I discovered this book written by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. It is about joy. I am quite daunted by the idea that these two men, after all their life experiences, can find so much to be joyful about. When I think about the persecution and exile, the cancers, murders, fear that these spiritual giants have faced, it puts my struggles into perspective.
According to this book, Buddhists view joy as the natural state of being. With practice, they believe that we can return to this state. At this point, I decided to put the book down. Because I was struck, suddenly, by the idea that this could– maybe should– be a Christian view, too.
I have given lots of space in my head to what it might have been like in the Garden of Eden. But I am not sure I have ever considered the joy of that place. I suspect that joy is the natural state of being from a Christian perspective, too.
I am going to go meditate on this possibility now. I will let you know how it goes for me. If you have some thoughts on this topic, I would love to hear how them below.