Monday Mindfulness


Joy is the phrase of the week. The thing that immediately grabbed me while reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was the idea of keeping only the things that spark joy. We create vision boards to visualize our ideal life, but it’s a novel concept to make your life full of things that are ideal to you. How dope would it be if you looked in your dresser and loved every bit of clothing in it?

In The Book of Joy, featuring the conversations of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the definitions of joy and happiness are disparate. Joy is much bigger than happiness.

This year my resolution was to be happy, but what I truly want is to be joyful. I don’t want to be satisfied–I want more. I want to hold onto that feeling I get when I come home to my dog, when the meal I’ve been looking forward to is perfect, or I get a raise at work. I feel like I’m getting closer, but it’s something I still have to strive for everyday through meditation and gratitude.

What do you do to create joy in your life?

2 thoughts on “Joy.”

  1. Corny fact: when I got to your 2nd paragraph, my first thought was how when I happen to catch 11:11 and no specific wishes come to mind, I wish for happiness. (I figure the universe can interpret that however it sees fit & the result, one would assume, should be a good one.) Now, I’m thinking I want to check out this book & wondering if joy would be an even better use of wishes.

    1. 1. Absolutely get the Book of Joy. It’s so enlightening. I’m only 20% of the way through, though.
      2. I love that wish because I have a similar idea on wishes and prayer (except when I pray for a man like Omari Hardwick and a million dollars).
      3. Joy, though, is my new goal.
      4. Welcome to my blog! I’m excited to see you!

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