When I think of the word ecstasy, I think of sex. Sex in some steamy Harlequin romance novel. Not sex that anyone has in real life. But that would mean ecstasy doesn’t exist. Then I thought, “well that can’t be right.” It’s in the dictionary so it must be a real thing! 🙂
And it is. Yet, it has nothing to do with sex. According to dictionary.com, ecstasy is:
1. rapturous delight.
2. an overpowering emotion or exaltation; a state of sudden, intense feeling.
3. the frenzy of poetic inspiration.
4. mental transport or rapture from the contemplation of divine things.
Stemming from the Latin Latin extasis or Greek ékstasis, the word originally meant displacement due to the fact that when you experience ecstasy you feel as though you’ve gone outside yourself.
As it turns out, I have experienced ecstasy in my life on many occasions – none of them having to do with sex!
I experience rapturous delight when someone gives me an unexpected gift, when I see a beautiful sunset, or when the moon is full and luminous. That is ecstasy.
I have experienced overpowering emotions on numerous occasions. Excitement on my wedding day. Grief over my father’s death, grief over my divorce. Anger at my ex-husband that made me so mad I wanted to lash out. Sorrow each time a fertility treatment failed. Peace on my trip to Hawaii. That is ecstasy.
I experience a frenzy of ‘poetic inspiration’ each time I am trying to sleep or drive and some idea comes to me and all I want to do is write it down. I wrote my book Awaken Your Inner Goddess in a state of ecstasy. It all felt like it came from somewhere outside myself. That is ecstasy.
When I go in nature – on the trails or even in my backyard in Springtime – I feel transported. Rapturous. Loving the feeling that experiencing creation at its finest brings me. That is ecstasy.
Yes, I know ecstasy. And it is not something that must be fumbled towards. It is not something you seek. It is something that finds you – in the still, quiet moments. In the moments when you stop to just feel. Be. Experience. That is true ecstasy. And it is something that we should all take time to experience every day.
What will bring you ecstasy today?