Lao Tzu once said, "Who would prefer the jingle of jade pendants if once he has heard stone growing in a hill?"-- meaning that as we come to realize our capacity for profound inner, spiritual experience, the outer experiences of life no longer exercise so much fascination for us. As we see into the depth of our inner selves through meditation, pray-er and contemplation, we develop a sensitivity that takes us beyond the usual planes of the material world. Not that we deny the material world, but we gain a richer perspective on the whole of life by learning to take the time to turn within, get quiet and feel the peace and stability of our inner life.