Embracing Joy For Self Empowerment

Embracing Joy For Self-Empowerment

Living on a mountain with a breathtaking view of an expansive valley, I feel a sense of expansiveness. As I embark on my journey to publish a book that resonates deeply with my heart, I have discovered a powerful ritual that helps me align with my highest and best self. Dancing freely to high-vibe music in the solitude of nature, I tap into the joy that brings forth beautiful and creative opportunities.

This ritual may seem silly to onlookers (and perhaps even to my dogs). But it serves as a reminder to choose joy to soothe heavy moods and difficult emotions. I’m inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. He shares we shouldn’t wait for suffering to dissipate before we allow ourselves to smile. Our suffering does not define us, and we can water the seeds of joy, peace, and love in every moment.

While it’s important to acknowledge and process unexpected and unwelcome emotions, it’s equally important to remember that beneath the chaos lies our grounded center and a well of joy. Recognizing this truth empowers us to choose how we navigate our inner experiences.

We often look for joy outside of ourselves, seeking it in material possessions, achievements, or the approval of others. However, true happiness lies within us, waiting to be unlocked and embraced.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the external world and allow our circumstances to dictate our happiness. But when we rely on external factors for joy, we give away our power and become vulnerable to the unpredictable nature of life. The truth is, joy is not something we find; it’s something we cultivate from within.


By shifting our perspective and recognizing that joy is an inside job, we reclaim our power and create a solid foundation for lasting happiness. We can choose joy in every moment, regardless of our external circumstances. It doesn’t mean denying or suppressing our emotions. It’s also acknowledging them and consciously choosing to find the silver lining. As well as the lesson, or the opportunity for growth in every situation.

Cultivating joy begins with self-awareness and self-care. Taking the time to connect with ourselves, understand our needs, and prioritize activities that bring us happiness is essential. It could be as simple as spending time in nature and engaging in creative pursuits. Also practicing mindfulness or meditation and nurturing our relationships with loved ones (or dancing with me in spirit!). Whatever brings you joy and fulfillment, I encourage you to prioritize it. 

It’s also important to remember that joy is not a destination; it’s a state of being. It’s not about waiting for the perfect moment or external validation to experience joy but embracing it in the present moment. When we tap into our inner joy, we radiate positivity and attract even more joy into our lives. Embracing joy as a choice empowers us to navigate life’s challenges with resilience and grace. It allows us to find beauty and gratitude in even the smallest moments.

You possess an internal compass that points to the true north of your heart. 

Sometimes, we need to remember where we’ve put that compass.

I invite you to create reminders for yourself, whether it’s a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or keeping an inspirational book by your bedside. Please share this with a friend or partner, so they can support and remind you during turbulent times. 

Over time, these reminders will expand your resilience and deepen your understanding of who you are beyond passing thoughts, emotions, and sensations. As we awaken to our true selves, our choices ripple out and positively impact the universal vibration. I send you all my love, knowing we are all interconnected on this journey. 

I would love to hear about your experiences and inner truth as you navigate your path, so please do share below: 

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