A Story Waiting to Engulf You…

Greetings;

Here’s a short (18 min) video that I shot when I first arrived at Hunder-Douk, in the Nubra Valley:

 

 

Is a “Society of Ordinary Ecstasy” possible?  Let me know what you think…

Peace,

Sharif

 

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8 Responses to A Story Waiting to Engulf You…

  1. Betsy Toll says:

    Musing on your musing: Deepening the centrality in our western lives of practices that open us to boundless love and appreciation, this invites us toward “ordinary ecstasy.”

    Resting in, presence in, love — for a moment or hour or gradually growing experience, being present in/for love frees us from timebound consciousness. In the present moment of love, there is no moment, there is only… is. Our culture runs 180-degrees away from this way of being.

    Committing ourselves to being present in love, for the wind, for the moth by the lamp, for our friend, for the food on the plate, the water washing over our hands …. beautiful practice. And being satsang for others who are holding this practice — maybe this is part of how we nurture the consciousness of “ordinary ecstasy.”

    Bless you. Ram Ram. Metta. Amin.

  2. Betsy Toll says:

    Listening to your musing: Deepening the centrality in our western lives of practices that open us to boundless love and appreciation, this invites us toward “ordinary ecstasy. Resting in, presence in, love is — for a moment or hour or gradually growing experience — being present in/for love frees us from timebound consciousness. In love, the present moment of love, there is no moment, there is only… is. Our culture runs 180-degrees away from this way of being. Committing ourselves to being present in love, for the wind, for the moth by the lamp, for our friend, for the food on the plate, the water washing over our hands …. beautiful practice. And being satsang for others who are holding this practice — maybe this is part of how we nurture the consciousness of “ordinary ecstasy.” Bless you. Ram Ram. Metta. Amin.

  3. Paul S. says:

    You’ve touched upon a topic that has been ‘ruminating’ within me for some time…thankyou for giving it a name: the concept of ‘ordinary ecstacy’.

  4. Denese Vlosky says:

    Part of what is so thrilling about travel is that you are approaching and interacting with the unknown pretty much the whole time (particularly when you’re on a trip like the one you’re experiencing). Almost any challenge that is resolved (or moved through, or not) is greatly appreciated, especially when you’re in a heightened (no pun intended) state. The challenge is to translate that to our every-day environment.

    How to do that? I do not know.

    [Great adventure Sharif- I enjoyed your chat]

  5. Grace says:

    Ordinary ecstasy is not just up on the mountain, it is always there ,in the ordinary. The ecstasy of peeling a yam, running into an old friend and taking time to sit and share, letting things be as they are without disagreement, picking tomatoes bursting with sunshine flavor, enjoying the colors of all the fresh fruits and vegetables, taking time to be with the sunset tonight. Ecstasy is silencing the mind and living from the heart.

    • Sharif says:

      Yes, and yes, and yes…

      And… What I’m aiming at is thinking about “ordinary ecstasy” not only in our personal interactions, but also in the systems and structures that engage our lives.

      Negative example: Trying to get a “human” response to a problem from the Postal Service.

      Positive example: Had a problem with switching my phone service. Wrote to Century Link, got a quick response from someone (who actually gave their name). He said, “I understand your problem. I’ll fix it.” AND HE DID!

      2d positive example: Trying to get directions over here is a challenge. I asked Guy #1… He didn’t know, but handed me over to Guy #2. He didn’t know, either — but he walked with me for 4-5 blocks, asking many others along the way, until I got to my destination! And, no one wanted anything from me except, “Thank you!”

      So… the “ordinary ecstasy” of creating human-based, compassionate, fulfilling systems and structures… Pretty exciting challenge!

      One thing you spotted… “Ordinary ecstasy” means changing your relationship to TIME. Mindfulness takes time. On the other hand, the nonsensical belief that “Time is Money” tends to rule our interactions in Breaker Societies…

      Peace,

      Sharif

  6. Donna Beegle says:

    Irony.
    I watched this moving , thought provoking video object ordinary ecstasy, while sitting in a Seafood restaurant in Houston. Sharing is surrounded by mountains, quiet and blue sky. I am bombarded by 8 large screen tvs with something different on every channel, music blaring, at least 100 conversations about different subjects, servers rushing by, a statue of a pirate next to a fish tank, and giant lobster standing in the corner.

  7. Shirlene says:

    ‘Simply’ Stunning…..

    Is a “Society of Ordinary Ecstasy” possible? It appears you found it, Sharif. Let life simply happen, gently and naturally….

    May all Beings be well
    May all Beings be secure
    May all Beings be happy

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