Over the weekend, I was sharing with friends that I had just discovered a new life mission: to experience spiritual joy at every moment. In the past, I had spent years figuring out my life mission, and in the end, I always came out with something to change the world or that involved making some unique contribution. Those are all very well, but as I think about it now, they smacked of arrogance – which suggests that I had not reached beyond the ego in coming up with what I’m here to do.
Spiritual joy is, to me, the most sublime of human experience. Some qualification is needed for the term, and I begin by making clear what it is not. It is not about feeling happy all the time, or looking cheerful by putting on a big, smiley face. Rather, spiritual joy is a deep emotional experience that takes you far into yourself and expands your sense of beingness in the Universe. You can feel spiritual joy even when you are sad or undergoing some emotionally tough experience. This type of joy is akin to opening a big book containing sacred knowledge about life; it is enlightening and it fills us with wonder.