Let’s discuss these states..and what they mean to you.
To me, being joyful is a state of happy contentment. It isn’t ecstatic joy but a feeling that all is well. It isn’t always easy to stay in that state but I avoid a lot of stress by looking for things to be content and joyful about. I look at problems people try to throw at me and evaluate them dispassionately. I acknowledge them but I don’t let their stress transfer to me. The world doesn’t value contentment as much as it should. So I think it’s important for us to look out for ourselves a bit. Being healthy, inside and out, ought to be our natural state. But our world is sometimes in conflict with our need to find that peace.
I strongly believe Being Well/Feeling Well -Being Joyful is a process that you can maintain by being in touch with your personal needs in combination with keeping up with life-responsibilities (your job, family, your future, your daily life..etc)
Sometimes joy is camouflaged…but it is in there. My belief is people try too hard to find it..or feel it..
Start with acknowledging you are already phenomenal. You are right where you’re supposed to be.
Sometimes people get physically and or emotionally tired..and they don’t own ‘what has been going on with them’ it they just keep on going expecting to feel great because they affirm it. Yes, that helps, but take time to spell it out and find what is wonderful with your life, and what isn’t change what you can.
Or they believe they should feel lousy because of ‘something’, and they live up to their self fulfilling prophecy.I will tell you I’ve made myself better than I thought I should feel by certain ‘exercises’ ..(affirmation-type.. or imagery)..I sometimes convince myself.. nothing will work..because I had a hard day..lots of things to do..don’t like the behavior of others, work or a bill stressor.. Though I do the things I know to make changes in me..and it works..(blue mirror, writing, prayer, meditation, self care) *exercise, eat well regularly etc
Though just because I have found powerful affirmations or visual imagery doesn’t mean..I don’t take care of me with more than words.. as my life long insurance policy. Sometimes I hear some people ask- why care about all that I do..we’re all going to die anyway. I ABHOR
that statement/philosophy, Want to live well feel great while you’re here..take care of you..
And yes William there are some others don’t like to see a very cheery person. (many do..and just want to be around more that are that way) Though those that think it’s too ‘unique’ ->that’s their ignorance and our gift.
Many have asked me ..how come you are ‘always’ so cheery? And I answer them very simply..it feels better this way(:
- “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” — Marianne Williamson
I love meaningful joyful lyrics/music. So I’m sharing my idea of that:
Anything You Want
What Would Love Do?
Livin’ In The Moment
Life is Good
What We Love is What We Become
I Am Who I Am Today
One of my absolute favorite quotes is one Accidentalnote posted on his thread, and I seem to post every chance I get(:
When you come FROM ‘happiness’, you do certain things because you ARE happy — as opposed to the old paradigm in which you did things that you hoped would MAKE you happy. When you come FROM ‘wisdom’, you do certain things because you ARE wise, not because you are trying to get to wisdom. When you come FROM ‘love’, you do certain things because you ARE love, not because you want to have love. Everything changes; everything turns around, when you come FROM ‘being’, rather that seeking to ‘be’... Here is the divine dichotomy. The way to get there’ is to ‘be there’. Just BE where you choose to GET! There’s nothing you have to do. You want to be happy? Be happy. You want to be wise? Be wise. You want to be love? Be love. ~ Neale Donald Walsch
Fulfillment by Neville Goddard
I tell you that imagination creates reality and I ask you to imagine a state, any state, which would imply the fulfillment of your desire.
It doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks; it’s what you think that matters to you!
If you create a scene which implies the fulfillment of your desire and dwell in it until you have an inner conviction that it is real, what does it matter what another thinks?
Anything You Want
States by Neville Goddard
Do you know what you want from life? You can be anything you want to be if you know who you are. Start from the premise, “I am all imagination and pass through states,” for eternity (all things) exist now!
Having experienced a state and moved into another one you may think the former state has ceased to be, but all states are eternal, they remain forever.
Like the mental traveler that you are, you pass through states either wittingly or unwittingly, but your individual identity is forever.
Whether you are rich or poor, you retain the same individual identity when you move from one state into another. If you are not on guard, you can be persuaded by the press, television, or radio, to change your concept of self and unwittingly move into an undesirable state.
You can move into many states and play many parts, but as the actor, you do not change your identity.
When you are rich, you are the same actor as when you are poor. These are only different parts you are playing.
Excerpts Quoted from Lecture #09 by Neville Goddard TRUST IN GOD 10/13/1967
Every conceivable situation that you could ever think of exists now as a fact in God but cannot be made visible to you until you occupy it, for you are God’s operant power.
Everything in this world needs man as the agent to express it. Hate or love, joy or sorrow, all things require man to express it.Everyone is free to choose the state he wishes to occupy. You imagined yourself into your present state. If you don’t like it, you must imagine yourself out of it and into another. It is all a matter of movement.
The way to get there’ is to ‘be there’
like those words
Have you ever been in the midst of others….so happy to be around other content/joyful individuals…that your joy seemed to happily multiply?
Are you comfortable sharing your joy…in most circumstances? Do you feel joy is contagious ?
“One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.” Robert A. Heinlein quotes (American science-fiction Writer, 1907-1988)
“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace,
love, prosperity, happiness… all the good things.” Maya Angelou
“There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” Kahlil Gibran
“A joy shared is a joy doubled”
“I do it for the joy it brings, cause I’m a joyful girl. ‘Cause the world owes us nothing, we owe each other the world.” Ani Difranco quotes
im a pretty emotional person,i tend to wear my heart on my sleeve.if im happy i have no problem in showing it.whats the point in carrying joy around with you if your going to hide it under your coat.i agree that joy can be multiplied if you share with similar folk,expecially my family,i think the oppisite can be true as well.for the last few weeks ive been working with a guy called john.ive not yet heard him say anything positive,he moans about everyone and everything,imagine that 8 hours a day 6 days a week,i often find myself feeling drained,so i definatly think other peoples emotions whether positive or negative can have an affect upon our own.blessings mara.
In response to mara’s post:
It definitely isn’t the most inviting atmosphere…to be around those who find a way to see the negative-spin. It does provide an opportunity…to remind oneself what is good in their own world…and be joyful…you’ve found it and able to entertain it more often than not.
Being around habits of negativity…can be draining…That is when I bump up my prayers, my writing-tools, and affirming intentions. I truly struggled with being around behaviors like that before…and it just made me work harder on what I’d rather experience. It was worth it.
Those who have gotten to know me…know this is it…that I prefer to feel and see joy/good. They have to accept me as much as I have to accept them.
w/respect and much love, selfcare
i agree when i get home and lie in bed and say.
thank god for my wife.
thank god for my children.
thank god for my grandchild.
thank god for my friends.
thank god for my doggies.
if anything the negativity i face helps reinforce the joy,bliss,happiness and unconditional love i share with my wonderful loved ones.blessings mara.