Joy can be found in our midst. It is here and now. It comes from within us and is untouched by any thing, person or situation. The paradox is that when we are no longer attached to things or people, we bring space into our lives–and we experience what Eckhart Tolle calls, the joy of being.
I’d like to share this excerpt from the Divine Infant Crown Bulletin (I have inserted my comments in parentheses):
Don’t be afraid. Joyous people don’t fear pain because they know God will give them the grace they need to deal with it. Instead of running from the pain we need to feel it, deal with it, and then let it flow away from us when we can. Once we have dismissed pain, we are free to feel joy. (This is an effective way to break the pain cycle. The next time the pain surfaces in your body, observe what is happening inside you without any thought. Just feel this fiery, pulsating, vibrant energy within. The mind may try to come in with stories but if you keep feeling your inner body you will stay anchored. After a few moments, you will feel this fresh, minty feeling. You have released the pain, which is the fire that burned up your ego so your pure, joyous self can emerge.)
Don’t fight Him. When we are in a situation that is right for us, everything flows. Flow creates harmony and harmony leads to joy. To achieve flow, we have to let God place us where he wants us to be. (Be friendly with whatever happens to you at this moment–good or bad. This moment was meant to be; otherwise it would not have happened. You observe the situation without inserting your thoughts. You give the universe space to work its magic. You become one with the universe so that things start to flow and wonderful things happen without any effort on your part.)
Walk with Him. Joyous people know that God is always present in their lives and they seek frequent opportunities to be with Him. Consider increasing your daily meditation or just find extra time each day to place yourself in His presence in some quiet spot. (You create space in your daily life by being still. You don’t judge or interpret anything. You just let things be. You then see God’s essence everywhere and in everyone. In other words, you make space for God to enter your life and become one with Him. )