Juliet Martine Where Is The Joy?This morning I awoke and thought of all the things I needed to do today. Meditate. Journal. Get up, have shower, make bed. Get stuck into writing my program ‘Everything You Want and Need to Know About Manifesting’. See clients. Do grocery shopping. Go to yoga. Clean the house. Take out the rubbish. Pay bills. Get office organized. Answer emails. Pick up my daughter from school. Get dinner sorted. Put on a load of washing. Return phone calls. By the time I’d finished mentally reviewing the list of everything I needed to do, I found my energy had dropped and I was feeling heavy, tired and a general sense of lackluster.

Whilst I love my work, it felt like the day had no light in it. It felt like I had no light shining within me. I was setting myself up to do what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t feeling the joy. And then it hit me. Where is the joy? Where is the joy in my day? Where is the joy in my life?

All too often our lives can become overrun with all the things we need to do and get done. All the things that demand our attention and insist on taking priority. All the things we need to address in order to keep the wheels turning in our lives. Or spinning. And yet where is the joy in that? Where is the light? Where is the fun? Is it just a tiny order placed on the side of life next to the main dish called ‘work’? Or should we perhaps be moving it on to the main plate and serving it up to ourselves to balance out the meal with great lashings of deliciousness?

What Brings YOU Joy?

Where is the joy in your life? What brings the light into your day? Where is your fun-ny bone connecting up to the rest of you and the way you show up in the world? I thought I had lots of joy in my life, and I do. But I when I asked myself this question this morning as I was running through my ‘to do’ list, I realized that heaviness had crept in and I hadn’t given myself permission to really give weight to the joy in my life and to dream this in fully. I looked at my intentions and what I have been dreaming myself to experience over the rest of my life, and the light of fun and joy and jubilation wasn’t shining quite as brightly off the pages of my dreaming book as I knew I was capable of experiencing it.

What is it that brings us joy? What is it that makes us light up from the inside out? What is it that brings a smile to our face and activates the life force within us to turn up a few notches and radiate throughout our being?

We tend to think of having fun as being child’s play. And it is. But if we don’t nurture our inner child, we simply grow up too fast and whither and die. Giving ourselves permission to play and have fun is what this lifetime is for. It’s the balancing factor, the pay off for all the hard work that we do. Its what makes us sing from the inside out and causes us to spread with contagion the radiant glow of our soul.

You Are Here To Shine With Joy!

We are here to shine our light in this world by having fun. Fun generates joy. Joy generates light. Like in the movie Monster’s Inc, joy, fun, laughter is more powerful and generates more energy and light than anything else. It connects us with our soul, with our inner light, with our Divine Essence, and brings us into a place of oneness with the world. When we’re having fun, when we’re feeling the joy, all is right in our world and we feel a sense of reprieve from all the woes.

So where is the joy in your life? Where is that all important ingredient that brings the balance into all the efforts that you fill your life and waking moments with? Is it all hard work? Or are you having fun and filled with joy?
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loving selfI was talking with a friend recently who’d been experiencing ongoing difficulties with her ex-husband and also a neighbor who was proving extremely challenging. She’d found herself getting very angry and upset, as old buttons were being pushed, and emotional patterns being reactivated. ‘I read somewhere that if you’re upset with another person, that if you imagine sending love and light to them that it can help. So I’ve been doing that and it seems to be making me feel less upset. But I’m worried it might stop working,’ she nervously laughed.

If we find our buttons being pushed with someone in our life, it’s not the other person that we need to be sending love and light to. It’s Us.

Sending loving light-filled energy is a lovely thing to do. Especially when we’re sending it free of any attachment to outcome, to areas of the world experiencing extreme suffering and difficulties. However, when it comes to sending it to other people who are pressing our buttons and who haven’t actually asked us to send them loving energy, it probably means that it’s Us that needs healing. Not them.

It’s so easy for us to get caught in the illusion that we’re such a wonderful person sending loving energy to people who are annoying us. However, sending loving energy to someone who hasn’t asked for it and may not actually want it from us, is exerting our free will over theirs and not a responsible thing to do. It’s not our right to do that. And usually we’re doing it with a holier-than-thou approach, because we’re seeing the other person as being ‘wrong’ in some way and in need of fixing.

If someone’s pushing our buttons and we’re finding ourselves reacting, then we’re the ones that are hurting, and we’re the ones that are in need of healing. Not the other way round. The other person may well be having a merry old time lashing out at us and expressing themselves however they wish. However if we find ourselves feeling an emotional reaction and know that our triggers are being activated, then it means that there are old wounds within us that are being aggravated and it is our own self that is in need of healing.

The fact that we’ve been triggered is showing us that is where our loving energy most needs to be sent. To ourselves. To those parts of self that are holding onto old wounds. To those parts of self that are caught up in old stories. To those parts of self that are needing to let go and forgive and move on. We are the ones that need the healing energy, just as much if not moreso than the other person we’ve been blaming.

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This morning as I parked at my local beach, I went to put coins into the parking meter and noticed the payment system has changed. Now when you insert your credit card to pay, you’re required to enter your car’s registration number, which it then prints on the receipt slip you place in your car window.ParkingMeter

It prompted me to contemplate why this additional requirement to enter your car’s number plate. Could it be a way of generating additional income? Having to nominate your car’s licence plate number on the parking slip means that no one can pass on their parking slip to anyone else to benefit from, should they decide to leave their parking space earlier than their paid for amount of time. To me this felt like an extreme lack of generosity of spirit on the part of the local Council that collects the parking revenue.

Not that long ago there were no parking limits to public parking on the streets. Anyone could park pretty much anywhere they wanted, provided it was safe. Then time limits were introduced, and then came the introduction of parking meters, whereby you put coins in the meter for the parking spot you were parked in, and if you left the spot before the meter ‘ran out’, then the next person who parked there would benefit from any time credit still left on the meter. Which was only fair given that the parking space had already been paid for for that allocated time. And then came the ticket dispensing machines where you paid for a period of time and then placed the dispensed ticket on the dash of the car for the parking inspector to check. And where there was still time paid for on your ticket, if you were feeling generous you would gift your ticket to another person to use, as you were leaving your parking spot.

But not any more. Now your ticket has to stay with your car and you cant pass it on to anyone else. Which means the local Councils get to double and triple dip when it comes to revenue raising as parking spaces get paid for over and over again for more time than is actually used. Read More…

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