Jacob Watson grew up in a New England family, attended traditional schools, then took a hard turn left. He founded an alternative school, became a grief counselor and worked with HIV/AIDS, Hospice, the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Center and the Center for Grieving Children. Broken hearts and wounded spirits - and a fire that damaged his counseling office - propelled him into ministry. He is the founding Abbot of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, and devotes his life to teaching, writing and prayer. He is the author of Essence: The Emotional Path to Spirit and Enso Morning: Daily Meditation Gifts. He lives in Portland, Maine.