The Transcendent Moment

While the edifice, your mind and your body, desires–it desires food, it desires sex, it desires security, it desires gratification of the senses, do you know what you want? What you want–you that’s sitting inside? You want to be part of the harmony, the mist, the flow, the living spirit. To put it in Christian terms, your soul wishes to return from whence it came.  And you keep approximating in life all the techniques you can to experience something that’s like it almost. .
Every orgasm you have is a transcendent moment. Every time you lose yourself in beauty or in music or in food, as you take the first gulp of the perfect milkshake, as you ride your motorcycle on a fall sunny day, as you play with your baby and get lost in the beauty of that child. But the problem is that all of those last only for a moment because they’re in time and space and what your soul is yearning for is not a momentary experience. You’re not interested in just getting ‘high’ again. You are interested in becoming. You are interested in not loving, but being love. You are interested not in just seeing truth, but in being truth. Not in just enjoying beauty, but in being beauty. Where your every act, the movement of your hand, the conversation, your breath is always in the flow of things.”
-Ram Dass

Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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