Getting Intimate with Your Joy
How familiar are you with joy?
Is it a regular experience for you? Do you know where to find yours?
Is it at the tip of your tongue? You know right where it lives, and have recent memories of it?
Which would be easier for you to name … your top joys or your biggest worries?
Conscious creators know the value of being familiar and intimate with what we want more of.
So with that in mind, and especially in light of the week many of us have had, let’s do a little focusing exercise today by naming our top joys.
In fact, let’s get calisthenic with it and look at our favorite joys in a variety of ways.
I’ll share my list so even if you don’t make your own, by the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll have joy activated.
But it’ll be even better when you post your joys in the comments. 🙂
Top Joyful Life Experiences
- Meeting Flamer (a stray orange long-haired kitten who found me on the balcony of my first apartment). It was love at first sight. I’ll never forget those big eyes locking onto mine when he first spotted me and made a beeline toward me with the most plaintive meow you’ve ever heard! He wasn’t my first feline true love, but he was one of my favorites. RIP Flamer, and thank you for all the joy you brought to my life.
- That time I walked into The Westerner with my work bff Annette to find the place full of Marines in dress blues for the Marine Corps birthday. There are few sights more breathtaking than that. Everyone should experience that particular joy. It is truly exceptional.
- Buying three rounds of drinks for every Marine in the place, and having the Gunnery Sergeant walk us to our car at the end of the night. It was a delightful way to say thanks for your service. 🙂
- The time at that same country bar when Dave Wakefield reached out without saying a word to take my hand and lead me to the dance floor for the last song of the night. He was charming, he was handsome, he made my heart beat fast! I had thought the night would end without any sign of interest on his part. Yay to be wrong!
- The time I went skiing with Jon Little, and I knew I would live and love again after that last horrendous heartbreak. Somehow, skiing on that slope with a super hot guy who was kind, patient and funny helped me find life again. Thank you, Jon Little.
- My first day of volunteering at the pet adoption fair. I had never experienced the joy of serving in animal rescue. I was instantly hooked. Just from scooping litters and walking dogs for potty breaks! Who’d have thought?! I never felt such joy and fulfillment.
- Walking the commencement procession for college graduation. It made me so happy, not because I was super proud to have finished college (summa cum laude, though, in 3 years – hello!), but it was being part of this group event where everyone was so happy. It was literally contagious happiness. I walked with my friend Joe and couldn’t stop smiling. So happy. 🙂
General Joyful Experiences
- fostering puppies
- fostering kittens
- hosting Elvis to sleep on my lap
- volunteering at Strut Your Mutt
- watching the annual Main St Parade of classic cars at the Cache Valley Cruise-In
- Night of Fire at Rocky Mountain Raceway
- watching the annual sheepdog competition at Heber Valley. and Splash Dogs!
Favorite Mundane Joys
- browsing the bookstore
- crawling into bed on a chilly night
- walking the dogs off leash up the canyon
- reading a great book
- watching a good movie
- enjoying an afternoon rainstorm
- listening to spring bird song
Top Surprise Joys
- making a new friend where you weren’t expecting to
- a positive exchange with a stranger
- (being a country girl now) the stars at night! They’re amazing! Just taking out the trash at night inspires awe!
- hearing an old favorite song on the radio
- making perfect decisions to experience miraculous flowing traffic
- picking the right line at the grocery store
- realizing I read the clock wrong and have more time than I thought!
By now you’ve thought of some of your favorite joys, right?
Those thoughts are worth dwelling on. Remember the details of it – what happened and why it made you so happy. Take every opportunity you can to relish the stories of your favorite joys.
It’s such an easy way to activate one of the highest vibrations!
You can even make a list of future intended (call them bucket list) joys if your past isn’t particularly easy to mine for joy. Or you can review our collective list of top joys we made last year.
Regardless of how you activate thoughts of joy, know that this vibration serves very well, especially when you visit it regularly.
If you care to share your favorite joys, we’d love to hear them!
(And how did food joy and puppy breath not make my list? I’m making another one!)