Expanding Your Happiness Day 8: Living Joy


“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”  —Henri J.M. Nouwen

Welcome to the second week of our 21-Day Meditation Experience,Expanding Your Happiness. Last week we discovered that happiness is something we source inside us, not outside us. We experienced the sprouting of these seeds of happiness – joy, love, hope, peace, inspiration, wholeness – and felt them take root. This week our happiness will grow and blossom to enrich all aspects of our lives.

It is natural to express our joys, to share our happiness with others. Watch how young children innocently display their happiness and delight. As adults we have learned to be more guarded with expressing our emotions, even our positive ones, and this has the effect of limiting the positive influence of our happiness in our lives. We need to give ourselves permission to be, to live and feel life as we are.

Today’s meditation is designed to open the doors of our joy and let it expand into all areas of life.

Our centering thought for today is:

We are here to enjoy.

Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:

“Shree Ram.” I embody happiness and vitality.

 “This week we want to expand that happiness and express it in all areas of life. With a new, innate understanding of the sacred ground from which it springs, eternal. Today, we begin day eight, living what we felt last week: living joy. We may think joy is a moment of laughter or love  or delight, and in fact living your joy, sharing it with the world is the highest expression of spirit. When you open up and allow your inner light to shine you express the grandest and most powerful state of well being imaginable. Express joy at every opportunity and it grows. As Marianne Williamson says, “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” Relax and enjoy as we journey to let our joy light shine, teaching us how to live it.” ~ Oprah  

Today’s Notes

The sprouted seed is now emerging into the sun and light growing into a full blossoming flower.

What was inside of us, the happiness inside of us, is now manifesting in our physical reality.

When things restrict us (social conditioning, etc.), the circle is broken. 

One way to tell when someone experiences pure awareness is that life becomes more enjoyable. They no longer feel limited as more and more of their internal potential unfolds.

It is both a simple and profound truth: we are here to enjoy life.

 Joy is one of the highest expressions of spirit. Give yourself permission to experience your joy whenever you feel it. Don’t feel uneasy showing. Don’t be self contained. Take a new perspective. Nurture your personal reality. Reach a higher state of well being. Joy isn’t selfish. It is self care. Bringing vitality to your emotional body. Expressing your joy doesn’t have to be attention grabbing. Simply remove your hesitation and smile when you feel like it. Laugh. Bounce to the rhythm of life. Join the cosmic dance. Joy is our reason for being here. 

We are here to enjoy. 

Prepare to meditate. Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes. Begin to be aware of your breath. And just breathe, slowly and deeply. Introduce today’s mantra, “Shree Ram.” Repeat it silently to yourself. Feel your body, mind and spirit open and receive just a little more. 

My Thoughts & Experience


We are but a shell for the light and happiness and peace that is within us.

If we ever get the chance, we must take it.


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