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Joy is an essential part of your growth

03/15/2012 in Article

Let’s start with expansion and contraction.

Science says that everything is in one of those states at all times.  Growth is expansion and stagnation or decline is contraction.  That includes us.  We actually think we have the luxury of taking time off from our learning process, aka living, to just sit and be. I don’t know about you, but I used to think that and I’ve noticed that it’s a pretty common idea.

Now if you do it for brief periods it’s actually really good for you.  But what’s the right amount of time?

The tricky thing about resting is that it’s incredibly easy to slip into a place that is more than resting and suddenly you notice you’re not getting as much done; you’ve lost that great routine you had where your life was humming along.  You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you just don’t seem as excited about your goals, or as capable, or willing to put yourself out there, and you don’t even care the way you did just a few weeks ago.

What the heck is going on?

You’ve crossed the line and gone into the contraction phase, by accident of course, but you still have to pay attention and take steps before it gets out of hand.  Otherwise you might slow down to the point where you’re too lazy or depressed or out of touch with your vision to move out of the chair.

This is where learning to create joy in your life and in yourself, becomes more than just a frilly concept.  It is now a lifesaver.  If you wait for some person, place or thing to show up and hand you Joy on a Plate, you’ll be waiting for a lot longer than you want to be, and probably a lot longer than you can afford to be.

Thank goodness you also have the option of creating joy!  You can literally shift over into the experience of joy in a matter of minutes or even seconds, once you get the hang of it. Not only will this come in very handy, but you’ll also begin to realize that you’ve emerged from that short lapse into a mini-coma with some new information about yourself.  You’ve learned a new lesson to add to your understanding of life and your path.  Each time it’ll be different, but that’s part of the adventure… figuring out how it all fits together, just for you.  Joy is one of your tools, and also part of your reward.

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Wendy January 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

These joyful monks make me so happy.

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