When was the last time……finding your inner joy!

Written by Amie on October 19, 2011 – 8:47 pm -

Feeling pure joy-watch!

When was the last time you felt pure, authentic, unhindered joy? The kind that feels like butterflies in your stomach fluttering around? The kind of joy these little girls are expressing in this video? Ellen found their video on Youtube and had them come in to sing. Keep watching to make sure you see them dancing and singing. Oh my goodness, I can feel their authenticity and joy. Just so *pure*. Absolute love. Brings tears of joy to my eyes. Scroll down to see them dancing in joy on the second video! Beautiful!

Let go of the voices in your head

When was the last time you allowed yourself to completely let go of the voices in your head that tell you not to do something because you should be too scared about what people might think, or that you might look stupid, or that you are too old, or…..the list goes on. Watch this video of the girls dancing and not having a clue that they are *supposed to be worried* that someone might make fun of them, or that they shouldn’t feel so joyful. I hope they never get the conditioned message telling them they do not deserve to feel so joyful. I hope they are able to stay authentic, stay true to who they really are.  This is why there are so many depressed people right now! Kids are being conditioned to believe life is hard. They are being conditioned to believe they are supposed to follow the pack, follow what everyone else is doing! The rate of depression is going to continue climbing until adults wake up, start healing their own issues from *their* conditioned childhoods, and learn how to nurture children in a healthy way! The priority in this world should be how to raise healthy children. The “curriculum” should be how to follow your heart, stay true to your inner voice, be present in your life, and follow your passions!!!! We would all be free to express our truth in a world with healthy people. Imagine.

Watch the other video of them dancing in joy….

How do you get back to feeling inner joy?

Start by nurturing yourself. Remember the activities you loved to do as a child. Then go DO them! Dance! Sing! Nurture your soul even if others may think the things you love are weird! Drown out others’ opinions. Their opinions do not matter! Follow your heart. Do the things that bring you joy, even if it feels scary. Learn to sit and just be with yourself in silence. Feel the uncomfortable stuff. It will all pass if you allow it to just be. No need to figure anything out. Just be. Practice staying in the moment. Talk to yourself-A lot!!!! Keep coming back to your breath, it will keep you in the moment. Tell the nasty voice in your head to shut the hell up! Seriously! It is *not* you! That voice is the thief of your joy! Become aware of your thoughts and beliefs, and then *question* them. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. !!!

One of my favorite poems:

By Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.


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