Living joyfully // finding joy in our work
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am currently reading “The Universe Has Your Back” by Gabby Bernstein and it has really been opening my eyes as to how much I have been living in fear. The concept of the book is to shift the fear to love, and through reflection and meditation learn to change our energy so that we become more pleasant, live life with ease and allow our inner guide to take us through life.
Last night I read a chapter that was about joyful living. Gabrielle mentions in it that she measures her success based on how much fun she’s having. While most of us measure success based on money, recognition and outer opinions, can you imagine if we could all base our success on how joyful we are and how much fun we have with our work? It would be revolutionary.
I think when I first started my career, I did adapt this joyful living quite well, but as time has gone on, it has faded slightly into outer circumstances such as how many jobs I get, how much I earn in a year, how many followers I have, etc. Sometimes I manage to come back to joy, but it doesn’t often last most of the day.
In order to achieve more joyful living, I think the first thing that we can do is take the pressure off of ourselves to be something great. Like Eckhart Tolle said in “A New Earth”, some people get so attached to their jobs that if something happens to it they fall into a deep depression and even commit suicide in some countries because they’ve suddenly lost their meaning of life.
Taking the pressure off of ourselves to try to achieve something great allows us to focus on being happier in our day to day life. It allows us to enjoy our work, time with family, food, exercise, doing things that make us feel fulfilled and, well, joyful!
What I’ve realized is that taking the pressure off of myself to try to be this great famous illustrator allows me to just focus on the enjoyment of it, to trust that things will work out but to not be living into the future that doesn’t exist yet. I think once we let go of pressures and just surrender to joyful living, the successes will come effortlessly because our energy is welcoming, warm and people will want to work with us. We won’t be stressed or concerned about possible circumstances.
What would your life look like if you focused on having fun every day? What would you do? Where would you go? Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, and you can always turn to meditation if you start to feel overwhelmed.