When the world around us is filled with hatred and deep sadness, it is imperative that we purposefully seek out the joy and love in our lives. As you feel your mind and body fill with sadness and become overwhelmed, remember a simple prayer or wish for happiness is enough. “May all people that feel unhappiness and sadness be free from suffering.” Repeat this over and over, while focusing on breath or an image. Or simply feel the tingling in your feet. The discipline of a daily mindfulness or meditation practise can fill your soul with the strength to keep above the sadness within and around you.
Just today, I read a post about joy from a blog I read from time to time, called Always Well Within.
Here was the post, and I couldn’t say it any better myself so I’m simply pasting it here for you to read. Thank you, Sandra Pawula.
We could all feel more joy. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we did? But the problem is we don’t pay attention to joy. We’re so dedicated to worry, fear, self-doubt, anger, impatience, or another wayward emotion that joy takes a backseat. Please consider breaking-up with these troublesome emotional patterns. Instead, make a commitment to joy.
Use these joy quotes like a tonic. Choose one a day. Tape it to your mirror, stick it on your computer screen, or clip it to your daily planner. Read it often and tap into joy. Smile for no reason. Laugh out loud. Enjoy the beauty you notice in each moment.
21 Quotes to Inspire Joy
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss
“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” ― Mark Twain
“’Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” ― Anne Frank
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.” ― Jack London, The Call of the Wild
“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light-hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous. ― Deepak Chopra
“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out they way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.” ― Goldie Hawn
“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ― Marianne Williamson
“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?” ― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” ― Shannon L. Alder
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ― Ashley Smith
“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.” ― Pearl S. Buck
“Comparison is the death of joy.” ― Mark Twain
“A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.” ― Mother Teresa,
“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.” ― Thomas Mann
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen
“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers.” ― Rabindranath Tagore
“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell
“Scatter joy!” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love this call to action – scatter joy! Joy is the medicine so desperately needed in these times. Feel free to use and share the image above in this sweet endeavor. I wish you all the joy in the world!