As a meditation teacher, I'm happy when folks describe feelings familiar from childhood resurfacing in meditation, such as waking up in the morning and feeling excited for no particular reason.
Feeling causelessly excited by life; it just bubbles out of our true nature, which we uncover in our meditation practice.
When our kids were little Katina and I would delight in watching them play in the big yard in our old house. Our son would spend hours in perpetual wonder and surprise, digging in the yard, looking at bugs, and playing with lizards and geckos.
We delight in the company of children because they remind us of our own wondrous capacity to be surprised and delighted. Mindfulness meditation allows us to play in a kind of continual surprise, as we let go of that heavy know-it-all part of us, and just bask in the unfolding moments.
Abraham J. Heschel, the late polish-born American professor of Jewish theology, had this to say: