I believe our story is part of our spiritual path, and that our spiritual path is inseparable from our story.
During the inner conflict I experienced as a fitness trainer, I did sense that something was wrong with my thoughts, behavior, and my life in general. But I had no idea that the pressure to be fit was directly linked to an unhealthy desire to please others based on past experiences and conditioning. What keeps us repeating the same mistakes—and suffering unnecessarily from them—is our inability to address our negative past as a collection of stories. These stories can help us better our lives if we examine them with courage and kindness. We simply need to learn to perceive all past experiences without judgment, blame, or guilt, and let them serve as references for what not to repeat in the present or in the future.