Here, the macrocosm gives way to the microcosm, which is larger and more brilliant than anything in the world could ever be. The monastic heart is infinite and eternal, going beyond the bounds of time and space. One who learns to live here is no longer enticed by anything in the world. Here is uncreated light which casts no shadow. In this realm, a person becomes truly themselves, restoring their nature as it was intended.
The spiritual life is such a realm into which the wisdom of this world cannot penetrate.
– St. Theophan the Recluse