This month we are talking about how to live a life full of inner peace and joy.
Yes, joy – that soul-feeling of serenity and contentment that rises from the depths of your abdomen and radiates out into the world. When you are in joy, you are on your right path, living a life in alignment with your purpose, and your soul thanks you for it.
Yes, that feeling.
That’s what life is all about; living in joy.
But often we live just on the outskirts of joy. We think joy will come someday – when the kids are grown, when the new and better job appears, or when we are old enough to retire and enjoy the “good life”.
Well guess what – it won’t!
Joy needs nurturing. Joy requires permission to exist. And if you don’t give it permission now, it won’t stick around. You’ll wake up someday in that new and better job and find that joy doesn’t reside there.
It never did.
Joy is a feeling of the soul. This profound sense of well-being and inner peace is not part of the world of doing; it’s part of the inner world of being. It exists in the inner world of your thoughts and feelings.
Thoughts and feelings are energy and energy is housed in the energetic body, your aura. Every living thing has an aura, and as we understand and accept this invisible world of “other”, we gain an appreciation for how we are both physical and energetic beings.
I think of an aura as the energetic space that surrounds and penetrates each person. It extends about 2 feet in all directions – above our heads, behind us, in front of us, and below our feet. There are seven major energy centers (actually spinning disks or vortexes) called chakras that connect our energetic body to our physical body. These bands of vibrating energy provide information to your endocrine system, regulating your hormones and balancing the energy within your physical body.
The third chakra is located between your belly button and your upper sternum. It’s often associated with will power, self-empowerment, bringing your desires into physical form, action, and drive. It’s your power center and just like a car needs gas to run, it needs fuel to manifest your dreams and desires. This fuel is your life force energy. (see previous post).
Filling in with your fuel, your unique life force energy, allows your body and spirit to thrive.
But often we mistakenly feed our body and soul with sugar – sweets, candy, cookies, sugary drinks – as a “pick me up”. This tricks our body into thinking that we’ve given it the correct fuel. But our soul knows the difference! It isn’t tricked by this fake sugar high, it’s asking for the real thing – your unique blend of soul food – your prana, your life force energy.
Think about when you crave sweets. Is it when your body and soul need nourishing? Instead of taking that 3:00 pm candy break, try instead to sit for 3 minutes and breathe in Golden Suns of life force energy. See what that feels like first!
So glad you’re here! If you want to learn more about chakras, joy and inner peace, you might be interested in Tame Your Inner Critic, Find Peace & Contentment to Live Your Life on Purpose.