What is YOUR joy?

Posted on 09 December 2021

My grandma, who lived to be 100 years old, used to say “joy joy joy” repeatedly. It was a mantra of hers, and everyone who knew her knew it. In this holiday season that mantra is in my head.

Personally, I feel like joy is a big part of the meaning of life.

…My Monday night dance class just started back up again indoors for the first time since the pandemic began. That’s my joy!
…The holiday tradition of baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my niece and nephew is my joy.
…My house lit up with lights and candles each evening after the sun goes down so early — that’s joy.
…My morning turmeric latte in a big ass mug is joy too.

The things that are my joy are the things that nourish me.

Noticing what’s joy to me is important.
Noticing what isn’t, is valuable too.

I had a few intentions for this month that were feeling heavy and unclear. When I slowed down and got present with them, I realized they were no longer lighting up for me. Not joyful. And actually not necessary. I let those go.

The thing about joy is that it’s not superfluous, it’s essential to our spirit

Joy takes us out of our head and into the moment of now. It can be found in small moments as well as big ones. And no, It’s not selfish to prioritize joy. It’s wise.

What is YOUR joy?
Where can you prioritize joy this month?
What can you create this holiday season that is nourishing and joyful for you (and your loved ones too)?

This season may be a full one for you… but don’t get so caught up in the busy pace that you miss the moments that will fill and delight you.

 


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