Ocean cliff with flowers blooming

“For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

How are you opening to joy today? Remember that it can co-exist with anything else you may be experiencing, even the dark times. And opening to the joy that simmers underneath those times makes the hard times easier to bear.

Choose joy

sculpture of a child with a butterfly resting on one hand

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ~Henri Nouwen

It’s so easy to get caught up in our duties, responsibilities, and the challenges that face us every day that we miss the opportunities to choose joy along the way.

By choosing joy—choosing to watch for it, to give it our attention, to embrace it when it arises—we make space for it to blossom in our lives. It’s a choice we need to make over and over again every day to keep it from being drown out in our worries and cares.

How are you choosing joy today?

The need for playfulness

Girl and tree

“Only when we are at our most playful can Divinity finally get serious with us.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert

As adults, we tend to take life (and ourselves) so very seriously, which closes us down and shuts us off from our soul’s deepest experiences of the Divine.

Playfulness reintroduces us to wonder and imagination and delight that tear down those walls and open us up to the touch of the Divine in the fullest possible way.

The Divine is so much bigger than we can even begin to imagine when locked in our serious selves, and playfulness makes room for all of that More.

Make time regularly for play in your life to give the Divine space to enter in through wonder and joy.

Posts from other divisions of Chrysalis Wellness for this week

heart drawn on broken glass
The uniqueness of brokenness and repair from the A Kintsugi Life blog
Floral bubbles cold process soap bar
Floral bubbles cold process soap bar from Autumn Leaf Botanicals featured products
Mahogany obsidian cabochon in a brass bezel cup with brass and mahogany obsidian accents on brass chain
Mahogany obsidian cabochon pendant with brass and mahogany obsidian accents from the Earthwear Collection portfolio