What is JOY?

July 27, 2014

Perhaps everyone has a unique understanding of the word JOY, and we may have difficulty expressing it in words.  I would love to hear your definitions of JOY - I will start with the dictionary then move into my own, the way it comes to me and the best I can express it today.

Merriam-Webster defines it as "a feeling of great happiness".  Many ancient languages had more words to describe our emotions.  If you ask for a translation of joy in Sanskrit, the language of Yoga, several words come up.  Examples are "Ananda" which seems closer to bliss and "Santosa" which seems closer to contentment.   I have been told that the words don't have an accurate translation in English so it is difficult to explain their meaning.

JOY to me includes an inner knowing: a feeling of awe, gratitude, and satisfaction with who I AM and my part in the Universe.  I feel JOY when I feel connected to others, nature, and all things.  I feel JOY when I know I am acting in alignment with my passion, purpose, and wellbeing.  I feel JOY when I am completely in the moment.  I feel JOY in my heart as a physical sensation in my chest (my heart center). 

I can still feel JOY when I am sad because of loss or empathy.  I do not feel JOY when I experience self-doubt, anger, negative judgment, or I am acting against my wellbeing or purpose.  I do not feel JOY when something blocks me from the true experience of who I am (such as a suconcious belief or an unhealthy habit). 

I compare JOY to RESONANCE in Physics - vibrating at the same frequency as the natural frequency of the media or surroundings, which creates a much stronger vibration.  Some extreme examples are when a high frequency sound wave shatters a glass, or the right wind brings down a bridge.  When I am resonating with my purpose, my heart feels the resonance - a stronger vibration, and this is how I know what my purpose is. 

Please share your thoughts, and know that if it resonates with me and it's something I haven't thought of, I will probably add it to mine!  Many minds create a much better answer than one!

 

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