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Meditation: Cultivating Joy from Within

Finding joy can sometimes feel like an impossible task. However, through the practice of meditation, we can tap into a limitless reservoir of inner joy that is always available to us. Meditation allows us to quiet the chatter of the mind and connect with our true essence, where joy resides. By sitting in stillness and observing our thoughts without attachment, we create space for joy to naturally arise. One powerful meditation technique for cultivating joy is loving-kindness meditation, also known as Metta meditation. In Metta meditation, we extend feelings of love and compassion first to ourselves, then to others, and finally to all beings. This practice helps dissolve feelings of anger, resentment, and envy, replacing them with a deep sense of joy and connection. Another effective meditation practice for cultivating joy is mindfulness meditation. By bringing our awareness to the present moment and fully experiencing each sensation, we can find joy in the simple pleasures of life. Whether it's the warmth of the sun on our skin, the taste of a delicious meal, or the sound of laughter, mindfulness meditation teaches us to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. So, if you're seeking more joy in your life, why not give meditation a try? By dedicating just a few minutes each day to sitting in stillness, you can tap into a wellspring of inner joy that will enrich every aspect of your life. 

Our mantras for the week are…

With each breath, I cultivate contentment in my heart

Joy arrises within me, filling every cell of my being

Our journaling prompts are…

What activities or hobbies make you lose track of time? How can you incorporate more of these into your life? 

Describe a past accomplishment that still fills you with pride. How can you celebrate this achievement today? 

And our meditation is…

Joy Meditation

Find a comfortable seat.

Allow your body to relax. Inhaling and exhaling through the nose. Say "I am breathing in. I am breathing out." for 7-10 breaths. With each exhale feel the body relax a little more.

As you feel the body relax, you may come in and out of awareness of the breath, how the body is feeling. You may find yourself lost in thought. Let all this happen naturally. Allow emotions to rise and fall. Welcome in the whole experience.

Listen. Be with the experience of joy.

Now, bring your awareness to your heart center. Visualize a warm, radiant light glowing within your chest, spreading feelings of joy and happiness throughout your entire being. As you continue to breathe, repeat the following affirmations silently to yourself:

Joy arises within me, filling every cell of my being.

In joy, I find strength; in strength, I find joy.

My heart dances with joy, celebrating the beauty of life.

Joy is my natural state; I embrace it fully.

With each inhale, I breathe in joy; with each exhale, I share it with the world.

Allow these affirmations to resonate deeply within you, connecting you with the infinite well of joy that resides within. Stay in this state of joy for a few more breaths, basking in its warmth and radiance. When you're ready, gently open your eyes and carry this sense of joy with you throughout your day. 


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