"One of the unique characteristics of mammals is that we play, and as you get more complicated in the mammalian structure, you have a greater vocabulary of play, including laughter."
Remember losing yourself for hours in nature?
"Laughter is the GPS system of the soul. Humor offers a revolutionary yet simple spiritual paradigm. If you can laugh at yourself, you can forgive yourself. And if you can forgive yourself you can forgive others. Laughter heals and grounds us in a place of hope. It fosters intimacy and honesty in our relationship with each other and with God. And isn't that what grace is all about?"
Rev. Susan Sparks
"The human soul was created through divine laughter."
Egyptian creation Myth
"The Buddha's laugh fills the entire universe."
"Joy is one of the seven factors of enlightenment."
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Life is serious business.
Much too serious to waste in grave seriousness.
"Life, Liberty, & the pursuit of Happiness"
is the founding principle of the United States.
A new idea in it's Enlightenment day.
We pay lip service to happiness all the time-
for ourselves and for others.
But we expect it to take care of itself,
as if it is an inexhaustible resource
that is always burbling over.
Is YOUR joy always burbling over?
Perhaps you will agree with me that we need to pay some much needed attention to the cultivation of joy.
The Hawaiians of old understood that energy & experience follow attention; What we focus on, grows.
What crops are you growing?
A possible first step in crop rotation
is to pay attention to the joy quotient in your life.
Anything we forget to notice, or appreciate, tends to leave us alone. Have you been a good host of joy, or do you think of it with suspicion, sending it back to the end
of your line of priorities?
Just for today, notice the gentle promptings of joy.
Allow them to blossom, even into belly laughs and profligate smiles. Yes, dare to be different.
Notice any "guilt" you may feel for thus "wasting" your time.
The first thing that newbie bird watchers notice, is all of the preciously unnoticed bird life all around them.
May it be the same with you and joy - your neglected friend.
We have made of the Divine a stern judge
(if mostly to judge others).
Dare we believe that Joy is the gift
that the universe wants us to enjoy?
It is certainly my wish for you -
because you are my guest here
and my friend, my Pili Aloha.
Do you need some pressure? Here it is:
Go take joy seriously!
Let me know how it goes.
(all unattributed words are my own ;-)
King David in Psalms advises us,
"Serve G-d with joy, come before Him with jubilation."
The power of joy is unlimited, for, as stated in the Talmud, "Joy breaks all boundaries."