Chapter 1-2: Joy

Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

A few months later I picked up the Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the joy I had momentarily discovered in Canyonlands quietly slipped into my daily life. In reading the uplifting conversations that took place over a period of one week in Dharamsala, India, between these two giants of spiritual faith I could feel a tiny idea forming in the back of my mind, this need for connection. Indeed one of the core paradoxes of happiness is that “We are most joyful when we focus on others, not on ourselves. In short, bringing joy to others is the fastest way to experience joy oneself.

As the Dalai Lama has said… “Even ten minutes of meditation on the well-being of others can help one to feel joyful for the whole day—even before coffee.” Although I must admit to liking my morning cup of coffee. It energizes me and helps set the mood for my coming day.