San Quentin State Prison
The most important life lesson I’ve learned to this point is that everyone has pain, and if you learn to release that bondage, it’s much easier to become conscious of who you are and what you feel. Too often we hide our true selves instead of looking within for answers and directions, hidden behind mechanical relations that will never allow us to be our own master.
We are on autopilot until we release those things that keep our attention distracted.
We are possessed by fears and desires, fantasies and associations that lead nowhere while constantly keeping us out of touch with our deeper self. Ironically, this is what I built my identity on and those chaotic impulses are what landed me in prison. By coming to grips with this life lesson, I was able to save myself and my family from any more pain.
I overcame resistance and denial and learned how to love myself first so others may be open to loving the real me, not the man in this uniform of shame.
All communications between inmates and external channels are facilitated by approved volunteers since inmates do not have access to the internet. This program with Quora is part of The Last Mile San Quentin. Twitter: @TLM