I am now and have always been on a spiritual journey. I believe that religion is deeply personal, and in a constant state of flux. I don't believe that I will ever fit into a cookie cutter religion. My beliefs are shaped by my life experiences, and so they are constantly evolving. Walking a spiritual path takes courage because you must follow where the path leads, regardless of societal expectations. I have always felt that the natural world is sacred, and when I am in it I feel the closest connection to a divine force. I am an environmental scientist, and my scientific observations about the world only add to its wonder and mystery. I believe in advancing scientific knowledge, and that the more we know about the world, the more we can appreciate divinity.