Joyful Life, is it possible?

Street Artwork Moment, Portland, Oregon May 2019

I used to be all about putting my nose to the grind and getting things done. I was even nicknamed, Drill Sergeant Daphne. LOL, It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself.

Today, I’m a much happier person and much much more pleasant to be around. I value others and their feelings. I value the moments where I can be supportive of a friend in need rather than avoiding a needy friend. I will go to say publicly, that there are people who actually enjoy my company.

So how is all that possible? Mindfulness and Reiki really changed my life for the better. Reiki helped me to heal and open up to spirituality. Mindfulness healed my heart. When I talk about Reiki, I include many forms of vibrational healing modalities like Healing Touch, sound (voice, tuning forks, crystal singing bowls, drums, rattles), crystals, flower essences, essential oils. Mindfulness is also a term that encompasses compassion and awareness.

Back to joy and happiness, I found a book and I want to share with you. The book is called, Awakening Joy, 10 steps that will put you on the road to real happiness by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander (2010). This book provides a road map with helpful and easy techniques for one to find the Joy and Happiness Road. Over the next 10 weeks, I will share the techniques from the book with you at The Blue House Spiritual Wellness Center Tuesday night mindfulness meditation circle which starts at 7 pm. We will explore the highlights, helpful practices and share our experiences in a group that is safe and supportive.

“The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.” Thích Nhat Hanh

I think that to find Joy and Happiness, it’s a courageous act and requires constant renewal of commitment by a heart warrior as fears and doubts will rise and fall. It’s also a journey one doesn’t have to do alone. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller.

Happy Trails dear friends.