Joy Within

by Neseret on July 3, 2011

Through The Secret Walkway“At forty-three, after ten years of deep depression and despair, my real life began. What I came to see was that my suffering was not the result of not having control; it was a result of arguing with reality.

I discovered that when I believed my thoughts I suffered, but when I didn’t believe them I did not suffer, and that is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. Suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not a single moment.

That joy is  in everyone, always. When you question your mind for the love of truth, your life always becomes happier and kinder.” ~ Byron Kathie ~

So many people look for happiness and joy in all the wrong places as they do for love. Others make it more complicated than it is by buying in to other people’s definitions of what happiness and joy are. The truth is everyone experiences joy and happiness in their own unique way.

As human beings we are all capable of experiencing happiness and joy. For many of us this experience of happiness and joy doesn’t come by easy. We live in a world where being is not valued or modeled by so many. We all get caught up in the doing and having mode so easily because that is what we learn from the time we were very young. We’d have a different world if for example meditation was the way children began their day in school.

Many people spend years chasing after different things that they believe will make them “happy”. Money, fame, love, intellectual stimulation, charity work, making a difference in the world…and the list goes on. Not to say these things don’t bring a certain level of happiness to a person’s life, but they pale in comparison to the joy that comes from knowing who you are.

True joy comes from knowing yourself and being yourself. It comes from deep within you. Joy also comes from letting go of the critical voice in your head – the ego. When you no longer believe every thought in your head you find peace.

The ego is everything in your head that tells you – you’re not good enough, you are bad, you’re not lovable, you’re not…you’re not…you’re not. Any thought that is not helpful to you is of the ego. Any thought that doesn’t build you up is from the ego. When you learn to not pay attention to these kinds of negative thoughts your life will begin to change.

The other major way joy will come in to your life is start focusing on the positives in your life. What I discovered is that when you begin to focus on all the good you have in your life right now it will expand. You’ll notice at first that you feel good. Just take a  moment now and think of all the positive things in your life. Reflect on them. What are you truly thankful for?

Last but not least learn to live in the present. There was a time when I lived strictly in the past and in the future. I was utterly miserable. I felt like I was either always thinking about what happened in the past, typically with resentment and always in a hurry to get somewhere else.

Today I recognize every moment of everyday is a gift. I cherish each moment I have to learn, to give, and love. Learning to give all of my attention to what I’m doing in the moment for the sake of enjoying what I’m doing is still new to me. Simple and everyday things like cleaning or doing the dishes or taking a shower and sitting right here writing this article bring me so much joy!

Please take the time now to leave me your comments below. I’d love to hear your journey to finding happiness and joy. What helps you access the joy that is within you? How do you maintain the access to that joy deep within you? Thank you for taking the time to visit here today.

Blessings and Peace,

Neseret

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