You’ve likely heard someone say they are “holding space” for a friend who is going through a challenge. Or maybe someone has asked you to hold space for them. But what does that really mean? In this week’s blog, I share my interpretation of this expression and its bearing on this month’s joy habit of being present.
Have you ever wanted to meditate but were confused about how to do it? Or if you do meditate, do you worry that you’re not doing it right? If so, you’re not alone. There are so many methods of meditation and no shortage of people who are ready to tell you that their way is the right way. But that’s not true. As Neal Donald Walsh said it best, “Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.” Great advice for living a joyful life – takes the pressure off! So here’s the deal.
In this week’s blog I’m going to share three of my favourite activities to help you slow your roll so that you can live more joyfully in the present moment. You may already be familiar with some of these practices, however, others may be new to you. My intention is to provide you with a gentle reminder of the importance of slowing down, being present, taking it all in, moment by moment without judgement. Just being.
Do you sometimes drive somewhere and when you arrive you don’t remember driving there? Your mind was thinking ahead to your plans for the weekend, or what to cook for dinner, or you were replaying an argument you had with your partner. You had simply driven to your destination on autopilot. Happens all the time when we’re not living in the now. I call that distracted living. The danger of course with distracted living is that you’re missing out on what’s happening in the moment, which is after-all the only thing you have any control over.
I am a proud joy activist. That means that my mission is to live in the high vibration of joy as much as possible so that I can help others to do the same. That’s why I wrote my book Being Joy™. You see, I heard more and more people say they were feeling overwhelmed with worry and short on inspiration. And they simply didn’t feel the same passion for life that they once did. Can you relate? Then I began noticing how disconnected many people were feeling from themselves and from others. They became vulnerable to the trappings of quick-fix distractions like drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping or food. Bottom line—they just wanted to remember what real joy felt like again before it was too late. Does this sound like someone you know?