When I was a boy the world impressed me with its largeness. Was it the same for you? Didn’t things just seem really big? But as I grew older, things started to shrink, even the contents of my imagination. My earlier fears of things that “go bump in the night” diminished, and the fascination that I had with big things, like roller coasters and airplanes, waned. But I didn’t forget the largeness of those feelings — feelings that are still easily aroused in me by sensing the fullness of life and its beauty.
As an adult, I find myself moved by the beauty of nature, love, relationships and connections. Meaningful conversation interests me now, and I enjoy connecting with others who share common interests and desires. I enjoy laughter, and music still thrills me.
Joyous Gard is the place in your mind reserved especially for those large feelings. It is the place to which you should often retreat in order to restore that youthful sense of wonder. You’ve been there, haven’t you? Sometimes, a song will take you there, a poem, or a story. The retreat to Joyous Gard is a habit that will gild your days and give you a greater sense of happiness. I think it’s a great habit to work on.
Day 5-7 Guide:
Try this weekend to identify the various ways to help you locate the doors of Joyous Gard. What is it that inspires you? What moves you? The key here is to find ways to help you control your experience.
© 2004, Levi Hill