“Nothing is as liberating as joy. It frees the mind and fills it with tranquility.”
– Rebbe Nachman of Breslov
The theme for this week is Joy. With the unexpected passing of Prince and a couple of other celebrities this past week. It reminds you of the frailness of life and our own mortality. We’re here today and gone tomorrow. We are guided to live life to the fullest. To never take each day for granted, to live with joy. Life is too short to not be joyful. Life is for the living. As I said last week, I am grateful for each day I am able to open my eyes and see a new day.
As usual, the messages were randomly chosen, but always appropriate. Do enjoy them , I truly hope that you do. Have a wonderful and magical week! Until next time xoxo
Monday-Wednesday~Intention (Archangel Sandalphon)
Sandalphon is asking you to make a list of your many expectations, as these are the seeds of your intentions. Thought creates reality, and so, by revealing this card, you are being asked to truly specify what you intend, and to place a purpose to that intention. From clearly defined purpose your experience is wrought. The Angels want you to experience love, joy, and success. Therefore, visualize yourself and your intimates in gratitude, joyously experiencing the outcome of your intention– this is the kernel from abundance grows. Chant HAY in praise of the joy that you feel.
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1. A universal symbol for joy.
2. If the dreamer is feeling good about life, that feeling will continue. If things aren’t going well, then that should shift very shortly.
Astrological parallel: Pisces.
Tarot parallel: The World.
Wednesday-Friday~ The Grid
This is the Grid, the living energy matrix of Mother Earth and the secret pathway to other dimensions and realities of existence. The power of the sacred geometry holds many keys that your subconscious is unlocking. This card shows your ability to explore and maneuver through other worlds and to bring information back from them. You may do this in the dreamtime, during meditation or even unknowingly while completely conscious and alert. Hidden within this card are messages only you can retrieve. Sit with this one for a while.
Angel Number 22: Your deep conviction manifests miracles and wonderful new opportunities keep the faith.
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Just For Fun~ * This week’s fun activity will be a bit different. It’s all about adding more joy to your life,the va–voom, that sparkle, and pizzazz. So I am sharing this article to give you some tips on how to bring back joy into your life.*
7 Ways to Experience More Joy
1. IMAGINE HAPPINESS
Any activity, when performed repetitively, changes the structure of the brain. But even repeatedly imagining an activity has an impact on neural structure. Researchers at Harvard Medical School demonstrated this with an experiment where they asked one group to play a five-finger exercise on the piano over the course of a week. A comparison group was asked to merely imagine moving their fingers to play the same exercise. Though actively playing the exercise had a greater impact on brain structure than imagining it, by the end of the week, the same region of the brain in both groups had been significantly affected.
Each day, deliberately imagine yourself happy. Picture yourself in a situation with people you really like, or engaged in an activity that gives you a lot of pleasure. By actively imagining feelings of happiness or recalling happy experiences, you can help to encourage changes in your brain that will predispose you to creating more real-life joy in your daily experiences.
2. MEMORIZE HAPPINESS IN YOUR BODY
Even though the brain is strongly inclined to notice and retain negative experiences over positive ones (that’s our protective survival instinct at work), you can help level the playing field by strengthening your neurological happiness circuits. Whenever you’re experiencing a moment of joy or contentment — walking, listening to music, being kind, feeling grateful — don’t miss it! Pause to notice the feelings in your body and the state of your mind. Do you feel warmth in your chest? Does your mind feel light and open?
Now consciously intensify that sensation. Some psychologists call this “memorizing” the feeling. Either way, you are causing the same neural circuits to fire repeatedly, thereby strengthening them. Psychologist Rick Hanson calls this “taking in the good.”
“As with any positive state of mind,” Hanson says, “if you can develop a strong ‘sense memory’ of the experience, you can reactivate it deliberately when you want to.”
3. REFRAME YOUR FATE POSITIVELY
Countless studies have shown the effects of gratitude exercises on positive outlook. One study conducted by positive psychologist Martin Seligman asked participants who considered themselves severely depressed to write down three good things that happened to them each day for 15 days. Ninety-four percent of subjects reported a decrease in depression, while 92 percent said their happiness had increased.
Because experiencing and expressing appreciation has such a demonstrable effect, we highly recommend course participants keep a daily list of things they’re grateful for.
Here’s another exercise that can incline the mind to gratitude even during unpleasant moments: Choose a task or situation in your life that feels like an obligatory burden. Try changing your “I have to” story to an “I get to” story, and see if you arrive at a different perspective. “Now I get to take out the garbage” could create an opportunity to feel grateful for your working legs, or your trash pickup service — instead of just feeling annoyed.
4. STRATEGICALLY DIFFUSE WORRY
Worry and rumination are chronic joy-killers, but they’re easy habits of mind for many. This excerpt of a March 2000 conversation between the Dalai Lama and a group of neuroscientists and scholars suggests a useful technique for heading off anxious episodes. The speaker is Matthieu Ricard, PhD, a geneticist and Buddhist monk:
“The basic way to intervene [when a troubling thought arises is to use a technique] called ‘staring back.’ When a thought arises, [instead of reacting] we need to watch it and look back at its source. . . . As we stare at it, its apparent solidity begins to melt away, and that thought will vanish without giving birth to a chain of thoughts. The point is not to try and block the arising of thoughts — this is not possible anyway — but not to let them invade our mind. We need to do this again and again because we are not used to dealing with thoughts in this way. . . . Finally, a time will come when thoughts come and go like a bird passing through the sky, without leaving a trace.”
5. EXPERIENCE THE BLISS OF BLAMELESSNESS
When we’re stuck in resentment, self-condemnation or guilt, our capacity for joy is severely limited. Everyone makes mistakes, so it’s important that we learn how to let go of blame — for others and for ourselves.
Resentment consumes energy, even when we’re entitled to it. If you’re trying to let go of blame toward someone else, try becoming curious about a hurtful experience, instead of taking it personally. Taking a more impersonal view of disappointments can reveal their hidden gifts.
When you’re trying to break the habit of self-recriminating thought, focus instead on how you want to feel. Rather than dwelling on a mistake, recall the pleasant feeling you have when you choose wisely or accomplish something successfully, and let that feeling be your guide.
It can take several months for neural circuits to consolidate fully in support of new habits of mind, so be vigilant. You are wiring your brain to fully experience happiness instead of just relief at avoiding error.
6. LET GO OF FEELING BUSY
One of the primary obstacles to joy is the feeling of being too busy. Even if we can’t pare down our schedules, it doesn’t mean we can’t feel happiness, peace or even joy in the midst of our busyness.
During intensely scheduled periods, try giving yourself “mini-breaks.” Take a brief moment between tasks and obligations to pause, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and feel what it’s like to be “outside of time.”
Even if you’ve just dashed down the hall at work from one meeting to another, stop for a few seconds before you open that next door. Close your eyes, let your body relax, take a breath, and come back to yourself. You may find yourself feeling substantially less harried and more capable of dealing calmly and consciously with whatever unfolds next.
7. SEEK THE GOOD IN OTHERS
There are a lot of reasons to feel joy observing other people — if we’re looking for the best in them. Seeing the goodness in someone else brings something real, alive and uplifting out of him or her. It allows trust to develop between people who scarcely know each other. And it allows you to truly enjoy your interactions with others without getting hung up on what you don’t like.
Try this: For one week, take on the practice of looking for the good in everyone you come in contact with. See in each person the desire to be safe, accepted, happy and loved. Even if you know someone’s shortcomings, keep looking for the positive qualities — creativity, humor, a caring heart, intelligence — any and all positive qualities you might admire. Notice what effect this has on how you feel toward others and on your interactions with them. Notice the effect it has on your state of mind. And enjoy it.
BY JAMES BARAZ AND SHOSHANA ALEXANDER
From Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander. Copyright ©2010 by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander. Used by permission of Bantam Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Editor’s note: “Joy is not for just the lucky few,” says James Baraz, a longtime meditation teacher and co-founder of the renowned Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif. “It’s a choice anyone can make.” Each year since 2003, Baraz has taught a 10-month course, both online and at the center, called “Awakening Joy.” Its goal: to help participants increase their daily quotient of positive feelings.
Energetically, everything is falling into place. You are coming into a high point where you will find you are able to easily manifest the people, things, and situations you need to carry you forward on your journey. The energy of manifestation is a creative force, and right now it is in full flow for you. Stay focused on where you want to go in your life and how you want to feel. Don’t worry about the details of what you think life should look like. The Universe is infinitely wiser than we are, with our human point of view. Just know and trust that things will come to you in perfect order, and in perfect time.
We don’t manifest anything that is not part of our Soul’s plan. So while you may not win a lottery, you can expect to experience abundance and ease while these energies are here. This is a great time to play and learn about the order of manifesting. While you will notice that most of what is manifested is done by the higher self, a smaller portion will be manifested from your conscious mind. Explore it fully and have fun with it!
Anything can be manifested at this time, so don’t limit your potential. Your soul knows no limits. You are a creator and able to turn natural energy into physical manifestation.
You can use this power of manifestation to help you gain understanding about your purpose, to help connect you to the right people or organizations, or even aid you in gaining the financial resources you require. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Hold in mind, that it wasn’t intended that you use your ability to manifest for yourself only. You can also use this to help others who may not know how to help themselves right now.
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