Meditation Awakens Your Inner Joy

Within you is a fountain of joy, within you is an ocean of bliss! Swami Sivananda

While in Greece we were invited to a local village dance. It was to be held in a nearby field, and we were fascinated to discover it started very late, about 11pm, lasting until the early hours of the morning. It was a beautiful moonlit night. The entire village was present: small children, lanky teenagers, grannies and old men clinging to walking sticks. What a wonderful sight! The violins played and the villagers danced. Joining together in circles or winding lines they danced, their voices merging together as they sang in response to the music. We were mesmerized, most especially when one of the teenagers, dressed in tight jeans with slicked back hair who had appeared completely disinterested, suddenly stepped into the middle and led one of the snake like dances around the field, his eyes alight with great joy and laughter.

Joy is a beautiful word! It describes it exactly: delight, smiles, radiance, happiness! We feel joy when a baby smiles, when the sun shines after a rain, when we fulfill a passion such as playing music or, as Debs mother remembers, hear a wild bird sing.

But theres another, more profound and deeper joy, that arises when we meditate. This joy isnt something that comes through ideal circumstances, but occurs at a time of quiet and stillness. It arises from within us, which means its always there, albeit untapped. Beneath layers of uncertainty, insecurity, doubt, guilt, shame or fear, there is a natural reservoir of unconditional happiness; we discover that who we truly are inside is pure joy.

I do this thing with the children where I say, Breathing in, I calm my body; breathing out, I smile. Breathing in, I know this supreme moment; breathing out, I know it is a wonderful moment. When I do that with the children, they all jump for joy. It is very cool. Wavy Gravy from our Award Winning book: Be The Change

It is awesome, even mind blowing, to realize that our authentic self is joyful, compassionate, loving, forgiving; that this is who we really are, and that these qualities arise naturally when we are in deep stillness. Meditation has been researched extensively to show that it stimulates the part of our brain that responds compassionately to others, increasing kindness, generosity, and forgiveness, and that states are the outward expressions of our inner joy.

Yet how often are we aware that we meditate in order to be happier and more joyful? Who would have believed this connection and yet there it is! Do you ever soften, surrender, get gentle and tender with yourself? Or do you grit your teeth with impatience and only sit as long as you can without moving, despite shoulders aching or feet going to sleep? Do you take time to be gentle and kind to yourself so that joy can show its smiling face?

Joy is here, in every moment when we relax and breathe, available from the early morning to the middle of the night, no restrictions, no closing time, no sell-by date. Joy comes the moment you let go of resistance and open wide.

 

79 comments

Alice B.
Alice B.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing !! :)

Briony Coote
Briony C.2 years ago

I try to meditate too. I don't always find the time. Right now my meditations are more on manifesting, such as manifesting saving the bile bears or the neglected animals at Surabaya Zoo.Meditating just for joy, relaxation and calm is something to really think about.

Älva Ekdahl
Älva Ekdahl2 years ago

Thanks. I try to meditate every day but its hard because almost everything goes in the way so i don't have much time.

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Clare Gorman
Clare Gorman2 years ago

Really want to start meditating

Barb PL
Barbara P.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Michael A.
Michael A.2 years ago

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KAREN G.
Karen G.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 years ago

I never get far with meditation - now I'll stop doing things and focus on my breathing... But given the right music, poetry, the changing light on the hills... then I find myself in That Other Place...

Carole R.
Carole R.2 years ago

So true... When you learn to connect with yourself you can connect with others more easily.