For quite a while, I’ve been feeling guided to do something to share more about JOY, with possibly (eventually) being in a group/community with others on this journey. There are so many who feel alone or isolated. And there are so many who can find some upliftment (even if it’s only a moment) from connecting more with joy.
I didn’t want something that would involve charging anything. And, because of my own healing journey and my need at the moment to be mindful of my energy, I wanted something that would be ease-full and gentle, something at a slow pace.
So I decided on a facebook page dedicated to Joy Connections.
I already have a facebook page where I mainly post about writing and creativity and this blog. I write about joy there too, but I wanted something different than my “regular” page. I wanted a space and place specifically for talking about connecting to joy – and hopefully connecting with others as well, as we share our connections to joy.
If you’re on facebook, I hope you’ll check out the new page, hit the like button, follow it, and share your own journey with joy.
You can find the Joy Connections page here.
The page doesn’t replace my posts here, it just adds something a bit different (and more often – and also shorter) than what I write here on the blog.
It’s a new part of this journey with joy… and I hope you’ll join me.
A few days ago, a weekend morning, I spent time with my husband at a small park we like to visit.
The sky was a somewhat hazy blue, and a gentle breeze kept us company.
We walked two times around the not-very-long path, with me being able to walk without holding onto to anything – not my husband’s hand, not a walking stick. (Walking unassisted while out ‘n about has been a challenge the past few years.)
Then I took a seat on one of the benches as my husband made another round on the walking path.
I took a few photos while sitting there. The above picture is one of them. Sunlight through branches and green leaves, the rolling hills in the distance.
I felt relaxed. At ease. At peace.
I felt joy.
And I breathed it in.
When life throws up a bunch of hurdles and challenges, I have to keep reminding myself that I can connect with joy even if I don’t feel happy about what’s going on or how I’m feeling otherwise.
For me, connecting with joy sometimes means that I have to really, really look for those moments, those little pockets, those little somethings, that bring me joy.
Sometimes it means being very deliberate, very intentional. I have to watch for them, so that I can notice them when they happen, and capture them to bring them into my heart and my day.
Sometimes it means I have to actively do something to connect with joy. To make a deliberate choice and decision to make that connection… Even something simple like pulling up a favorite song to listen to. Or spending a few minutes gazing at a beautiful sky. Or giving our cat some scritches and cuddles.
Sometimes we have to deliberately notice. Or consciously choose.
And I’ve found it’s sort of like a muscle – the more I work this joy muscle, the more often I realize I’m feeling joy.
Even when things are difficult. And even if I’m not exactly happy.
I created this art journaling JOY page two or three years ago. It’s nothing fancy, but if you’d like it as a reminder of JOY, it’s yours if you’d like to have it. Just click below to access the downloadable and printable pdf of the image – as with all the printables here, it’s free.