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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 🙂
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

  1. fostering puppies
  2. fostering kittens
  3. hosting Elvis to sleep on my lap
  4. volunteering at Strut Your Mutt
  5. watching the annual Main St Parade of classic cars at the Cache Valley Cruise-In
  6. Night of Fire at Rocky Mountain Raceway
  7. watching the annual sheepdog competition at Heber Valley. and Splash Dogs!

Favorite Mundane Joys

  1. browsing the bookstore
  2. crawling into bed on a chilly night
  3. walking the dogs off leash up the canyon
  4. reading a great book
  5. watching a good movie
  6. enjoying an afternoon rainstorm
  7. listening to spring bird song

Top Surprise Joys

  1. making a new friend where you weren’t expecting to
  2. a positive exchange with a stranger
  3. (being a country girl now) the stars at night! They’re amazing! Just taking out the trash at night inspires awe!
  4. hearing an old favorite song on the radio
  5. making perfect decisions to experience miraculous flowing traffic
  6. picking the right line at the grocery store
  7. 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!)

  • November 12, 2016

Top Ten Joys

Top Ten Joys of LifeWe don’t even have to google the top ten fears of people to know what they are …
But if you did, Google has lots of lists for you: public speaking, bugs, heights – everyone knows these, right?
It seems like we could be equally versed in the most common joys people have.
I thought I could make a good guess (it was the theme of our January Treasure Hunt at GVU), but I wanted to confirm with Google.
And the search engine didn’t have those lists at its fingertips. Which felt like a good cue to get as familiar with our joys as we are our fears.
So I posed the question on facebook and got a lot of responses.
Here’s the official tally from the comments on my page as well as others’ who also posed the question):

  1. Laughing
  2. Children/Family/Loved Ones
  3. Animals
  4. Nature/Outdoors
  5. Reading/Books
  6. Friends
  7. Sleeping/Naps
  8. Music/Singing
  9. Food/Cooking
  10. Physical Activity (including working out & yoga and such)

If we put friends and family in the same category, that gets coffee and tea on your top ten joy list. ha!
And if we put wine in the same category as coffee and tea, it bumps physical activity off the list altogether.
When I did both and compiled the new numbers, that gives us the list presented in the image. (Our joys are so simple, aren’t they?!)
Laughing with loved ones, or enjoying a good book with a kitty on our lap. It’s so simple to plug in to joy.
In fact, if we had a top 20 joys list, we’d also see:

  • Hugging/Snuggling
  • Meditation/Quiet/Solitude
  • Travel
  • Dancing
  • Chocolate
  • Writing
  • Learning
  • Hot bath/shower
  • Working
  • Clothes

(Yes, I kept chocolate in its own category. “Food” does not do justice to the joy that is chocolate, as any chocolate lover knows.)
Maybe it’s because it was a public post that sex didn’t get one single mention. Not one. Maybe snuggling was everyone’s code word for sex, or perhaps sex is a bit overrated. I don’t know.
What I would like to know is what’s on your top ten joys list?

  • January 4, 2016

On Seeing Things Through

Let Joy Lead You to SuccessMuggles often have a prejudice for seeing things through, which is a belief some conscious creators still carry remnants of.
Some think it’s important to get things done and stick it out until the thing is “finished.”
Because (they believe) that’s the only way we benefit from it. Whether it’s a book, a diet, a business strategy – “you can’t expect results if you don’t complete the action.”
But conscious creators know that isn’t what really matters …
It’s not what we do that makes the difference in what unfolds, it’s how we feel.
Which means it isn’t about getting something done; it’s about following the joy, wherever that may lead. Even when it calls us somewhere new before we’ve finished the other thing.
If your joy is done, you’re finished with it. Period.
Because joy is the vibration that carries us to dreams come true – not actions.

Sometimes our joy disappears under limiting beliefs that turn our joy into a job (or a “should” or a “have to”). Steer clear of those so gremlins don’t ruin our joy parties.
You may also have to manage unhelpful thoughts about being a quitter, or what others expect from you, in order to be fully delighted in following your joy.
If you carry strong beliefs about how important it is to see something through, it may just feel better to finish it. (If that’s the case, at least set an intention for the process to be fun.)

Once upon a time I felt the inspiration for an in-home infrared sauna. I’ve maybe used it a dozen times in five years. My boyfriend thinks it was a waste of my money.
But that’s impossible, as long as I let joy lead. Where it goes, I go. And if it doesn’t take me back into the sauna, then the sauna is no longer for me. As long as I’m tuned to joy, I’m set up for success, no matter how brief the sauna inspiration was.
Once upon another time, many years ago, I got lit up about dry skin brushing. To this day I love and adore that practice. I even pack brushes when I travel, that’s how much I love it. But it only serves me because I engage it out of enthusiasm, not out of “should.”
Bashar tells us to follow our highest excitement, and to do so without attachment to results.
Abraham calls it “getting in your vortex.”
However you describe it, when we follow our bliss and leap from one delightful thing to another, it doesn’t matter what we get done or how long we commit to it. What matters is being tuned to passion/inspiration.
When the joy is gone, it’s time to go wherever the new inspiration leads. When we let joy lead, that’s the kind of alignment that makes dreams come true.
Because joy is your quickest ticket to whatever you desire.
The bottom line is that when inner guidance calls you to something new, before you’ve “finished” the other thing, it’s best to trust that guidance and let joy rule.
Our inspiration often evolves in ways that don’t go according to plan. So don’t get stuck in thinking that just because one day in the past you thought this was a good idea that now you have to stick it out until it’s “done.” It’s done when the joy calls you elsewhere.
That goes for memberships, trips, relationships, careers – you name it.
Our joy, our bliss (or maybe it just feels like relief right now if we’re far away from it) holds the key to everything we want …
Go there.

  • August 6, 2015

LOA Tip from Foo Fighters Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl knows how to manifest success

image credit: fanpop.com

The other night when Anderson Cooper interviewed Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl we learned the key to Dave’s success:

He loves what he does.

Phrases used to describe his work include:

  • exceeded all expectations
  • massive success
  • catapulting to worldwide stardom
  • staple of rock music

Get a load of this excerpt from his wiki page:

“Between October 2002 and March 2003 Grohl was in the number one spot on the Modern Rock charts for 17 of 18 successive weeks, as a member of three different groups.”

Wowza. That’s a guy who’s got a handle on success.

But in his 60 Minutes interview Dave said he didn’t do any of his work for the fame or fortune. He simply did it for the love of playing music.

Conscious creators who are looking to manifest rewards for their work can learn a thing or two from Dave’s example.

In fact, spiritual teacher Teal Swan said in her Salt Lake workshop earlier this month that “We experience abundance in direct proportion to the amount that we love what we do.”

Meaning, if you want more money, prioritize your joy.

That’s something Dave’s apparently tapped into from the beginning – the joy of making music.

When Anderson asked about his success (pointing out that money has never been Dave’s motivation), here’s how Dave responded:

The reward of playing music should be playing music.

That’s the way I felt before any of this happened.

I wasn’t doing it so this [huge success] would happen. I was doing it because I loved it.

The love of playing should always be the heart of music.

That hit home since I sometimes see coaches and other business owners creating something in order to get the payday.

In the process of manifesting the financial rewards, they sometimes lose track of why they engaged this work in the first place.

Abundance follows Joy

I’ve done it myself, so I know how easy it is.

Yes, money matters. We (believe we) have to make a living.

But that is much easier (and more successfully) accomplished when we stay connected to the love of our work. That is, when we let the work be its own reward.

You’ll find another LOA tidbit in that interview if you tune in, but in the meantime, here’s to engaging our work for the enjoyment of it.

Leading with love, joy and passion is bound to bring other rewards on its heels.

  • October 30, 2014