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When was the last time you unleashed your Joy?

JoyWhen I saw this painting this morning it really touched me. The first thing I noticed were the butterflies which I always feel drawn to. The butterfly is a symbol of change. The first butterfly I noticed was the green one close to the heart area. How many of us live life with closed hearts, defending ourselves from previous hurts, slights, judgments, rejections and pain. Unfortunately when things go wrong our natural default mechanism is to be wary; to hold ourselves back, to keep ourselves safe. We condition ourselves to believe that things will always be a certain way or to have deep seated distrust of others and their intentions. All of this holding on holds us back.The lovely thing about this painting is the image of the angel which I can relate to any one of us – her eyes are at peace and her body language relaxed. She is not holding onto any tension but instead looks dreamily around her fully present in the moment. The butterflies are all different species but together they form part of an image of togetherness and connectivity.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if we the human species could blend together as one with open hearts and minds. A sense of freedom would ensue. Tensions would ease and judgements wane as trust would be a given.

The painting mentions the words Laugh, Play and Sing.

Laughter is a wonderful way to bring people together and recently I attended a laughter yoga workshop at Gaunts House with Paul Reeves, based on the work of Dr. Madan Kataria, from Mumbai, India popularly known as the ‘Guru of Giggling’. I can tell you that after half an hour of ridiculously funny scenarios and group interaction we were one very relaxed group. It was really a joyous moment.

Playing is not just for children. I cannot remember the last time I played, apart from perhaps a board game of Monopoly. When I think about playing I think about messing about, having fun, being silly. This is something I need to do more of for sure.

Singing on the other hand is something I do regularly. I love singing – my voice would never make it past my bathroom but I don’t care I just love to sing and the vibrations of sound are so healing too, helping our bodies to naturally find balance.

Joy comes from freedom and my belief is that if we open up our hearts our true self will be free to express.


Open up your heart to love and your life will change for ever

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