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Finding What Brings You Joy

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Here's something I found that explains how to find your Joy....

By Erica Sofrina, International Speaker, Teacher, Author

Humans are the only species that feel disconnected from their origins. We search for meaning and purpose because we are aware that something is missing.

Other species on our planet feel their innate connection to the earth. You don’t see animals lining up to purchase the latest self-help books.I often marvel at the birds that are clearly not stressed about finding their daily bread. They are simply in the moment, and somehow know that what they need will be provided.

My dog Bruce had his priorities straight from the get go. He would have traded the most valuable crown jewels for his beloved slimy tennis ball. ‘I have met a number of Zen masters in my life, and most of them were Cats’, writes Eckart Tolle. I always marvel at how mine can seemingly spend 20 out of 24 hours sleeping and never seem bored. I believe their source of contentment is that they are present in the moment.

We lose our priorities along the paths of our complicated lives and must work at getting them back. The quest for meaning is something we need to consciously seek and make a part of our lives, or it will pass us by. If we don’t make it a conscious choice, we will find our selves at the end of our lives deeply regretting why we didn’t do more of the things that were really important and less of the things that weren’t.

I can’t imagine anyone saying on their deathbed ‘I just wish I had worked harder and spent less time with my family’, or ‘ I just wish I had made more money and spent less time enjoying music

‘ Most people go to their graves with their music still in them’ observed Disraeli. We can choose to not be one of these causalities. But we will be if we choose to live an unexamined life, where we let life happen to us rather than steer it in the direction of our joy.

So how do we find what makes us truly happy?

Rather than give in to the temptation to get busy and do we need to get un-busy and just be. Making time for this even as little as 20 minutes a day will train you to listen to the inner voice which will have the answers you seek.

How to find your joy:


Other Inspirational Articles By Erica Sofrina:

In Praise of the Little Annoying Things

Angels Among Us, the Man on the Street

The Healing Benefits of Laughter

This is what I've been telling some of you for a while now, now here is how to do it....
Thanks to Erica Sofrina

So get working on it now, people......

Sylvia xxx


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    3031 days ago
    I enjoyed this so much when you first did this blog, and it was perfect timing for me to come back to it today. Thank you so much. Thanks for the reminder and the inspiration to take the step. Setting aside my 20 min today for sure. CJ
    3037 days ago
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    Ekhart Tolle is one of my favorite authors and speakers. He is a modern guru.
    3116 days ago
    Thanks for sharing.
    3165 days ago
    Funny I have been watching the birds at the feeder the last few days. I had a similar thought. They are so delightful and joyous.

    The spring begins with the return of the birds here. Then the snow starts to run off. Yes we still have lots of snow but the sun is shining and I can hear the runoff trickling ... a happy sound. We will have flowers in May for now we must be content with watching the snow melt.
    Thanks for such a lovely blog. emoticon
    3208 days ago
    Love it! One of my favorite quotes is "Joy = Life minus my opinion of it."

    Thanks for sharing.
    3213 days ago
    Sylvia I think its often because we can imagine the future (full of fears which we then attempt to control) and remember the past (full often of blame and regret) so well. The difficulty to me would seem to be to live in the moment without those invasive fears of the future or resentments of the past. It's not that easy to keep on track that way.

    I watched one day as a young lorikeet was getting dive bombed by minor birds and even a magpie or two. It was fascinating to see it just pick itself up and try another direction. It didn't look stressed at all and I was fascinated by it. Around and around it went, making no headway at all. I watched from the window for awhile and eventually went out and stood nearby and the bigger birds backed off where upon the lorikett hoped and half flew to the base of one of the big gums nearby and the tree erupted with a chorus of noise - I hadn't noticed that it had a family fan club in that tree.
    3214 days ago
    thanks for sharing Sylvia. Great blog and I needed that.
    3218 days ago
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    Thanks!!. Needed that !!.
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    3219 days ago
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    Great Blog! emoticon
    3219 days ago
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