Finding Joy

Be Well Be Happy

Don’t wait for the difficult and challenging days to pass before you find your joy. There are many ways to find happiness and joy during these times. It requires a lot of self-care and love for yourself. It is not selfish to take good care of you. In fact, it is necessary to take the time to do things that make you feel whole. What makes you feel good? What is good in your life? This column is all about you. Begin to explore the things that would help nurture your body, mind and spirit. When you open heart, life flows effortlessly.

Knowing your self-worth leads to self-love. A necessary feeling that will be passed on to those around you. Honor where you are and show up loving yourself. It may sound narcissistic but it’s an action that will have a profound impact on you and everyone you meet. Raising a higher vibration within yourself will be mirrored in those around you. Take time to dive into your magnificent inner world. You are perfect just the way you are. Perhaps take an inventory of what is working in your life to give you joy and what does not give you pleasure.

Healing begins with you. Sankalpa means intention. Create a sankalpa for yourself and allow it to be in the present tense. Such as, “I am living my best life now.” Happiness is a choice. The conditions may not be ideal but you can choose to be miserable or joyful. Start and end your day with a positive affirmation. You are enough, all you have to do is show up in life. Mistakes will be made and you have the opportunity to change your path each day. Living in the NOW can be powerful and blissful. Moving slowly, settle into this present moment.

On this day, love yourself with all its flaws. Look in the mirror and see your magnificence through your eyes. You are a beautiful soul inside and outside. Know your self-worth. Your gift is your presence to yourself and others. We have this one crazy life to live, don’t waste it trying to become perfect. You already are perfect.

Today, I was honored and humbled to guide a class on Valentine’s Day encouraging the students to embrace self-care and be their own valentine. Be love, be gentle, be kind, be compassionate to yourself. You are a treasured gift and are loved by so many. Be open minded and just let things be. No judging, no criticism, no self-destruction. You were meant to fly! It takes courage to live a good life. What is truly good for you? 

“In the path of awakening, joy, like loving kindness and compassion, is not left to chance. The seed of joy lives in each of our hearts; it is a capacity and potential of the human mind. We learn to cultivate joy, to understand the roots of joy, to sense what is within us that obstructs the arising of joy, and, with practice, to abide in joy in all the circumstances of our lives.” - Christina Feldman

By Helen Kilgallen


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