Question: Have you experienced joy, after allowing yourself to be vulnerable with someone?
Answer: I would say that I felt true joy ONLY when I allowed myself to be vulnerable with others. Only when we break through the walls of self-protection, mutual distrust, rejection our inherently egoistic, hateful nature builds, can we start sensing true emotional impressions, hate and love, distance and bonding.
And only through such true, elemental emotional impressions that penetrate our bones can we understand what true despair and true joy, contentment is. We do not have to be afraid from the negative sensations since perception, true attainment works only through contrast, sensing extreme opposites against each other. When one such true emotion is present inevitably the other is also there opposite to it.
Then it depends on our free choice which one we chose to dominate us!