i am spring delirious
besotted with the scent of hyacinth outside my front door
enamored of flowering trees
amazed at new leaves not visible yesterday
i am in love with spring
what joy to have this early warm spell
to be in the garden
to celebrate a new round of life!
Joy, happiness, delight, enjoyment — these are a natural part of the human condition and the Buddha made it clear that we are not to ignore or repudiate them. We can understand that these mental formations are impermanent and that we can derive no lasting satisfaction from them–still taking pleasure in them while they are present.
Today, for example, is overcast, windy and chilly–more typical of March in Illinois than the 80 and 70 degree weather we’ve had recently. I can attach to yesterday’s warm weather or I can choose to enjoy different activities and pursuits today.
Working with mindfulness, we see the subtle attachments the mind generates and employ skillful means to uproot them. Is the mind attached to yesterday’s pleasant experience? Is it attached to pushing away unpleasant experience? If so, this is a suffering state caused by craving experience to be different than it is.
Transcendent joy is a fruit of mindfulness practice. Seeing the inherent nature of things, we can feel happiness even on a cloudy day. We know that the sun is shining, even when we do not see it.