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LEARNING TO SPEAK YOUR NAME: MARK S. CLADIS, PH.D.

Learning to speak your name and to discover your place—that is, to know who you are, where you are, and why you are—are central to our maturation. It requires much in the way of learning and revelation. Gautama the Buddha had to sit still and meditate under the Bodhi tree for 49 days, enduring
bolts of lighting, high winds, heavy rains, and flaming rocks. In my case, I had to chase my daughter all
day and get up with her in the middle of the night for well over 49 days, wrestling with diaper rash, fevers,
projectile vomit, and the constant fear, will-she-die-in-her-crib-tonight? But you have to accept learning and revelation from wherever they come. Much of our maturation comes from seeing and hearing something new in the familiar, from finding some revelation in the everyday. I once went into the desert in search of extraordinary insights. I wanted
to return home with a suitably packaged revelation that I could then unpack for the rest of my life. It’s all
so innocent. And some plac…