January Joie de Vivre
There are so many paths to happiness. Many of which I write about on my blog at EmmaMillsLondon. For example: creativity, art, healthy living, good work, travelling and good personal psychology.
Yet at the heart of happiness is inner peace and true inner peace is without cause. It’s a causeless joy and it is unrelated to daily pleasures.
This is the joy you touch through meditation! ( Although it’s not exclusively reserved for meditation) It is available to us all. Sometimes for one reason or another we can feel cut off from it but with a little help and care we can reconnect to it for ourselves.
I was reminded of this lovely quote from Jean Klein and I wanted to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it?
‘The root of all desires is the one desire: to come home, to be at peace. There may be a moment in life when our compensatory activities, the accumulation of money, learning and objects, leaves us feeling deeply apathetic. This can motivate us towards the search for our real nature beyond appearances. We may find ourselves asking, 'Why am I here? What is life? Who am I?' Sooner or later any intelligent person asks these questions. What you are looking for is what you already are, not what you will become. What you already are is the answer and the source of the question. In this lies its power of transformation.’Jean Klein (1912-1998)
- Meditation is a life changing practice that will help you clear a space for joy to appear. It also has the potential to open a wider conversation about the nature of life. Try 5-10 mins each morning before you look at your smart phone, tv or newspaper. Need support getting started with meditation? Read my book. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat for guidance.
- Where possible limit TV and newspapers to the amount you need in order to stay abreast of things.
- Aromatherapy has real therapeutic benefits! Treat yourself to a lovely natural aromatherapy mist. Neom Organics happiness mist is my favourite.
- Grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that psychology researchers at Utah University say boosts the immune system. Count your blessings at the end of every day and note them down in your diary or your telephone notes to help gratitude become a regular feature of your personality.
- Send a card to someone you like and let them know how much you enjoy your friendship. If you love words consider adding a poem for good measure. If you prefer the short and sweet approach, a quick ‘hey, have a fab week!’ will be just as warmly received.
- Go outside on your lunch break and have a stretch, book into a yoga class or be active in anyway that suits you. Endorphins are free and natural.
- Spend 30 mins outdoors in natural light each morning. Perhaps for you that means reading on your patio or walking in the park. 30 mins of natural light early in the day can even help you sleep better at night.
- Drink plenty of water and eat healthily. If you aren't sure how to eat healthily, treat yourself to a nutritional therapy book or borrow several from the library. If you know how to eat well but aren't acting on it, consider taking my mindful eating course RELISH so that you can better navigate the psychology of eating well.
- Goethe says that “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” and I think he's right. Here are my three little glimmers of beauty for today, I hope they inspire you as much as they have me.
A Poem: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45504/winter-trees
A Picture: https://pin.it/s5k5nqabsyucvx
A Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsRMjjpQRGk
I do hope you have enjoyed this Bright Monday themed post. If you have please do share it with a friend and leave a comment letting me know which ideas worked best for you.
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