Is joy a privilege?

It may be fiction, but watching “Capernaum” gets to me as if it was a direct broadcast from the Middle Eastern war zone. The snipers and the shooting, the violence in the streets and in homes, the children being a target and trying to survive on their own.

I sit in in my big, comfy, red cinema seat, frozen by the reality of the film as much as by the way it exposes my exceptionally privileged life here in Denmark. The peace, the way life is safe and secure here, the material luxury on top of everything else I have.

As the film ends and credits roll, and while the few people in the cinema begin to leave, I remain seated, paralyzed by the heavy questioning within.

Having seen that other world, only 4 hours flight from here, how can I ever continue living as if nothing happened?

In the darkness of what I just experienced on screen I feel useless and selfish beyond description. In the face of all the pain I just witnessed, my life and my world feel arrogant. And I don’t know what to do with that. So, I ask for help and guidance from within. It comes in the form of another question:

How would the world look like if everyone had access to joy?

Of course, the question refers to my work with the Joy Keepers Network and Awakening To Joyful Living . Which, right now, facing an ocean of poverty and brutality, feel insignificant and  irrelevant. But still, this is the question given to me. And so, I surrender to contemplating it. And as I do, I am reminded of that which I teach yet have lost sight of under the heavy shadow of the reality I just saw.

I had forgotten that joy is not a privileged state. It lives within every human being and can be found again.

I had forgotten that joy has the power to set us free.

How would the world look like if everyone had access joy?

I can see it now. It would not be a world of suffering and injustice. It would be a world of connection, collaboration, love.

So maybe, just maybe, in bringing the awareness of joy to the world, I am not completely wasting the life that was given to me? I cautiously open to the possibility, with a new question:

What can I do to help? In actuality, not just as a nice philosophy?

I do not help by taking more suffering upon myself, I know so much. Also, I do not help by turning my back on suffering either. I’m asking myself again:

How can joy help, concretely?

I have seen situations where joy helped.  I have seen joy relieve pain, physical, emotional and mental. I have even seen joy prevent suicide. And I know that the experience of joy isn’t limited to a special, privileged group of people.

If we dedicate ourselves to bringing the awareness, the tools and the support to the world, eventually joy will resonate around the globe. And as it does, there will be a growing realization of our connection and of Oneness. And with that an expansion of our capabilities to show concern and to help. Because people who believe in Oneness have compassion for those outside of their immediate circle.

Yes, there are ways for me and you to contribute. And no, it’s not all on my shoulders, or yours. And yes, every life matters.

It matters in the world that we live in and it matters because, in truth, as we change our world changes. And as it spreads, joy can reach the entire world, not just the privileged one percent.

This is a big vision, I know. But it’s real enough for me to leave the movie theater, to go back to the privileged life of mine and to use it for something good.

If you haven’t yet please join us in the Joy Keepers Network here.

Thank you!

Learn more about “Capernaum” here. It’s also available on Amazon.

 

Where to find our joy

Do you believe that nature brings you joy? I’m asking because it certainly feels like it does. But it’s not quite true.

It is really important (and I’ll explain why in a second) to understand that nature is not the source of our joy. We are. Our joy lives within us.

Now, don’t get me wrong. There are few things in life that I cherish as much as nature. Spending time in nature every day is a high priority for me. And still, as much as it inspires and enriches and nourishes me, I know that nature is not the ultimate source of my joy.

So how come it feels like it is?

I think it’s because when we’re in nature we get in touch with our own nature. We relax and connect with ourselves, more. And when we do, our inner joy begins to flow more as well.

Even if it can be easier to find our joy when we’re in nature, the source of our joy is within us, not out there. And we can find it no matter where we are.

Knowing it can make a huge difference in our lives!

Because we all encounter hard times along the way, and especially now. Our world encounters one of its greatest crisis ever.

What if we could move through all this with a sense of joy, hope and peace?

We can! Yes, it takes inner work and practice and yes, it is absolutely possible.

But for as long as we believe that we can only find joy when we’re in nature, or when we’re with our loved ones, or when we’re having a good time, we are denying ourselves the gift of joy when we need it the most, when we can’t be around nature or the people we love. Unfortunately, this is the reality for thousands if not millions of people in this very moment.

Changing that reality starts with ourselves. So let’s practice joy, so that we can find it when we need it. And then help more people find it as well, when they need it. Because everyone does.

Find out how to find more of your joy here

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

 

 

Why our world needs more Joy Keepers

Our world is in transition. An era is coming to an end, another one beginning. Whatever challenges we may be experiencing these days, collectively and individually, are all part of that giant transition. It’s not just about you and me, it’s bigger than any of us.

We face a planet-wide destruction that seems to be reaching a point of no return. And yet return we must. Return to a sustainable and aligned way of living. The good news is that we do have the potential to return and renew. We already have the science, technology and the financial resources to turn things around.

What we don’t have yet is enough people who understand what is going on and are actively taking steps to return to a global balance. We absolutely need to do something about this. But how? How can you and I best help more people open to that kind of awareness?

There are many ways to do that, and becoming a Joy Keeper is one of them.

You see, throughout the global transition, there is, for some of us, a special role to play. That role is to be an awakening Joy Keeper. Which means, in the midst of any kind of turmoil, to be a shining light that (unobtrusively) supports those around us in connecting with our natural sense of peace, wisdom, creativity, love and joy.

We need as many people as possible to be in touch with that loving, joyful state. In other words, we as individuals need to grow our own ability to be it, even in the midst of confusion, conflict, despair and whatever else we see in the world, in our countries, in our communities, in our circles of friends, in our families, and most importantly, in ourselves. Because, as the old saying goes, we must be the change we want to see in the world. Our world changes as we do.

The purpose of the Joy Keepers Network is to become a place where we can support each other in finding, growing and expressing the energy of Joy. And then bring the learning and the energy to the world.

What is your role here?