Janet Cedar Spring is a Zen practitioner and co-founder of Ravenswood, a retreat center in Wisconsin. In this book she provides a road map for those seeking an overarching meaning in their lives. Using insights gleaned from Buddhism, Spring sheds light on the experiences of suffering, despair, separation, and self-doubt. She puts great stead in spiritual practice which is a tool that "carries you into knowing yourself in detail--your quirks and stubbornnesses and virtues." Whether this involves simple breathing exercises or meditation, the point is to deepen one's attention to the rhythms of life. Throughout this book, Spring emphasizes that whatever spiritual path you choose, be sure to reap the rewards of community.