The Purpose of Joy

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I taught a class Friday night about Joy. It was dubbed XOXO Flow and it centered around the how to’s, do’s and don’t’s, pros & cons of joy.

When trouble comes your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

~James 1:2

How does that quote land for you? When trouble comes your way, do you in fact consider it an opportunity for joy? I know several people going through some deeply difficult things right now, loved ones with panic attacks, break ups, etc. I can tell you that it seems more than challenging for them to see the opportunity for joy in the matter. But herein lies the advanced work.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

~ Mother Teresa

My mom has visited me but one time in a dream since her passing in 2012. Her message was just that: Choose Joy. This is a message that I am finding to be repetitive.

The basis of your life is freedom; the purpose of your life is joy. You are free to discover new avenues for your Joy. In your Joy, you will grow. In your growth, you add to the expansion of All That Is. However, you are also free to choose bondage or pain. But anything anyone ever chooses, they only choose because they believe it will help them feel better.

~Abraham-Hicks

I love this statement. I often share it before workshops and during classes. It sums up my basic approach to life.

  1. The purpose of your life is Joy. Yesssss! Fist pump.
  2. You are free to discover new avenues for your Joy. Handstands are an avenue for joy for me. And I am discovering new ones all the time. What are your avenues? All too often when I am working with people, they can easily list their frustrations. But asking them to list their joys? That’s a foreign concept. Know your joy and then get ready to expand and explore it. It’s a totally noble endeavor.
  3. In your Joy, you will grow. This is huge. Not in your rage or your jealousy or your fear. In your Joy. Choose joy. Again and again, it comes back to this.
  4. You are also free to choose bondage or pain. But anything anyone ever chooses, they only choose because they believe it will help them feel better. This is the ultimate statement of forgiveness in my mind. Forgiveness for self and others. The thing is, we don’t always understand the choices of others (or sometimes even our own past choices). And that’s ok. We’re not meant to. All we have to do is accept that we all just want to feel better. We all just want to feel joy. So then let’s celebrate the joy in one another and let the rest just be.

The bible references joy, depending on which variation you’ve read, between 58-155 times. There are countless books and songs about joy.

As I was planning this class, words came to me. This often happens when I am speaking from spirit and to spirit with authenticity. The words are captured in this image. My last thought that I’ll leave you with is this: Your joy can lead to what you truly desire. Many of us have shelved our dreams. We’ve learned to dim our lights to make others more comfortable, then we became responsible and shelved our deepest desires. When we start to explore our joy, it can reawaken these long since dormant dreams. Go ahead. Awaken them. It’s so much more fulfilling to move through life awake. Warning: Once awake, you cannot go back to sleep. It just doesn’t work that way.

Much love. Choose Joy.

A few more quotes I un-earthed for class…

I slept and dream that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold — service was joy.

~Rabindranath Tagore

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

~Helen Keller

Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home — it’s your responsibility to love it or change it.

~ Chuck Palahniuk

Find a place inside where there is joy and the joy will burn out the pain.

~ Joseph Campbell