What is this thing called joy, and how is it possible that it can evoke such a wide range of feelings?
Our class ended last week with most still pondering the difference between joy and happiness. So, I offer a couple of quotes for your consideration:
Joy and happiness are wonderful feelings to experience, but are very different. Joy is more consistent and is cultivated internally. It comes when you make peace with who you are, why you are and how you are, whereas happiness tends to be externally triggered and is based on other people, things, places, thoughts and events.
Lifestyle mentor Rachel Fearnley
The Dalai Lama said, "Joy is something different from happiness.When I use the word happiness, in a sense, I mean satisfaction." (The Book of Joy P.35)
"A genuine sense of love and affection," the Dalai Lama said. "Do you wake up with this joy?" I asked. "Even before coffee?" "If you develop a strong sense of concern for the well-being of all sentient beings and in particular all human beings, this will make you happy in the morning, even before coffee. "This is the value of compassion, of having compassionate feelings for others. Even, you see, ten minutes or thirty minutes of meditating on compassion, on kindness for others, and you will see its effects all day. That's the way to maintain a calm and joyous mind.
Lama, Dalai. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (pp. 54-55). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
QUESTION: Have you encountered an approach like this before: moving from oneself to concern for others as a way to experience joy?
It is our hope, that as we are invited into the joy that these two amazing men share in their relationship, we also will live more into joy as these men have and as Jesus did. "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11
As always, I welcome your comments and/orquestions by email: cpkellyL@aol.com
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Bless you all,
Fr Colin Kelly