Cocoon

So in all these little ways we spin a web, a cocoon, around ourselves. The cocoon becomes nice and snug and comfortable because it is very familiar. We know every little corner of our life; we can even write poetry about it. We may also have ideas about the “great mystery” which religions speak of, which gives our cocoon an especial sense of security: we can worship the great mystery outside of it and feel good about that. The cocoon is safe, bounded, claustrophobic, and a little stale. We settle into it and live our lives.

— Jeremy W. Hayward

The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.

— James Russell Lowell, 1819-1891

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