When I first became aware of the concept (later movement, and hashtag) of Choose Joy, I jumped directly on it, no delay, no hesitation. I mean, CHOICE and JOY? Who wouldn’t want to go there?
We’d recently discovered, and discussed in great detail, the LovingKindness theory. So, of course, I was all in.
It’s been a few years, and I’m still enamored with them both. Following along with several accounts on-line, and doing my own research/practicing daily, I’m finding them to be nothing but beneficial.
I’ll never abandon my Pro Choice belief, just as I’ll never stop believing that we are all equal. But to focus on the positive, at the cost of letting go of no-longer-useful negativity, can only be seen (and felt) as progress.
This comes up right now, in an atmosphere of continuing media trash and unconscionable adult behaviour. I never want to go back to complaining instead of thanking. It just doesn’t serve anyone’s purposes to lay blame, incite hatred, stir up misery.
Here is what I’ve been hearing, and here is where my view has been directed.
I don’t know where the image came from, but it resonated with me the second I read it. Our message of Choose Joy is about that gratitude attitude and recognizing (with intention) what we DO have rather than what we DON’T.
Our lessons are not punishment, they are ways to do better, be better, and help more. Improvement, that’s our goal. Globally, personally, and within our community. We begin with our very own soul, rippling out from there.
It truly is a game-changer when we realize how much of our “suffering” is actually perception.
Here’s one more, like last time, a meditation point, a vista to gaze upon and enjoy. No one is asking anything of you, other than to be here, and to be you.