Writing this book proposal has been a journey in itself. It's never easy to be vulnerable or expose our pain, our heartache, our shame. But, it's necessary for growth and healing. As Angel Kyodo Williams says, "You have to be open to meeting face to face, and even dancing with, the truth that pertains to your life right now. You have to find a way to collect your fractured pieces, examine them and then accept them as part of who you are. Spiritual practice is about transformation, but it's also, and more importantly, about working with what is."