When I was studying spiritual psychology, one of our assignments was to create and follow a weekly action plan for bringing more joy and well-being into our lives. To be honest, I wasn’t really excited about the idea. It was just one more thing I had to do.
Being the little rule follower that I am, I actually followed through on the assignment and started creating moments designed to invite in joy and well-being. After a few months, it became a habit and I noticed that I felt more positive and, dare I say, even happy. Really? Me?
What we focus on is what we get and the more time I spent on self-nurturing and well-being, the lighter I felt. I learned that everything we need to nurture happiness and well-being is always with us. We just brush it aside and choose to focus on other things.
Taking time to cultivate a practice that supports joy and nurtures well-being can bring you back in touch with your natural good feelings. You need this. I need this. Everyone does.
This is how you start:
Look for Magical Moments
They are already there, all around you. You are just rushing by too fast to see them. Magic can be found in a beautiful flower, a child’s smile, or a gentle touch. My favorites include seeing how excited dogs are to be walking in the park or raindrops on the leaves of my plants. (I actually think my plants smile after rain, but that may because I live in California.)
I used to recommend my clients journal daily what they are grateful for. Now, I have them write about the magical moments they experience each day. I can feel their energy shift as they get more grounded in the daily blessings of their lives.
When you pay attention to moments of magic, your heart opens and your soul starts to sing. These beautiful moments open the door to a magical life and sense of well-being in the world. And that, is why it is so important to notice and celebrate them.
Create and Use a Joy and Well-being Menu
Because creating joy filled lives often gets set aside as we go through our days, setting up a framework to make the practice easy will help us stay focused on what we want to create for ourselves.
The first step is writing a list of all of the things you can think of that will help you feel joy and well-being. It might include things like.
- Getting a massage
- Walking in the park
- Painting or coloring
This list will become your Joy and Well-being Menu. Every week, choose at least one thing from this menu to take action on. When you do, you will be creating the habit of nurturing yourself and bringing more happiness into your life.
Make cultivating a joyful life and a sense of well-being a priority. You deserve it. Living this way will not only enrich your life, but make you more effective in it. You will feel lighter and your energy will shift. And, you may inspire people around you to do the same.
Now, wouldn’t that be a magical world to live in?
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