We are amazing creatures. Our essence is truly good. Not a dualistic good, but inherently so. Years ago, I realized I had been mistaken my entire life. I had to do something about it. This is that something. It takes much concerted effort to change our lives, but once we choose to do so and continue making that choice with every breath and every step that we take, that is the essence of transformation. There are countless opportunities every day, and we are blessed to be in this together.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Taking Care of Joy
Joy comes from within. If we believe this to not be the
truth, explore more. If circumstances are the source of joy, then why do some
people in a group experience it while others do not? Why do some people seem to
find joy so easily and yet it seems fleeting to some while others feel
abandoned by it?
Joy is a natural spring from within us. It is an infinite
reservoir, and, it is effortless to experience. We can all experience joy
anywhere, anytime. Certainly, our conditions can help block or interrupt that
joy from springing forth. Our minds, however, play an even greater role in blocking
this joy-spring from opening up and flowing into and infusing our daily life. Understanding
how the mind does this may help keep our joy light shining.
Joy naturally increases all types of energy as well as all
types of awareness. Joy opens us up to the present and our presence. This is
why it is such a powerful sensation. It can overwhelm us if we’re not open to
The most contentious increase is in our personal mental
energy. The mind attempts to hold onto the experience of joy because it just
feels so amazing. If it achieves this, joy is transformed into elation or
euphoria. These euphoric experiences can feel amazing, but the life expectancy
is short. The energy simply burns up quickly and damages us in a multitude of
ways; we wear out physically, we become frayed emotionally, our mind becomes
Instead, we can allow joy to just be. Joy can naturally flow
throughout our daily lives. Unobstructed and unhindered, joy can infuse the
most simple and mundane of daily activities and elevate them to a level of open
amazement. Truly, joy combines openness with mindfulness. If we’re truly
present and paying attention, we can experience the everyday with exuberance. Joy
can be found anywhere we are, we just need to get out of the way.
Even if we lessen our own interference, this doesn’t negate
the potential interference from others. The reaction of those in our immediate
vicinity can be highly destructive and obstructive to the natural energy of joy.
This reaction is understandable as joy can often be as a blinding light to
someone that’s been in a dark place for a considerable time. This is similar to
having a bright light directed at your face after being asleep in the dark all
night. It can sting.
Also, joy can appear confusing to others. The mind attempts
to ascertain “what is going on here,” and depending on the person, this
acquiring can be considerably damaging. Joy isn’t something that can be categorized,
or really understood. It’s an energy that must be deeply experienced.
There is an even worse option. Some people actually don’t
want to understand other people, instead seeking to snuff out the light of joy
that emanates from them. We’ve all met someone like this. These people seek and
destroy the joy of others. The joy and happiness of others is an affront to
Joy isn’t about anyone. It’s about this amazing experience
called living in the present, being open to whatever is happening. It opens us
up, and it makes everything we experience more workable. Joy is an amazing light
of delight. We lighten up, and it’s like we’re dancing through life. That is
what joy is. If we take care of our natural joyous state, we can do anything.
The reactions of others may try to interrupt our joyous exuberance, but if we
understand the pain and suffering and the ignorance that underlies those attempts,
our joy can weather any storm.