“There is an old story about a man who goes to meditate alone for many years in a cave and emerges “enlightened” only to completely lose his patience with a child who pesters him with her questions. Wherever we imagine we are on our spiritual journey (& I make NO claim to understanding what is meant by, let alone being anywhere near “enlightenment!) the place where we are given the chance to see if… we can stay awake (ie- not fall into unconscious reactivity) is in close relationships with our fellow human beings. How we are with each other, how we are with ourselves and the world when it is hard- this is what matters.” – Oriah Mountain Dreamer