Claire Hoffman had "made it" in life, doing work she liked, living with family in Los Angeles.
But something felt empty about it all, and she realized she missed her unusual upbringing in the Midwest.
She grew up in a meditation community where she learned spiritual practices and beliefs that stick with her to the present day. It was also a community that grew more insular over time.
Claire Hoffman tells the full story in her book Greetings From Utopia Park.
The author visits with details of how she merged her spiritual past with her more secular present.