“I know how it feels when the soul is ignored because I lived that way for too long — cold-shouldering my inner knowing when it came to work, marriage, decades of alcoholic drinking — all because I didn’t know how to speak her tongue. I gave too much weight to Other People’s expectations, allowing 'shoulds' to override 'wants.' Man, those ingrained habits are hard to unwind.

“Listening to the voice of the soul is what this whole life thing is about, and learning to do it is the essence of the human experience. We are not here to be walking revenue generators or codependent people pleasers or arbitrary line toe-ers or even upstanding citizens (remember: human beings, not human doings). We are here to connect our souls with understanding, with meaning, with compassion and contribution, with learning and evolution, with joy.”