Joy is a state of absolute fearlessness. An absence cannot be validated theoretically.
Pain is not for running from. Where else do we learn acceptance, non-resistance and courage? How else do we cultivate endurance? From pain issues the profundo note of a deep and sober joy.
Pain can be joy for this reason: It takes attention from the mind and directs it straight into the body. Attention to the body thrills the body. There is no right time or wrong time for this to happen. Sometimes, just before death, the thrill-of-it-all will take us out of our bed, walk us over to the table and say, “What’s for supper?”
What we do may bring happiness to others but work will not bring happiness to ourselves. If we were human doings, yes, that would be the case, but we are beings, not doings.
Now is a timeless state—no past, no future. It’s where time dies.