Burnout to Bliss is an awakening experience that occurred over two years, 1989-1991. Dr. Young’s transforming journey from Burnout to Bliss is told in a series of stories, each emphasizing a particular concept — from the madness of extreme BURNOUT to regaining lost confidence and self-esteem (CYCLING in the CITY) to surrendering in faith for the remaining 18 months when she had to leave her sanctuary with only the balance of one small paycheck (2 Years 1 Paycheck 0 Plans — a story of healing).
Book 1, BURNOUT – How a Desert Lizard Restored My Faith, illustrates how “it’s never just one thing” when our life falls apart, and we break down. It relates some of the psychotic episodes the author experienced and the clumsy, destructive steps she took to survive. Most importantly, it shows how real healing began when she camped with Indian shamans in Mexico, where she overcame her fear by a desert lizard who restored her faith. (December 2016)
What readers wrote:
“Very courageous story of how one woman dealt with her darkest moments. Great read for people who feel that ‘They are the only one who can do this/take care of this and those of us who struggle to set boundaries. Brave and revealing thoughts and recollections and the acknowledgment of ‘the power of validation and the gift of learning and experience.’ The author even travels with a lioness! Raw and real.” ~Avid Reader
“A fascinating memoir by a hippiesque college professor during the 1980s. Her search for spiritual connection took her through some unusual and eclectic experiences. She lived in a small college town, she struggled financially, but her life was definitely not typical, and never boring. Ms. Young has a very whimsical way of making metaphors out of almost anything, resulting in a hilarious telling of some of the eye-popping situations that she lived through and/or participated in. The book completes part one of her search in the Mexican jungle eating peyote, having out-of-body experiences, and talking with a lizard. You will laugh, you will cry, and mostly you will simply be in awe of this incredible woman and her very, very interesting life.” ~Vine
“One might think that a personal memoir of this type would be self-indulgent and fraught with angst, not to mention self-pity. Nothing could be further from the case. In fact, it reads more like a thriller than anything in the self-help genre.
The horrifying work experiences as described can probably echo to some extent with anyone, but the psychological consequences that result are exceptional, as are the approaches of the author to them. Her quests for solutions, both from traditional and very non-traditional sources, occupy most of the latter half of the book. They are compelling and unusual and make me want to see where the subsequent books will lead.
I heartily recommend this book to anyone who has a desire to examine more closely some of the eternal questions.” ~R. Parmenter
(To be continued…)
Til next time,
Please be kind to everyone you meet, for we all have our hidden sorrows. ~P. Young, aka Tzaddi
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