Living joyfully does not mean living in the clouds

Joy questioned

Is this what it means to live in joy? Not exactly…

Honestly, I did not understand (or really care) about what it meant to live life joyfully.  It has only been in more recent years that I ‘get it’.  The learning developed over time, and did not happen in an instant.

I would like to address the stigma that I think exists about this. When someone truly does not understand or care about living with an attitude of joy, they often label and joke that such people are hippies, tree-huggers, living in the clouds or my personal favourite ‘Woo-Woo’.  Some of my friends joke with me, calling me ‘Woo-Woo Wendy’ – we have good laughs about that and here’s why….

It’s funny because they remember where they came from before being open to living their life with awareness and intention. They can look at themselves now, and remember that before they practiced meditation and mindfulness that they would have looked upon such people as ‘woo-woo’.  Now they are basically ‘woo-woo’ themselves! And they look at me as the instigator  🙂

My point is that once you wake up to life, live life in the moment, and choose to find joy rather than living life through a lens of negativity, your experience of life changes dramatically.

To live joyfully means:

  • to pay attention to the present moment
  • to try to live without judgment
  • to be grateful for the wonderful things in your life
  • to notice even the smallest and seemingly mundane things in life, like appreciating how you have a roof over your head, or that you can enjoy your cup of coffee in the morning, or how your body carries you through your day.
  • to choose your perspective on life
  • there is so much more… what else can you think of?

And does not necessarily mean:

  • you are living in the clouds and are not grounded
  • a religious connotation
  • to ignore the bad things in life
  • that you are jumping up and down and happy all the time

We are all human and even people who live joyfully are not happy 100% of the time. To experience the ups and downs and emotions of life is to be human. But when we have a grounded perspective of life and choose joy over suffering, our human experience is so much better.

So if you ever scoff when you see people who live joyfully or when you see a touching quotation about the beauty of life, stop for a moment and be curious why you do that. Maybe, just maybe, there is something about this joyfulness stuff?

If you want to get into this subject in a much deeper way, here is a wonderful interview with Dr. Wayne Dyer called Seven Secrets of a Joyful Life.

Create a wonderful day,

~Wendy

9 thoughts on “Living joyfully does not mean living in the clouds

  1. So once again another wonderful post. I love that all of us that have taken the time to nurture our connection with meditating and trying to practice being positive, compassionate and mindful and present are coming together and celebrating all that is unique about us. It can be a cruel world and as some us know that in our pasts have been bullied being your authentic self is difficult. Here’s to coming out of the closet sort of speak. Sending out the love to all those that shine in there ‘ hippie-ish’ ways.

    • Ha! Love what you said, Grasshopper! Let’s let the hippie come out!
      The more we can feel like our true self, the happier we become.

      Thanks so much Grasshopper. I enjoy your wonderful comments,
      ~Wendy

    • Hi Al, yes, agreed…
      Not judging can be hard, but if we can catch ourselves some of the time, and release judgment, we are much farther ahead – and happier people! Awareness of how we’re living our lives, and and choosing our reactions and emotions when we can, is a wonderful thing.

      Wishing you a wonderful day, Al,
      ~Wendy

      • In the beginning I would feel like a weirdo but now when I get called a hippie I love it. It reminds me that I’m being myself which is a pretty brave thing to do in a world that is constantly trying to change you 🙂

      • Oh what a lovely and real way to look at this! Good for you. Yes, it is a very brave thing to be your true self, and not to be afraid to show it. People can be so judgmental and critical, so it takes courage to be open and true.

        I don’t personally get called a hippie too often, but the things I like to do are probably considered rather ‘hippie-ish’. It doesn’t bother me either, although long ago I used to, and I was ‘in the closet’.

        Have a lovely day! Thanks so much for sharing. It’s so helpful to hear your view.
        ~Wendy

      • Thank you 🙂 It’s a great feeling to be able to come out of the ‘closet’ hehe. Enjoy your day x

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