"I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up from the ground, not natural or ethereal not composed of elements at all. I do not exist, am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam and Eve or any origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know, first, last outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being. There is a way between voice and presence where information flows. In disciplined silence it opens. With wandering talk it closes."

-Rumi