“They who began to benefit from words of wisdom while they were children shall prosper in their affairs.”
An extensive and reflective posting.
Keep this handy as you will review it in the future.
Indeed, those who take to the teaching when young are greatly benefited. This of course means an authentic teaching with the three levels of religion. Pema Chodron is a renowned teacher and very positive which further credits your spiritual aspiration to have sought insight through such a personality and others similar. You have no doubt by now found that your previous spiritual practices were not in vein but are finding higher fulfillment in your present studies, and there is more to come – leading to the goal you seek, as you currently understand it and as you will even more deeply in the future as you progress.