How do we create new ways for joy?

I had a couple of beautiful experiences this week that reminded me of something very important, when it comes to spreading the awareness of joy in the world.

The first one happened in a dream! I dreamed about a doctor who taught yoga to Palestinian women here in Denmark. She and they were so full of joy! And it made me ponder:

How do we share the joy and the wisdom that our world needs beyond our own circles?

How do we reach those who perhaps wouldn’t respond to our inspirational words but are in need of the message behind the words?

These are important questions and a huge part of the Joy Keepers Network vision. If you have any answers, experiences, ideas please share them in a comment below!

It can be really simple sometimes, like the other day, on a bus. I was reading a (serious) book, and really not paying attention to my surroundings… Until someone accidentally pushed me from behind. My gut reaction: mild irritation. But then…

The person behind me came in front of me, and he had the sweetest and biggest smile ever as he apologizes (without being apologetic). Within a blink of an eye his smile resonated in me and I was finding myself so full of joy! And secretly laughing at myself having been in such a head space while reading…

It was as if the entire bus lightened up! And then this middle aged man (who based on his looks might be classified as mentally slow) hopped off the bus, still smiling and happily waving to the driver (us mentally fast people rarely do that…).

The world is full of natural Joy Keepers! And when we forget to be one, no worries, someone else will be there to remind us!

Meanwhile, the Joy Keepers Network is here to welcome, remind you and show you ever new and more expansive ways of experiencing and sharing your true joy!

Legacy – the secret to joyful work?

Legacy seems like such a heavy concept. And yet, it could be one of the keys to truly working with joy:

Here’s how you can apply this as a way of aligning your work, time and energy with your dharma. And then feel the joy of it!

Contemplate your legacy

This first part is a contemplation. Even if it took just a moment for me, it might take much longer for you, because you’re in a different process or have different needs and ways. So, take whatever time it you need and

Acknowledge that you matter. Acknowledge that your gifts to the world matter. Acknowledge that you don’t have forever to give them. And then ask yourself:

What is my legacy? What am I to leave behind when my work is done?

Align your priorities around your legacy work

Even if you have several projects, in the light of legacy most if not all of them may connect to it. Create your priorities around it, giving most time, focus and energy to your legacy project and aligning and prioritizing other projects/activities around it.

Do your work with joy!

It will probably come naturally, but still: remember that the key to joyful work is in being fully present in the moment. It is about being while doing.

Share your experiences and questions here or in the Joy Keepers Group!

And of course, if you haven’t yet, be part of the joyful work and join the Joy Keepers Network here

Legacy joy

Image by Gerhard Gellinger from Pixabay

I believe in a world of joy

I was recently participating in a gathering where we were invited to express what we believe in, in just a few words. I was curious about what would happen if I  said “I believe” and then just let the words flow freely and so I did. Although I cannot recreate that moment now, I know I said something along these lines…

I believe we are born into a field of love and joy. And I know that this love and joy is still within us.

I know that as we open to joy and allow it to flow in our  bodies, in our feelings, in our thoughts and in our hearts, we begin to shine. And as we shine we lit up other people as well, and they too begin to shine their joy.

And this is what’s going to happen! We are going to reconnect with joy as our true nature, and we’re going to reach each other this way. We’re going to see a new balance in the world.

I believe that. And I also know that joy is not in the future. It is right here and right now, ready to join us in a smile!

What do you believe?

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

 

 

From pain to joy – two Joy Keepers meet

I met Deb Svanefelt a little while ago. What I knew about her was that for many years she has been helping people with some of the most difficult cases of trauma and stress. Not what you’d call a joyful profession… And yet she is most definitely a Joy Keeper. How come? Watch below!

Here are some of the questions we pondered:

  • What is the difference between joy and happiness and why does it matter?
  • How come children are so joyful – and adults not so much?
  • What are the 3 main paths to joy?
  • Why do we need to meet our pain and shadows before we can live our joy?
  • What is a natural Joy Keeper?
  • What is the relationship between Love and Joy?
  • How can being an ambassador of Joy help our world?

And finally a question for you:
What in this conversation touched your heart the most?

Here are the resources mentioned in the interview:

Download the Finding Joy Every Day ebook here

Join the Joy Keepers Network here

 

How can the Joy Keepers Network help our world?

“To spread light where there is only light, or pretend that there is only light because the darkness is too hard to handle, might be a step on the path of one’s personal development; but it is not the spiritual journey.

There is no serious spiritual or religious path that gives any of us a pass on addressing the suffering of other sentient beings. There’s nothing “positive” about not addressing a problem simply because it’s not happening in your neighborhood.

Our task is to look at the darkness but then see through it and beyond it, thus invoking the endless possibilities for miracles that exist within God’s universe. We are not here to ignore the illusion, but to transform it. The miracle worker does not deny a problem, but merely denies its power over us. Spiritual seekers should not be children standing on the sidelines; we should be the biggest grownups in the room.”  ~  Marianne Williamson

These words hit right where my thoughts are going each morning these days.

Because, it is in the morning that I check the news headlines. And recently they have become so disturbing, that I have to ask myself: “What can I do about all this”? Because… Well, Marianne Williamson says it perfectly above.

When I contemplate it what I get is that the Joy Keepers Network has an important role to play during these difficult times. For real and for several reasons.

One of these reasons is that for us to be able to cope with such huge challenges we need to be in touch with the Joy energy. For us to continue the positive work that is needed in the world Joy is essential. For us to continue replenishing and re-balancing our energies, from every cell in our bodies to every cell in the living organism that we call our Earth, Joy is essential.

Also, Joy brings us closer to Oneness. And it takes a global Oneness awareness to create the changes that are urgent and absolutely necessary for life on Earth to survive.

It comes down to a few simple facts (now even scientifically proven, should we need that reassurance):

  • People who believe in Oneness are more kind towards other living beings
  • People who believe in Oneness are more compassionate
  • People who believe in Oneness have greater capacity for collaboration and for creating the solutions that the world needs now.

Yes, we as Joy Keepers have a role to play, along with the 2+ millions of others conscious networks along the globe.

But what will it take for us to actually make a difference? That’s the next, very challenging question that I’m asking myself these days. And in that context it is very helpful for me – and hopefully meaningful for you too – to get a little bit of a perspective:

The perspective is that, even if it was born out of my life-long spiritual and personal exploration, the calling to create  the Joy Keepers Network as such came to me very recently – in the Spring of 2017.  I acted on it the best I could and so by the end of 2017 there were some 50+ official Joy Keepers here. Now, 1 year later, our numbers have tripled to 150+!

How grateful I am for each and everyone of you, for your presence, for you reading these words and for your participation in our Global Joy Meditations and webinars. And how I appreciate the support from our Joy Angels. Thank you!

I am also very much aware that this is just a tiny beginning. For us to actually make a difference globally, we need to grow by leaps and bounds, sooner rather than later.

How can that happen?

I have some ideas. But we need your help for these ideas to come into fruition. So I’m listing them below, and I invite you to ponder each of them and see how you can help. Please know that any help is welcome and appreciated, no matter how big or small!

  • Help me connect with other joyful leaders (or just relevant transformational leaders) out there, so that we can collaborate. Let me know who you think I should connect with.
  • Support Joy Keepers Network financially. It will enable us to cover our expenses as well as advertise and with that gain more visibility and more members. Also, if you can connect me with people/organizations that have the capacity to support us financially that would be wonderful!
  • Help me build Joy Resources for Joy Keepers. The Finding Joy Ebook is one such resource and there are also my webinars. In the future I would like the Joy Keepers Network to offer a variety of resources from different teachers/leaders/mentors. If you have resources that you would include in our official library (which I will be creating) then reach out to me.
  • Let me know what you would like to happen within the Joy Keepers Network. What are your needs? Would you like more regular Joy meditations? Any other activities? Specific resources?

You can contact me here anytime, and I’ll typically respond within 24 hours.

Thank you from all my joyful heart to yours!

With love
Halina

PS: Not a member yet? Join the Joy Keepers Network here. It’s free.

Give and receive

Behind this simple website there is a big and powerful vision: A world with joyful groups and individuals everywhere, all bringing more light and balance to their immediate environment.

That is one big vision! and it would be a monumental work for any of us (certainly for me)… yet it is quite doable when we all…

Open to the flow of giving and receiving

The Joy Keepers Network is as much part of those universal energy movements as anything else and here’s how each of us can support them i.e. give and receive at the same time.

Ways to give

  • We are all Joy Lovers but you can also step up as a Joy Leader or a Joy Angel, and contribute by offering your resources, teaching, coaching, events, books… anything that can be of value for Joy Keepers and that contributes to more joy in any area of life/work.
  • Donate any amount and help us maintain our site and reach more people.
  • Share the Joy Keepers Network with as many people as possible. Invite them to join us, participate in our meditations and use our resources!

Ways to receive

We receive as we give – that’s the joy of it too! And there are other ways for you to receive here as well:

  • As our new Joy Leaders and Joy Angels will be adding their diverse resources (many of them free, I’m sure), there will be plenty of new ways for you to get inspired and enriched: books, events, articles, webinars, workshops, and who knows what more…
  • As we grow there will also be more people to connect and share in our forum on Facebook
  • As a Joy Leader or Joy Angel you will also receive the gifts of extra visibility through our website as well as the support of any Joy Ventures that you choose to participate in.

Now that our foundations is ready we can build (almost) anything!
As soon as we have grown some more we can start creating Joy Groups for mutual support! That will be the next big step, along with ongoing improvements and enhancements and perhaps fixing any bugs that I’m not aware of yet. 🙂 Do let me know if you come across any…

I would also love to know if you have any ideas, comments, wishes otherwise… I am here for you, and for our joyful world – the small world and the big world…

With love and joy,
Halina

Hello Joy Keepers!

Halina here,  so very happy to be able to welcome you to the Joy Keepers Network! By the way, if you haven’t yet, join us here!

Go ahead and check the menu above to see what we offer at this time.

As you can see this space is created to provide a variety of resources to inspire you and the world in opening to joy, sharing joy, and in this way support peaceful transformations and creative solutions to the current political, social and environmental challenges. We know that in order to meet the massive challenges faced by humanity and our planet we must join our joyful forces!

Contact us if you have any questions at all!