Everyone has a story about who they really are. Depending on how we write our stories, they can take a heavy toll on our mental and spiritual well-being—or they can liberate us. The Shinnyo-en Buddhist priest Qalvy Grainzvolt shares how the stories of those we look up to most—the Buddha, his disciples, or other role models—can help us inform and rewrite our self-narratives in ways that inspire confidence, compassion, and freedom from cages of our own making.

Qalvy Grainzvolt is an ordained Shinnyo–en Buddhist priest and lead meditation guide at the Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being in New York City.

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