The New York Times had a rather lovely piece recently:
There have been times in my life when I have felt trapped by circumstance, but we create our own cages. The very circumstance that seemed to be a prison can become transformed into great freedom. (Think of the American poet Emily Dickinson.) Reconnecting with Life produces the magic that creates this alchemy, revealing that what has seemed like lead can become gold. For some people plants (re)create this connection. For others it may be animals. Or birds. Or people. Babies, young children… Even something as seemingly inanimate as a stone can reconnect us with Life. Life is everywhere. Soul-sapping repetitive physical action in a windowless room, when performed with committed attention, can work this magic, becoming rhythmical, light, opening up great spaces. It is our thoughts that keep us confined. When we drop them and become open Life surges back into our awareness. Then moments of magic begin to occur throughout the day.