Joy is different than happiness. Joy runs deeper, wider, and stronger. Happiness is an surface emotion - joy is a state of being. Joy will sustain you in the times of trial when happiness fades away.
Joy can also be cultivated. How do you cultivate joy? The same way you cultivate a plant.
- Prepare the soil
- Plant a seed.
- Add water and sunshine.
- Nurture the tender plant.
- Remove the weeds.
- Fertilize the plant.
- Prune the plant.
- Enjoy the plant!
|A young hawk stopped to rest near the goat pen. Surprise!|
|I didn't know that goats would "mother" sheep! The goat in the back is nursing both the lambs on the left. Surprise, surprise!|
I added water and sunshine. Refresh yourself with things that hold good memories!
|I have wonderful memories of going to the County Fair for many years.|
I nurtured my joy. Feed your joy with more beautiful times that become beautiful memories.
|Merry-go-rounds have always been a favorite ride of mine since I was very young.|
Look! A blue horse!
|The beautiful sunsets always remind me of the near presence of the Lord.|
A little hug from God...
|Hmmm... I prefer my joy to be like a good horse with a bridle rather than a ram with a saddle!|
Rather like coloring outside the lines...
Enjoying the child within,
Perhaps a bit of a stretch from what Athena intended, but here is my answer to "Back to Childhood" with "The Art of Being Joy-filled"!
September- Athena/LalalitaBodyCo - Back to Childhood September is traditionally back to school time. Remember the craft projects from your childhood, like macaroni noodle art, or tracing your hand to make paper turkeys, or getting your hands all ooey-gooey with finger paint?
This month, challenge yourself to "elevate" a kind of art or craft from your childhood into "high art". It doesn't have to be something for your Etsy shop; this is all just for fun.