There is something wonderful about a person who expresses joy. In fact, when we are in the presence of a joyous being, we feel uplifted and connected. Their energy is contagious and inspires people around them to discover their own bliss.
It is so interesting to me that so many people today walk this planet in a “joyless” state. I counsel people and they want to talk about the struggles of life. They “really” want me to know how hard it is to live in this day and age. As we talk, I remind them to think about the fact that there are old beliefs and patterns running. I tell them that those beliefs color everything. That energy begins to be reflected in the way that they walk, enter work environments and relate to loved ones. Then, the world they live in reflects back to them a life that feels tormented, fearful and anxious. The challenge becomes looking at the “comfort” we have in lacking joy.
Comfort in pain
Now, some of you might say, “Don’t be ridiculous, there is no comfort in that kind of pain.” Yes, there is. I have been there and it took a long time to realize that some part of me was fighting to stay in a place that was familiar. It didn’t feel good, but what was unknown was too scary to explore.
I believe that it is easier to be in a state of joy than a state of pain. It takes more energy to be in a place of resistance, fear or judgment. It also constricts the heart and creates energy blockages throughout the entire body. Joy, on the other hand, enlivens the body and the mind. Joy allows us to look around us and see the good that is always present.
There is a friend of mine who is consistently and constantly joyous. He enters every room with a song or a greeting of happiness. I have never seen anyone stay in a painful state when he is around. In fact, last year, he experienced a medical challenge. The hospital staff was amazed at his attitude and how he was so willing to be joyful in the midst of some pretty scary stuff.
I invite you to activate the joy inside of you. Rejoice that you are alive. Rejoice that you can breathe. Rejoice that there is a roof over your head. Rejoice! I believe that every day is a day that can be joyous. There is so much to be thankful for in every moment. I celebrate you and rejoice in your magnificence.
Take a moment to remember this:
Today, I commit to spreading joy everywhere that I am. I choose to be a “joy-stick” in every area of my life.