17 April 2020 | BY ANDJELKA JANKOVIC | Life
I'm in love with how your soul's a mix of chaos and art, and how you never try to keep them apart
I live by a theory that life is circular in that ‘for every high, there is a low’ and vice versa. When I am having a peak experience or feeling totally alive and connected — I tell myself to enjoy it and truly savour the moment because it will end, it’s just how it works. The universe is constantly balancing things out and aiming for equanimity.
In the same way, when I am in a low mood and all my highs are forgotten or feel far away, I remind myself that an upswing is coming and I will be back on my feet again.
I was just in a valley myself recently and seemed to have forgotten my own advice.
A friend reached out and asked me: what is bringing you the most joy at the moment?
I was struck by the simplicity of the question.
Joy felt quite far away that day. And so I started to really think about it.
Being happy is not the same as a feeling of joy. Happiness often comes from an outside situation whereas joy comes from someplace inside of you. On closer inquiry, I found the quality of joy to be a more soul-stirring and pure presence. Joy is unforced and comes about in a moment of noticing or being swept away by a moment.
Once I started to dig deeper, it got addictive rather quickly.