Inner Peace, Finding Joy

April 2, 2019

What’s the rush? Why are we in such a rush to live life. Now more than ever, we have everything we could ever need at our fingertips but we want more and more. We want to know why access to all the information we could ever ask on the internet doesn't come to us faster.  Our lives seem to travel at warp speeds, with our minds taking in and spewing out information faster than we can keep up with, and our bodies running ragged, trying to get up early and stay up late just to get it all done.

What’s the rush? Have you ever looked up just to realize it’s already the weekend again, or summer, or Christmas? Have you ever said these words “Friday couldn’t get here fast enough!”. Does it feel like just yesterday you were, in high school, graduating college, getting married, having kids, turning 40, or retiring?

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

Are we complicating life? And the big question is why? What are we gaining by keeping all these plates spinning? Do you feel more fulfilled? Happier? More connected and appreciated? My guess is no. Just as you can feel overwhelmed by the clutter in your personal space, so can you be overwhelmed by the clutter in your inner space. Time to purge and prioritize to find time and space for you to truly experience life, joy, and happiness.

So what has to go? It may be a good time to take a personal inventory of what takes up space in your mind, daily.  

Once you get a handle on what’s hijacking your brain and taking up valuable space in your day, here are ways you can turn the tables and get control over the situation.

  1. Get control over your personal space.
  2. Make a list.
  3. Get rid of file 13.
  4. Take a time-out.
  5. Control your intake.
  6. Release worry.
  7. Refocus your energy.

Are we getting there? Are we feeling like we may have a handle on eliminating some chaos and clutter to find more space for peace? Are you already planning ow you can clear more mind so that you can start filter what you let in? Even though stillness and meditation is usually a singular act, JOY is found in connections.

Joy is relational. This means joy is generated by joy-producing relationships; when someone we care about is glad to be with us. The connection produces warm, happy feelings.

CHALLENGE: Make a date...do it tomorrow. You’ve declutterd your day to make room for space in your mind to invite in peace. Step outside of yourself and reach out to make a healthy connection and invite in joy. Harness them both for true happiness.

I know YOU can do it!