It is almost exactly one year to the date that we had a discussion in #spiritchat about the spirit of joy. The context of that discussion was the feeling that we somewhat tend to wait to express our sense of joy until the beginning of the holiday season –
As December dawns on us, large portions of the world move into a ‘Season of Joy’ as they celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and other related holidays. It seems like we ‘sleep-walk’ through the year, waiting for the holidays.. and then, like a dam that has been broken, the expressions of Joy break through into the landscape in the form of lights and decorations.
As we give ourselves permission to express Joy in our outward expression, our inner selves cannot be far behind in experiencing a little bit of Joy too. Or is it the other way around – that we need to experience it within, first, before the Joy manifests outwardly? And what happens if we wait too long to express Joy? –
one by-product of this collective ‘holding-in of our Joy’ is that it can produce stress. The stress of shopping for gifts, the stress of ‘what to buy for whom’, the stress of socializing at office, community and family get-togethers, and many others.
As we go through these cycles of withholding and expressing our Joy, I sometimes wonder – where does Joy really come from? Does it always exist – and we just cover it up in our busy lives full of activity, with the dust of living? Can we be in a perpetual state of Joy? And what is the difference between happiness and Joy anyway – is it just a matter of degree?
I invite you to join us in a discussion in #SpiritChat on Sunday, December 2nd 2012 at 9am ET / 2pm GMT.
Share with us – your approach to grow, manifest and spread Joy.
Update: Here is the html Transcript for the chat. Here is the pdf version for download. Also see the questions asked during the live chat on our topic of Joy. Thank you – may you find Joy in all your moments!
Q1. For you, true Joy means...? #SpiritChat Q2. What are some signs that Joy is not flowing in your life? #SpiritChat Q3. Where does Joy primarily come from? Within or without? Or... #SpiritChat Q4. Happiness and Joy. Are they different for you? Why or why not? #SpiritChat Q5. How does creativity help us grow, manifest our Joy? #SpiritChat Q6. Can we develop a more or less consistent state of Joy - beyond happiness? How? #SpiritChat Q7. Is there a service/product that brings you Joy.. can bring others Joy? Do share... #SpiritChat Q8. The best way to share our Joy in coming weeks is... #SpiritChat