Ode To Joy

2/03/07  Mudita attempting  to bring joy into my everyday life.
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What a perfect quote for today a year later.
  A life of joy is not in seeking happiness. But in experiencing and simply being the circumstances of our life as they are.
— Charlotte Joko Beck quoted in Open Mind by Diane Mariechild
This morning I went to hot yoga. I am also amazed how I feel after this class. I used to complain that this yoga made me tired and exhausted. I have come to learn that is not true but this practice eliminates the effects that external stimuli have had on my body all week. I listened to my body today when I returned home. I made myself a cup of tea picked up my MacBook and headed to my bed where I now sit wrapped in a blanket typing. Yes there are a million things to do around my house. But by taking some "me’ time I will have double the energy when I emerge from this wonderful cocoon. Today this SundayP1010968
I am going to seek joy by doing and experiencing the simple things that make me happy. I love to fill my kitchen table with random art supplies and just play. I may take a nap. I love to read and I have many books that need finished. I may take a walk around the lake but after eating and napping. I want a day full of peace and contentment. I am praying that the bickering among my children will be kept to a minimum.
Little Stones at My Window

"Once in a while
joy throws little stones at my window
it wants to let me know that it’s waiting for me
but today I’m calm
I’d almost say even-tempered
I’m going to keep anxiety locked up
and then lie flat on my back
which is an elegant and comfortable position
for receiving and believing news

who knows where I’ll be next
or when my story will be taken into account
who knows what advice I still might come up with
and what easy way out I’ll take not to follow it

don’t worry, I won’t gamble with an eviction
I won’t tattoo remembering with forgetting
there are many things left to say and suppress
and many grapes left to fill our mouths

don’t worry, I’m convinced
joy doesn’t need to throw any more little stones
I’m coming
I’m coming."

~ Mario Benedetti

From "Little Stones at My Window" by Mario Benedetti; Charles
Hatfield translator.

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