What if we decided that joy and pleasure weren't a barrier to our spiritual growth but were, in fact, an essential component to living a spiritually open and vivid life?
What if we were to imagine that cultivating joy and experiencing pleasure could influence us to live more simply, ethically and compassionately?
(Of course, there are other schools of thought regarding this idea!)
I've learned from my own personal experience that feeling good, finding contentment, has something magical and important to teach me every day. All that is required is that I remain open to the wonder and blessing of joy and pleasure in my everyday life.