Lisa Goldstein
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There are times when joy is an act of resistance.
 
I have to remind myself of that occasionally. On these days when there is so little daylight, when the headlines are so dire, when my beloved home state of California has been engulfed in flames, joy can feel like an effort that is just too heavy.
 
Sometimes joy is characterized as wimpy or self-indulgent. It is seen as being something private or even selfish, with little or no bearing on the larger community. But part of what we come to know experientially through our practice is how interconnected things are. 

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The Root of Joy
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, Likkutei Moharan II 34
Translated by Rabbi Jonathan Slater and Amended by Rabbi Lisa Goldstein

Ordinary people do not find joy in all things at once, since there are many different sorts of joy.
Meditation for Igniting Joy

Sometimes it is easy to feel joy; other times joy feels more remote. Here is a practice to cultivate greater capacity for joy that comes from the root of joy, not the vagaries of external events.

Find a quiet place to sit. Bring attention to sensation in the body, to the coming and going of breath.
Four Worlds Practice: 
Check in with Your Joy
Julie Emden

This is a simple journaling method you can use at the beginning and end of any of our core practices - a short sitting meditation, an embodied practice, a text study - to help track the effect the practice has upon your whole being. When we bring our awareness to all levels of being, we are able to gain perspective on aspects of our current state, and connect more deeply with the core part of our being that is steady and does not change with circumstance.

Blessings for Joyous Experience

Our tradition is full of words for moments of joy.

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