People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life.
I don't think that's what we're really seeking.
I think that what we're seeking
is an experience of being alive...
so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
-- Joseph Campbell
I have a card stuck on my refrigerator that shows a woman standing in reverence before an open freezer door, saying, "Amazing! Perfect ice cubes again!" That's the kind of simple rapture I'm taking about.
I realise we are not put on this earth to stand around open freezers ranting like idiots about ice cubes. But a good question to ask yourself is this: If perfect ice cubes or an evening sky or an old song on the radio has not made your heart flip-flop lately, why not?
What is keeping you from feeling the rapture?
I can assure you, you won't find the answer in a lighted room.
What stands between you and a full-bodied life can be found only in the shadows. What wants to live in you may be waiting -- as it was for me -- at the end of a long loneliness.
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