I found myself at age 18 in prison with a life sentence. Somewhere early on I got the idea that the body, mind, and spirit needed to be equally nourished. So education, exercise, tai chi, yoga, martial arts, meditation, and many other practices became part of my life. I found myself somewhat unexpectedly released in 2009, after nearly 25 years behind bars. That time had its share of traumatic experience, and was overall a very hard way to live. These practices, especially body practices and zazen, helped me to not only survive, but to become a completely different person, more compassionate, more in my body, more aware of my emotions etc.
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