Ecstasy

1 (a): a state of being beyond reason and self-control; (b) archaic : swoon
2 : a state of overwhelming emotion; especially : rapturous delight
3 : Trance; especially : a mystic or prophetic trance
4 : often capitalized : an illegal drug that is used for its mood-enhancing and hallucinogenic properties

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Ecstasy (n.): late 14th century, extasieelation,” from Old French estaiserapture,” from Late Latin extasis, from Greek ekstasisentrancement, astonishment, insanity; any displacement or removal from the proper place,” in New Testament “a trance,” from existanaidisplace, put out of place,” also “drive out of one’s mind,” from ekout” + histanaito place, cause to stand,” from Proto-Indo-European root *stāto stand.”

Used by 17th century mystical writers for “a state of rapture that stupefied the body while the soul contemplated divine things,” which probably helped the meaning shift to “exalted state of good feeling” (1610s).

Slang use for the drug 3,4-methylendioxymethamphetamine dates from 1985.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“What is next to ecstasy?
Pain.
What is next to pain?
Nothingness.
What is next to nothingness?
Hell.”

Umera Ahmed (b. 1976, Pakistani author and screenwriter, known for writing books like “Pir-e-Kamil” and “Lahasil.”)

Bio Source:

www.urdunovels.pk/hi-im-umera-ahmed.html

“Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”

Anais Nin (1903-1977, essayist and memoirist, born to Cuban parents in France, where she was raised; spent time in Spain and Cuba, but who lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established writer.)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaïs_Nin

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.”

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963, American poet, novelist, and short-story writer, one of the most dynamic and admired of the 20th century. She already had a following in the literary community when she took her life at the young age of 30.)

Bio Source:

www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/sylvia-plath

“That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!”

Bill Watterson (b. 1958, American cartoonist, illustrator, and author of the cosmic strip “Calvin and Hobbes,” about a boy and his imaginary tiger friend)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/bill-watterson-9525322

“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-king-jr-9365086

“On the blue summer evenings, I will go along the paths,

And walk over the short grass, as I am pricked by the wheat:

Daydreaming I will feel the coolness on my feet.

I will let the wind bathe my bare head. I will not speak,

I will have no thoughts: But infinite love will mount in my soul;

And I will go far, far off, like a gypsy,

through the countryside - as happy as if I were a woman.

Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891, French poet, considered a prodigy, volatile and peripatetic, wrote all of his poetry in a space of less than five years. “His poem, ‘Voyelles’ invoked synesthesia, marking him as a founder of French symbolism, and his “Une Saison en Enfer (A Season in Hell) is considered one of the first works of free verse.”)

Bio Source:

www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/arthur-rimbaud

“Understanding is a kind of ecstasy

Carl Sagan (1934-1996, professor, astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science communicator, and consultant and advisor to the NASA)

Bio Source:

www.carlsagan.com

Meditation

“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

There are a number of areas I have experienced ecstasy: while contemplating the exquisite beauty of nature; while gazing at a work of art or hearing a composition of music; or when in meditation or a spiritual trance.

Also, deep laughter with dear friends can spiral me out into a fit of ecstasy, so can those small intimate moments with trusted love ones.

It wasn’t always the case for me.  There was a period of time when I suffered with unhappiness and melancholia.

Life shifted drastically with the births of my son and daughter.  If were for these two amazing soul mates I may have tumbled down into slow states of oblivion.   My son, especially as an intense child, helped facilitate healing by challenging me at every turn.  He pushed me out of my slumber.

It is now so crystal clear to me that our children are our teachers, and definitely not the other way around, although we are guides and protectors.  By our children’s mere presence on this Earth they are initiating us into divine convergence, out of our self-centered adult adolescence into responsible spiritual maturation.

I am so proud I did and am doing the work, because now I am living a simpler life, one filled with daily divine ecstasy and enchantment throughout.

May you have joyous and ecstatic day of miraculous wonders, sojourners!

Miraculously Yours, Tonya

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