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The hummingbird symbolizes joy because it’s both light and free as well as positive and powerful. Embody these qualities as a way to express your joy through power and positivity. You’ll discover that it’s the lightness of being free that sparks your joy.
“We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” ~ Joseph Campbell
Go, grow, give, and glow with the vibe of joy to enrich your life. Make joy your constant companion and your journey through life will be more fun and fulfilling. You can express joy by smiling, laughing creating, hugging, dancing, singing, and playing.
Express joy through the lightness of being healthy. When your body feels good it’s only natural to smile and laugh as an expression of your physical well-being. Become a source of smiles and laughter to enhance the sweetness of life wherever you go.
Expressing joy will free your mind from...
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To give without expectations creates ease in your mind and body. A gift from the heart allows you to be in the present. Follow nature's example of giving freely and notice how your gifts are received and multiplied.
"No one has ever become poor by giving." Anne Frank
It's important to fill up your own well so that you can give with ease. Give yourself the time and attention you need so that you can easily share your gifts, time, and talents with others. Giving from a full well is the basis of wellness. The ease of giving comes naturally when you live in a state of abundance.
To increase your life force energy, give your body more ease. Stress blocks energy like a kink in a hose stops the flow of water. As soon as you get rid of a kink, the flow is immediately restored. Remove the kinks of tension in your body with yoga, deep breathing or massage and you'll return to your natural state of ease.
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A significant part of the human experience is to find joy through movement. Your body needs to move to be healthy; your mind must be moved to create; your heart feels emotions that need to move through you to feel good; and your spirit moves you with divine inspiration.
"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states." ~ Carol Welch
One way I have found joy is through playing tennis. Even spraining my ankle and falling on the court during a match led me to create a more balanced way of living. The joy of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual movement has fueled both my personal and professional life for over thirty years. Discover the kind of movement that brings you joy and see where it leads you.
From the time you learned to crawl your body loved to move. At different stages of your life you may have been very active and at other times more sedentary. Find joy through...
Joy is your natural state. It's that spark of the divine that lives deep inside your heart and moves you towards the light of your highest potential. You'll find joy when you're fully engaged in the present moment.
“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” ~ Emily Dickinson
Children know that joy is their true nature. It's easy for them to find their joy because it hasn't been covered up by years of struggle. Trade all of your struggles for joy and renew your childlike zest for life.
Life is not a problem to be solved, it's an adventure to be enjoyed. You'll discover joy when you put your attention on being alive. Notice how good it feels to experience every moment of your life for the first time.
Joy is connected to meaning and purpose. It's how you feel when you're rising up to meet your full potential. When you remember what you came here to do, and start doing it, you'll experience the joy of living on...
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Love is the path that will take you to your best life because it means your soul is in charge, and every experience is seen through the eyes of love. You can bring more joy into the world by falling in love with your soul.
“Following the path of love is always your soul's true desire.” ~ James Van Praagh
Love is a source of healing. It can heal a wounded ego with loving thoughts and beliefs. Love heals illness and injury to the body with loving care and attention. Love heals relationships with acceptance of each others differences. Use love to activate the healer within.
When you follow the path of love you feel safe because you're connected to a power greater than yourself. You no longer need to rely on your ego to protect you because your soul knows the way.
On the path of love you will find opportunities to begin again. You may head towards compassion then come to a fork in the path where you move in the direction of...
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The holidays are meant to be a season of joy. If you start to feel like you're not doing enough or that stress, overwhelm, and fatigue are stealing your joy, it's time to stop what you're doing and find your joy.
Joy lives in the light of your soul. When the dark side of the ego comes between you and your soul, it diminishes the light and hides your joy.
A joyful life comes from waking up and remembering that you have unlimited potential. To fulfill your potential it’s helpful to remove the obstacles that are blocking you from hearing the voice of your soul.
When you change your beliefs, you change your life. Fear-based beliefs will stop you from realizing your full potential more than any outside circumstances ever will.
What you believe about yourself matters. What you think repeatedly forms your beliefs, and your beliefs create your reality. If you want to change anything about your life, you have to start by changing your false...
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A superhero has super human powers. When you use your superpowers you awaken your soul. Activate your intuition, creativity, kindness, compassion, connection, courage, love and joy to make a positive difference in the world.
“I have one power. I never give up.” ~ Batman
“With great power, comes great responsibility.” ~ Spiderman
“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” ~ Superman
Your soul is a superhero. It's that part of you that always has been, and always will be. Your soul has a mission on earth to help you live to your full potential using all of your superpowers.
When you activate your intuition you're using one of your greatest superpowers. Listen to the voice of your soul and trust that it will always guide you to make the best choices for the highest good of all concerned.
Creativity is synonymous with...
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The soul is pure love living in a state of joy. You'll know that you're connected with your higher self when you're feeling good. Embody your childlike goodness by staying connected to your soul and it will always guide you to the best course of action.
“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
The voice of your soul is intuition; your body is its physical form; your emotions are its language; your mind is its instrument; and your ego is its companion. Connect with your soul on every level and it will guide you to your highest good.
One way to hear the intuitive voice of your soul is to invite it to speak to you through the written word. You can sit quietly, take several deep breaths to calm your nervous system, and then write your soul a question. Continue journaling whatever comes through as an answer.
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Compassion is love in action. It bubbles up from the heart until it pours outward through acts of kindness and forgiveness. It's like a fountain of love that keeps giving from an everlasting spring of joy.
“One day I looked at something in myself that I had been avoiding because it was too painful. Yet once I did, I had an unexpected surprise. Rather than self-hatred, I was flooded with compassion for myself because I realized the pain necessary to develop that coping mechanism to begin with.” ~ Marianne Williamson
To cultivate compassion it's important to start with yourself. You can start by standing up to your inner critic and letting it know that from now on you're going to be giving yourself a daily dose of compassion rather than a frequent shot of criticism for your human imperfections.
Your intuition will always guide you to give the most compassionate response. When you realize that you're in a reactive mode,...
It takes courage to forgive. You have to let go anger and resentment to set yourself free. The practice of forgiveness dissolves negative energy and removes the grievances that have been stealing your joy.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Gandhi
Being on the receiving end of hurtful behavior can cause anger and resentment. Forgiveness is the antidote. You can't control how other people behave but the way you respond to their behavior is totally up to you. If you're holding on to deep anger and resentment you may need to physically let it go before you can forgive. Kickboxing or punching a bag with boxing gloves are a couple of ways to release stored emotions.
Forgiving a parent can heal a childhood wound that is showing up in your current relationships. The pain you feel in the present is related to an emotional wound from the past. When you can see that your parents were acting out...
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