I am a string in the concert of God’s joy.
— Jacob Boehme
Silence is joy, a celebration of life, and the home of revelation — the deeper understandings that restore us to wholeness and freedom.
— Christina Feldman from Silence: How to Find Inner Peace in a Busy World
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
— Khalil Gibran from The Prophet
We’re a nation hungry for more joy: Because we’re starving from a lack of gratitude.
― Brené Brown from The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.
We can spend our entire lives in scarcity . . . just waiting for for the other shoe to drop and wondering when it will all fall apart. Or, we can lean into the uncertainty and be thankful for what we have in that precious moment. When I’m standing at the crossroads of fear and gratitude, I’ve learned that I must choose vulnerability and practice gratitude if want to know joy. I’m not sure that it will ever be easy for me, but I have learned to trust this practice. For that, I give thanks!
― Brené Brown (via blog post), author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
There is a difference between a question and a wonder. I would prefer to answer only questions that will be useful to you. A child looks up at the starry sky at night and wonders. He is filled with the joy of the mystery of creation. Why should I explain everything to you and take away that joy? I will not. The purpose of my words is to create silence, to create joy. I am not here to stuff your head full of knowledge. A child starts out innocent. You ask him something and he says, “I don’t know.” Then that child grows up and thinks he knows everything. I’ll teach you something, both of you. I’ll teach you to say, “I don’t know,” and be glad. That is true knowledge.
— Christopher Pike from Sati
Thoughts can create such a barrier that even if you are standing before a beautiful flower, you will not be able to see it. Your eyes are covered with layers of thought. To experience the beauty of the flower you have to be in a state of meditation, not in a state of mentation. You have to be silent, utterly silent, not even a flicker of thought – and the beauty explodes, reaches to you from all directions. You are drowned in the beauty of a sunrise, of a starry night, of beautiful trees.
— Osho from Belief, Doubt, and Fanaticism: Is It Essential to Have Something to Believe In?
You were born with the right to be happy. You were born with the right to love, to enjoy and to share your love. You are alive, so take your life and enjoy it. Don’t resist life passing through you, because that is God passing through you.
— Don Miguel Ruiz from The Four Agreements
A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy.
— Thomas Carlyle (quote) from The Sacred Art Of Forgiveness