Live in joy

“We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” ~Joseph Campbell

While it’s a good thing to care about others and have compassion for those who are hurting, it’s easy to let that suck us into the world’s sorrows which are too many to count. The important thing to remember is that we can’t fix those sorrows by suffering with them. We can have compassion and concern for them and still choose to live in joy.

 

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Expanding our view of joy

“What if joy is not only entangled with pain, or suffering, or sorrow, but is also what emerges from how we care for each other through those things? What if joy, instead of refuge or relief from heartbreak, is what effloresces from us as we help each other carry our heartbreaks?” ~Ross Gay

Joy can be found in unexpected places when we look for it. Recognizing it in these unlikely moments can help make it easier to motivate ourselves to support one another through our heartbreaks.

 

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Smile

smile

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

A smile can make all the difference in your mood as well as the mood of those around you!

 

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Joy is not disloyal

“Don’t be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous.” ~Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

We are capable of feeling many emotions at once. Just because you may be grieving, hurting, or suffering from trauma doesn’t mean you can’t also experience joy or other positive emotions at the same time. Your pain doesn’t need you to be “loyal” to it by suppressing those positive emotions. Let yourself feel all of them!

 

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