“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” ~Buddha
What is the difference between chasing happiness and discovering joy?
This is not new…many people search for happiness in things outside themselves: money, belongings, work, relationships, hobbies, approval, praise, etc… and many of us go unfulfilled until we realize that TRUE happiness comes from within. For some people, within means living in alignments with values and beliefs. For others, there is an additional layer of connectedness to something bigger than oneself—some form of spirituality.
Look for joy and happiness around you. Making it a priority to be joyous, surrounding yourself with joyful people and seeking out joyful activities, has one effect—YOU become more joyful! Start today!
Joy can also be found in living Life to the fullest (following your dreams). Find happiness in where you are right now and expand; you are exactly where you should be! Learn your life’s lessons and grow. With the intention, each step leads to greater capacity for love and joy.
~Inspired by the April 9th entry in the Joyous Living Journal (2012)