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,