“We are imprisoned by the inability to find true contentment. Our cage is a kind of self-encapsulation, where brain equals mind, the internal world is a closed system, self-preoccupation is high, and the self is experienced as enclosed by the skin, locked in spirals of ruminating thought as well as the anxiety, doubt, grasping, and aversion it spawns. Here, we are isolated and cut off from roots and emotional experience.
“Freedom then, is the liberty to be in touch with, and to enjoy the ordinary. And, just maybe, grasp its extraordinary nature.”
–John Bobrow, from the article “Reverie in Zen and psychoanalysis: Harvesting the ordinary,” published in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology