On the Up

Connecting to the joyful flow of our heart and soul requires stepping into our light, and moving beyond what is limiting our joy of life.

Joy can seem a long way away when we are fed up of miserable weather, overwhelmed by responsibility, disillusioned by setbacks, doubting that our hopes and dreams will manifest or nagging worries about money keep tugging at us.

It’s a downward spiral and the ‘if only’ game repeating in our heads pushes us further down. While we do need to be aware of what is triggering these emotions, sometime what we most need is to push the dark cloud away and get back to our center.

Setting ourselves on a different track with forced optimism can seem quite hollow, and genuine enthusiasm can seem like a leap too far.

So here’s a gentler approach… seeking a little contentment.

It’s a very small shift from being ‘fed up’ to recognising that right now, in this moment, ‘life is ok’.

Quite clearly a ‘life is not so bad really’ statement isn’t going to win any motivational awards. It certainly doesn’t rock my world and propel me into ecstatic joy. But what that minuscule shift does do is take us off the downward spiral, onto the upward spiral.

Some days the thought that life is all right is actually enough to realign you, stop you wallowing and set you back on the right track. Other days it’s only bringing you to the very bottom of the upward spiral, just barely touching contentment. Settle there a bit, no need to push yourself higher nor let your mind drag you down lower.

So maybe the dreaded X will happen and the desired Y never will – but such thoughts keep your mind in an imagined future, they are not reality. When you ground yourself back in the present moment you are actually in a much stronger position to handle what life throws at you. From here you can begin leaving behind the pain of resistance to what life is presenting you with and start to embrace acceptance and surrender to what is. Allowing in thoughts of gratitude for simple pleasures and kindnesses, and that light can begins to colour your day, naturally outshining the earlier gloom.

And then it’s a very natural rise to a brighter place. You are on the up.