Joy helps us to feel open, to experience ease, to feel energy and well-being. But joy, as with so many other “positive states,” usually doesn’t come easily — especially not when we are in a difficult life situation.
Trying to be joyful, like trying to meditate, can make each very difficult. But there are natural ways to find both without having to create them.
If we focus on something outside of ourselves, like an insect enjoying a cool place or a cat rolling in warm sand, we can relate and feel joy. Of course it’s easier to feel joy if life is friendly to us, but life is not always friendly. Even so, no matter what’s going on in our life, there’s room for joy.
On days were joy feels out of my reach, I feel my longing for it. This longing, felt in a compassionate and curious way already connects me to the feeling of joy. It keeps the door open.
This lesson offers a chance to explore our own present experience of joy:
- We can observe joyful feelings as they come and go and also the lack of joy. I found a little video that might be an inspiring starting point.
- If you’d like to go one step further, choose a few moments during the day to enjoy something. What you do, what you see, hear, feel. Is there an experience, a place, a temperature, an atmosphere….
- See what that feels like.
- See how you feel after that.