+ It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.
-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Spirituality & Practice offers a fantastic guide to the spiritual practice of Joy by Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat. Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat cover many other practices at their amazing website. They have written thousands of book reviews, movie reviews, compilations of engaging quotes and educational guides.
+ You do not need to do anything; you do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You do not even need to listen; just wait. You do not even need to wait; just become still, quiet and solitary and the world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
-- Franz Kafka
Inner Frontier offers Joseph Naft's suggestions for the practice of joy. Here's an excerpt: "Though sometimes considered a joyless enterprise, the spiritual path affords true joy where there was little or none. A few moments ecstasy in a lifetime of labor do not approach the ever-growing joy nurtured through persistent spiritual practice."
Inner Frontier offers "Non-clinging: Letting Go of Attachments" by Joseph Naft. He links freedom and joy to the practice of letting go: "On the road to freedom, we must let go of everything as me or mine. One wonderful aspect of the practice of non-clinging is that partial results accrue to us, even early in our path. If we learn not to identify with just a few kinds of thoughts or emotional reactions, we discover a little freedom and lightness, more joy as we walk through life. Non-clinging serves as its own reward."
Wahiduddin's Web promotes the teachings of a Sufi Master, Hazrat Inayat Khan, one of the best advocates of the Perennial Philosophy, or Mysticism.
Moving Into Stillness is an ebook and a printed book by Erich Schiffmann which offers supurb wisdom and great techniques for finding our essential core of goodness and happiness through the discipline of Yoga. In "The Core of Goodness" (Chapter 2), he writes: "You won't have to lift a finger or change yourself in any way. It's the way you were built. It's what you are. The emotional feeling-tone of love and goodness is happiness."
Desiderata by Max Ehrmann offers revered and amazing wisdom for those who decide to simplify their lives and find true meaning and joy.
The Omkarananda Ashram offers "Sayings of Swami Omkarananda". These sayings offer wonderful wisdom on the abundance of God's love and beauty and peace and joy. He reminds us that the practice of stillness is the essential path we must take in order to know that we are living in heaven right now, right here.
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