Joy. It’s a simple, sweet word. Yet, what really is it? What will it do for you? How does living in joy affect your life?
I pondered these questions when I first began exploring the concept of joy. Until that point, I knew “joy” as a word that circulated at Christmas time and, (though I didn’t understand how it was connected to a bullfrog) from a catchy song on the radio …”Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me.”
Fun to sing, but what does it really mean?
When I began my search for joy, I couldn’t find it. It took some deep exploration, and some slogging through the muck of my history.
I came to realize that I had been too focused on the difficult things in my life. My tunnel-vision had limited my perspective, and I hadn’t been able to see it.
When I finally tapped into joy, I recognized it immediately–like a dear old friend–as I felt it arise from the depths of my being to fill my being.
I have come to know that joy is what we feel when we access the core of who we really are and attune to our Soul. It is the radiant energy of wholeness.
It has been further described as:
- Something that makes my heart lighter.
- An inner glow.
- A deep-centered quality of peace, happiness, and wholeness.
- A love of life no matter what.
- Having a sense of wonder, feeling humbled and confident at the same time, carrying a bold sense of purpose and commitment to the world.
- A steady, peaceful knowing that, ultimately, all is good.
Joy is the energy of unconditional love and connection to the Divine. It is a vibrational level where healing occurs. If we are living in joy, we are living in one of the highest frequencies available to humanity, and we are doing some of the best work possible to raise the state of the world around us.
When you experience joy, you lift those around you into a state of joy.
Increasing joy is a gradual process. It’s about finding small ways to ease trying situations; simple ways to ease struggles. Increasing joy is about learning to make your everyday experiences a little more pleasant. It’s about looking for, and seeing, the good.
You can strengthen your ability to live in a steady state of joy, with these 3 powerful practices:
- Decide to be positive. Be a Spirit Igniter. Show compassion and enthusiasm. Be encouraging and uplifting. Offer a smile, a positive glance, a genuine compliment, or a thumb’s up. Express appreciation and delight. Laugh and play. Make a conscious choice to make good out of difficulty.
- Do a Negativity Cleanse. No complaining, no worrying, no criticizing. See how long you can go. Negativity lowers your vibration and puts you in an energy field that is depressing and restricting. Free yourself by focusing on solutions. Treat yourself and others with compassion and non-judgment.
- Strengthen Your Spiritual Connection. Find time each day to turn your attention inward and connect with the deepest, wisest part of yourself. Breathe. Listen to your inner wisdom. Link your heart with your head. Find a spiritual practice that is meaningful for you and use it to develop your connection to the Divine: prayer, chanting, nature, inspirational reading. Live in awe and wonder. See the miracles of daily life.
Most simply, joy is about realizing that the moment we’re in right now is special, wondrous, and beautiful. We sometimes just need to get ourselves out of the way so we can see it.
“Joy is a quality of the soul that is uplifting and beautiful. Although it gets buried under layers of fear and self-limiting beliefs, it is always present and available–and most definitely worth searching for. Once you find it, it will sustain you through the most difficult of times. Through joy, we access our highest selves, and are transformed.”
For additional support to live in joy, please check out the book ‘Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy” published by Inspired Living Publishing.