Ways to spark Joy

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One of the reasons why I love Marie Kondo is that her focus is on sparking joy (if you don’t know who that is, read this). It’s not about tidiness, compulsiveness or ego, it’s merely discerning what brings you joy in your life and letting the rest go.

Joy is considered an emotion associated with the Fire element. It’s no surprise that the Heart and Small Intestine are the organs that relate to this emotion, as well. If you have ever felt pure joy, you know that it feels as if your Heart is going to explode. It’s expansive!

The Heart is the location where the “spirit” (shen) resides. In general, the “spirit” is tantamount to the overall vitality of an individual.

The Small Intestine influences one’s mental clarity, judgment, and powers of discernment. The ability to distinguish relevant issues with clarity before making a decision is attributed to the Small Intestine. This can be seen on a physical level as well, since the small intestine separates the clear from the turbid; absorbs nutrients and releases the rest.

Joy, being the heart’s emotion, is important to cultivate for health and longevity.

Joy means different things to different people. But when I am speaking about joy, I am talking about a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.

This is not the short lived pleasure that is then followed by guilt or shame. This is a pleasure that nourishes your body, mind and soul. Let that sink in for a bit. What do you truly enJOY? What brings you pleasure?

For many of us, especially busy modern women, this concept can feel extremely foreign. We have been programed since early life to seek outside ourselves for validation and to make others happy before ourselves. Pleasure can feel selfish. But I would argue that a life without pleasure and joy, is not an authentic one.

Once you tap into those things that bring you joy, you will be more aligned with your true nature and be living your truth. From that place, all things flow.

Health and balance is about tapping into resonance medicine. By tapping into those things that hold the vibration of Joy, we will naturally inspire it within ourselves.

Here’s how to begin:

  • Make time for fun. If you don’t know where to start, spend time with children or playful people. They can teach you.

  • Laugh. Watch a funny movie or go watch a comedian. Hang out with friends that know how to uplift you and bring out your authentic laughter.

  • Think of things that warm your heart. It can be simple. The helpful person that helps you with something. A memory. A person you love.

  • Get physical. Cardiovascular training is such an important element of having a healthy heart. It is crucial to help you have a strong heart, good circulation, and an uplifted mood. Studies have shown that exercise is a powerful tool in our fight against depression.

  • Reach out to others and make arrangements for social gatherings or meet ups. We live in a time of tremendous social isolation and that hinders our Joy.

  • Learn how to manage your mindset and transform your relationship to stress. Check out this Ted talk on how to see stress as a positive thing that can encourage connection.

  • Find ways to be in service. This takes you out of your head and into your heart. It also cultivates the connection we need to cultivate joy.

  • Spend time in solitude while in Nature. Equally important to being in service is actually being able to hear your inner voice. Disconnecting from the busy modern world is a great way to do this.

  • Live your truth. Clearly discern for yourself what it is that you truly want to do and be in your life. Clarity around what your truth is can unlock your access to great Joy.

Now I want to hear from you! Share with me in the comments below. What is your experience with Joy? Share with me in the comments.

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