Asking a simple question like this can help point my mind in the right direction. There really is no one size fits all answer, either. For me, joy is the native state of my soul, and it is a joy that always keeps getting better and better. When I ask myself this question with deep, penetrating concentration and curiosity, something inside me shifts. What seemed so stressful and important loses its significance, and what is really vital, comes back to my mind. I am realigned.
I love asking questions in this way and then just letting-go, relaxing, and not trying to force an answer with the conscious thinking mind. What is my highest joy? Hmmm, no really, What is my highest joy? Then silence, relaxation, rest. When the question is released like a bird in the sky of my mind, pretty soon, I start to feel what my highest joy is.
First, it is a state of consciousness. It is a place of being, of witnessing all my moments with compassion, and a state of intense gratitude.
Second, it is an action. Am I following my highest joy? Am I doing what I love? Am I going for it, reaching for new heights, even if taking that risk feels so scary? Am I leaning into my joy instead of recoiling from it?
How can I take it one step up and be more authentic in living my joy?