Joy

Joy - such a simple word, yet, most of us have a hard time maintaining the feeling of joy on a consistent basis. I believe it's because we allow ourselves to depend upon our outside world, as well as other people, to make us happy - to do things that make us feel joyful, but as we all know, that is fleeting. Depending on others or our environment to make us feel joy does not last for long. Inevitably, we come across people that do things that we don't agree with or we go to places that aren't what we thought they would be or even check on the weather to see if it's sunny or not. If it's cloudy or rainy or cold or too hot we set ourselves up for failure in our experience of joy.Often, we are told, and it has become cliche, that happiness starts from within. I dislike things that become ordinary like this statement but I have found that it is true. When I set myself up for joy each morning and each night, I find that joy becomes my reality. And if I see something or come across someone in my travels that displeases me, I immediately walk away. I do not linger and discuss in my head all the things that are wrong about the situation. I move forward so as not to get stuck in a whirlwind of mis-truths that will inevitably lead me to a place that I do not want to be. The key is to first maintain joy by always seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, expecting and feeling joy from within, and if you come across something that displeases you in your outside reality walk away. As you practice this habit you will become more adept at it and joy will be your constant state of being. It is natural.

Master the gift of joy. It is the key to the fulfillment of our desires.

because we allow ourselves to depend upon our outside world, as well as other people, to make us happy - to do things that make us feel joyful, but as we all know, that is fleeting. Depending on others or our environment to make us feel joy does not last for long. Inevitably, we come across people that do things that we don't agree with or we go to places that aren't what we thought they would be or even check on the weather to see if it's sunny or not. If it's cloudy or rainy or cold or too hot we set ourselves up for failure in our experience of joy.Often, we are told, and it has become cliche, that happiness starts from within. I dislike things that become ordinary like this statement but I have found that it is true. When I set myself up for joy each morning and each night, I find that joy becomes my reality. And if I see something or come across someone in my travels that displeases me, I immediately walk away. I do not linger and discuss in my head all the things that are wrong about the situation. I move forward so as not to get stuck in a whirlwind of mis-truths that will inevitably lead me to a place that I do not want to be. The key is to first maintain joy by always seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, expecting and feeling joy from within, and if you come across something that displeases you in your outside reality walk away. As you practice this habit you will become more adept at it and joy will be your constant state of being. It is natural.

Master the gift of joy. It is the key to the fulfillment of our desires.