"At this point in my life I am the joy that I fought for"-Danielle Laporte
I relate to this so much. Joy is our birthright but so many of us came into this life with a whole lot of unconscious resistance to it and then depending on our upbringing and how our family of origin values quality of life, we may be imprinted with even more unconscious resistance to joy.
We also tend to feel guilty when we experience too much joy, it challenges our stories about how we are "oh-so-not-worthy". Society doesn't make it any easier for us to embrace the joy that is our birthright as humans. We are coming out of a paradigm that holds the values of sacrifice and suffering pretty high.
If we aren't putting in another hour of work when the job isn't done, then we shame ourselves.
The fact is the job will never be done. There will always be another to-do list to be written, we might as well do the work to write it joyfully.
What does that look like? Doing the work to become joyful? It looks like feeling your feelings, all of them as they come.
So many of us have built-up, repressed emotions just building momentum for explosion which often times causes misplacement of the feelings when they do come out.
We find ourselves projecting our feelings about ourselves onto others and that can bring destruction of relationships and over identification with ego.
I have done so much self work to come to a place of reclaiming joy as my birthright. I am worthy of it and my quality of life and how I feel moment to moment matters more to me than anything. I feel strongly that prioritizing your quality of life and doing the self work it takes to feel the way you want to feel is the key to optimum wellness and vitality.
This photo was taken yesterday, on my 33rd birthday and it was such a joyful day spent splashing around in the Makua Mermaid Caves of Oahu with the man that lights my fire 🔥 😍
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