“Have joy in yourself and you will enjoy”! – Swamiji
Last week Swami Maheshwarananda (Swamiji), founder of Yoga In Daily Life was on the Sunshine Coast giving public lectures about life through the wisdom of a Yogi. The space he created was beautiful, inspiring and full of love. My two young sons met him and told me he was funny and cool!
He spoke of many things. But the main theme was how to live a life of joy and gratitude.
I don’t know about you but I can always make a drama and find something to get stressed about. The older I get the more I realise the insatiable nature of worry… One thing is gained, resolved or achieved and then some new worry manifests.
Remaining in a state of joy and gratitude takes mindfulness and awareness . Easily your mind will glide into worry about pretty much anything. This worry muscle is well developed. Manifesting joy is a new skill for most of us to master. But it’s worth it!
When you’re feeling happy everything flows. When you’re in love for example the whole world seems to smile with you. Imagine if you could generate this energy for yourself instead of stumbling upon it by accident.
If you’d like to take a little time out of your day to give your full attention to finding the joy in your heart here is a simple little exercise you can try:
- Sit in a comfortable position for meditation. Back straight, legs crossed or in lotus position if you have that flexibility.
- Close your eyes and bring your awareness to your breath. Just concentrate on your inhalation and your exhalation. Let your thoughts come and go.
- Take a few more breaths with awareness then start to direct your breath into your heart centre. Continue breathing into your heart and feel the joy there.
- Let go of any thoughts. Just let them come and go while concentrating on your heart. You’ll start to feel a warm vibration throughout your body. Feel it through your whole body, realise it comes entirely from you.
- Begin to breathe it out of your heart, into the world. Continue for as long as you like. The longer the better.
- When you’re ready to finish your meditation slowly externalise your awareness. Be aware of the room you are sitting in, your body sitting.
- Wiggle fingers and toes. Take a couple of deep breaths and then rub your hands together. Place your hands over your eyes and massage your face.
- Open your eyes in the warmth of your palms then slowly lower you hands and gently allow your focus and body to re-enter the world.
Try this once a day for a week and notice the effect it has on all areas of your life.
As Swamiji says…if you can find the joy in you, then you will enjoy everything…Well, maybe not parking fines or tooth cavities but almost everything!