I find the next three meme challenges, well, challenging. I could take the easy way out and get all deep and dirty into my physical proclivities, but I won’t. Aww. Stop, I can hear a few of you all the way over here! I’ll give you one and that’s it.
When you put your mind to it, there are so many ways in which a person can be turned on…there is the spiritual aspect of it. The ecstasy. And, yes, I chose my words carefully there – “the ecstasy”. Various saints and martyrs who have reached that height of awareness, or ecstasy, were constantly brought up to the eager ears of my fellow Catholic School comrades. The subject matter was titillating, to say the least, while we sat raptly listening all buttoned up and tucked in to our homogeneous uniforms. I didn’t “get it” until I was an adult. One of the more famous references is to the Ecstasy of St. Theresa, immortalized by Bernini.
The information out there on ecstatic encounters, ecstatic prophecy, ancient ecstatic religions is just mind blowing. Okay, I’m going to stop right there. I fell down the internet induced psychotropic rabbit hole this morning on this subject matter and it’s time to come back from my trip. What can I say, I have a thirst to learn and I find religious origins fascinating. It really comes down to the cultures that surrounded the religion at the time of inception. I should have been an Anthropologist, this is becoming more apparent the older I get.
Anthropologist: 1. The scientific study of the origin, the behavior, and the physical, social, and cultural development of humans.
2. That part of Christian theology concerning the genesis, nature, and future of humans, especially as contrasted with the nature of God: “changing the church’s anthropology to include more positive images of women” (Priscilla Hart).
But I digress, I really feel that what turns a person on is an infinitely evolving aspect of ones self. From my teens to being almost *gasp* forty my “turn ons” per se, have varied greatly. Some years I was attuned to who I was and what I wanted. I even, on occasion, have found that proverbial pot of gold, but most days I wake up grasping for that thing that’s going to make me tick and run smoothly like a well oiled machine. And, let’s face it, I mentioned the boredom thing before, so keeping me in tune can be daunting. So, for now…
Three Turn Ons
1. Kiss me. Well. I mean really well.
2. Creativity. I am fully entrenched in the Cultural Diversity event that I am in charge of each year. I’m a month out. This event flutters through my thoughts year round and this is the time frame in which I gather all my loose ends and ideas and bring them to fruition. I change it up as best I can to keep us all interested while trying to hold on to it’s original principles. This is only one aspect of my creativity but it’s my largest end product at the moment. In general, when I’m creative, my juices flow and I’m one step closer to being right with the world.
3. Strength. If I feel strong, physically, mentally and emotionally life is good and I’m open to anything. But let’s face it, that’s a problematic task to lay at anyone’s feet. I’ve caught glimpses of it before – it’s nice. I know the things I have to put into place to make this happen but I don’t always hit my mark on meeting my own needs. Meditation is a big one. Physical activity, ie yoga, karate, weights, etc. is a close second. That ecstatic encounter reference, although I really got off on a tangent there, has a lot to do with it. I believe in one’s chi being aligned and the chakras being in balance. Yes, I do. That comes together when everything else I’ve said falls into place. Not too much to ask.
That all being said – the biggest thing – I shouldn’t take myself so seriously – I know!