Hello all! I’m not sure if anyone actually reads this blog, but if you do, I wanted to get back in touch. The original intent of Exstasis was to provide articles on world philosophy and spiritual practice. I wanted these articles to be as well researched and accurate as possible, while contributing to growing as a writer. However, the amount of editing for these pieces has required a substantial period of revision, consigning me to posting every couple of months. Work and family commitments have compounded (and lengthened) this process as well.
I would like to begin posting more frequently and informally. These would be shorter posts that are less rigorous, more “off the cuff,” and colored by whatever is happening in the present. This will not only help get the creative juices flowing, but also create a more constant presence on this site. Any kind of “spiritual” practice is a continuous dialogue, and any who are interested are welcome. These informal pieces may be short reflections, poetry, or book reviews. I will also try to create some more heavily researched pieces every once in a while. I am currently working on one on Nagarjuna, but this has required a close reading of his texts. It has become a “finished when it’s finished” essay.
Although times will always remain uncertain, this world is impossibly beautiful and worth affirming. It is fluid, expansive, and wondrous; impossible to pin down. In its own form of worldly praise, a bird has built a nest outside my door.
I hope to honor this world as well. I will try to contribute more pieces within the next few weeks. Stay tuned.