Taylor was going though a time of physical and spiritual upheaval when he wrote this song. He described the process and his thought process to Songfacts: "I rewrote the verses several times... I was going through this spiritual awakening and I just didn't know how to translate it into the song. As my journey became more turbulent, I broke my neck and was seriously injured in a car accident, I kept returning to a deeper stillness to cope with the pain. I found peace deep in my core despite the sharp pains in my body. As I continued to dive deeper, I found external people and circumstances disturbing the peace, causing even more pain. I began seeking ancient wisdom. I found that by using breath to loosen the parts of my body that were dense with pain, and using visualization to channel the purest love, like the presence and healing touch of my grandmother, I began to actually feel better. By finding love for myself I was later able to start sending others to my heart space, those I loved and those who angered me. By creating a peaceful vibration within, I began to know a peaceful world without. My life's circumstances, and those who surrounded me, began to change. They began to know and love me deeper, all as a result of getting to know and love myself."