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!

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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