Sometimes, I think, we lose track of one of the most important aspects of our incarnate lives here on this Earth. We lose track of one of the most fundamental and overriding purposes of our human experience. We become so focused upon the working and struggling and suffering in this life that we forget the most valuable moments: those in which we experience JOY.
Because we do not live in a constant state of bliss, because moments of joy are fleeting, we forget that they are real and indeed the very essence of life. Life itself is ephemeral (at least in the physical) and joy is a reflection of that transience.
But make no mistake, JOY is our purpose. We live to experience those moments, those jewels of love, inspiration, creation and transformation. Our lives are tapestries of many colors and many moments. And here and there the sparkling gems of enchantment and joy are found within the pattern.
Each of those moments is a treasure that teaches us the value of that which caused it. The smell of the smoke from the sacred fire, the sound of a loved one’s laughter, the taste of chocolate or a sip of wine, the soft, warm touch of a lover’s hand, the forsythia blooming in the April Sun.
The small everyday moments, and the big mountaintop moments, all of the moments we feel joy, no matter how fleeting, these are the moments that we are here to experience.
This path we walk is one of joy. The more often we can recognize it and pause to experience it, the more full of joy our lives will be. And that is one of our most fundamental purposes, to live a life of joy.
May your life be joyful. Blessed be.