So, as I mentioned last Thursday (search “Happiness vs. Joy”), I’ve been really thinking about and exploring this word JOY.
I gotta tell you it’s been a really fascinating journey (which will continue) for me…
I feel like my approach to even the smallest things has shifted quite a bit. Here’s an example:
Yesterday, Janell and I spent a LOT of time looking online at chairs, blankets, and pillows for our new house. Not exactly at the top of my list of super-fun ways to spend a weekend…especially with a movie theatre downstairs and I still haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie!
In the past, I probably (no, definitely) would have been impatient and short…thinking it was a waste of my time. Or, I just would’ve brushed it off with a “whatever you want dear” and spent the day in the theatre.
Don’t get me wrong; I do want her to get what makes her happy, however, I’m really just not that concerned with the actual chair, blanket or pillows…
BUT, it was the EXPERIENCE that was important.
I approached it from a totally different perspective than I would have in the past. I looked for the joy in the experience of picking out things for our new house and the happiness that brought Janell (getting some things that she wanted AND doing it together) which in turn made me happy – the feeling I want to have about my Sunday. 🙂
- I’m not trying to share a marriage counseling session or anything like that here, but I wanted to give you a recent example that hit home for me…
Anyway, back to the subject of this email:
The Most Important Desire of All
Ironically, I read this last night in The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks after we were done searching and shopping. By the way, this book deserves a discussion of it’s own and I’ll certainly need to address the “weirdness” of it…
The most important desire of all is the seeking of joy.
“For in seeking and finding joy, you not only find perfect alignment with your Inner Being and with who-you-really-are, but you can also find vibrational alignment with all the things you desire.
When you hold the desire to be joyful and you are sensitive to the way you feel, and therefore guide your thoughts in the direction of things that feel better and better, you improve your vibration, and your point of attraction becomes one that will only attract – through the Law of Attraction – things that you desire.
Deliberately guiding your thoughts is the key to a joyful life, but a desire to feel joy is the best plan of all…because in the reaching for joy, you find the thoughts that attract the wonderful life you desire.”
How can you apply this to your health and fitness goals?
Well, instead of focusing on an end result (e.g., weight loss) to bring you happiness, focus on the joy of participating in fun workouts in an uplifting environment (like The Transformation Club ;-b), tasting delicious real foods that support your mind and body, and learning how taking care of yourself is actually the best thing you can do for others.
When you do that, you will actually attract (instead of fight to get) the end result you wanted (e.g., weight loss)…and you will be able to maintain your results instead of constantly battling the up & down, back & forth that most people deal with…
HAVE FAITH & TAKE ACTION!