Joy

by Bernie DeKoven on December 9, 2010

When the fun is deep enough, it becomes joy.

It is hard to describe joy without getting religious about it. So, I let myself get that way for a minute or several (for fun, mind you), and found this:

“It is a great mitzvah (sacred deed) to be in joy always…. When there is defect in one’s quality of joy, it leads to illness…and it is through rejoicing that all illnesses are cured…The principle of the matter is that you should muster all your powers to be always in a state of joy. For our nature is to incline toward being depressive and sullen due to afflictions that befall us and to the circumstances of the moment, and everyone is filled with troubles. Therefore, you need to move yourself with great effort towards becoming joyful always and to gladden yourself with whatever it is that you can find, and even by means that appear silly.”

- Rabbi Nachman of Breslav Likutei HaMoHaRaN Tanina, Chapter 24, paragraphs 1 and 2

There’s more. Way more. You could start here. Or here.  Or just Google the puppy.

More, doubtlessly, later.


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{ 2 comments }

Craig Conley December 10, 2010 at 12:49 am

The magician/philosopher Robert E. Neale says that “religion is mature play” (Gift Magic, edited by Lawrence Hall). :-)

FUNcoach December 10, 2010 at 3:36 am

I think that’s what has made me so hesitant to talk about joy, religion, and related concerns – the “mature” part. Fun is beyond maturity. I’ve played duck-duck-goose with many groups of able-bodied adults, and, let me tell you, for them, it’s at least as much fun as anything fun is fun. Even paddycake. The whole idea of maturity, when applied to the whole idea of fun, diminishes both.

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