Illustration by: Natalie Maddy

Entering Into my Past a Caterpillar

But emerging from it a butterfly

I fled from my ghastly past nearly in a sprint to brighter days, toward the scorching heat of Las Vegas. I emerged there a new me, surrounded in vibrant culture I knew not existed. Craving the need to heal from my prior woes, I practiced yoga daily, began to flourish in the meditation world, awakened my chakras with every inhale and thus, every…