“These unripe spirits keep seeking the earth.—Children, one earthly Thing truly experienced, even once, is enough for a lifetime.” – German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875-1926

“one earthly Thing truly experienced” — things in which we are so present and engaged, so deeply involved: the birth of a child, falling in love, being surprised by the beauty of nature, death, and other moments of profound depth. The impulse of the poet and of the mystic is that all of life is imbued with this profound element, if we but “had eyes to see,” as Jesus puts it.

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