Monday, February 21, 2011

Defining Joy

"At the beginning joy is just a feeling that our own situation is workable. We stop looking for a more suitable place to be."

In the midst of my existential crisis last week, I was blessed with this quote from my favorite American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron. 

I love this definition of Joy, because it is a definition that I find possible.

So often I feel like Joy is impossible because I define it as some sort of extended or permanent state of extreme ecstasy. But if Joy is just the feeling that my situation is workable, Well! I can aspire to that. 

Maybe I can even achieve it once in awhile.

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