In the analogy of "the cloistered heart," I am invited to live within the boundaries of God's will as these are clearly defined for me in Scripture and in 2,000 years of authentic Church discernment. I might find myself worrying that such boundaries will sap all joy and pleasure from my life.
The saints tell me otherwise.
"Always remain quiet and calm in the shelter of God's will, under the mighty protection of the Most High." (St. Paul of the Cross)
"Freed from the heavy burden of my own will, I may breathe freely under the light load of love…” (St. Bernard of Clairvaux)
“The height of loving ecstasy is when our will rests not in its own contentment, but in God’s will.” (St. Francis de Sales)
Painting: Edmund Blair Leighton, The Roses' Day, in US public domain due to copyright expiration