Day 2 – Joy

So how would your life be different if you experiencing more joy? What would happen if you could find joy in small thing, whereas previously they had to be big. How would it be if your body was wired to experience joy?

Many of us see joy as something that can only happen in response to events and big events at that. Yet it is possible to find joy in so many small things and embodied practice of joy can make this easier and even effortless.

Embodying Joy

So how was yesterday? How was it to focus on experiencing gratitude? What did you observe and what can you take forward into today?

Today we are going to focus on experiencing joy.

So decide where you are going to do this and whether you will stand, sit or walk.

I want you pay attention to your body in response to the following questions. Some are going to make a difference and some you’ll go “so what” to. Remember, this is about finding your magic recipe to embody more effectively, and emotions bring more energy and more energy will allow you to make different choices and take different actions.

Focus on something in your life you feel joyful about. This may be something that has already happened or something that is going to happen you already know about. Or just focus on feeling joy.

Observe what happens in your body when you do this.

Observe your breath pattern. Is it shallow, deep, fast or slow? Is it changing as you focus on joy?

Observe the energy in your body. Does it move up your body or down? Do you feel yourself contract or expand? Are you aware of energy at all? What changes as you focus on feeling joy? Do you have more or less energy?

If you find your mind wandering, observe it, acknowledge it and come back to joy.

Do you need to move to feel joy in your body? How do you need to move? Move and observe what happens.

How does focusing on joy affect your posture? Does changing your posture increase or decrease your experience of joy? Do you have a “joy” posture?

When you focus on joy, do you feel like you expand or contract?

What do you become aware of?

Do you experience joy as something that comes from deep inside of you and expands out? Or is it something that you feel coming into your body (not from someone or something else, just coming in)?

Look for opportunities to feel joy through the day. As before I suggest you look for small things that could bring you joy. As I recorded this, I looked at the bunch of beautiful flowers in a vase on our kitchen table and that gave me joy. Link the embodied feelings to the small things that exist in your life and you will find numerous opportunities to experience more joy.

Have a great day and please share your experiences and questions on our facebook page.

Rachael Talbot
Doctor of Chiropractic, Expert in Reorganisational Healing