Control? – HA!

“If everything seems under control,” said auto racer Mario Andretti,
“you’re probably not moving fast enough.”

I second that emotion. It applies to the entire human race, which is
swirling through evolutionary tipping points at an accelerating speed.
But it’s doubly apropos for you spiritual freedom fighters and renegade
bodhisattvas, because you’re the vanguard shock troops fighting to
merge heaven with earth.

For your edification and amusement, I will add three corollaries to
Andretti’s wisdom:

1. If you’re not pretty much always half-confused, most likely you’re not
thinking deeply enough.

2. If you’re not feeling forever amazed, maybe you’re not seeing wildly

3. The truth is fluid, slippery, vagrant, scrambled, promiscuous,
kaleidoscopic, and outrageously abundant.

How might you go about using these tricks to marinate yourself in a
gentle state of ecstasy pretty much all the time?


“Malefic ecstasy” or “pestilent ecstasy” is the feeling of intense pleasure
that some people get as they think about and dwell on and talk about
negative events. It explains why they go into a rage whenever I present
evidence that although the world may be a realm where much suffering
occurs, it is also a paradise full of blessings. They don’t want their malefic
ecstasy to be diluted.

I’m with poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning: “Earth’s crammed with heaven.”

P.S. My spiritual teachers say that being alive on this planet is the highest
honor and privilege. It’s an invitation to work wonders and perform
miracles that aren’t possible in any nirvana, promised land, or afterlife.


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Posted by | Paul Reynolds
In addition to teaching yoga on the Island of Kauai, Paul is the facilitator of the Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts the weekly Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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