James Kiernan – Montgomery Village, MD
“I grew up where in encounters with everyday people were rough, because a lot of them were just not happy inside. If you don’t ‘grow a spine’ people would and could walk all over you. This influenced my personality and mindset growing up, and inside I was just generally not a very happy person but I could never figure out why. When I moved to California, it took 8 years of a steadily increasing practice to realize that I need to dismantle the vast wall that I built for my first twenty something years. The realization of these awful patterns I’ve developed and held on to for so long. I would have never have been able to even recognize many of them had I never stepped onto a mat.