Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.
The first step to refocus our mind is to see downs in life as opportunities to grow. We must see them as a vantage point instead of a breaking point. Where can I find joy? This is a common question, but a more powerful one is: What can I do today to connect with joy? because no matter what is happening in our lives, abiding joy is within each of us.
Simple ways to connect with joy are gratitude and kindness. When you feel grateful, you are joyful. If you treat yourself and others with kindness, joy will overflow. By emptying your mind through meditation, you embrace joy. Observing nature and spending time in it will lead you to a river of joy. Engaging in creative endeavors will open the gates of joy.
Another way to tap into joy is to pretend to be positive until you begin to actually feel positive. In words of Thich Nhat Hanh, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Your positivism will unblock the path and before you know it, you won’t need to pretend anymore. Reach deep into yourself, and choose to live in joy now.