Harry Potter, Puppies, and the Origin of Joy

LeakyCon!Growing up during the “Harry Potter Era” taught me innumerable lessons, one of which is that I love Harry Potter.  I can’t count how many times I’ve read J.K. Rowling‘s gift to this world, but each time I do I am no less entertained than the time before.  Every time I go through the series it feels new.

New things, feelings, experiences, and insights provide an unparalleled joy.  Why is that?  Is it possible to feel that same sense of joy more often?

The joy that comes from the new is actually the joy that arises from the now.  Usually we do not truly experience the present moment, because our thoughts and perceptions are clouded by a heavy veil of past.  It is so natural to view everything through the eyes of the past that it can be impossible to notice we aren’t seeing the reality of the eternally new present.

New things unveil the joy of the present because we have no past experiences through which to filter them.  The beginning of cultivating that experience in everyday life is to acknowledge you are viewing the present through the lens of the past, and do no see the actuality of what is.  This opens the door for the infinitely new now.

On that note, get a boost in present moment awareness with these adorable puppies experiencing the newness of life.  Dogs are great teachers of presence because they are always fully experiencing each moment.


6 thoughts on “Harry Potter, Puppies, and the Origin of Joy

  1. Hi Katie!

    First off, thank you for the follow 🙂 Secondly, I really love Harry Potter too (proud Hufflepuff here!) and like you said, I find that each reading is different especially as I get older my favorite books of the series change. I suppose it’s because we start to relate to different things as per our age and that just goes to show the genius of J.K. Rowling because she is able to convey this spectrum of emotions at all points in your life. I used to really like the Prisoner of Azkaban when I was in elementary school and the Order of the Pheonix, but in high school I started to really like Goblet of Fire. For the longest time I was not able to like Goblet of Fire, I don’t know why, but then at a certain age things changed.

    • Yes I totally agree with all of that! And I love Hufflepuff! I’m a Gryffindor but I could definitely be a Hufflepuff :). I loved growing up with Harry Potter because each book that came out was so poignant to my life at the time. And now they still are in new ways! Love connecting with a fellow fan.

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