The capacity that humans have to choose joy in the midst of despair, pain, depression and tragedy is a constant astonishment to me. It also reinforces my personal belief that joy is a baseline state which is available to all of us at any moment. When I speak of joy in those difficult times I am not speaking of a giddy Pollyanna like state of denial, but an awareness of the world outside ourselves: the beauty, an unexpected moment of relief, a deep breath, a cool drink of water.

Perhaps this gives me away as a practitioner of Zen.

And perhaps a lifetime experience of joy within the context of those very painful states is what brought me, eventually, to the practice of Zen!

This blog is my collection of photography, writing, poetry and art.

joy ~ caliroe

  1. Laegan,

    What a pleasant surprise! I’m overjoyed that the haiku will be in such good company with your outstanding photo, even if you DID weasel around my attribution desires! *g* Tricky lady!





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