“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” – Joseph Campbell
Times are changing and what is being asked of you during this particular time is to allow more joy into your life.
There are two ways you can do this:
- Follow your joy.
- Do things in a joyful way.
Following your joy is easy when you know what you enjoy. Doing things in a joyful way can take a bit more focused effort, yet still yield the feeling of joy within.
Maybe shopping or traveling for you is naturally joyful, but doing chores around the house – maybe not so much.
Joy is the most natural state of being we have, yet many of us seldom feel it these days. For many, life seems like a bunch of endless chores that never stop coming our way.
Joy makes you feel alive, it’s the Universe’s way of getting you to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right people for the right reason.
When you are in a place of joy, you will never experience fatigue because your joy will bring energy to your life.
Where you feel most alive is where you are supposed to be. That is what following your joy is all about.
The things and people in your life either fill you up or suck the energy right out of you.
The direction you want to steer yourself towards are the people and activities that fill you up, and move away from the people and activities that drain or suck the energy out of you.
Take out a piece of paper and make two columns.
On one side write out all the things that make you feel energized. On the other side, write out all the things that drain or deaden you.
Focus the majority of your attention and energy on the side that energizes and excites you.
This process is gradual at first, so I don’t recommend quitting your job or ending a relationship right away.
Open up your heart again
The easiest way to feel and experience joy is by opening up your heart chakra located in the center of your chest.
The heart chakra is where you experience the majority of your emotions like love and joy. When you think of thoughts like anger and hate, your heart chakra will immediately close down because it knows that emotions like these are not your natural, joyful self.
Your heart chakra is way more powerful than your mind when it comes to manifesting what you want in your life.
Have you ever had the desire to love another person? Of course you have and your heart chakra is what manifests (pulls towards you) another person into your life to love?
It’s not your mind that manifests this.
Yes, your mind manifests the thought, but your heart is what manifests the other person via law of attraction. Like attracts like, or we attract who we are at the moment.
I know, many of you reading these have had your hearts broken one too many times and as a result, keep your hearts closely guarded.
This totally makes sense, but the problem is when you keep your heart closed you miss out on all the fun, joy, and excitement in life.
Having a closed heart and trying to live your life is like eating one of your favorite foods without the use of your taste buds. You won’t get the whole experience that way.
Living your life from the heart takes commitment and takes some letting go of the old wounds and hurts that you carry around with you.
I have found that some people don’t like opening up their hearts because they have not fully felt and released (let go of) old wounds from the past.
Yes, you and I have felt the cold steel of someone intentionally or unintentionally wounding our hearts. I can’t fix the wounds for you, but I can tell you this.
Anyone who wounded your heart intentionally or unintentionally only did this because they were disconnected from their own hearts.
Had they been fully connected to their own hearts, they never would have created pain in you. The only remedy for this I know is to release them (let go) and cry it out if you have to.
The key here is to:
1. Forgive the perpetrator. Holding onto resentment will only make you a weaker person.
2. Feel and release the pain that you have not yet fully experienced.
Like I said before. The best remedy for feeling and releasing emotional pain is crying, because it not only clears out your heart chakra, but it also will clear out your throat chakra too.
Ideally you would do this alone, when you won’t be disturbed. It’s obviously a very private and personal experience to have.
You may even need to do this over several days to completely remove the old emotional baggage. Remember; take it easy on yourself while you go through the releasing process.
After you feel and release the old baggage wounds you may feel a bit sedated. This is the body’s natural response to emotional trauma and it will eventually go away.
Objective of the heart chakra: Heart, compassion, love, touch, devotion, emotional zone, self-acceptance, masculine/feminine of the self, and forgiveness.
When your Heart Chakra is closed:
You are afraid of commitment.
You feel like you have to please others to be loved.
You have been hurt by others many times in relationships and now feel like you have to guard yourself from being hurt again. You feel a heartfelt sense of gratitude for how wonderful your life is; you appreciate others and feel compassion for yourself and others without feeling sorry for anyone.
When your Heart Chakra is opened:
You are comfortable in your relationships.
You give and receive love easily.
You feel a heartfelt sense of gratitude for how wonderful your life is; you appreciate others and feel compassion for yourself and others without feeling sorry for anyone.
When you finally learn how to trust yourself, you will finally learn how to live.