"Happiness is a superstition but Joy is our
Happiness comes from getting what you want, Joy from being who you really are.
The deeper you go, the less definable you become and the realer you feel.
There is nothing for us to get and everything for us to be.
Joy is who we really are when we stop pretending we're not free."
-- Stephen Levine
"Never miss a joy in this world of trouble - that's my theory! ... Happiness, like mercy, is twice blest: it blesses those most intimately associated with it and it blesses all those who see it, hear it, touch it or breathe the same atmosphere." -- Kate Douglas Wiggin
"Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of joy and just be joyful." -- Anonymous
"The future, higher evolution will belong to those who live in joy, who share joy, and who spread joy." -- Torkom Saraydarian
"Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with joy." -- Mother Teresa
Joy is a quality of the soul. Sages tell us
that joy is realized when the personality and
soul are in harmony. Joy can also be defined
as the feeling or energy of love.
Unconditional love is our essence and joy its
How does joy differ from ordinary happiness? Joy is untouched by circumstances, whereas happiness is affected by what goes on around us. Joy can grow in spite of conditions; happiness cannot. That is why 'Joy is an inside job.'
How can you live your joy each day? The first step to activating our inner joy is to eliminate the blocks to it. Anything you can do to discover and transform your shadows will lead you on the path to joy. You will also experience joy when you are engaged in those pastimes that most fulfill you.
The Ancient Egyptians saw joy as a sacred responsibility. They believed that upon their death, the God Osiris would ask them two questions: "Did you bring Joy?" and "Did you find Joy?" Those who answered 'yes' could continue their journey into the afterlife.
For at least the next week or two, ask yourself these two questions each and every day:
Did I find joy?
Did I bring joy?
In truth, joy is one of the greatest gifts we can give to people around us. Those who are unhappy need our joy, not our sadness.
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