Something that I have been trying to bring into my days more is living from this state, the state of joy and pleasure. I know I have written about this previously however, I recently felt the call to build a more conscious and consistent practice, one that simply allows me to get out of my head and into my heart.
For me, I have always been one to have long ‘to do’ lists and felt the need to work super hard in order to prove my worth to those close to me. There was always a lack mentality and not ‘enough-ness’ that filled my energy and ultimately manifested into my reality, as each day was very much about pushing, forcing and always doing and making sure I was achieving, all devout of living from a space of awareness. Man, was that bloody tiring and so not joyful!
This way of being has been and to some extent still is an unlearning process for me. It has been a journey of building a deep awareness into my patterns of thinking, conditioning and allowing myself to open my heart up and let in more of the things that bring joy and happiness into my life.
Joy resides within our heart space, along with pleasure and passion, it communicates to us when we are willing to let go of what our monkey-mind chatter and instead, listen and feel into the beating of our heart. Without allowing myself to tap into this space, to work at quieting my mind and stepping into my body and heart more, I could not bring forth more joy into my life.
I have written lists about what lights me up, but a practice that I have been working on most recently and I’ve teamed up with my journaling practice is connecting with my heart space. By this I mean placing my hands on my heart and asking questions and allowing myself time to feel into my heart and write down what comes through without second-guessing or judgment. This process is all about taking us out of our head and into our body, where our true innate wisdom and intuition reside. I have found the more I am tapping into this space, the less loud and busy my mind is. There is a sense of peace, release and trust, something I have struggled with for many years. Trusting in myself and following what feels ‘right’ in my heart especially when there is no hard evidence (mind talk) that all will workout, has been one of the hardest lessons. But, I believe, the more we are able to feel deep into our heart space and the more we set an intention to do so, the more we will build upon our own trust and intuition, always coming from a place that has our highest good at heart.
A little exercise you can begin with to help cultivate more joy:
Sit in a quiet and comfy place, have a notepad and pen ready or your journal. Take some deep breaths whilst placing your hand over your heart.
What does joy feel like?
What will bring me joy today?
What can I do to bring me back into this state throughout the day?
Who do I wish to surround myself with?
These are just a few prompts to get you started. I find writing them down and really feeling into how these can create that feeling of joy will help you to bring that into your reality.
“Where attention goes energy flows…”
So, within you there is joy, allow space and time for you to tap into the joy that resides in you heart space. Sit in stillness or meditation and get to know what is true for you, what lights your heart and soul on fire, then journal, write it out and action it.