” Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” Henri Nouwen
“With every new day is the opportunity to choose joy. “
This writing which I wrote in 2011 and is in Tuning In To Spirit turns up time after time on our morning meditation conference call so it dawned on me I was meant to share it with all of you again as well so here it is. If you would like to join us on the meditation call, the information is on the right. Also under the writing is a beautiful poem titled Reclaiming Joy written by my beloved God daughter, Carma Lee Pawlewicz.
With love, Patricia
Joy can be a fleeting thing in this world here on Earth and yet it is waiting around every corner for us to choose. Stress too can be waiting around every corner when we choose to worry or think things “should” not be as they are. The moment we resist “what is”, we are stressed because resistance starts pumping emotions through our body about what we think we should do, who we should call, what’s on our plate for the day to do. It can be compelling because it is all around us in living color.
Our phones ring, our computer blinks its many messages about what’s out there and what we need to do about it. Thoughts of wouldn’t it be wonderful to go for a walk, sit and relax and look out the window at the change of season, take some time to read a book all fly out the window as our minds begin to race and we take on the pace of the day. This way of life feeds our stress level.
When we quiet our mind and take a deep breath, we can choose to focus on the joy that is present like an inner stream. Breathing in the peace of knowing in the grand scheme of things all is well is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. We really don’t have to have our hand in every pie that crosses our table. We can leave some for someone else and taste only that which calls to our deepest heart.
We have time for so much when we stop and take a moment to breathe in peace and breathe out stress. Take a moment now to close your eyes and breathe in, “I am living a beautiful and fulfilling life. I am happy and at peace.” Even if it does not feel true right now, what would that look like for you? Feel that for a moment and keep breathing into it.
Have a lovely day and pick the pieces of pie that feed your soul and are truly for your highest good. Your heart will tell you so much about what is for your highest good. When you choose your highest good, your heart will sing with joy rather than feeling oppressed and overwhelmed. In the long run it will also prove to be for the highest good of others too.
Reclaiming Joy by Carma Lee Pawlewicz
I take a deep breath, release it and pray:
Dear God, help me to put my “To Do” list aside
and let a relaxed mind be my guide.
Stay in the moment, no worries; just peace.
This is when I feel the pressure decrease.
So much time is lost on worry and regret.
As I end this prayer, this intention I set:
I reclaim the joy
I sometimes lose sight of
when I’m caught up in my “To do’s”
but today in spite of
ALL that I think
I have to do
I put myself first
to myself be TRUE.
From my heart to yours,