Growing up during the “Harry Potter Era” taught me innumerable lessons, one of which is that I love Harry Potter. I can’t count how many times I’ve read J.K. Rowling‘s gift to this world, but each time I do I am no less entertained than the time before. Every time I go through the series it feels new.
New things, feelings, experiences, and insights provide an unparalleled joy. Why is that? Is it possible to feel that same sense of joy more often?
The joy that comes from the new is actually the joy that arises from the now. Usually we do not truly experience the present moment, because our thoughts and perceptions are clouded by a heavy veil of past. It is so natural to view everything through the eyes of the past that it can be impossible to notice we aren’t seeing the reality of the eternally new present.
New things unveil the joy of the present because we have no past experiences through which to filter them. The beginning of cultivating that experience in everyday life is to acknowledge you are viewing the present through the lens of the past, and do no see the actuality of what is. This opens the door for the infinitely new now.
On that note, get a boost in present moment awareness with these adorable puppies experiencing the newness of life. Dogs are great teachers of presence because they are always fully experiencing each moment.
What happened on the best day of your life? What did it feel like?
One of my more recent memorable days happened while I was in the midst of the first experiment from Pam Grout’s E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality. I won a raffle that included 30 days of unlimited Yoga classes at studio steps away from the new apartment I was just about to move into.
There is nothing in the world like the experience of pure joy, which in extraordinary circumstances overwhelms all of the thoughts and feelings that had since been covering it up. Recalling that state and feeling is a powerful tool, and essential aspect, to perpetuating that joy. Michael Beckwith explains how to use this “WHAT!” moment beautifully in this video.
This morning I came across this series of videos posted on The Huffington Post that made me so happy I cried. If you can’t recall the feeling of a “best day” in your own life, or you just want to rev up your joy, have an awesome time perusing these ridiculously uplifting videos by clicking here.