satiated or satisfied you can occasionally experience
inner peace … a fullness/completeness in your heart … an
elation which overwhelms you surprisingly … briefly. You
cannot explain it … this moment of ecstasy … a peek into
the Eternal. You are a being beyond the bounds of time
The river run glides you peacefully. You have been
swimming steadily … valiantly … for quite some time.
Everyone and everything impresses you. Understanding,
respect and a sense of awe have ‘expanded’ your
consciousness. You come up for air more often. You
appreciate the riverbank images more than ever before.
You even gloat with a feeling of certainty. Soon you
will be filled with joy … part of the river no more.
Happiness may be a state that comes to you only
fleetingly. Life is filled with its physical and mental
demands. But you know, truly know that you have a
capacity for joy. Nothing ‘tells’ you this more than the
loving feelings you have for another. When you are
unstintingly caring, ignoring even eschewing your own
self-interest, you are ‘touched’ deep within by an
indescribably giddiness. This childlike ecstasy is more
than just a dream.
tell someone they are wonderful
stroke a pet
do something nice for an acquaintance
give a stranger a gift
close your eyes
contemplate the joy you can bring to others
think of ways to do this
deep within, make a commitment to your loving
appreciate YOUR inner joy that loving provides
gain confidence daily from the fullness within you
know that your attention to caring is what you are all
You are being spiritual when
When peace truly
reigns in your heart.
When tireless efforts have realized a dream.
When a newborn baby cries for the first time and you
When ‘coming to rest’ after risk and hardship
When welcoming home wayward or long-lost brethren
with ecstatic jubilation.
When sharing intimacy with a kindred spirit both
being ecstatic over ‘discovery’.
When your heart ‘races’ with the expectation of
sharing space with your beloved.
When the power of your will has increased awareness,
respect and altruism in others.
When you are filled with loving feelings for someone
and a momentary bliss envelopes you and takes you
for a ride.
When looking up into the sky … happy to be alive …
sensing a connectedness to everything, to everyone,
to something beyond.
Fantasy or a profound reality??
treasured moments should give you the impetus to
while enduring pain and pleasure, ‘highs and lows’, you
will occasionally experience an indescribable
completeness … your being will be overwhelmed by a
glimmer of Beauty, Pure Love … you must trust that this
is meant for you … It is a beacon that never stops
shining … encouraging you to love … welcoming you to
look forward to experiencing joy again and again … and
DEFINITIONS AND ESSAYS - JOY
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