We humans have the capacity of mind and heart to get outside and beyond ourselves, even to experience transcendent God moments, natural highs. To transcend is to pass beyond a human limit, to rise above or across.
Often we feel locked inside our own skins and drama, feeling alone and isolated. We are made for connecting with others and with God. A new friend can make us forget ourselves and throw ourselves into getting to know him or her. This happens when people fall in love. We are social beings. Others call us beyond the confines of our egos.
FAITH IN ACTION
- Record in a journal an experience of going beyond yourself whenever it happens. Tell a friend about a God moment in your experience.
- Practice an action that challenges you to go beyond yourself.
- Spend an hour alone frequently.
- Find a service project that challenges you to be compassionate.