Phoenix Rising: Navigating Life’s Twists and Turns

Zen Benefiel
2 min readJan 29, 2024

My Story of Adapting to Change and Finding New Paths

In “ZERO to ONE,” I recount the significant turns my life has taken, moments that have tested my resilience and prompted me to adapt and grow. My move to Phoenix stands out as a particularly transformative period, marked by both personal challenges and profound discoveries.

The Call to Phoenix

The decision to move to Phoenix was not a planned one; it was a response to a sudden and clear directive I received during a time of uncertainty and need. This move, prompted by what I can only describe as a blend of intuition and external guidance, marked the beginning of a new chapter, one that would challenge and ultimately shape me in ways I never expected.

Encountering Loss and New Beginnings

Shortly after settling in Phoenix, I faced the loss of a childhood friend, which brought a new depth to my understanding of life and death. It was during this period that I began to more deeply explore the nature of our existence and the possibilities that lie beyond our physical reality. This exploration was not just an intellectual pursuit; it was a deeply personal journey into the mysteries of life and death.

Synchronicities and Life Lessons

My time in Phoenix was filled with synchronicities — those meaningful coincidences that seem to guide us on our path. These experiences reinforced my belief in a greater orchestration in our lives, a belief that has been a constant source of strength and guidance. It was a reminder that even in times of turmoil, there are underlying patterns and purposes that we can trust and learn from.

Professional Growth and Personal Insights

This period was also one of significant professional growth. As I navigated various roles and challenges, I learned valuable lessons about leadership, collaboration, and the power of authentic communication. These experiences were not just career milestones; they were integral to my personal development and understanding of how we can bring our whole selves to every aspect of our lives.

Conclusion: Embracing Life’s Journey

In sharing these experiences, my aim is to offer a perspective on how we can navigate life’s changes with openness and resilience. The journey is not always easy, but it is rich with opportunities for growth and discovery. My story is a testament to the power of embracing life’s twists and turns, and finding the lessons and opportunities within them.



Zen Benefiel

Vulnerable and radically curious toward harmony among people and planet. Co-Executive Director of Live and Let Live Global Peace Movement and Foundation.