One of my favorite ladies, Danielle Laporte, describes joy as the fiber of your soul. And I love hearing those words because it reminds me that joy is our natural state. It’s both accessible anytime and unconditional. It is not dependent on anything or anyone. It is the true, authentic delight that you can experience at anytime despite what is happening out there in the world.
Knowing that I’ve been through the ringer recently, I’ve come face to face with my own state and having to remember and affirm that it is possible to live continually in joy and gratitude. It is a choice. And believe you me, I’m choosing that multiple times a day. I realize that no one can give that to me. See unlike pleasure, joy does not rely on something that I am experiencing in order to feel it. It’s not something I can buy, and it doesn’t come from any outside source. It comes from within. It’s a deep knowing that everything will be ok and is a state of mind.
MY DEARS, KNOW AND BELIEVE JOY IS AVAILABLE TO US AT ALL TIMES. IT IS THE SWEET NECTAR TO OUR SOULS. IT IS NOT ANYTHING YOU CAN EARN, AND NOTHING HAS TO CHANGE TO FEEL IT RIGHT NOW. THAT JOY IS YOU. FEAST ON IT.
Pause to let joy and gratitude into your awareness. Because the gift of slowing down and practicing awareness is connecting to our sweet worthiness to receive this profound delight. There is so no limit to joy and we cannot deplete the reserve. There are no rules or parameters for joy. It simply is abundantly available.
SO I WILL ASK YOU THIS, HOW HAVE YOU BEEN RESISTING JOY? WHAT SCARES YOU ABOUT JOY? IS THERE A BLOCK? HOW CAN YOU LET MORE OF THAT JOY IN? HOW CAN YOU ACCEPT THAT YOU DESERVE TO LET YOURSELF FEEL MORE JOY? WHERE CAN YOU RECEIVE JOY IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW?
So, I encourage you to practice something. On your next lunch, I want you to take just two minutes and be present. In those short two minutes I want you to open yourself up to whatever you are feeling. You may experience feelings of anxiety, doubt, or fear. Totally normal. Just observe. You don’t have to judge your feelings or try to change them. Recognize these feelings are real, but they are not true. And to enter into a place of real joy, it’s important that you feel your feelings and then remind yourself of the truth. You may be feeling the fear of xyz… but the truth is…xyz.
Anchoring yourself to joy is what happens when you are able to affirm the truth despite your situation or how you feel. This is the perfect time to offer yourself some compassion and affirm the truth… “I am strong, I am loveable, and I am open in this moment to learn and grow.” More than an affirmation, you are acknowledging the truth. You are choosing your focus. You are developing the attitude of someone who is shifting to let more unconditional joy in.
If you struggle with this last part, acknowledging the truth, remember that one of your greatest assets is how you see yourself and how you react to life. Even though you may not feel loved or capable, you are. Release your potential by anchoring yourself to joy. There is nothing in this world that you cannot do.