Emotional Life Energy: Living with Joy and Gratitude
During my years digging into the records of ancient cultures, I discovered that brilliant civilisations had what they called ‘living ordinances’.
These were rituals of joy and gratitude they would perform on a daily basis, where they'd use single sentences as 'mottos' for everyday life, to remind them to stay connected to the earth and in a spirit of thankfulness for being alive.
Anciently, single sentences used to be 'pictographs', 'hieroglyphics' and ‘rock art’. For many cultures, these were a celebration for why they were here and what they were doing.
Lost in the rush
Sadly, in today’s fast-paced, overworked, modern society of ‘productivity’, many of us have lost these little daily rituals to help honour and celebrate life.
In particular, it tends to impact our relationships with members of our families, close friends and those who matter most. We begin to take these relationships for granted and things can start to fall apart around us when this occurs.
The origins of think and thank
A lot of people don’t understand the connection of the etymology (root origins) of the two words, ‘think’ and ‘thank’.
The more we think - literally TRULY think - the more thankfulness we have in our hearts, and the greater spirit of gratitude that we have for the wonder of being alive.
The more we think about our children, spouses, parents, brothers, sisters and friends, the more thankfulness we feel towards them for sharing the journey of life together.
Just a few minutes each day spent either pondering your appreciation for loved ones and/or expressing this appreciation is a powerful healing force.
To have this spirit of gratitude flowing through you freely, regularly is an important emotional energy that gives additional meaning and purpose to your life.
Smell the roses
Make sure you take the time each day to stop and 'smell the roses'.
If we don't do this, sooner or later the hectic pace of life can lead to emotional trauma within and have a ripple effect on those around you.
It is true that the simple things in life are ultimately what tend to bring us the most joy. Do 10-15 minutes sun gazing early in the morning, take a bare-footed walk on the sand, sit in a park and observe nature, or go for a hike in the forest. Doing activities like this - either alone or with someone you care about - can be very healing and will help to ensure ongoing emotional balance in your life.
Imagine life the way you want it
Your life right now is the result of your imagination. Everything you've experienced to this point has helped define who you are and your imagination is what will either keep you where you are or allow you to re-invent a future to look forward to.
Do things that stimulate your imagination often and notice the thoughts that drop into your head. Creativity with purpose can help you achieve just about anything.
Make the commitment
Decide that no matter what, you're going to live in a state of joy and gratitude.
Sure, there'll always be periods of loss, pain and suffering, but the key is to experiment and to create and identify physical and emotional 'tools' that you can count on as a kind of 'insurance' whenever life gets you down.
The secret to happiness it seems is what the Buddhists sometimes refer to as ‘non-attachment’. Translated that simply means 'flexibility'. You know - go with the flow, be flexible, discover your own little joy rituals and relish in them!