Damn but this time of year is beautiful.
The sun in the morning. The flowers blooming. The trees against the sky.
The yellow birds.
Yes, my yellow birds are visiting my bird feeder every day.
They were coming for a while; they seemed to go away; and they’re back.
Damn they’re beautiful.
There are so many reasons to feel joy. So many ways to let joy in. So many moments of peace and ease.
In full disclosure, I am looking for them actively, because in full disclosure, and no surprise, there are moments that the joy inside me is harder to find.
So I breathe through. I practice RAIN (which I first heard from Tara Brach, and I highly recommend) – Recognize, Allow, Investigate, and Nurture (nurture being my favorite part). I sit with the “bad” and “tough” emotions that are coming up…and offer myself compassion and love.
Then I find the joy. As best as I can, in every moment, I look for and find the joy.
It is all around me, when I can pause and breathe and notice. It is inside of me, when I can pause and breathe and notice.
I am breathing through and finding the joy.
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