Can we possibly take this discussion back a little and agree on what "passion" is? I feel I can only comment on an emotive level, and naturally, a highly subjective one at that, as all emotions are. We need to recognise that we are multi facted and host to a multitude of emotions and feelings which interplay. However, I wish to propose that passion is that emotion which totally engrosses us for fleeting moments; those fleeting moments when our only conscious emotions and feelings are one of passion for that which we are passionate about. So, as an example, there are times for myself when listening to music when I am oblivious to anything else other than that music: it becomes a complete experience, as if nothing else exists, and one is only 'aware' of this when other thoughts, emotions and feelings become conscious. This passion that I attempt to describe is also experienced at other times, for example when with people I love - my children, my grandchild, a lover, or when sitting on the beach , watching the waves crash. It is achieved by unclipping the mind and allowing the passion to enter. Yes, I agree passion consumes, but I propose passion nurtures.