Cultivate Deep Joy
happiness is your right, make it your practice
Have you felt you should be doing something else with your life? That your soul has a purpose, and you are not aligned with it? For me, the most suffering came from not knowing what I was supposed to be doing. In her poem, The Summer Day, Mary Oliver asks us, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” At times I wanted to scream, “I don’t know what the fuck I am supposed to be doing! Help me. Someone just tell me.” I was waiting for a sign. In his book The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho talks of learning to read “the language of the world,” and I wanted so badly to understand what the world wanted me to do with this life.
What if it was as simple as following your joy? What lights you up? DO THAT. What does your heart want? GET THAT. You will know how aligned you are with your purpose by how good you feel.
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Want to know your life's purpose, look at what you love.
For a long time I thought my calling was to be a classroom teacher. I loved working with kids, developing curriculum, and creating a classroom culture. I am good at this work, but it was slowly hurting me. I would become depressed, overwhelmed, and stressed out. Over the summer I would recoup and then repeat a slow decline. Magical Homemaking was born out of a need to find ways to cope with this work that I love.
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We live in a time when there is actually research on what makes people happy! And, as I explore ways to deepen my own happiness, I look forward to sharing with you the lessons I learn. I am learning from the work of Brené Brown, The Happiness Research Institute, and The Greater Good Science Center.
Want some research-based tips on cultivating happiness? Come back for these upcoming articles:
How to Use a Gratitude Practice to Live a Joyful Life
Believing We are Worthy of Connection: How to Spend Time with People
Buying Happiness for Your Loved Ones: Spend Your Money on Experiences
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