Deep Joy

eric mccarty
2 min readJul 18, 2022
Deep Joy — Dharma — Headless Now — Prose Poem — Moca McCarty Photo

Deep joy:

here’s my own view on dharma, that it’s less a rigid concept of duty and right purpose than it is a joyful expression of who we most truly, really are. Dharma is our reality. To realize this is a matter of alignment, an easy correction of beliefs, or perhaps better stated, a dismissal of beliefs entirely, at least for just a moment as we catch a glimpse of our true purpose. Of course this is only speculation on my part, not meant to be taken as a discourse on human nature nor ancient Vedic concepts. This is merely the use of words to express my deep joy through the act of writing.

it’s my dharma.

and that’s it, really, joy, from the depth of our being, it’s the deep joy of finding ourselves alive and surprisingly aware of our present situation. Our dharma is to simply awaken. That’s it, and with this awakening we find our purpose and discover that it’s already fulfilled by function of the breath, by rhythm of heartbeat, and through the motion of our thoughts and bodies.

our dharma is to be alive.

and aware that it’s so.

with this awakening comes deep joy, everything we do is a value of our expression, our every action being a minor work of art meant to be displayed before the world. This is why it’s so vital to dismiss beliefs that hold us within a rigid structure of expression. What we do matters. Everything we do matters. But only in the sense of our own deepest joy, that we allow ourselves the favor of expressing the singular purpose of our being alive and aware, our dharma — that we are free to be exactly as we are, and that our deep joy is found through this allowing.

this should end with a brief note of what I mean by deep joy — it’s not the absence of grief, nor sorrow, our tragedies and suffering aren’t dismissed. Our dharma is to express it all, everything, and joy is found in this freedom, uninhibited, and without remorse for its display.

deep joy is the art of living…

it’s our dharma.


Peace, Eric

eric mccarty

Writer, prose poetry, meditation teacher and lifetime student