Yesterday someone said something to me that made me realize in fact how happy I am. She said: “Wendy, over Christmas I was reading a book by Jack Kornfield about living life with compassion, loving kindness and joy. As I was reading it, I realized I actually know someone who lives like this, and it’s you, Wendy!”
Hearing her say this helped me realize how much I have changed over recent years. I had made a very distinct, conscious decision to stop stressing over daily life and instead experience life in a state of joy and creation. This blog is an outlet for me to share what I do and how I do it, with the hope that even if it helps a few people in the world to achieve more joy as I have, then I’ve done something good.
If I sum up 3 simple life practices that I do that truly create joy in my life, here they are:
- Live in a state of gratitude. Yes, this means counting your blessings, not your troubles. But I go even further than that. I take moments every day to feel the gratitude in my body. Whenever I remember, several times a day, I think about what I am grateful for in my life, and pay attention to how my body physically feels this gratitude. Living in gratitude invites good things into your life.
- Enjoy the journey. Enjoy where you are right in this moment. People are always longing, striving and frustrated that they don’t have what they want. They live in an ‘if only’ state – “If only could have my pension and leave my job….”. “If only my partner would be ready to get married like I am…” etc. Realize that life is a journey, and if you choose to be mindfully present right here, right now, you can enjoy the ride rather than be hurting for something you do not yet have. Let me ask you a question: Have you noticed that once you obtain something you want, you just move on to stress about something else you don’t yet have? (be honest!) That’s why if you focus on your journey, you can release much of the angst for not yet having.
- Meditate. Be mindful. Meditation and mindfulness life practices have an incredible list of benefits, and in the context of this article, they provide you with a way of being more aware and present, and experience enjoyment of life. It’s easy to start a meditation and mindfulness practice. See below for tips on my blog.
Wishing you a Happy 2014. Create a great year for yourself!