For this month we focus on joy, with the intent of continuing to focus on joy for the remainder of our days on this planet.
On Dictionary.com, they define joy as “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.” The use of the word “keen” in that definition caused me to look up “keen”, which they define as “eager; interested; enthusiastic; slang: great, wonderful, marvelous.”
What is keeping us from our joy? I know for me it usually comes down to a ‘deserving’ issue. Am I worthy of joy? How can I be joyful, when so many people suffer on a daily basis?
I’m reminded of the 1984 movie, “The NeverEnding Story”, about Fantasia, a magical land created by the dreams and imagination of humankind, now threatened with destruction by The Nothing, a shapeless, ominous force created by human despair. The more people succumbed to despair, the more Fantasia disappeared. It turns out that the young boy reading the story of Fantasia is the only one who can save it and does by finally believing that he can, spreading hope and joy throughout the land.
I believe that the more of us that can create and find joy in our lives, the more it will grow and spread. What happens to a room full of dull, boring people when a joyful baby appears; it changes the whole feel of the room and everyone in it. We need to be the joy and even if it’s a struggle to be joyful all the time, capture whatever moments of joy you can and savor it.
Coloring is one way to tap into your inner joy. Ponder this as you color this month’s mandala of the month.
joyfully, Maureen, The Mandala Lady