As a spiritual teacher, the question I’m most frequently asked is, "What is my purpose in life?" Well, doesn’t the answer depend on who you think you are?
My student, Andrea, who has been married for 40 years, is suddenly widowed and asks, "Who am I if I’m not Jack’s wife? I’ve never lived alone. I went straight from being a child to being a college student to being a wife. Who am I now?"
Or Charlie, who’s filling out applications that require checking off certain boxes. His mother is black; his father is half-Asian, half-white. What box does he check on the question of race?
How about Lindsay, who was raised Baptist but leans spiritually toward Buddhism. Her husband is Catholic but is studying the Kabbalah. What do they say when asked in what religion they are raising the children?