"God is closer to us, the mystics say, than our breath. Closer than we are to ourselves. St. john of the cross says, 'we are God like a stone is in the earth... already in the center.' there is no other way to get closer to God than we already are. The spiritual life, then, is not about actually coming closer to God but rather the realization of the communion and union that already exists, and always has, and always will, forever."