Delight is that wonderful feeling we get when something good happens. When a baby is safely born, when an operation goes well, when a conflict is resolved, when something important is accomplished, when a friend or loved one shares wonderful news and when you are caught off guard by something lovely or good. Delight fills the heart with happiness. It brings us closer to others. It breaks down negative feelings of envy and conflict. It can break down the barriers that separate us from others when that delight is shared. For example the ‘Free Hugs’ movement is a stimulating example of being reminded that we really do share more similarities than differences.
Watch one of their You Tube videos and you will feel it as well.
In this image we happened to notice a doe and her fawn outside our kitchen window. Fortunately, by the time I had my camera in hand, I was delighted to witness and capture this loving gesture. This softness between mother and its young filled us with delight.
Joshua Bell, one of the most accomplished musicians in the world participated along with the Washington Post in an experiment to see if people could be distracted from their rush to work. Dressed in a t shirt, cap, jeans and tennis shoes with a scruffy beard he emerged from the subway and played for 43 minutes on a priceless Stradivarius violin. It took 6 minutes before anyone stopped, and all he collected was small change. Every time a child walked past though they were visibly drawn to the music, but then dragged away by their adult. The children showed their delight only to have it snuffed out by their adult. Sad but true.
We have a choice in what we feed our mind and body. What will you be delighted in today if you take the time to notice?
"When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts - at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the 'newness', the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance."~Thomas Merton