Each person’s voyage of discovery begins differently but the majority end in the same way: with greater self-understanding and therefore greater capacity not only for personal happiness but also for empathy, kindness, and sometimes even love. It’s a shame so few are brave enough to take the first steps, preferring to cling on to trite stories and unrealistic ideals that don’t really correspond with our evolved behaviors and needs.

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