Have you ever heard the expression “JUMP FOR JOY”? What does that mean?
Who in the world ever made up the phrase JUMP FOR JOY? Because I want to meet that person. Are people actually going around jumping on the street?
So why do people say jump for JOY? I have always wondered why people say jumping for joy? I have jumped in my life but only on a few occasions. So I have spent the past 10 years investigating that phrase and that feeling.
Now let’s be honest there are a lot of times we don’t feel like jumping for joy. When jumping is too much work and energy. Sometimes it looks like everyone around us is jumping for joy and we are the only ones that don’t have it. Right? We are wondering what the hell is going on? There is nothing to jump for joy on. There is nothing here for me.
Don’t go on Facebook if you’re feeling left out. Everyone there is always jumping for joy about one thing or another. You’ll be more likely to jump off a cliff than jump for joy.
It seems to elude most of us and for years it totally eluded me. So I went on an investigation and for the past 10 years I looked into what that means. Guess what? I have found the answer, we were not meat to Jump for Joy we were meant to…. Fall into Joy. That means you give up all expectation and you allow yourself to drop into the feeling level of falling. What we were meant to do is much more subtle, we were meant to allow ourselves to “FALL INTO JOY”. Don’t you love the sound of that AHH. We were meant to drop all of our notions about the way things are supposed to be and we were meant to allow ourselves to let go and to fall into the divine expression of what is around us in every moment. The delicious feeling of falling into joy, of letting go of any preconceived notions of how it looks and noticing that it is around us everywhere, if we open our eyes to it. Maybe it is quieter than we all realize and that’s why we don’t pay attention to it.
The reality is joy is so undervalued in our culture, the ability to find a nugget of deep happiness so over looked and looked down upon that it is a secret word. It is so overused that no one feels it and so undervalued that no one will say it. How did we get here?
Let’s go back to our childhood where playing with a friend was all that mattered. Laughing and being silly and joyful was how we lived most of our days, everything was silly and wondrous, the fiber that make up most children is pure joy.
As grownups we don’t really like children, yes I am making a gross assumption by saying that. All the yelling and playing, laughing, and craziness we dislike it and we’re constantly telling them to be quiet. It makes us very uncomfortable in our own bodies. Think about it, you’re in a hurry and you’re waiting online at Target, the checkout person is new and going very slowly and you are in a big hurry.
There are 2 kids inline in front of you and they are happily playing tag no cares other that getting the other kid out. It makes you so angry you wished they were quiet. Or you are sitting alone at a restaurant reading a book and the kids in the next table over keep peeking over the booth at you and you smile at first but all you want is quiet. The ability to let go is what we are looking for.
It’s the disconnect with our jobs, our families, our friends, our communities, because we are all looking outside ourselves for our own reflection. Not allowing ourselves to go inward to discover that is where we need to live and when we do start to look at and live from our inner self we start to see what we need in that moment and start to find the joy of who we really are.
The disconnect comes from the shoulds, I should be thinner, taller, prettier, smarter, richer, married, not married, on and on. We all know what we don’t have but give me a list of what you love about yourself and everyone is quiet.
Joy is the cure! It is the cure for what ails all of us. It is the mother lode of immune booster to keep us all healthy and bright and in the moment. We seem to get lost in the day to day stuff that takes us out of joy. The stress of perfection, keeping up with others, having our families have the perfect life. So here are the three things that I have learned that will help you live in more JOY.
1: Breathe- Remember to breath in the moments that take us into joy. To bring yourself back into this very moment. All with your breath.
2: Make your joy diary: Stop long enough in your life to see the joy that is around you, Get out of your head, Get out of your stress, get into your life and get messy. Break your heart open, not caring what others have that you don’t, but living in every moment with a full glass of life.
3: Joy playlist: you are going to make the playlist for your life. The songs that you play that make you get up and dance and put you right into your happy place.
It is your right to have a life filled with heart opened wonder and joy. That in the end we have ourselves and we can let hearts feel the sadness so ultimately we can feel the joy. Passionate about what you do in the world and feeling like you are part of this planet. Step into it, love it, embrace it, protect it and leave your footprints everywhere.
Joy is the juice of life freshly squeezed, how will you drink it in?