A Quote and a Question May 26, 2009 ___ “You do not have to create joy; it is an innate quality already within you, like the capacity to walk or be kind.” James Baraz ___ What can you do to let joy play its part in your day? AdvertisementShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Sing. Listen to music. Swim….no, not swim, but put myself into water and float and bob and paddle. Make something-food, art, a gift.
Slow down. For me, finding joy means reminding myself not to hurry things along. Letting Matthew play in a puddle when we are going for a walk and watching him learn brings me joy.
Pausing to look at my baby lilacs, evesdropping on imaginative play in the next room, CBC radio 2 in the morning., the smell of my tomato plants……
I guess I don’t need much!
I don’t know if this falls into the category of joy, but this video makes me smile:
smile. Just smile.
For me too, the answer is SLOW DOWN. Rest, breathe deeply, cuddle and read with my kids, allow myself adequate alone time for reflection / introspection. Although Joy is supposed to be innate – therefore not externally induced?! – Little treats like dark organic chocolate and nice coffee or a soy candle burning in the winter time all lift my spirits and make me feel calm and content. Perhaps that is different than joy.
I find that we find more joy and playfulness in our lives if we aren’t trying to move unnaturally, too fast or too slow. When we allow ourselves to follow our rhythm our joy seems to multiply. Oh and a good chocolate cup cake never hurt.
joy finds me in all parts of my life. i can be in the middle of something and realize suddenly that it has brought me joy, playing with my babes, reading a good book, a song, a walk, riding my bike. joy, joy, joy, we are filled with it, if we only choose to recognize it!