I’m a big fan of Sadhguru. He is a spiritual teacher based in India that talks a lot about life in general. He doesn’t follow any specific form of spiritual school of thought. He is more of an independent thinker.
One topic he talks about often is the concept of ecstasy and bliss. The feeling of overflowing happiness. Feeling like you’re on cloud nine. According to him, it is possible to feel this condition during your time in human existence. That you need to have the right inner nature. The right inner engineering so to speak.
That when there’s a will there’s a way. That people can indeed feel the ecstasy of life if they look deep within themselves.
I think it’s a possibility certainly. It is possible to feel ecstasy. It is possible to feel all-out bliss in life. To be jumping off the walls in excitement 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is possible.
Honestly, though, I just haven’t found it yet. There are days when I feel down and out. Days when I feel lethargic. Days when I frankly just want to quit.
Then, there are days where I admittedly feel pumped up and excited for the day to come. Where I feel like I’m on top of the world. Where I do have that sense of peace and contentment flowing within me.
Both types of feelings are possible. And I’ve lived thru it from my personal experience over my years of existence.
I’m just not so sure if it’s possible to feel that ecstasy forever. After all, the feeling of ecstasy and bliss is a feeling in itself. It comes and goes. Feelings don’t last forever. No matter how badly we want it to. So, sometimes, it’s good to practice honesty and acceptance.
And realize that no matter how badly we want it, we won’t be blissful in nature forever. We won’t feel no suffering at all throughout this life. Life in itself will give us some form of suffering or instability. That’s just the nature of life.
And that’s absolutely fine. Everyone I know has gone thru their ups and downs. Their relationship struggles. Health struggles. Family struggles. Financial struggles. The struggles are limitless.
It’s hard to build people up to make them think that ecstasy can be found everywhere they go. I think you’d need to be hopped up on some good old-fashioned LSD in order for that to be true.
But for normal people, life is a constant flow of ups and downs. Some days will be good. Others will be bad. Some years will be fine. Other years will be more of a struggle. It’s a constant flow. And that’s okay.
Don’t get too caught up with the highlight reels on social media. Where everyone seems to be living their best life 24 hours a day 7 days a week. For most of us, that’s just not possible. Even someone with the coolest job on the outside, doesn’t have it perfect on the inside.
We are humans. And humans are flawed by nature.
I will agree that finding and achieving ecstasy is a nice ideal to strive for. Like finding enlightenment so to speak. Or achieving complete peace on earth. These are nice ideals to strive for.
One way to look at it is that you aim for the stars and reach the moon instead. They’re not the stars (per say), but reaching the moon isn’t too shabby neither. So in that regards, it’s okay to aim high and try to find ecstasy in your life.
But in reality, ecstasy is a feeling that comes and goes. And to a certain extent, it depends on external circumstances. And those circumstances change like the wind. So, it’s hard to pinpoint a factor that will allow you to find ecstasy day in and day out.
I’m not trying to blame Sadhguru nor discount his ideals. He is still a spiritual guru that I deeply respect and has made a positive impact on my life. But like all information out there, I take it with a grain of salt (including my own). And I don’t see ecstasy as a viable possibility for people in the real world.
I think a more ideal nature to strive for would be peace of mind. A feeling of gratitude and acceptance and contentment. Of feeling like what I have in the here and now is more than enough. That I am okay. And okay is good enough.
That is a nature that I find more powerful than simple ecstasy. That is a nature that I do truly believe that we can all tap into regardless of the external circumstances flowing around us. These external winds just blow randomly and it’s hard to control. But what we can control is our inner nature.
So try to find that feeling of peace and contentment with us. Don’t strive too hard. Sometimes, you don’t need to find it per say. You just need to uncover it. Because it is all within us all this time. We just need to realize that we already have it all.