Joy of Movement

"True joy is that which gives us more energy and makes us feel more alive." Robert Puryear

Do you recall, as a child, feeling so happy that you couldn’t help but skip?  It was as if the joy was the effervescence of bubbling water unable to stay in the glass any longer…

When was the last time you skipped?

This morning I finished my run, stuck my toes in the lake, and listened to a great song on my ipod…and I literally couldn’t keep from jumping up and down in the water.  I’m sure I looked completely ridiculous. Know what?  I don’t care! 

There is a cyclical nature to movement and joy.  The cause and effect are so tightly connected that you cannot separate them at times.  Just as joy spurs movement…movement (exercise, a sport or activity you love, or simply walking and enjoying a beautiful day) has the power to allow and claim delight.  A smile inadvertently pops on your face.  A lightness fills your heart.  And the world appears more beautiful.

How can we use this knowledge to foster more pleasure in our beings? 

  1. Find physical activities that you enjoy and incorporate them more into your life. Most people understand that working out will improve their bodies and their overall health.  And yet still find it hard to get motivated.  But realizing the mental and emotional benefits associated can often be the deciding factor in creating a regular routine.
  2. Allow yourself the freedom to express your joy physically.  When you are happy…skip, jump, throw your hands in the air and yell yippee!  Let go of convention and set a new precedence of joyful exclamations.  If reinforces the feeling and grounds it to your body so it comes more easily the next time.  (For the more conservative people in my fan base I challenge you to step mildly outside of your comfort zone…work up to skipping by quickening your step or skipping rocks.  Whatever works for you.)

In today’s challenging times we need to take control of our own joy.  Don’t wait for someone or something else to provide it for you.  You deserve to be happy and your happiness will spread to everyone you meet. 

“Remember to light the candle of joy daily and all the gloom will disappear from your life.” Djwhal Khul

Action Step:  Make a list of your favorite physical activities and set an intention of doing at least 3 this week.  Want an accountability partner?  Send your list to me at (subject joyful movement) and I’ll follow up with you at the end of the week and see how you’ve done and what joy it brought into your life!

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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