On Living in Joy (Series Intro) – Part 1

I wrote my credo as an essay in liminal space – after college, but before my first serious job. I was inspired to do so by the fact that my mother – a retired Methodist (UMC) minister – had written her own credo as basically her Masters of Divinity thesis within my freshman year of high school. I spent some significant time on it, mainly because I was bored and needed a writing project, but also because I was inspired by mysticism and it’s growing place in my life. I titled it “On Living in Joy” because that was my most fundamental belief – that joy could be achieved within this lifetime and that it was already within reach. My editor (my mom) thought that title invoked thoughts of a treatise, and thus she urged me to change it to “A Conversation on Living in Joy”, which helped describe the intent of the book as a conversation between both the author (myself) and the reader (you), and either the author or reader and God, whatever we conceptualize God to be in this moment.

I recently came upon “A Conversation on Living in Joy” again (after more or less forgetting about it), and I realized that had I wrote this book in a time when blogs were more prominent, I would have completely written this book via blog. And while I’ve privately self-published this book for mainly family and a few friends via lulu.com, I think it’s time I shared it more broadly, if only to help my own internal dialogue progress cyclically (as it oft does). A chapter a week is my current format, although that could be changed if some reader wants it more quickly or slowly (a reader – God forbid!).

And now, the first installment of “A Conversation on Living in Joy”…

In my words, Lord,

Let it be-

That they should grow

In likeness to thee.

 

In my heart, Lord,

Let me hear-

Compassion for those

I hate or fear.

 

In my eyes, Lord,

Let me see-

A world of peace

That begins with me.


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. A Listing of Assumptions and Biases
  3. A Working Definition for “Living in Joy”
  4. From History’s Point of View – Individuals Who Have Lived in Joy Throughout Time…
  • Jesus Christ
  • Jelaluddin Rumi
  • The Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakyas)
  • Lord Krishna
  • Abraham
  • Lao Tzu
  1. What Living in Joy Has Meant for My Life
  2. Conclusion
  3. Resources

 

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