the joy is in the moments…

If I’m honest, I have to admit I want to be happy all the time. I want to feel a sense of inner peace all the time. I want to feel joy all the time.

(Those are three different things, three different feelings and experiences and senses. And yes, my wish is for all three.)

But none of these are constants for me.

And I’m reminded, again and again, that even if these aren’t constants, they do exist in moments.

Joy comes in the moments.

Like watching a fun tv show with my husband, being relaxed and feeling contented and simply enjoying being together.

Like walking into the kitchen and spotting our kitty playing in some sunshine.

Like hearing a great song on the radio, a song that sets my spirit soaring.

Like being out with my husband on a beautiful day.

Like drinking coffee on the front porch and catching a lovely breeze.

Like laughing with a friend on the phone, and feeling that heart-connection of being seen and heard and mutually cared-for and witnessed.

Like playing with paint and just having fun.

Like… well, so many other things that lift the soul and bring a sense of joy.

Noticing them. Connecting with them. Not clutching them tightly, because there isn’t really a way to save or force joy – but we can be more aware of it when it comes.

And I think the more we notice those moments of joy, the more of them we’ll notice.

Sometimes I forget about that. But then a moment of joy will remind me.

 

joy connections {the page}…

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.

 

breathing a moment of joy and peace…

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.