Tag Archives: mindfulness

Gratitude and joy – an intimate relationship

I am increasingly inclined to think that joy and gratitude are close companions, engaged in a mutual dance of enrichment. When we experience that moment of joy, whether at the birth of a child or in witnessing a beautiful sunset, is it possible to feel joy without a sense of gratitude? (This article continues by defining gratitude as a state of being, a lens through which to view life, a practice and acknowledging its connection to joy, wonder and mindfulness.) Continue reading

Posted in Gratitude, Nature of Joy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Passion and non-attachment

Passion and non-attachment are often seen as mutually exclusive. I think this is a false assumption; indeed, without passion, we come back to ‘detachment’ rather than non-attachment. Passion is often viewed as fire. But could it be that this is … Continue reading

Posted in General | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wellness and Joy

If you are living in Toronto and are interested in exploring the place of joy, you won’t want to miss this year’s Wellness Celebration of Health, Food, Creativity. This will take place at Luc Sculpture and Yuri’s Village (Greenwood and … Continue reading

Posted in Defining Joy, Nature of Joy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A first attempt at a definition of joy

I have found most dictionary definitions of joy to be sadly lacking: The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; pleasurable feelings or emotions caused by success, good fortune, and the like, or by a rational … Continue reading

Posted in Defining Joy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beginning to develop a concept of joy . . .

Look round any bookshop, scour the web – it seems to be a lot more difficult than you would imagine to find any coherent definition of ‘joy’! Below is a mind-map that brings together some of the initial ideas that … Continue reading

Posted in Defining Joy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment