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.
Is there a song that you remember from your childhood that brought you joy? Was it something soothing you heard at night to help you fall asleep? Or something you heard on the radio that made your body need to dance? Perhaps a song from a movie that still makes you smile? Since this month’s blog series is about the joy habit of pleasure, today’s topic is about how what we hear can influence how we feel. Sound in the form of music is one of our most primal senses for conjuring memories from significant chapters in our lives. I often hear people say, “Oh I remember that song and exactly who I was with and what I was doing as if it were yesterday.” Or...
What sights bring you pleasure? Is it a simple pleasure like noticing the first daffodil opening to announce the spring? The pastel colours of a tropical sunset? Or the smile on a baby’s face? Perhaps it’s the beauty you see on the walls of an art gallery. Or the various shades of green in the forest. How about the images of future desires that you see when you close your eyes? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So, what do you behold? One of the fastest ways to remember your joy is to enliven your five senses so that you can choose those things that bring you the most pleasure. And once you are clear about those things, you can begin to notice and actually attract more of them into your reality.
What’s your favourite smell? What is it that you like about it? Does it conjure up a memory for you? If so, that’s your olfactory system at work. Did you know that smell (your olfactory system) is the only one of your senses that can have a direct effect on the limbic region of your brain – that part that controls your behavioural and emotional response to something? No wonder you either gravitate towards or are repelled by certain aromas – sometimes not even consciously knowing the reason why. This month’s blog series is all about the joy habit of pleasure from Chapter 38 of my book Being Joy™ where I explain the importance of taking a break each day from your responsibilities and enliven one of your five senses. And this week is all about your sense of smell and its impact on your behaviour.
Have you been feeling hopeless and helpless lately, feeling exhausted by the drip drip drip of the pandemic? I’ve found that one of the best ways to shift my energy away from negative thoughts and worry is by leaning back, taking a breath, and smiling. It lightens my heart so that I can let more of the joy in. Not complicated, but sometimes we just need to remind ourselves to breathe. All month I’ve been posting about why being lighthearted is such an important mental health first aid technique and how it can help you to be more adaptable, resilient, and optimistic when faced with either a mini or major crisis. And that by being lighthearted, you are also helping to heal the world by sharing your light and joy energy with others who are struggling in the darkness.