I want to know if you can be with joy,
mine or your own,
if you can dance with wildness
and let ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful,
to be realistic,
to remember the limitation of being human.
This week on the mat (or in the chair) we will be looking at joy and the choice we have to feel the smallest and greatest moments of joy in life without cautioning us to be realistic or careful or limited. To actually FEEL the joy that is within and who we are. To say yes to the moments in life that bring complete joy.
Are you paying attention to joy? Tell me about a moment of joy in your life.
The moments of joy that stop you and pull you from the daily tasks that have become mundane and automatic. Those moments that fill you with ecstasy and consume your entire being.
“…..Moments of mystical union can tempt us to spend our lives searching for those peak experiences and leave us unable or willing to receive the same joy where it is offered in the simpler experiences…” (Oriah Mountain Dreamer)
Joy finds us in the moments of elation when we feel a connection; to another, to ourselves, to the world and to the greater Mystery of life. When we touch that part of ourselves that brings us directly into the face of our purpose.
And yet, as humans we so often deny our joy. Our lives have so accustomed to feeling pain in the form of disappointments, resentments and past hurts. We have lost the connection to the inner joy that is who we are. And what is our divine birthright.
For me, I want to cultivate and grow a deeper sense of joy in my life. If it comes in the beauty of the sunrise or the sensation of another person’s touch, I don’t want to miss a second of joy. I want to savor the moments of joy and fully embrace the pleasures of being alive.
I also know for me one source of deep joy is found in my work. Somehow we have been taught that to have too much of sense of greatness we will not have the concept of humility. I disagree. I choose to not diminish my abilities and my gifts. I refuse to shrink back again. I refuse to play small.
Small and joy do not coincide.
Sometimes we find that we expect too little joy in life and we settle for less. In doing this, our soul is stifled. Our soul becomes submerged in the litany of excuses that make up reasons as to why we can’t, or shouldn’t.
But life is so incredibly short. And ultimately joy is a choice.
So tell me about a joy in your life. Maybe one that came unexpectedly. A moment that you did not know was coming. The joy that caught you by surprise.
This is the work of the soul. To find those inner caverns of ourselves and be willing to seek how we fit into the world. It is searching to find that which we are made for and to say yes to joy.