It is quite amazing to me that it makes no sense at all not to enjoy life, and yet, so many people continue to live without fully enjoying life.
Now what do I mean, when I say ‘joy’? Charlette Joko Beck, a Zen teacher, defined joy as ‘being willing for things to be as they are.’
Why would we fight with ‘what is’?
Living a joyful life does not mean being happy all the time. It means being with the circumstances of our life and the ups and downs of life, with acceptance and/or appreciation. This includes the disappointments, the beauty, the injury, the breath, the loss, the pleasant sensation of taking a shower, and the other wonders of life.
Why not change and be joyful for no reason and have ‘unreasonable enjoyment’?
Carlo DiClemente and J. O. Prochaska introduced a very practical five-stage model of change based upon their personal observations of the stages that people experience when going through change. A key factor in their model is readiness for change.
How ready are you to live joyfully?