Happiness and Joy

Happiness and joy are not one in the same.

Happiness is the elation that accompanies good fortune,

while

joy is the evidence of God’s presence in the human experience.

Joy is not a destination, it is a way of traveling.

Mary Manin Morrissey

Sometimes joy is very confusing……it seems elusive…….and very often we confuse it with happiness.  Happiness seems to be connected to conditions and people outside of ourselves.  It comes and it goes.  They come and they go.  We are not in control of happiness…….it has its own synchronicity……we enjoy it while it lasts but if we become attached to it being there for us……it has to be there or we are upset………there will be some suffering.  The same with unhappiness……..it comes and it goes as well…….being attached to it can also cause suffering.

Joy is ever present and not in our control in the sense that we can’t make it happen.  It just is.  It is in the acceptance of what is.   Morrissey says joy is not a destination but a way of being in the world. Sometimes we get immersed in the ‘stories’ of our lives and forget that we are in an ongoing relationship with our inner essence or God (or whatever word fits for you.)  We study all the books and listen to the CDs and then promptly try to go it on our own.  The joy is in realizing God is everywhere.

It is in seeing and interacting with the light in every single person, place and thing in the world (including ourselves)…..every present moment.  It is in waking up just a little bit more every day in self-realization and knowing in our hearts that love is the glue that connects and IS us all…………….Joy is a verb……….Andrea

copyright 2009 Andrea Avari Stevens

photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

The Law of Attraction

Even in these times of uncertainty and financial insecurity…….we can remember that holding money in fear paralyzes the flow of energy.  If we freely give what we can whether it be money or time or service in some way to another, we receive the gift of giving.  And the flow begins to move.  Money comes in and money goes out.

It is the same with focusing on gratitude and appreciation.  When our thoughts and actions are living in the higher vibrations of joy, then we give out joy to ourselves and others and just when we aren’t looking…..here comes a bit more joy into our own lives.  Like does attract like.

If you are struggling right now with finding joy in life as it exists, take a walk and just be present with your feet meeting the ground in each step.  Start looking around as you breathe and smile at the busy bees loading up on nectar for the winter, a flower blooming or spreading its seeds for the next year in absolute trust of its natural process.

To get your flow going with more giving energy ( no matter a dollar or ten or just your time in spreading the message) consider these three ideas:  We did and you can, too……it’s so simple and generates joy in our hearts as we add light into the world…….. “3 Things You Can Do to Empower Women,” O Magazine  http://tinyurl.com/ndj4nh.

Sometimes we just need to remember how fear can sneak up on us and repress our breathing and our natural flow of energy.  The only thing that is real is love.

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