During one of my recent Vision Board workshops, one participant asked me how to choose which images and words to paste onto her vision board.
In turn, I asked her, “Which ones bring you the most joy?”
Now, when was the last time someone asked you what brings you joy?
All too often, I hear people playing the “comparison” game, where the word “should” is used in everyday vocabulary.
Here’s what it sounds like:
It’s not only you that may be using the “should” word, but you most likely have heard it from others who try to offer you helpful advice.
The word “should” is filled with judgment. It’s a comparison game because it says that there’s a right way to doing something and you’re not doing it. You are being judged in comparison to your own or someone else’s ideal.
Joy takes you on your own unique path.
When you tune into what brings you joy, you tap into a knowingness that joy is unique and deeply personal for you. Joy lights you up from the inside out and enjoys expressing itself, whereas “shoulds” attempt to box you in.
It’s not common for people to be encouraged to tune into their joy. That’s why the participant in my Vision Board workshop and others like her sometimes feel disoriented in the first few moments of the workshop. They realize they’ve entered a space where they feel safe enough to explore what joy can look like in their lives.
In this sense, tuning into your inner joy and living from that place of joy can be a spiritual practice.
Why spiritual? Because you are a unique emanation of Life itself, and your Joy is an indicator that you are expressing Life in its creative fullness.
Why a practice? Because it takes effort to let go of the “shoulds” of life, and it takes practice to listen to the particular song of Joy that is your heart.
Are you open to cultivating more Joy in your life? If so, here is your coaching assignment for this week:
I’d love to hear what some of the things are that bring you Joy, and what one thing you are choosing to do this week in a place of Joy. Please leave a comment below.
** Special Note **: For those of you who are interested in my Vision Board workshop, I will be hosting a workshop in Los Angeles and a vision board mini-retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area this fall. I’ll be sharing those details in the next couple of weeks. Click here to learn more and to sign up on the list if you’re interested in getting notified about either of these.
Here is to the ever-expanding Joy in your Life. Abundant Blessings, and Namaste.
Joselito Laudencia helps people bridge the spiritual and practical path to career and financial freedom. He is the creator of "Re-Write Your Money Story" "Finding Your Right Work," and “Vision Your Best Life.” He is a spiritual life coach and Centers for Spiritual Living Practitioner. If you're feeling unfulfilled and stuck in the areas of career, money or life in general, you don't have to figure it out by yourself. You can schedule a 30-minute Free Clarity Session with Prayer and get clear on what's stopping you from living the life that you love. Click here to schedule your 30-minute Free Clarity Session with Prayer.
Joselito is a spiritual life coach helping people create a purposeful, spiritual path to career and financial freedom.
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