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When you wake up in the morning, what is it you wish you could do if there were no limitations? This is the question, I have asked myself for years.

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

Joseph Campbell
Walk your own way

When I was a child, my father taught me to find my own path in life and walk my own way. One of his favourite sayings is, “switch your brain on.” Thanks to this free-spirited yet uniquely disciplined training from a young age, I can safely say, now as an adult, I do walk my own way. I feel grateful that I haven’t ever known it to be another way, and when my brain is switched on, the path it tells me to walk is…..to follow joy.

Isn’t Following Joy a Hedonistic Approach?
  • Following Joy to me means from the micro to the macro, finding joy, even within the mundane
  • Following Joy to me means remembering that life is a bizarre and amazing miracle that needs to be valued
  • Following Joy to me means feeling gratitude, for everything
  • Following Joy to me means contributing to the collective consciousness expansion
  • Following Joy to me means slowing down, breathing deep, and bathing in the sublime nowness
  • Following Joy to me means keeping my mind, heart, body, soul and purpose in harmonious balance
  • Following Joy to me means me following my 123 Theory (more on the theoty in a different post)

From a scale of 1-10 how joy-filled do you feel right now? Is there something you could do to improve the number?
I read a curious and disturbing article this morning….that puts things into perspective.
The universe may be expanding at a faster rate than we first thought. I know myself, that I’ve never really rest easy with the knowledge that the stars I see in the night sky may not even be there anymore, as their light takes so long to arrive. Now this updated thought that our universe is stretching out and growing, possibly even faster than we thought, makes me wonder what comes next? My Star Trek in real fantasies wane, knowing it’s getting ever increasingly harder to imagine decent distance space travel. How will this cosmic dance play out? What is the future of our little blue planet even if we do manage to not self-implode with the weight of our environmental actions, or lack thereof. In the article, they say dark matter, which we know little about, comprises 70% of the mass-energy of the universe, may at some stage tear apart the Earth and all the atoms. Goodness me….no wonder people enjoy the often shallow and mind-numbing distraction of Facebook, over such real news. So as I sat this morning sipping my Earl Grey tea, admiring at the majesty of the mountain in the sparkling morning sun, my mind-boggled with this universe-expanding, possibly ending, thought. What is one to do with their life, in the face of such immense news? After some time, it led me to the same realisation I had experienced prior to this new knowledge. I concluded…….I should continue to follow Joy!

It takes millions of moments to make up a day

In every single micro-moment, we have choice. We are all a lot more free than we give ourselves credit for. Even if we are doing a job that isn’t yet our true calling, or being responsible for a situation, in retrospect, we wish we hadn’t created. There is always a new moment to make a new choice that can set up a new trajectory. We may not always have the choice of what we are doing, we ALWAYS have a choice on how we choose to process, frame, filter and experience reality.

Joy is within easy reach. We just often forget where to look for it. I believe it comes down to remembering we have the ability to claim our freedom. Our freedom within this very moment to FEEL joy. Like dark matter that makes up 70% of the known mass-energy universe, which we can’t see but know is there….There is so much joy, tucked into the hidden pockets of our mini nows. We just need to reach in and grab it. Although sometimes we all get to a point, where we’re in a life situation that feels impossible or just annoying, but I can bet, if we search in the hidden pockets for a reason why we can feel grateful for that particular situation, once we feel it, that gratefulness turns into joy, and when we stay focused on the joy, like the universe, the joy expands.
So I strongly believe, when we truly follow joy, joy follows us, and the feedback loop continues and then expands. From small joys, big joys grow. May you find and follow lots of mini joys today, that grow into really big ones.

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