Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. – Thich Nhat Hanh
When it comes to joy does it matter why it exists? It only matters how we can create more joy, in us and around us… Joy is a function of human-hood, of association with other persons and of setting and achieving goals. As humans we can experience joy inherently. It’s something we were born to discover and experience.
We are not our thoughts. We identify with our thoughts and feel uncomfortable in silence or if our minds are not constantly engaged. What we can discover is that when we cease thinking, even if momentarily, we are nothing but pure awareness. This witnessing awareness, a faculty that is simply consciousness, must be nurtured. It’s here, in this stillness that pure joy can be experienced…
Daily Affirmation: Today I discover joy when I AM still!
Recommendation: Essential Writings by Thich Nhat Hanh