Here's another quotation from Kathleen Norris' book:
Eugene Ionesco wrote that "there is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think we live in alienation: in one way or another...humanity has always had a nostalgia for the freedom that is only beauty, that is only real life, plenitude, light." Heaven or hell? Either place is withing our reach, for we carry it within us. Today is the first day, and the last. Heaven or hell: this is the moment, here, now. Make of it what you will.