Meditation had brought spirituality to the forefront of Joy’s life. The results of her spiritual practice echoed throughout the day. It implied a state of consciousness and being that she endeavoured to work on at every moment. This brought with it a level of objectivity and detachment that was enabling her to more often observe and direct her thoughts, words and actions in everyday situations.
No longer being compartmentalised as a mere relaxation technique, meditation had gradually taken on more and more significance. It had become the channel through which Joy set the tone for her day and for her life. She now deemed her life to be a spiritual experiment. Meditation and contemplation of spiritual matters were for Joy a bridge to another – unseen – world. She could glean meaning about the significance of day-to-day living from that world which wasn’t physical.
To use the fruits of meditation in daily life was something Joy felt was intrinsically important. She became almost nauseous whenever she met people who purported to actively practise a spiritual or religious path, but who in daily life systematically acted and spoke with bigotry, intolerance, racism and other forms of selfishness. Nobody got it right all the time, of course – being human was a challenge. What was important, however, was the intention to interact with goodwill; and thereafter the effort made to act on that intention.
Joy had witnessed a transformation in her attitudes and thought processes as a result of her long-term, dedicated inner practice. She believed peace would only come to the Earth when people assumed responsibility for everything they said, did and thought; and that this would only be possible when they recognised the spiritual dimension of the human constitution. Whilst humans remained under the control of their lower minds, there would be no peace on the planet because the rational mind was innately divisive and separative. Joy had discovered that meditation was a spiritual tool that had the potential to facilitate an enlightened control of the mind, which could free humanity to demonstrate Love; Love – the essence of every woman and man.
Excerpt from “My Name is Joy”