My students often want to know what their purpose is; ancient stories tell us we all have a unique purpose called our “medicine.”

Our best medicine is this original medicine: the spark you brought into this life that is yours and yours alone. When you live from this soul-space, you thrive, even when external circumstances are difficult.

Each of us knows, deep inside, who we are. But this sense of self can get buried beneath who we think we’re supposed to be.

Over a lifetime, you’ll have many manifestations of the same essential self.

Check out this poem I wrote fifteen years ago when I was teaching poetry to kids in Harlem. Can you see my essential self poking her head out?

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