“Longing is the transfiguration of aloneness, the defenseless interior secret core of a person receiving its overdue invitation from the moon, the stars, the hidden night horizon and the tidal flows of life and love. Longing is divine discontent, the unendurable present finding a physical doorway to awe and discovery that frightens and emboldens, humiliates and beckons, makes us into pilgrim souls and sets us on the road that begins in the center of the body, and then leads us out, like an uncaring invitation, like a comet’s passing tail, making us willing to give up a confining relationship, a perfect house, a paid for home and all our accumulated belongings and get out on the road again, closing the door as we leave.”

~ David Whyte from LONGING in CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.