You’ll Be Surprised!
“T’is the season” – this time of year is said to be the most joyful time of the year. But t’isn’t always so. So many expectations, expenses, and stresses can sap our sense of joy.
Good news! It turns out that there is an actual “joy making technology” – a simple and amazingly potent process gifted to us from the world of the science of psycho-neuro-immunology.
It goes like this:
“Stop, Drop & Deliver.”
Firstly, STOP your judging mind! Simply notice whatever disquiet, worry, doubt, or anxiety is present; take a deep breath and be quiet. Judging is our mind’s job, and it does it very well. That function has kept us alive as a species for thousands of years. We are grateful for that skill! But the mind operates automatically on fear and survival and typically does not succeed in the joy-bringing realm.
Now, with another breath, DROP into your heart! You can imagine a little laundry chute from your brain directly down to your heart, and imagine a tiny “you” jumping in with the freedom of an adventurous child. People are often surprised at how expansive, free and quiet this heart space is! Take a moment and breathe into your heart space. Feel it open and expand with each breath.
When we focus in the heart we become truly present in the present; we let go of the past and the future, fear, and worry. Amanda Gore, author of Joy is An Inside Job, describes this as an alchemical process. The magic happens because the heart is the portal for love, wisdom, inspiration, forgiveness, hope, reverence, and gratitude! Wow! What a big job!
The heart can do all of this because it has an electromagnetic field that is 60 times more powerful than any other organ in the human body, including our amazing brains! Every organ has an electrical field, but the heart actually has a measurable field outside of our physical bodies that extend six to ten feet in every direction! So we are constantly impacting those around us with our heart vibration – for good or for ill! It’s why we can often “get the vibe” from someone before a single word has been exchanged.
The last step, Deliver! Send a little energy packet from your heart to anyone or anything that has been causing upset or worry, and of course, to any person or thing to whom you wish to send a zap of joy! Amanda Gore calls these little energy zaps “zoots.” It’s a funny made-up term that somehow captures the quick, zappy, fun me-to-you message. You can imagine it silently or speak it while sending a little “zoot zoot” with your fingertips from your heart to your recipient. This alchemy blesses both sender and receiver! The magic of love and joy is that they actually increase as we give them away! Try it first with someone(s) you would like to bless, and then try it with someone (or something) that is causing you distress.
Lead into gold was the quest of the ancient alchemist. Darkness into light or fear into love is our modern spiritual understanding of that great metaphor. And that transformation takes place in the Most Important Place on Earth –
Our Amazing Hearts! 💗
May any darkness or gloom find itself transformed by the brilliant light of your beautiful heart! Sending you all a stream of loving “zoot, zoots”! From our shining hearts to yours!
May your holiday season truly be filled with JOY!
Joy is An Inside Job by Amanda Gore
TED Talk: The Secret Formula for Joy by Amanda Gore (Very fun! Highly recommended!)
HeartMath.org for the science of the HEART and references to psycho-neuro-immunology.