What brings you joy?

“Dare to love yourself
as if you were a rainbow
with gold at both ends.”
— Aberjhani

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”
— Rumi

blog1 blog1aWatching the storm rolling in over the dunes, feeling my wings, letting more go… It needs to go. blog2 blog3 blog4 blog6 blog7The above is little touches of inspiration we used in my class. Every bit helps. blog7aMy finished demo painting: you are free.  blog9
The above photos were taken at a recent retreat I taught at called Serendipity (such joy). My workshop was entitled Uncovering Grace, where we dove into a variety of art media (ink, paint, pens, paper, glitter) and sought out to discover our own personal definition of that mysterious word… one that has always held so much light and intrigue for me { g r a c e }. Lately I’ve been feeling just how much * j o y * is our natural state, our birthright as human beings. That is why it’s of so much value to know what brings you joy…

So what does?

What fills your cup? Are you making time each week to seek out that joy? Do you court that clarity and light daily in your life? This is my challenge to you: seek out what brings you more joy each day: little by little, by though and action…and let it unfold gracefully in you life. Let that joy be unequivocally you. Let it be wild, let it unleashed, and boundless. We are spirits in human bodies, our soul-house, our temple… let the colors drip from your fingers fearlessly. You are loved more than you know.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” — Rabindranath Tagore

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”
— Marianne Williamson

Then s h a r e  y o u r  j o y, as it only doubles when shared amongst kindred company. Perhaps you can start by sharing here, with your loved ones at home, with new friendships… reach out and touch that peace together. I know I would personally love to read what brings you joy, as there is much power and blessings in writing down those little notes of bliss, calling more truth into your life.

9 thoughts on “What brings you joy?

  1. So much brings me joy but my 13 year old daughter Isabella brings me the most joy of all. Love driving in the car, singing with her and sitting in bed reading side by side.

    Jill

  2. My joy are the little things. This very moment, the light rain a falling outside, the beautiful music it brings; the silence amidst that beautiful sound; this very moment of quiet at home, alone…

  3. Recently I attended a family funeral and realized that I was crying for two reasons related to joy:

    1 the deceased had so little joy for the last 6 years of her life due to illness that might have been prevented because our health is precious and we need to be aware of it and nurture it – take care of ourselves! and
    2 I was overwhelmed by my own joy. I rejoice every day from nature and its beauty, music, colors, the wonders of science, the human intellect and imagination that we are integral parts of. I find joy in silence. And grandchildren!

  4. It was a glorious sunny day today, so I went for a lovely walk through the park. As I walked through the trees petals from the trees flowers fell all around me like little delicate angel kisses. Nature is such a true joy for me.

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