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Reply To: The Hour Yields, with Mythologist Joanna Gardner, Ph.D.



Your response offers such depth and richness! You pose the key question, “What if any difference might there be between transcendence and transition?” And then you explore that question so beautifully. One observation I’d like to add is that we often find a difference in attention between the two. Transitions happen when we don’t attend, and transcendence happens when the moment arrests our attention (like Shaheda’s observation about aesthetic arrest).  It’s not a binary either-or, but more of a sliding scale. In that sense, the moments that really grab us by the collar and won’t let go until we pay attention could serve as training ground for the moments that might slip by while we’re preoccupied with our thoughts. Thank you for giving us a chance to attend to your thoughts, thereby practicing transcendence!