Cultivating Joy

Look at the world!

Full! Full of wonder!

Full of joy!

How can one learn to employ?


It is such a simple sounding concept, cultivating joy. Yet, some days it can be very elusive. Finding joy in a moment when the day is so rushed. There is so much to do. So much…

Yet on those days, when I pause for a moment to watch a bird or gaze at the sky, I feel the joy. Deep inside. Pulling up a smile. A laugh. The lightness of it all.

It is those moments I look back on when I feel tense or stressed in the day. Because I can reflect on how one moment was full of joy.

Some days those moments are a shared laugh, the joy of completing a task, or the quiet time between the needs of the children.

All the time consciously cultivating joy through gratitude, understanding, and sheer will.

How do you cultivate joy in your life? 

Things flow…

Things sometimes flow in a way I cannot know.

In a stream of undulating threads of time.

Convalescing the power. Healing the borrower

of light, of love, of divine.

Pulling on the bootstraps of time.

You said it would not be so.

I could not agree. We sat at an impass.

Never understanding the others view.

Accepting it was so. Moving forward.

Then it came to an end. Died off in some natural disaster.

Convalescing a faith that before hand felt raw and frayed.

Solid as a rock now. So it is.

Held tight with the power of the divine.

Pulling a string taunt along the road.

Lacing those boots. Walking on.

Needing nothing but joy and gratitude.

Convalescing a heart to gold.

The Balancing Act

Life is one giant balancing act. Once all of the cards are stacked; a wind comes to knock them down. Which, depending on one’s views, can be frustrating or enjoyable. I see it from either perspective, depending on how my frame of mind is at the moment.

When I am consciously choosing thoughts that feel good. When I am ensuring that I choose harmony and love whenever and wherever I am. Life flows easily. I see the cards fall, and I am okay with that, as I know this is a necessary change.

I do not always do what I know I should. I sometimes get stuck on a thought or a belief that is not positive. I am working, everyday, to change that.

I find it interesting. The more I learn about mindfulness and consciousness the more I see how, as a child this was my nature. I can go back and see how that nature eroded over time. Now, I can celebrate getting it back, and improving on it. Finding the momentum to lift up, even on days that feel as if rocket fuel is needed to blast me out of bed. I find that rocket fuel, usually in the form of an animal or something in nature, as well as a positive thought, like a good morning to myself, to lift me.

Knowing on the days when even the sunny thoughts cannot change what is happening around me, I can choose to not fall into negative thinking, helps me get through. It is powerful to know how wonderful our minds are, and how we can live a loving, happy life, if we choose to.

May you find your rocket fuel to propel you into the future you desire.

Love and blessings, đź’• Carrie

2019