What words do you use when you speak to yourself? When you speak to others? Are they uplifting and motivating or demeaning and disempowering? Believe me, it matters. When you speak in quiet and non-aggressive tones and send out loving peaceful thoughts, you can literally make change happen. Your words have power. Let me explain. A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a seminar lead by the late Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author and entrepreneur who was known for his research into the effect that human consciousness has on the molecular structure of water.
Most of the time we are busy thinking and doing, thinking and doing. It’s just automatic. But have you ever really thought about the thoughts you are actually thinking? Where they originated and how habitual they have become over time? Are these your thoughts or someone else’s? You see, we can easily become trapped by the “hypnosis of social conditioning”, as I’ve often heard Deepak Chopra refer to it this way. And this conditioning can be quite insidious. But you have a choice. You can choose thoughts that are empowering instead of self-defeating. Thoughts that are kind rather than those that are demeaning. Thoughts that energize and lift you up or thoughts that deflate you. Your choice. But at the end of the day, the thoughts you think are what you become.
I love this quote. It certainly inspires me to aim higher, especially for the things that matter most. What matters most to you these days? And are you aiming high enough? And how does hope factor into the equation? For me, hope is the ultimate belief that by digging deeper and aiming higher, I can do more that I might have thought possible. You see, there’s an alchemy in hope. It’s quite transformative. But you have to believe for it to hold such power. That brings me to the subject of today’s blog, and the last post dedicated to the joy habit of hope. And it’s probably the one that will have the most impact on future generations.
What do you hope will improve in your orbit over the coming months? More gatherings with your friends and family? More certainty about your job? More rest, better health, more time? If you’re feeling stressed and want things to change, remember that hope gives strength to a belief that things will be better. And it’s a really important joy habit to cultivate. During this month in which I’ve dedicated my weekly Joy Journals to the joy habit of hope, I am focusing on one major theme each week that begins with one of the letters in the word HOPE. The first week was on the topic of Hope for Health representing the letter “H”. In that blog I shared a new book I’m reading about how to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. As a “woman of a certain age”, I am finding it particularly relevant in my life right now.
What are you hopeful for? Perhaps this week’s blog will give you some food for thought outside of the most common answer. During this month in which I’ve dedicated my weekly Joy Journals to the joy habit of hope, I am focusing on one major theme each week that begins with one of the letters in the word HOPE. Last week’s blog was on the topic of Hope for Health representing the letter “H”. I placed particular emphasis on brain health and featured a great new book I’m reading about how to reduce the risk of cognitive decline. I encourage you to read the blog, no matter your age. This week’s offering stands for the letter “O’ and will ask you to Hope for Oneness of our people and our planet as I believe our interdependence will be even more important as we take our place in a new post-pandemic world.
When you hear the word hope, how does it make you feel? Do you feel elated or do you write it off to just wishful thinking? What does hope mean to you? Take a minute to really think about it. Because the way you define hope likely translates into the way you perceive everything that is occurring in your life. You see it acts like a barometer, measuring the amount of life pressure you allow in, to either lift you up or weigh you down. But hope isn’t wishful thinking or optimism. It’s much deeper than that. It’s faith in something beyond your control. It’s trust. It’s a knowing. And to me, hope is about possibility. During this month of April in which I’ve dedicated my weekly Joy Journals to helping you cultivate the joy habit of hope, I’ll be focusing on one major theme each week that begins with one of the letters in the word HOPE. This week’s offering stands for the letter “H’ and is all about helping you to be more hopeful about your health. I know, we’re all tired of talking about COVID-19. And I promise that’s not what this blog is all about.
Do you like poetry? I do. I especially love the new spoken word genre of poetry such as the evocative piece that Amanda Gorman delivered at Joe Biden’s inauguration. Powerful! Words have such power as we’ve certainly learned over the last few years. They have the power to incite hate or to inspire love – that is, if we allow them. You see, you hold the power of how you interpret the words you hear and how you let them influence you. You are the only one who can. And as Wayne Dyer’s quote suggests, when you choose to feel good despite the circumstances that surround you, your world changes. Simply put, you attract what you are. In today’s post, I have two special treats to help elevate your happy heart. One is a poem and the other is an activity. Ready to get your happy on?
I have a really great cheesy but endearing music video to share with you today. On most nights before I turn in for the evening, I like to watch something light on TV to get out of my head and into my heart. And one of the best ways I’ve found to do that is to watch music videos. I love music. All different kinds. I also like to stay up to date with what some of the newer artists are creating. It’s been amazing how much music has been created during the pandemic. So, when I ran across this song a few months ago during the earlier days of the restrictions, I was really drawn to its simple message of “feeling blessed, never stressed”. I loved it so much that I searched for it on YouTube and saved it on my desktop along with a few others I turn to when I need a lift.
Most kids are naturally happy. They get it. They know that’s their authentic state of being. They don’t need a reason. They just go with the flow. It helps that their attention span is so short. It means they don’t hold grudges or let the past get between them and their happy heart. But we aren’t kids anymore. We have a past that likes to pop up now and again to remind us of our perceived shortcomings or about people we feel have wronged us. And of course, we have the present day anxiety and disruption of the pandemic to contend with. It’s hard to put on a happy face when you’re a grown up sometimes. So, what can you do to change your disposition? I have a great activity I’ve done with great success and another one I’m about to start. Curious?
Do you remember the Disney movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”? I think my favourite parts were of the little guys smiling as they went to work in the mines. And the song they sang “whistle while you work” left a lasting impression with me to this day. For me it was a profound message about bringing happiness to everything you do – your work, your relationships, and your life. It was about being happy first. So, it was no accident that many years later I was guided to write my book Being Joy™. In fact, I believe it was inevitable! Because this month’s blog series is dedicated to the joy habit of happiness, I promised in my newsletter Joy Matters, that this month’s posts will not come from my “head” but from my “happy heart”. I’m only going to bring you happy songs, poems, images, and fun activities all month long to remind you of your birthright – your joy.