The Soulful Artist

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“Joy!”

Day/Card 19 of 39 … Joy …

Joy is the feeling or expression of great pleasure and happiness. Often times, it’s confused with or thought of another word for happiness or being happy, but where happiness is connected to something external, i.e. situations, people, places, or things, joy, on the other hand, is not connected to anything external, it just is. Happiness is external. Joy is internal.

To have joy, or to be joyful comes from a place within you. Joy needs nothing for it to be. It comes when you are at peace with who you are, where you are, and why you are. You don’t need anything external and you’re not waiting for things to cause you to feel joy. For example, many say, “I’ll be happy when … __ (I lose weight. Graduate. Get promoted. Buy that car. etc.).” When you feel joy, there are no “conditions,” you only have gratitude and love for every thing about you and your situation. It doesn’t mean everything is perfect, but you see life from a perspective that all is well regardless.

The “Joy” card asks you to look within and to ask yourself if you put conditions on your outlook on life. Are you only happy when “X” happens, or can you feel joy and appreciate every moment in your life? Joy carries no attachments or burdens, it is simple and lighthearted and emits good vibrations. Joy is an attitude that is free and available to all of us at any time if you’re open! Feel joy and watch your life change.

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