Awakening Joy topic: Intention

Here are some of the topics we discussed tonight – these are good questions for contemplation – to see how we can notice, find ways to cultivate, support and nourish joy in our life:

What is your intention for bringing joy into your life? Do you have a statement to remind yourself of this intention?

Do you take time to notice moments of joy – and to be present for them?

What brings you joy?

What helps to support the arising of joy in your life?

What gets in the way or hinders joy from arising?

How can you nourish, strengthen, cultivate more joy in your life?

Here are some quotes that might inspire your practice with joy:

“Gloom we have always with us, a rank and sturdy weed, but joy requires tending.”
Barbara Holland

“You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you’ll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless.”
Caroline Myss

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Thich Nhat Hahn

“If you believe you can, you probably can.
If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t.
Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”
Dennis Waitley

“Joy has nothing to do with material things, or with a man’s outward circumstance… A man living in the lap of luxury can be wretched, and a man in the depths of poverty can overflow with joy.”
William Barclay

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Chinese proverb

“Look for role models who have succeeded in achieving goals similar to your own – individuals with whom you can personally identify.”
Dennis Waitley

“The next time it begins to rain… lie down on your belly, nestle your chin into the grass, and get a frog’s-eye view of how raindrops fall… The sight of hundreds of blades of grass bowing down and popping back up like piano keys strikes me as one of the merriest sights in the world.”
Malcolm Margolin

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel — not a destination.”
Roy M. Goodman

Some readings:

Just One Thing: Take in the Good – Rick Hanson

Just One Thing: Take Pleasure – Rick Hanson

Some audio recordings:

Joy and Appreciation – Gil Fronsdal

The Seven Factors of Awakening: Joy – Gil Fronsdal

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