What fills you with joy? A somatic based therapist inquires about how do you generate and experience joy? Typically, people will look to externals for what brings them joy--a trip to the beach, sharing watermelon with their children, or riding bicycles on a beautiful sunny, summer day. External activities, people or places could bring you joy, but joyfulness is generated from the inside out rather than from the outside in. It's not the people, places or things that make a person experience joy.
The dictionary defines joy as the feeling of great pleasure or happiness. Common synonyms are: delight, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration, ebullience, exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy, delight, rapture, radiance.
What's an attitude? It's how you embody yourself, and the experiences you generate. In order to experience and express the synonyms of joy, it's obvious to me, that each of the words would be distinctly different from the other words. The mere fact of calling them a synonym makes them seem the same. Having discernment about your own experiences is important! Knowing how to distinguish between nuances of your experiences can help you organize yourself and generate more rewarding connections with others.
Rather than looking to externals for your joy and sense of fulfillment, how do you connect to yourself, organize your bodily attitudes and fill yourself in a joyous capacity?
How do you share that with others, or once you have generated the experiences for yourself, what will you choose to do with the experience? Some people may choose to sustain and contain their experience, while others may prefer to share it with others. If generating, containing, experiencing and or sustaining joy is challenging for you, consider what barriers are in your way, and how best to address them?
Rather than read and think further about the topic: take a moment to take a few deep breaths, check into your sensational self, and bring yourself to a joyful place. Pay attention to what you do to get yourself to experience joy? Are you generating visions, sounds, memories? What do you do to fill yourself with joy and how will you respond to the joy you create?
Today, I'm going to give myself an attitude of gratitude as the flavor to the joy, I'll create.
Enjoy (there it is again). Joy is everywhere, should you choose it.