When we talk about joy as a joy practice, we are talking about it as a foundation for our lives. It is not just a byproduct of some nice event in our lives, It is our intention and the positive results are our purpose because they create thriving for ourselves and others. Too often, we can get wrapped around the axle by problems, worries, and drama, all of which consume our time and energy and offer us little in return. Wouldn’t it be great to change that? The truth is we can.
What Is A Joy Practice?
Joy is not just a feeling. Joy is an intelligence, an anchor, a practice, a skill, and a compass. When we are embedded in joy as foundational for our well-being and our lives, then a lot of things fall into place, and life becomes good. Turning this understanding and experience of joy into a practice so it becomes natural begins many benefits.
50 Impacts Of A Joy Practice
This is a short list of the many benefits that come from a joy practice:
- It is easier to focus. Everything that does not contribute to the creation of thriving and joy is irrelevant and not of interest, which trims our focus to only that which really matters.
- It is easier to discern what is a distraction; once we are attuned to our joy practice we are able to energetically discern that which only hinders or harms us which is what distraction does.
- It becomes easier to recognize manipulations because they generally have s self defeating purpose and are a waste of time.
- A joy practice invites the support of your intuition because it feels welcome and so begins to speak to us more easily.
- It is easier to process emotions when you have a joy practice to help you resolve them. A joy practice helps us feel good about selves so that when a difficult emotion arises, we have a cushion of self-regard that helps us process it.
- You eliminate the false negativity in favor of a joyful practicality. Drama is impractical in a joy focused life.
- You can connect with reality as your friend. We can only create something in the present and w=from where we are so we make friends with reality to help us do so.
- You can see the good in yourself. A joy practice is goodness focused which helps i=us see how we contribute to the good in the world.
- The good in others is more apparent; just being joy focused helps illuminate the good in others also.
- The gifts of past generations become a source of gratitude. We are able to identify our inherited good, which helps us feel gratitude and honor the contributions from the past.
- Gratitude becomes more meaningful and real. A joy practice helps us see the interconnectedness of many goods in life, which makes gratitude more than an exercise, it makes it a profound source of support.
- You naturally tap into the process of creating good in the world; it is automatic with a joy practice that you are creating good in the world.
- Process and flow become important connection points. To create good in the world you need a process and ability to be present to so do as so others, so you tune into an ever-changing and evolving world naturally.
- Self-care is natural because it supports the good in you and the world so there is no guilt!
- Practical realities support joy and take priority because a solid foundation frees you to create joy.
- Your basic needs are met, so you feel content most of the time because you have reduced the precariousness that comes from being overextended.
- You feel little need to escape because you are content with yourself, your life where you are, and what you are about. Even if you have problems, your contentment will help you work through them naturally.
- You enjoy trust-building with others. A joy practice creates trust, which makes life with others much more enjoyable and creates trust. It becomes fun!
- You are not easily discouraged. Your healthy supports are in place, and you know there is always more joy you can create, so it is easier to feel hopeful.
- You happily do your part, because that is all you have to do and others do the same, and that way you do not carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.
- You expect others to do their part, and they do because, like you, they enjoy doing their part with others to create a thriving world.
- You see how different facets of culture support each other, Interdependency is something you tune into and become adept at working with.
- Being present and in flow means you have little conflict. You are tuned in to the present and what needs tending in the present which means there is not a lot of conflict about what you want to focus on.
- Life is about creating by yourself and others. Everyone is a creator and we create with others by giving our talents and skills to the process.
- You question the need for so much fighting and war. You will begin to see war as a distraction from change and evolving and avoid and prevent it as much as possible.
- You do not over-commit or under-commit. There is a natural and healthy giving that is not too much or too little which you will discover and welcome.
- Emotions are information to support joy creation. Everything will support your thriving through a joy practice and emotions will become a support.
- You do not compete unless it makes sense to do so. You may compete in games but minimize unnecessary competition in other areas, especially competition which creates harm. What for?
- You have an easier time identifying your real needs. Being in touch with reality and what you have to give and supporting yourself well, means it is easier to discover and meet your real needs.
- Quality of life is a higher priority than external rewards like fame, which often does not come with quality of life. Your choice will be for quality of life which supports your best self on an ongoing basis.
- You declutter not just of stuff, but anything that reduces the quality of life. You can discern that which reduces quality of life and avoid it.
- You more easily identify where your gifts improve your quality of life and develop those gifts over others.
- You observe all that many forms of joy in the world. You become a connoisseur of joy in the world as a way to be knowledgeable about the good and support it in all areas of life.
- You can see the motivation to find joy in all beings. This is important, we are all joy seekers and you will discover and honor that.
- You have compassion and respect for the joy-seeking nature of all beings and do what you can to support those who need healing.
- You allow each being their joy-seeking journey because each person has a different energetic makeup and each person has their own needs.
- You have less fear. A joy practice is constructive, creates trust and so reduces fear.
- Joy brings you a greater awareness of possibilities, being increasingly aware of all the sources of joy, invites you to consider the many possibilities for joy which is satisfying and enriching.
- You welcome trial and error and are less afraid of failure. A joy practice takes life one step at a time which means risks are less problematic and failure less damaging.
- There is nothing to prove. You are a creator of joy in the world which is offering what you have so there is no need for critics.
- You see the universe as a friendly place. Being mindful of all the good in the world turns the world into a friendly place.
- You can lighten up and not carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You are not alone in joy creation.
- You worry less because a joy practice simplifies your life so you have less to worry about.
- Boundaries are naturally supportive of creating joy and quality of life so you protect yourself in ways friendly to yourself and others.
- Reality is more important than beliefs. You do not let false narratives overrule your joy practice since they take you away from thriving.
- You protect your energy as your vital resource. you do not let others diminish your energy because you have a finite amount and it is committed to creating joy.
- You respect the energy of others and their need to protect theirs. You take care of yourself and expect others to do the same.
- You connect diversity with joy and quality of life. You recognize all the ways joy is created in life and see diversity as joy creating.
- Life becomes more delightful, and you discover more sources of delight. Your new perspective means you relax, and can embrace all the big and little delights in the world.
- Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you connect with the good in life and yourself which means you are happy to be alive.
This is a flavor of all the ways a joy practice can impact your life in meaningful ways. A joy practice changes the foundation of your life and when you embrace it all that flows from it will enrich you.