Joy

Mindful Morning MediTEAtion

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Shhhhhh! Mindful Morning MediTEAtion for Non-Morning People

Tea is liquid joy. Join us quietly for a silent meditation facilitated by Gabriella and Akasha’s Heart before our conference begins. If you are a slow waker-upper like we are, you are welcome to join us for mindful tea preparing & consuming. It is understood that many of us do not wish to socialize prior to the comfort & ritual of having our morning tea. There are things we can do to make this ritual a more mindful experience like stirring in our accoutrements using sigils or symbols, stirring deosil or widdershins, and of course choosing a tea has specific herbal properties. During our time together, there will be energetically light information provided on handouts and signs. You are welcome to join us in your pajamas & slippers, but this will be a silent gathering for the morning mopies like us to sink into delicious, comforting tea and not have to engage our brain cells. Akasha’s Journey will provide a variety of teas and sweeteners. You are encouraged to bring your own mug or tea cup.

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Art Show

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With Joy as this year’s theme, we’ve decided to have another Art Show! (We had one last when the theme was Communication.)

Two years ago we were back at the Northampton MA site where we started, and Raymond Taylor did this birds eye view painting of that hotel- which no longer exists except in our memories, and this painting.

No matter what your medium, or whether you work in sacred space or just bliss out, we hope you’ll come and share your work this year at the art show.

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Your Natural State is Joy

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I love this image. The joy this baby is displaying is based on the total faith that it will be caught. If we have faith that things will be good, we will be happy. If we spend our time anticipating how we may be about to get hurt, even if we aren’t hurting, we can’t be happy.

If we are hurting, we should try to fix whatever is happening. So many times our physical discomfort comes from spiritual pain that we manifest through our bodies. This is why remedies from Reiki to Bach Flower Remedies address the spiritual roots of disease rather than the physical symptoms.

I read about a study of cancer patients who had achieved total remission- more than 5 years and their cancer didn’t return. The researchers were hoping to find “the best” treatment. But there was no pattern- they’d tried everything from surgery, chemo, and radiation, to visualization, organic diets, to coffee enemas. The researchers were confused and looked farther. They HAD to find out what they had in common. When they did it was that each survivor had looked at their life and changed how they were living. They’d gotten divorces, changed jobs, and gotten away from things that were making them miserable. Disease seems to be simply a way to prod you to pay attention and be aware of what you are doing to yourself in your life. Once your life is worth living, you can apparently use anything to treat the physical symptoms.
So consider the things that make you sad and try to find a way to empower yourself to change them, but more importantly think about the things that make you happy, and see how much you can increase those things in your life. It sounds like so much pop-psychology, but even if it’s wrong, you’ll be happier, so who the heck cares?

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Shared Joy

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Humans are animals that congregate in tribes, some think of them as packs, others as herds. Anyone who’s been in a large crowd has felt how the individuals seem to meld into one organism, sharing fear, anger, or excitement. We are connected.

The reason we give gifts at holidays is not because we like getting more stuff, but because we crave the joy that comes when we’ve found something perfect for someone we love or admire.  Tolkien’s Hobbits understood that when they gave presents away on their birthdays.

When you can touch another person’s emotions, you connect- energy flows between you. Some people will fall back on making someone angryd: if they can’t make them happy, just to make a connection.

I love this word: Macarism: “finding pleasure in being the source of another’s joy.” I would love for it to become as well known as Schadenfreude “finding pleasure in the misfortune of others”.  But both recognize that we feel a need to connect with others. And when their joy gives you joy, and your joy gives them joy, it creates an every increasing pleasure that may spill out onto others as well.

When we share our sorrow, we also give the other the gift of trust, that we know that they will help if they can, and sympathize if they can’t. When we hear about others problems, we know that we haven’t been singled out for punishment, it’s just what happens sometime, and that our friends understand why we can’t feel happy at that moment. The situation may still be awful, but at least we know someone understands.

Connection, whether to other people, or to spirits, brings joy.

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Choose Joy EVERY day.

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It’s supposed to be easy. It’s natural to be happy. It’s also natural to be healthy. But sometimes there are environmental problems that make it a bit harder.

Pain is your friend- it tells you when you need to pay attention to a problem: Hey, your body tells you: This is too hot! You stepped on something sharp! You shouldn’t eat this again! Direct extra healing energy to this spot! But because, like any alarm, it is designed to get your attention, it can drown out other things, the good things that make you happy. You shouldn’t ignore the pain- it’s a valuable message (although a headache is not your body’s signal that your blood level of asperin is too low, usually you’re dehydrated, or have had to little sleep, too much stress, or something else). Emotional pain may be telling you to change jobs, or fix your relationships. At the same time, when you’ve dealt with the problem, don’t go looking for more problems.

Energy flows where attention goes.

Do something that soothes you, that comforts you, that makes you happy. This will build up you immune system and reduce your pain. You can’t just wait for it, you have to move toward the positive. Make it a habit. You may not be able to recapture your lost youth and enjoy spinning until you fall down when you are in your 80s, but you can still blow bubbles, and giggle, and do other things you enjoyed when you were younger. You do have the time. You don’t have the time to waste just concentrating on negative stuff. Every night before you go to sleep, think of something that would give you pleasure to do the next day, and do it.

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