Let’s be honest…there have been times this summer(this year!) that it has been hard to be joyful. So many sad, frightening events have occurred in our world. Everyday we are bombarded by the negativity of the presidential campaign. You can be hard pressed to wake up in the morning and hear positivity. When we start each day trying to protect ourselves from the unhappiness around us, that alone set us off on the wrong foot.
Truth is, that despite all the hardness in the world, within us is a soft joy that cannot be destroyed. Is that our “joy”? Joy is an inside job that is not dependent on external forces. Sure, it is easier to express your joy if you have enough food, water, shelter, safety and comfort! Have you seen the faces of those children in a refugee camp with no home, minimal resources of food and water, with sheer delight on their faces? This is the joy within each of us that can flood thru us, despite our circumstances.
At times when we can slip into the hole of unhappiness, let’s turn to our yoga practice to find our true center, our center of joy. We can use our breath, our bodies and our minds as a tour de force to uncover what is already in us. Come practice joy with us on Monday 8/15 at the UU Church of Fresno form 6:30-8 pm. The joy is there. Let’s uncover it!
Below is the flyer for a local yoga festival at the Fulton Yoga Collective. I will be doing a Ananda for High Consciousness class from 3-4 pm that day. Hope you will be there!