the energy of joy

the energy of joy

In the northern hemisphere, January gives us practice in playing even though it’s dark and dreary. This is good practice for living. It has been a tough month to practice joy “for no apparent reason.” Stomach flu followed by a cold introduced discomfort and pain. When...
Inclining toward joy

Inclining toward joy

Today has been typical. I waded into my email inbox, determined to respond to new messages so that I could get on to the rest of my to do list. Hours would pass before I came up for air. There is satisfaction when I accomplish a task, but I don’t make room for joy. At...
five tips for choosing joy over midwinter blahs

five tips for choosing joy over midwinter blahs

We are in the bleak midwinter in Minnesota. The air temperature outside has been in the single digits (Fahrenheit). Personally, I’ve been dealing with additional losses: more MS -induced disability and the death of our dog, Cocoa, who kept me company for 15 years....
allowing joy, allowing sadness

allowing joy, allowing sadness

This month’s promise is to “live joyfully for no apparent reason.” Lately, I’ve been thinking about joy as a flotation device. I have been sad because my left arm and hand have gotten weaker and less responsive. Often, I am unable to drive my wheelchair. Because of...
looking for joy

looking for joy

How can I find joy on a day like today, with the temperature at a -15 Fahrenheit and my body is completely paralyzed? I have to reach for joy outside myself. It can be found in the colorful posters that surround my desk, the rocks on top of my desk, a video of kittens...