Acccepting Joy

Acccepting Joy

I discovered that joy "(I)sn't something which comes from without, nor is it something that comes from within. It's the natural state of every human being." I also discovered that I was being kicked out of this joyful state on a fairly consistent basis, by stress and the severe lack of sleep. At its core, joy is simply the acceptance that happiness is your natural state of being. You don't have to strive for it, work for it, or 'earn' it. Joy is an innate part of being human. However, the mind is very powerful and it's very good at distracting us from this truth. I've recently learned this the hard way, as I've allowed my lack of sleep (and stress over lack of sleep) to distract me from my joy for the past 3 months. A part of me didn't want to be 100% healthy, 100% well. A part of me has been threatened by the prospect of there being no more excuses -- if I'm 100% healed, then there's no more "I can do that soon" or "I'll be ready to do that tomorrow". When I'm 100% healed, then life suddenly becomes a lot more complex and (in some ways) intimidating! A part of myself was actively resisting this joy. Some would call this part of myself the 'Ego', or some form of performance anxiety. I'm sure there are as many names, as there are clouds in the sky :) I'm ready for the next part of this journey, which is accepting joy, and trying not to over-think it or over-analyze it.


Written on 2013/10/01

Written by Erik Schimek

Erik is an entrepreneur and self-improvement expert. You can learn more about Meliora Meditation at Infinite Chorus.

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