The challenge, dear reader: choosing joy more often. Why would you want to do this?
Start with this video:
And then this one and notice what happens to your internal joy meter:
I watched a Swainson’s hawk at Nose Hill yesterday. When I asked the hawk why it rode the currents like that, the hawk told me that it spends little of its day hunting. It told me that it rides the air currents for pleasure and enjoyment. It revels in simply being alive; it does not ponder whether or not it deserves the pleasure or enjoyment as humans seem to. It reminded me that play is essential and pleasure is our birthright as children of Spirit. Play is what trains creative responses into our beings.
I believe we are suffering as a species from terminal seriousness and lack of imagination. We’ve forgotten how to play. When I watch many adults play with children, many of them try to control the play and kids look at them in a perplexed way like “Um. You don’t get it, do you?” LOL We’ve forgotten how to go with the flow and include all possibilities available for response to a situation. Clowns, I’ve found, are the best examples of this in contemporary culture. They utilize all pathways to get a response from the audience. They play with social norms in order to shake people out of their habituated ways of being. I sense that that is why many children love clowns and are natural clowns themselves.
I read the other day that they are now able to measure emotional vibrations. Joy has the highest vibration of any emotion. This means it raises the vibration of the human body the most out of all emotions. From an energy medicine perspective, the higher the vibration of the body’s molecules, the greater health and wellness we experience because lower vibrating energies of disease are shaken loose and released out of the energy field and physical body.
Made me think…..why are we wasting so much time on seriousness? Why is joy so hard to receive and accept for many of us? Are we that afraid to feel alive and well? Are we that tied to our beliefs and our stories that we will simply not accept joy in the present? What does this mean for the evolution and survival of our species? And what if, just for today, we decided to choose joy over the painful stories of our past? How could joy heal us in the present? How could it shift our perspectives?
What brings you joy? Can you commit to doing one of those things even for 5 minutes today? If you can’t remember the last time you felt joy, you are not alone. Think back to things that brought you joy as a child: colouring in a book, being out in nature exploring, laughing with friends or at jokes, playing games, singing along to your favourite tunes on the radio, slip ‘n slides, swimming, sitting in a tree, lying on the grass, walking with no shoes on, and dancing. Those were some of my favourite things as a kid. What are yours? Maybe you can make a list to remind you of what brings you joy when you are feeling a bit doomsdayish. What of value do you really have to lose from trying this experiment? Would it be OK with you if your life became easier? Would it be OK for you to lose some of that control and seriousness? How would it feel to trust your inner wisdom of play? If you need help, ask your inner kid- s/he knows how to get back to this place without becoming an irresponsible adult. It is possible to be childlike without being childish.
I am not sure we can come up with creative solutions to the things that ail us without play and imagination of something different…….
Another great video by cellular biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton (author of BIOLOGY OF BELIEF):
If you decide to take on this mission, I’d love to hear how it went for you. Feel free to post a comment on my blog.
“A creature who plays is more adaptable to changing contexts. Play as improvisation sharpens our capacity to deal with a changing world. Humanity, playing through phenomenal cultural adaptations, has spread over the globe, survived several ice ages, and created stupendous artifacts.”
Stephen Nachmanovitch – author, performer, & teacher