Will is our ability to make things happen in the world. This includes not only our facilities of focusing and directing our energies, but also the knowledge, skills and personal resources we bring to bear to the task at hand.
For most of us, most of the time, we use our Will to meet our needs and wants, as dictated by the mainstream culture and the requirements of our everyday lives. We focus and direct our energies, and personal tool kits, to meet the demands of our jobs, to care for ourselves and our families, and to accumulate material belongings. And sometimes to stick to a diet, start an exercise regime, embark on a challenging project, or master a new skill.
Rarely do we stop to ask the crucial question: who does our Will serve? Every day we are working hard to achieve certain outcomes related to our work, our families, our lifestyle choices, and our inner configuration of wants and needs. What are these outcomes? What are we chasing after? What are we trying to achieve? And who chose these things – us, our family upbringing, or our cultural conditioning? And most importantly – do these things make us happy, nourish us, bring us and others joy? Which are essential to our well being? Which speak to our deepest Desires, and the needs of our Soul?
This week ask yourself these questions and take a good, hard look at who your Will serves. Remember that you are master of your own Will, whose most sacred purpose is to help your deepest, Soul based dreams comes true, and bring your very best to the everyday of your life.
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Our earth home is full of beauty and wonder, as are we. To envision and create a better world, we don’t need something brand new, we only have to source from the beauty, wisdom and magic that already is in us, and all around us.
This week spend at least one day media free: no television, radio, newspaper or social media. Hard as that may seem, we need to occasionally take a break from the excessive bad news that is fed to us through mass media. It’s not that bad things aren’t happening that we need to pay attention to, but rather that these information sources are imbalanced, they rarely share “good news” stories about the better parts of our humanity or the beauty and wonders of the world.
On this media-free day, do something that puts you in contact with the good news and beauty of our world: go for a walk out in nature, attend a charity event, read an inspiring book, make a delicious dinner from scratch, or hang out with a special person in your life. At the end of the day, make a list of all the “good news” aspects of your world and yourself that you encountered. Include anything that you found beautiful, magical, inspiring, nourishing or otherwise positive.
Put the list somewhere you can see it on a regular basis. Make a habit of adding a bit of good news to it every day.
Joy holds our infinitely capacity to be fully present, and to see and feel beauty and grace, no matter what life brings our way. All we really control is our ability to show up and embody love, through the bitter and the sweet.
Joy is part of our true, best nature, along with its mirror qualities of grace, awe, beauty, resilience and connection.
Joy is a gift from the Goddess that helps us when the going gets tough, and in the hard, hard work of healing our soul and our world.
Conscious joy is a practice of recognizing and cherishing the things in our life that give us joy. It conceives joy as a state of being, rather than as a fleeting experience, that we cultivate by becoming increasingly aware of our capacity to be present, and to bring our best qualities to our life challenges and pleasures.
Cultivate the practice of conscious joy by paying close attention to those moments when you feel truly alive and present, and in alignment with the best qualities of your nature — not just when good things are happening, but also in the painful, difficult parts of your life. Imagine that you are a cup, or a reservoir, that can collect these joy moments: let them fill you up and change you; and know that this capacity for joy will be there for you, and for others, to draw upon when needed.