"A revelation of insight into the foundations of human suffering & transcendence. It not only lays out essential steps for inner freedom and joy but illuminates the way to true human potential." Paul Rademacher, author: A Spiritual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How Much Joy?

The joy expressed in the image above this post is frequently joy we associate with children (or animals), but not so often with ourselves. When is the last time you jumped like that? Or even if you are elderly or confined to a wheelchair, when is the last time you felt like jumping like that?

So what has happened to us? I certainly remember jumping for joy as a child and now, as a boomer, my jumps tend to be more in my head, but I feel great joy with simple things ... such as having a wonderful coffee in the morning in a spot with a fabulous view (and that can be the view out of my French windows), but it can also be the view I imagine myself seeing on my Facebook posts where over the past several weeks, I have posted myself enjoying a virtual coffee at a different spot in the world each day. I can also experience great joy as I unfold a newspaper in front of that coffee and settle down to read it (somehow, I have noticed, the joy is not as intense if the newspaper is virtual, in my smartphone, that allows me to view the world's press, along with the coffee, but the joy is not the same). Other things that bring me great joy are setting out for a weekend drive with a friend (even if it's a short one of 30 - 60 minutes) into the unknown, or into the countryside, or up into the mountains, or along the Mediterranean, here where I live. I also experience joy as I open a new book, drive to the airport to pick up one of my sons (that's one of the greatest joys!), or as I contemplate an upcoming holiday. Joy comes as well as I savor the aroma of freshly-baked bread (even if I don't partake), the perfume of jasmin, or the unmistakable childhood smells of freshly-mown grass.

As you see, my joys are simple. I could list others that cost money or are complicated and involved to achieve, but the fact is, because my joys are so simple to attain, I can have them every day. And having joy every day, mentally jumping for joy every single day, should be on your to-do list in the same taken-for-granted way as you brush your teeth and have a shower. Abraham states: The standard of success in life isn't the things. It isn't the money or the stuff, it is absolutely the amount of joy you feel and I totally agree.

Are you feeeling joy today?

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From the Description on Amazon: Ask anyone, whatever their circumstances, if their life is vibrant, fulfilling, harmonious and happy. An honest reply is likely to be 'no', because to answer a truthful 'yes' is no mean feat. Only to grow psychologically and emotionally is not enough. And only to grow spiritually is not enough either. All three dimensions need to be developed in order to realize your full potential. If you are willing to assume total responsibility for the self and to start what is an on-going journey, you will quickly begin to glimpse the first fruits of the ultimate goal: inner well-being, freedom, peace, harmony and joy. This book sets out the pathway to self-mastery and self-discovery and walking that pathway will be the most exciting adventure of your life.

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