This is my experience of the spiritual journey, transforming myself from defensiveness to openness, toughness to tenderness, moving from the world of fear to peace, and learning to accept the evolution of others. When I was a teenager I wanted to be tough, because with toughness came what I perceived as safety, security, and success.
So I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Infantry, to become as tough as I possibly could become. Sure enough my body was hardened, my emotions were controlled, and I was a living, breathing, walking fighting machine. I was a warrior. I had no fear of death, and I lived life to the fullest because I was at my maximum physical potential. I could run 9 miles in 55 minutes and I seemed to never get tired.