Sextravagance aside, when was the last time you really felt passionately alive? You know, when you feel so euphorically overwhelmed that hot, blissful juices run down your cheeks, your face flushes with rosenesque radiance, your body trembles to the pulsating rhythms of seizure-like surges of raw ecstasy, and all else temporarily vanishes beneath the power of this moment’s sweet caress? Have you felt this during meditation? While ingesting an inspirational movie, book, or song? While thinking back about the things that make you strong?
Joyful elation is a natural part of life. It strengthens the heart, reminds us of what really matters, and lifts us closer to the consciousness of light. Love, joy, and peace vibrate at the highest human frequencies, elevating our consciousness into the range of light vibrations, our spirit song. They also show our brain the threat is gone. Pain, suffering, and variations on a fear play their roles too; including that of highlighting the benefits of their counterparts. By contrast, we see them more clearly, value them more dearly, and seek their luminescence more demurely. Similarly, as a physical parallel; spicy food activates pain receptors which trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural opiate-like pain reliever). This is why some of us crave the fiery zest of pungent pabulum. “Creation is light and shadow both, else no picture is possible.” Until we fully transcend egoic thought, emotion, and sense perceptions; we participate in the figure-ground phantasm.
If you want to feel more of this acquiescent ardor, start charting your experiences every day. You could incorporate a simple scale from 1-10 into your journal. Call it your Heart Chart. Take note of where on the scale your peak experience of passion was on that day. For instance, if you feel something like the opening paragraph, this could be a 9 or a 10. This scale does not include sex, as it can feel mesmerizing without involving real love, joy, or peace. Nor does it include alcohol, drugs, or any artificial mind-altering substances/processes. Notice what generates natural, healthy ebullience, felicity, or enthusiasm and seek to increase their presence in your life.
*This method may be contraindicated for those experiencing cognitive distortions, neurologic uniqueness, or emotional instability; as it could reinforce the problem, ego issues, or defenses.
What makes you feel like my description in the opening paragraph? How often do you feel this way? What things have helped you pay more attention to living your passions?