Just my Thoughts

“Ecstatic Experiences”

I visit Ronna Detrick’s blog RENEGADEconversations daily.  Her entry for January 1, 2010 was short and sweet and has stuck with me for days, mulling its way around in my mind, my heart and my soul.  I truly think you should all head over to read this entry as it will not take long.

Ronna’s blog entry focuses on an Emily Dickinson quote.  Dickinson is one of my favorite American poets.  Here I will share the quote and then my thoughts.

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.  – Emily Dickinson
My soul has spent time not open, not ajar.  I spent many years thinking that I was open to experience but was not.  The past two to three years I have left that door ajar.  I have welcomed what has come in.  I have lived to my fullest.  I want to continue this so will be working on an art piece based around this quote.
Thank you, Ronna, for your inspiration!!

8 thoughts on ““Ecstatic Experiences”

  1. I am also a fan of Ronna’s (and Emily’s!) This is so true. We should keep ourselves open to experience, to the breeze of novelty and the rumble of freshness. But this keeping the soul ajar is hard, isn’t it? Because keeping ourselves open means maintaining a permanent state of vulnerability. I think this is a particular challenge in a world where we are sent messages to be tough and closed and strong.

    Wonderful to be back reading your words. Happy new year!

    1. Aidan – you are so correcting in the difficulty in keeping the soul ajar. That state of vulnerability is a uniquely hard one to live in but, at the same time, an extremely important one.

      Glad you are back!!! Happy new year to you and yours!

  2. Nicki, thank you for reminding me of Emily’s beautiful words. I just re-watched a few episodes of Gilmore Girls and the writer Amy Sherman-Palladino makes numerous references to ED.

    I will now head on over to Ronna’s blog for the first time per your suggestion.

    Happy new year to you!

    1. I hope 2010 brings to your soul the experiences you are hoping for, Kristen! BTW, I don’t believe I have told how much I love your new photo.

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