“There is a Boddhisattva, whose name is Avalokitesvara, in Vietnamese we call her Quan The Âm, in Chinese, Quan Yin. It means: “Listening deeply to the sound of the cries of the world”. And listening deeply is the practice of mindfulness. But if you are full of pain, full of anxiety, full of projections, and especially full of prejudices, full of ideas and notions, it may be very difficult for you to practice deep listening. You are too full. And that is why to practice in order for you to have space, to have freedom within, to have some joy within is very important for deep listening. Avalokitesvara, Quan Yin, she practices deep listening to herself, and to the world, outside. She practices touching with her ears.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh
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in joy, enjoy, of joy
sipping the happiness of each flowering moment
attracting gazes as she dances
I made this into a greeting card, called “Every Moment Happy”, in honor of my niece.
“You are quaffing drink from a hundred fountains: whenever any of these hundred yields less, your pleasure is diminished. But when the sublime fountain gushes from within you, no longer need you steal from the other fountains.”
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“Children will help you smile from your heart and to have that look of wonderment in your eyes. There is a child within everyone. The innocence and the playfulness of a child exists in all human beings. Somewhere in each one of us, a child’s joy, innocence, and faith lie dormant. We delight in searching for the child within. When we were children, we had no worries or problems; recalling these days with love, we want to return to them. This desire is felt by all living beings. The wonder and the love that ;you felt as a child will never return unless you can again play like a child. Innocence is within you, hidden deep inside. You have to rediscover it.”
—Amma, Awaken Children, Vol. 6
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“A state of permanent joy, hidden at the very center of consciousness, is the Eden to which the long journey of spiritual seeking leads. There, the mystics of all religions agree, we uncover our original goodness. We don’t have to buy it, we don’t have to create it; we don’t have to pour it in; we don’t even have to be worthy of it. This native core is the essential core of human nature.
We are made, the scriptures of all religions assure us, in the image of God. Nothing can change our original goodness. Whatever mistakes we have made in the past, whatever problems we may have in the present, in every one of us the uncreated spark in the soul remains untouched, ever pure, ever perfect. Even if we try with all our might to douse or hide it, it is always ready to set our personality ablaze with light.”
—Eknath Easwaran, p. 260, “Words to Live By”, Nilgiri Press
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“I am happy even before I have a reason.
I am full of Light even before the sky can greet the sun or the moon.
We have been in Love with God
for so very, very long.
What can we do now
but Forever Dance!”
I like to be around children. They delight in the things I have forgotten or am too busy to notice. They remember how to live in the kingdom.
I shared in this child’s joy when she showed me her treasured feather in sky blue. Joy is something we can generate and share with others. She generated and passed on her joy to me.
I am reminded of these words from Amma:
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