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What would I live and die to do? by Dr. Kate Pate

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

I think a lot when I run.

A really good friend recently challenged me to identify what my core purpose is.

In the moment it didn’t seem like an easy question to answer so, naturally, I hit the trails.

My first approach was to imagine that I suddenly had everything I could ever need or want, materially speaking.

With that mindset I asked myself, when I wake up tomorrow, what would I live and die to do? I then imagined that, due to no fault of my own, everything was suddenly taken away from me. My family, friends, home, money, ego, etc. - gone.

With that mindset I again asked myself, when I wake up tomorrow, what would I live and die to do?

What would I be willing to work on?

What would I be willing to struggle through?

When my answers to the above scenarios were similar, I realized I had probably come pretty close to identifying my core purpose.

In this I learned that our core purpose may not be what we naturally want, but what we ultimately want.

What is your core purpose?

Why are you here?


Dr. Kate Pate is a neurophysiologist, mountain biker, entrepreneur, and yoga teacher. She is the CEO & Co-Founder of Coruna Medical, a military-specific (combat trauma) medical device company focused on solving the difficult problems facing the injured warfighter, especially as these problems pertain to administering medical care in austere environments.

Dr. Pate has been conducting research for nearly 15 years in a variety of different areas, including respiratory neurobiology, or the brain-breath-body connection, mental health and the gut microbiome, nutrition as medicine, sensor development for health and performance optimization, ocular trauma, burn trauma, neurotrauma, cancer and radiation biology, arthritis, and medical education.

Kate comes from a military family and has always been passionate about finding ways to help military service members and veterans. This passion, coupled with her interest in plant-based medicines and her journey to find ways to heal from her own traumas, led her to cross paths with Heroic Hearts Project (HHP), a veteran-founded and veteran-focused nonprofit. Kate joined HHP as the Director of Research in early 2019 and has been working closely with the team to investigate the ways in which ayahuasca can benefit veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues, and how changes in the gut microbiome following ayahuasca consumption may be correlated with long-term behavioral changes.


On June 24th, 2020, Kate and I will be doing an IG LIVE at 8:30 pm EST on my page @deebird20 and we will be discussing Kate's imprint of service in the world.

I will be recording the IG LIVE and uploading the audio here for you to listen to in the future.

Thank you for your constant support in my mission to spread holistic healing education, tools, and skill across the world!

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