You do not need to leave your room.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
Do not even listen,
still and solitary.
The world will freely offer itself
to you to be unmasked,
it has no choice,
it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
I don’t ordinarily think of Franz Kafka as spouting words of this sort but reading them I found my mind completely stilled. What if he’s right?
P.S. I wrote about this in a June 17, 2007 post if you'd like to know more about ecstasy. Nothing like "discovering" a new quote twice!