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Rediscovering Joy

| by Everything Yoga

A few years ago, I heard something that's stuck with me ever since - the Ancient Egyptians believed that upon their death, they would be asked two questions before granted entrance to the Afterlife:

Did you find joy?

Did you bring joy?

Yes, the Egyptians took their joy seriously. In fact, Egyptians saw joy as a sacred responsibility. Now I don't know about you, but the concept of joy as a sacred responsibility lights me up. Can you imagine if everyone saw joy as a sacred responsibility? Oh, the possibilities!

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TRY THIS: Meditate on joy as a sacred responsibility and ask yourself the questions above. If you want to take this even further, try asking yourself these questions every night before you go to sleep.

I find joy in unexpected places -- nature, serendipitous happenings, sensation, my breath, connection with another, movement, during my yoga practice. My mind often rolls right over these experiences but my body desires to savor them. I suppose that's why I look at my time on my yoga mat as my very own sacred responsibility. It's when I slow down, recognize joy, and savor it. My body moving at the pace of my breath fills me with deep, abiding joy. Rather than think about asana form or the next posture or what I'm going to write about in my blog, I'm in my body feeling all of the sensations present and savoring the miracle that is me.

If you're wanting to find more joy in your days, check out these joyful resources:

My wish for all of you is that you bring joy and find joy.

Namaste!

 

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