Where is YOUR Joy?

Just over a week ago I attended a short workshop on joy. Facilitator Belinda Ageda has just posted a follow up interview on her blog, which I think beautifully illuminates the nature of joy.

Like Belinda, I feel that joy is somewhat ‘slippery’ as an idea but I also agree with her in that for me it is more a way of being than a feeling. I love her description of it as

a fine dust that covers everything . . .

Go to her site and watch the interview for more insights!

Wellness and Joy

Health, Food and Creativity - Wellness CelebrationIf 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 Danforth) and takes as its theme “The Joy in Your Life” – I just know it’s going to be awesome!

The seeds of joy

Trees, hoar-frosted, rimed with pure, white light;
bright sun shatters morning mist . . .

Around a mirrored mountain lake,
the loon’s call echoes eerily . . .

Gold-rimmed dusk-horizon,
crowned with a paint washed sky . . .

Spiralling to earth on a jewelled night,
bright beneath blue moon.


Love’s first flush;
a world  more filled with meanings . . .

‘Marry me’ – a pebble’s splash that stuns and ripples outward;
secret bubble hugged close to my heart . . .

That miracle – new life;
part you, part me, but totally herself . . .

Watching your child take wing and fly –
and letting go with love . . .


Witnessing a face light up,
responding to your smallest act of kindness . . .

Creating magic, with intent,
for loved ones, and watching them unbend . . .

That moment when you recognise
the universe unfolding exactly as it should . . .

Making a difference, however small,
for just one person or the world.


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 prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exhilaration of spirits; delight. http://www.brainyquote.com/words/jo/joy181774.html



The feeling of happiness, extreme cheerfulness.


My conception of joy is of something more profound.



Joy is to be found in a place of inner quiet, the point of light within – the divine spark? It is more the manifestation of a quality of spirit than an emotion, existing only in the ‘now’.

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