Well my friend, we’ve arrived at the very last post based on the 40 joy habits from my book Being Joy™. And I sincerely hope that today’s offering, inspired by the last chapter – Be Aligned, will express my deepest gratitude to those of you who have joined me along this 40-month joy journey of self-discovery and growth. Interesting thing that happens when you come to the end of a big project like this. Sure, there is a sense of pride and accomplishment, even a bit of relief, especially when the project has required a commitment spanning more than three years. But when you step back from the work you’ve completed and view it from a higher perspective, you begin to see the pattern in the fabric of the words and the threads that have woven each thought and insight into the finished product. You realize that there was an elegance in the process and a grander purpose of the journey.
How do your beliefs impact your life today? Are they limiting your potential or are they empowering your ability to manifest your desires? The topic of beliefs is fundamental to the subject of alignment. And being aligned to your true essence is the foundation of joyful living. This week’s post is the third of the last four posts I will write based on “Be Aligned”, which is the last chapter of my book Being Joy ™. Today I will talk specifically about how being attached to your beliefs can block the flow of energy that enables you to align with your true self. And when that inner conflict occurs, you can feel out of sync with your natural rhythms of being. Abraham-Hicks put it this way, “Any and all desires can be fulfilled unless you are holding yourself out of alignment with your own desire. The feeling of competition or shortage, or limitation of resources, means you are out of alignment with your own desires.” I’m going to expand on those thoughts by including key passages from Chapter 23 – Be Abundant from my book.
Today’s blog is all about feelings. Yes, the touchy-feely kind. We all have them. But do yours serve you or get in the way of your joy? Let’s find out. This week’s post is the 2nd of the last four posts I will write based on the last chapter of my book Being Joy ™. “Be Aligned” was destined to be the last joy habit for the book. Not because it was following any pre-programmed conscious thought process of sequencing the chapters in a particular order of logical progression, but because it was meant to be an important middle point along the joy journey. This is what I mean. I believe that every ending ushers in a new beginning. So here we are – at the middle point – an important crossroads of a new journey. The gap when being in alignment with your true self matters most.
The countdown has begun. Today’s blog is the first of the last four posts I will be writing based on the 40 joy habits from my book Being Joy™. And as I was guided when I started to write the book in 2015, the last chapter is devoted to what I believe is the most important topic – alignment. And it’s a very deep topic at that. Probably why Spirit agreed that it should be the last one. Of course, I didn’t know at the time while I felt so strongly that the Chapter 40 should be called Be Aligned. But after writing these posts for the past 39 months, I realize now that I needed to evolve with the material as much as I hope some of you have as well. It’s been a journey – a Joy Journey! You see, what I’ve come to understand more deeply is that alignment is at the core of your wellbeing which is really your natural state. And when you’re living in alignment with your true self, you are living in your joy. In fact, joy is your birthright.
Are you following your divine path? The one you signed up for before you were born. The one that fills you with love and reverence for all. The one that makes your heart soar. I hope so. If not, perhaps your path has taken a temporary detour and once you remember your joy, it will be easier to find again. I have a little exercise that might help, so make sure you continue reading. Today’s blog is the last in a series of weekly reminders about the importance of reverence. All month I have provided a variety of my own thoughts as well as those from others, about why reverence for yourself and others matters. In last week’s post, I shared insights from several writers who made the case for why showing reverence is important for your sense of connection, protection, unity, sustainability, and wellbeing. Today I want to talk about having reverence for what you do.
Do you realize you have an important superpower – one that you were born with and hopefully is nurtured and sharpened every day? That of reverence. You see when you show love towards yourself and all living things, there isn’t anything that you can’t do – in fact, it’s your greatest superpower. It’s your life-force in action, as the spiritual energy of living in your joy propels you further than you could ever imagine, all because of the power of your heart. This is why it matters.
If you’re like me, you receive some of the clearest messages from your soul when outdoors. Whether it’s a stroll through the forest, a walk along the beach, or just a visit to a nearby park, by being around nature you begin to attune to its healing vibration. And for me, springtime is the best time for that – a time when everything is being activated and renewed. Showing reverence for all living things is what I believe is at the foundation of our survival as a species. And if you follow the teachings and example of Indigenous peoples from around the world, you understand the sacredness of this belief. For when you have reverence for all life, you don’t try to destroy it either through deliberate action or by being complicit. You yearn to heal it. That’s the way of joy. And that’s the path to peace.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? I hope you see the divine human that you really are. The unique one, like no other. Acknowledging your divinity sends a loving signal to the universe that you have taken your own special place in this world and that your existence matters. That’s self-reverence and the subject of this week’s post. If you’ve been a regular reader of my monthly blog series, you know that I tend to examine most monthly joy habits from the inside out. Meaning that real change can only start from within. So if you feel like you’re not getting enough love or respect from others, ask yourself if you are showing love and respect to yourself?
What feelings touch your soul the deepest? Hopefully they’re feelings that bring you pleasure, as that is such an important ingredient for joyful living. Every week this month, I have shared my thoughts about the joy habit of pleasure, based on Chapter 38 of my book Being Joy™. I have written about how your five senses affect your emotions and ultimately your entire wellbeing so that you can experience more pleasure in your life. Today let’s talk about your sense of touch, literally and psychically. But first, to recap the series on pleasure, I began with your sense of smell, where I provided some useful information about how various aromas can benefit not only your emotions, but your physical, mental, and spiritual health as well.
What tastes do you most associate with the arrival of spring? For me it’s tender asparagus, sweet strawberries and even though I can’t taste them, I love to see the birth of new tulips (my favourite flower!) Since I have devoted this month’s blog series to the joy habit of pleasure, one of the five senses that really speaks to me is that of taste. I know I’m not alone on this and if you’re a foodie like me, you eagerly anticipate your local farmers market season. The tastes of fresh produce and artisan created treats always makes my heart sing. I love to cook and over the last couple of years have experimented with adapting some of my tried-and-true recipes to make them healthier for my energy level and waste-line. And from time to time, I add something special to just make them a little more indulgent.