Joy

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Deep Joy That is More Than Joy

A life based in mindfulness and meditation brings to life wisdom, compassion, and the quiet, peaceful, happiness we call contentment.  Shunryu Suzuki called this a life of deep joy, one that is even more than joy.

“The true experience of Zen is not some ecstasy or some mysterious state of mind, but it is a deep joy that is even more than joy.” Shunryu Suzuki

Yet, of course, this life of deep joy is not exclusive to Zen.  It is available to everyone who practices a contemplative tradition.

For example, here’s what Sharon Salzberg says about the joy that grows in a life based on meditation.

“Through the regular practice of meditation we discover the real happiness of simplicity, of connection, of presence… We come closer and closer to living each day in accord with this lovely quotation from Wordsworth: “With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”

“Our way is to see what we are doing, moment after moment.” Shunryu Suzuki

May you afford to slow down, relax and grow more steady and still.  May you encounter the deep joy of meditation and mindfulness during this holiday season, and beyond!

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We’re located in historic Gloucester which is about 40 miles north of Boston on Cape Ann. Cape Ann is on the far northeastern end of the North Shore of Massachusetts.

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The steeple on the left in the photo is on the Gloucester UU Church.  That’s where we meet.

May your life go well!

 

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Turning Positive States to Lasting Traits

The earliest teachings of the Buddha encourage us to turn our minds toward thoughts of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. These teachings also invite us to generate thoughts focused on the Buddha’s admirable qualities. And, they urge us to rest our attention, from time to time, in thoughts focused on our own acts of generosity, kindness, and good will. The teachings insist that if we do so, we will discover lasting benefits in health and social harmony. We’ll create lasting positive traits that support own happiness and the happiness of others.

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Inspiration, Can We Make A Better World?

Every now and then someone shows me I can really open my heart.  From my point of view, it’s wonderful and totally necessary to meet people who can inspire love in my life. Thinking about such inspiring people gives me the lift I need whenever I get a bit discouraged or when I try to improve even just my little piece of the world. I know I can always use some inspiration from life’s down-to-earth doers, from the true lovers of the world.

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