I think sometimes we’re afraid to fully tap into our joy. We hold back on creating space for joy to manifest in our lives. In the words of Danielle LaPorte, “If we don’t go into the height of our joy, we don’t have to go to the depths of our pain.” I think it’s possible to experience both, and to thrive in the process.
My theme this week, as September makes way for October, was “Joy is power.” September was rather brutal for me, a far cry from the uplifting energy of August. September was full of muddy transitions and tough changes, pushes and pulls, and more steps backwards than forwards.
I know the truth. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. You are stronger than you think you are. When things fall apart, it’s so something better can come together. One day you’ll appreciate this lesson. What’s meant for you will not pass you. Let what goes, go. You’ve heard them all before, too.
But even if we know for certain all those things are accurate, there’s a grieving process we go through, isn’t there? We mourn, maybe even pout a little, that something we didn’t want to happen, did. There’s a stubborn denial that takes hold. And then, finally, you do remember that holding onto something takes more energy than just. letting. it. go.
A missed goal or opportunity, a worry, a love. Let each go and focus not on the empty, desolate void of their absence. But on the hope, the potential, the possibility of what could fill the space they’ve now left open in your life. The depths of that pain? You’ll realize the same measure in height when you focus on the joy.
Joy is power. Joy is gratitude. Joy is love. And peace. And compassion. Live with more joy. When joy shines in the dark spaces of your heart, where a lost dream has curled up and taken up refuge, joy spreads its light. Joy breeds more joy. Take that spark and let it ignite inspiration and more joy into your life, and seep into those around you. Choose to shine.
September was heavy, with all the loss and sadness and confusion. But October is here. Finally, a new season. I want it to be joyful, blissful, powerful. With a few less demands for my energy, I can redirect my intentions and vibes. I can dive into quality time with my tribe, I can hone in on my yoga practice and community, I can nurture my writing process. The joy will flow from my fingertips into all that I touch. In the moments when I remember the pain and have to let go all over again, my joy will be there, outshining, encouraging and reminding me of what it holds. The power within that I’m worthy of harnessing and sharing with the world around me. Start this new season with more joy, hold it with more joy.