🌕 Angela’s Reflections:
Buddhism teaches us how to access our innate joy — boundless, timeless and ever present. This joy is not connected to sensory pleasures, nor to greed, anger, or ignorance. It is joy independent of worldly conditions.
Happiness doesn’t have to be fleeting. When we can consistently unlock joy in the body and mind, by following the Buddhist path and methods, we can increase our baseline happiness. The bliss of virtue and blamelessness, the bliss of a clear mind free from mental afflictions, and the bliss arising from wisdom of seeing reality as it is and knowing the true nature of mind — this is joy beyond joy!
🌱 Journal Reflection Prompts for You:
- 📝 When have you felt the deep joy of simply being, free from the chains of circumstance or external validation?
- 📝 How do you cultivate joy and lightness of being, especially in the face of suffering and challenges?
- 📝 How do the teachings of Buddhism on both suffering and joy resonate with you?
Featured image, an AI-generated artwork, by Angela Ho.