On the Road to Transcendence

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I love road trips. When we were children my Mother and Father would pack us all into the station wagon and we’d drive across the country to visit family members and stop at wondrously eccentric tourist traps along the way. It was the sixties and we loved it! We sang, argued and laughed in the car. We happily explored the odd attractions along the highway together. Read more

More on Transcendence, The Word of the Month for January 2016.

Virtue Transcendence

Saboteur Bound

Transcendence is a mystical experience that creates waves of bliss. 

Kodaikanal, southern India photo: Jacqueline Valdez. Nikon FE 50mm/f1.8
Kodaikanal, southern India photo: Jacqueline Valdez. Nikon FE 50mm/f1.8

To transcend something is to go beyond that which you have become accustomed to. We have grown used to thinking that we’re inadequate or overlooked. We’ve become complacent with thinking I’ve tried and failed, it hurts too much to put myself through trying again. I want to change but I don’t know how to change.

Transcendence doesn’t tell us how to change or even what to change into. No, transcendence is the first step to change because it’s about imagining that perhaps you just haven’t seen all the possibilities. Transcending bad self talk begins with imagining how it feels to speak kindly to the self. Are you reading this thinking, yeah, yeah, yeah? I’ve heard all that **** before. It doesn’t work.

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Another Journey to the Abode of Peace

Ashram Gate
Ashram Gate

I have travelled to India to visit the Ashram Prashanthi Nilayam in the village of Puttaparthi thirteen times over the past twenty- two years. This is the Ashram of Sathya Sai Baba. Each Ashram in India is unique. Some are very austere, while others accommodate the Western way of life perfectly. The one I travel to is very well known and quite large. It truly has a life of its own. I have travelled with my friend Becky the last six times. We have always been very compatible traveling companions. Our natures are similar. We travel to the Ashram because we both want the experience of deep connection with the Divine. Pilgrimages are unnecessary to experience deep devotional love. We have a taste for it, that’s all. India isn’t for everyone, Ashrams aren’t for everyone. This is my experience.

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