I was recently in Hilton Head, SC teaching a workshop at the Jiva Yoga Center. It is so beautiful there and I was feeling so joyful.
The day after the workshop I found myself sick in bed with a cold. I wasn’t feeling quite as inspired and joyful when I had a fever. So as I was feeling miserable I tried to think about what brings me joy and how I can cultivate that feeling even when I wasn’t feeling my healthiest.
It was a challenge to find joy even when I was sick. What I discovered was it didn’t matter where I was, but how I choose to feel on the inside. I thought of how happy my dog Cosmo makes me, the beauty of walking on the beach, and the loving support of my family. By changing my mental focus from how sick I felt to what brings me joy I was able to lighten my mood.
Live Light Practice:
Discover what brings you joy. Take time this afternoon to contemplate what in your life brings you joy and take action to add more of it to your life.