our daily habits. In other words, we will live out the actions and attitude that we purposefully choose.
The Ultimate Goal of Recovery and Logotherapy
When we consider our purpose, those on the path of recovery often understand the 12th step as asking, "How can I love fully and be of maximum service to others?", which forms part of our life purpose. However, each person does so in unique ways that only they are capable of, based upon their life experience and values. Some reflection and coaching/guidance from another may be useful in doing so. I have found I'm never disappointed by the results; as a logotherapist, in my coaching, running, teaching and family life. I would love to share this with you...
If you'd like to learn more, please navigate to my Insight Timer Teacher Page https://insighttimer.com/laneholbert, where I have a 3-part course on logotherapy, recovery meditations, and several short Guided Meditations for Runners.
I also invite you to join our Running Anthropologist and Recovery Camino fellowship online www.runninganthropologist.com OR @runninganthropologist on IG/Facebook.
And to check out LIKE THE WIND magazine, "Why We Run", which I like to call the national geographic of running, with photos and stories from across the globe. Our pilgrimage was featured in this upcoming issue #32! www.likethewindmagazine.com
Happy Running & Look forward to seeing you soon along "the way"!
- Mark Lane-Holbert