Hello dear members,
Today I was speaking with someone about joy and I thought that you would benefit from this thought, so here it comes. :)
We often get sucked in by the daily task and things that need to happen for survival. I mean, when was the last time you saw someone sat in traffic and smiling with extreme joy? It is a rare sight. In fact, you are more likely to see a dodo roaming around the side of the road than you are to find someone who is sat in bumper to bumper traffic just glowing. (Least here in the big city)
Yet, when we find a deeper sense of joy, things change. That deeper sense of joy is often in our hearts, and it is what allows us to tick through the day. Yet, we modern humans are absolutely notorious for burying it in life and things to do.
We forget the flow of joy because, in reality, joy is a liquid concept that can go from one place to another in our lives, but we confine it because we think it is only one thing or exist in one place. The fact of the matter is that it is not just one place. It is in everything we are, do, feel and express. Yet, we dampen it down to be focused and logical.
Removing the pressure from our minds to figure everything out and be is how we release joy. That is why presence and mindfulness are so interconnected. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am a big fan of Anime. In one show, Naruto has a main character that states his 'Niño' or his life's motto. Even when he faces the trials of life, gets knocked down, feels alone and rejected by everyone in his village, he never gives up on his way of being and approaches it with a deep sense of joy, respect, and honor. He calls it his "ninja way" though it is a loose English translation of the word above, which is closer to the Japanese form.
The question I will leave you with is what is your 'Nindo'? What is the true expression of your joy, happiness, and focus that drives you towards being the uninhibited version of yourself?
Take some time to write about 1 big thing that gives you true joy in your life this week, and use that as an anchor to redefine your focus. You may surprise yourself.
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