Joy amidst illness and disability

Joy amidst illness and disability

When you are ill, especially with a serious diagnosis, it’s easy to have the sensations and the emotional fallout of it take over your life. You become the illness or the pain. Dealing with it hijacks all your energy. When it feels like that, you may have no other...
practicing joy – the delight of the day

practicing joy – the delight of the day

To help each kind promise settle into my bones, I want to make a practice of it. What can I do on a daily basis to keep the promise alive in my life? This month’s promise is “I will live with joy for no apparent reason.” This calls me to find joy in each moment,...
Six ways to invite joy into your life

Six ways to invite joy into your life

You cannot force joy into your life. Yoga therapist Amy Wheeler says you can only “enter a receptive, awe-filled state in case joy decides to visit you.” She teaches that happiness is dependent on external factors and com six es and goes as circumstances change. Joy...
How (and why) to be more playful

How (and why) to be more playful

When we are in difficult times such as this one of pandemic and social turmoil, it’s easy to think that we should take everything very seriously. That’s not always the case. The National Institute for Play believes that play can dramatically transform our personal...
Inviting Joy in the Midst of Illness

Inviting Joy in the Midst of Illness

When you are ill, there are days when your body needs careful, loving attention and you can’t begin to think about joy. That’s okay. Know that those days won’t last forever. Joy will come, but you may need to invite it. Let your mouth curve into a smile. Think “in...