You may recall my earlier post on the importance of “flow” (def. optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best; “in the zone” moments; our sense of time, and of self, vanishes, and our focus gets so intense that mental and physical performance go through the roof).
Plato described this flow using the Greek word, ecstasis, an altered state where our normal waking consciousness vanishes completely, replaced by an intense euphoria and a powerful connection to a greater intelligence.
Now that it’s summertime, perhaps you should see ecstasis on full blast by driving three hours northeast of Reno, Nevada to Black Rock, an alkakli desert. There, during the last week of August, you’ll find the world’s largest ecstatic trade show—a pop-up city with 70,000 inhabitants—known simply as Burning Man.