Integrative Healing

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Finding Joy: A delightful challenge

 The other day, while walking along our neighborhood creek, I found myself overjoyed by the late summer wildflowers! I picked a few, and upon coming home, put them in a glass on our dining room table. The colors, scents, freshness… all bring such joy to me! My heart feels full with these gifts from the earth and these riches of my neighborhood.

Later in the evening, while on a winding-down-the-day stroll, my 4 1/2 year old son surprised me with a handful of wildly growing Mexican Daisies! “These flowers are for you, Mommy!” he announced. Handful after handful, he placed the blooms in my
happy hand. Joy. Pure joy again, this time gifted by my son. 

My challenge to you is to find joy. I am in a joyful practice, so I thought I would share this idea. I am noticing that joy is different from gratitude. It is also different from noticing when the universe is kind. Although both of these sacred sorts of moments, gratitude and universal kindness, can give joy, the experience of joy seems to come upon a person so uniquely and spontaneously that it is valuable to notice what brings joy for our own personal heart and soul, body and mind. Flowers bring me joy! This almost never fails. What brings you joy? I invite you to notice everyday. Then share this joy with someone you appreciate, admire, love, trust… share your joy with me! Share joy wherever and however you would like, but first notice. What brings you joy today?

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen

“Meditation is not a technique to master; it is the highest form of prayer, a naked act of love and effortless surrender into the silent abyss beyond all knowing.” – Adyashanti

“If you find an intelligent companion,
A fellow traveler,
A sage of good conduct,
You should travel together,
Delighted and mindful.”
– The Dhammapada, translated by Gil Fronsdal

“We cannot say that there is no past or no future, only that past, present, and future occur in the timeless Now.” – Dorothy Hunt

“The body tells a story. It is, in fact, a living autobiography.”

– Elaine Mayland

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

– Aristotle

“When hearts are open and awake, we bring warmth and blessings to our community and the world.” – Jack Kornfield

“The sacred is the reality of you. It’s the reality of everything.” – Adyashanti

“The point is to learn from whatever is experienced, whether it’s liked or disliked, beautiful or ugly. Everything will teach us if we let it.” – Ajahn Amaro, Finding the Missing Peace

“The symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body.”

– C.G. Jung

“If we could untangle the mysteries of life and unravel the energies which run through the world; if we could evaluate correctly the significance of passing events; if we could measure the struggles, dilemmas, and aspirations of mankind, we could find that nothing is born out of time. Everything comes at its appointed moment.” – Joseph R. Sizoo

“This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.” – Hafiz

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive!” – Howard Thurman

“Healing is being present with what is, exactly as it is.”

– Rain Elizabeth Stickney

“Eye contact, gentle touch, warmth in our voices, and caring words are balm for your child’s being.” – Patty Wipfler

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