Embracing joy! A profound way to live life. Today my friend and bestselling publisher Linda Joy released Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy, featuring the soul-inspiring stories of 38 amazing women who share their intimate stories of transformation. You may remember Linda as my publisher for The Wisdom of Women 2, which a few weeks ago made #1 Amazon Best-seller. Today, with Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy, she brings something new. Many of the authors are personal friends of mine, like Debra Reble, Shelley Lundquist and Sheila Callaham who shared a dynamic guest post here not long ago. Peggy Nolan interviewed me for her podcast. (later, I interviewed her for Wisdom Talk Radio.) These authors and 34 others have shared personal stories that will touch your hearts and open you to joy. For a limited time you can get over 50 transformational gifts with your copy of Cultivating Joy. Grab your copy today> www.CultivatingJoyBook.com.
Joy simply is, available in any moment. It’s an energetic vibration. Yet it can feel so elusive, with old patterns cluttering the way. Maybe it was readily accessible when you were a child, reveling in play and wonder. I have to go far back in my childhood memories to find a time when I felt loved, free of wondering if I was worthy.
Joy and Freedom
In everyday life joy is aligned with freedom. In order for me to find my way to freedom, I had to let go of things that no longer worked for me, ways of being that I had adopted trying to feel secure.
Only those patterns didn’t make me feel safe. Instead, I continually struggled for breath to give voice to myself, even physicalizing that into asthma. Now, as I have given myself permission to show up as I am, to stop hiding out, the feeling of inner freedom has become available.
When there is a moment that I don’t feel it, I notice right away. I take a moment to go inside, scanning myself, looking to see where I have said no, when I wanted to say yes. Yes to myself.
A few breaths settles that into my body.
Joy needs to be cultivated in order to be realized. It is available in the smile of the child, the beauty of a glowing sunset and in the quiet appreciation of the breath that keeps us alive. Say yes to yourself. It’s the foundation of honoring the truth of who you are.
How do you cultivate joy in the midst of everyday life? I invite you to share how you do that in the comments below.
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