Joy is in the Immediate
Joy is not a concept. Joy is palpable in the everyday. It's found in the heartbeat of all sentient beings.
A Journey to the Heart
Photo from La Lomita Retreat Center in Mindo, Ecuador
I grew up in a small knit family community that lived within a two block radius. There was church attendance together and Sunday lunches after. As time got more expansive, so did the family, but I never lost touch with the importance of connection and community. It was something I sought out after college as it was something I longed for. After having tried several different groups I finally found a home at The Heart Revival, where compassion and connection meet. I was gifted space to grow and emerge spiritually finding what makes me happy and embracing what I am passionate about: living from the heart. It's not an immature concept. It's a gift that gives life purpose and a meaningful existence in connection with all of life around us. It's what radiates joy and positivity even in the difficult.
Having taken over a decade to create a stronger more personal relationship with God, I was able to experience what this fully means (at least at this juncture of my life). It will change as my world continues to open. I learned thus far that joy is now. That it is palpable in the hearts of all sentient beings. That joy is not something to grasp or strive for. It is here. It is not something we create, but something we make space for. Yoga taught me that. How to open. How to see myself with compassion and to live in the everyday. And it was simply through movement, meditation, contemplation, and resting in a community that would listen without judgement. I was able to offer myself grace because others offered me grace through space. Eventually, through an understanding of myself, I have been able to create my own sadhana (personal spiritual practice) that accompanies me in the every day. One that keeps me honest and real. It's how I want to live.
May we all continue to know the natural joy of being alive.
“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”
― Ludwig van Beethoven
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