Building a Life That Matters: Life's a Joyride

Always writing in my book of positive aspects.
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Joy is not in things; it is in us. - Richard Wagner

The Most Important Book You'll Ever Write

“You are upon the brink of magnificent, deliberate creating. You have been the creators of your experience from the day that you emerged into this body. Now you will be the deliberate creators of your experience. Trust that which comes forth from within you." - Abrahams-Hicks

In the midst of all of the turbulence of life there is a festive spot within each of us waiting to be discovered in order to reveal an astonishing intermission from life's daily woes. In this authors humble opinion, getting there has never been easier. Every man and woman can enter this enchanting hamlet, an environment each of us has experienced at some point in our lives, even if only for a moment.

Generally, we seldom stay in this garden of goodness for long. We depart all to quickly before an indelible mark of love in one of its highest forms is imprinted upon our psyches.The location of this haven is not physical, though it certainly produces sensations that can be profoundly felt. It's expression has no end and is limited only by ones ability to imagine and nourish it. My intention is to help you uncover this seemingly remote island paradise within, which is one of great desire for so many, yet so many simply fail to recognize its inward existence. The place I allude to is the space in our hearts where the feeling of immeasurable JOY resides.

Joy is a state of being which, if lived with abandon, leads to an inexorable liberty and temporary exemption from the emotional and spiritual poverty increasingly evident in today's technologically connected global society. It is also an emotion easily overlooked for its role in developing or building a life that matters. There are more than 7 billion people in the world today. How many of them regularly experience profound joy? What does that experience entail? And, how do I get there?

Check out this short video below and tell me you don't sense an alluring freedom begin to well up inside of you. The idea may be a bit abstract for you but, it fills my heart with an impression of being there with the horses and running without restraint, playing and experiencing the breath and breadth of each stride. It just makes me want to RUN free. Palpable joy is a facet of living worthy of note which brings me to my next point.

There's Freedom In It

One Sample of a Book of Positive Aspects

Experience it yourself!

So again, I asked myself, how do I become more joyful or how do I experience sustainable levels of immeasurable joy? I came to the following conclusions after much self examination, personal reflection and research. My answer is by no means conclusive, but it worked for me and I believe it can work for you too!

  • I found there was a connection between this feeling of immeasurable joy and what I term as the most important book you'll ever write, The Book of Positive Aspects as coined by Esther and Jerry Hicks, channels for Abraham and advocates for increased vibrational awareness and perpetual joy. Reading and viewing their material forced me to focus on all of the goodness and joy that already exists in my life. Writing your own Book of Positive Aspects will begin, I believe, to answer the questions above and lead you too, to a more joy filled life.
  • Read about joy from as many sources as you can. View and research other forms of media regarding joy; movies, magazines, blogs, etc. The repetition will bring amazing results.
  • Practice being Joyful. Make a decision not to have joy, but to be joy. Not just to receive it but to give it, to live it. It not just an attitude, It's a habit you can develop. If you doubt my experience, that's okay, but compare the potential for yourself. What do you have to lose? An example of this comes from a quote by ― Thich Nhat Hanh He said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

I have never been more sure that you can change into a joyful being, if that is your desire or even a more joyful being if you already experience some measure of joy in your life now. The choice is always, always yours! The result is that not only will you change your world, the new you will always be influencing the world around you! Now that's potential!

I do not suggest that the above recommendations are the only way to finding joy in your life. I do, however, want to persuade you to discover that way which takes you to the field of positive potentiality because I know if you search for joy for yourself...you will find it. "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Buddhist Proverb

Peace be with you always!

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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

What an inspiration! As I watched the video of the horses, I thought... it really is that easy. It's all about making a choice, choosing joy over all the negative influences. And mostly, it's about finding joy in the small, simple things. We have that joy as children and then it seems that we spend a lifetime forgetting how good it felt. This is a simply marvelous reminder and I feel better just for having read it. Thanks for the nudge. :-)


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank you Linda!

I'm glad the equine affected you the same way they did me. I can't explain it but when I saw it I said, Wow, this fits right in with the kind of freedom I feel when I'm joyful! I agree with you! From now on I look for the little things. That's where even the biggest successes begin anyway!

See ya and thanks again!

Bruce


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

Wonderful inspirational hub with practical suggestions for increasing one's experience of joy.

I've written journals before but never thought of devoting one titled, "Book of Positive Aspects." I do, however, consciously focus on joy and gratitude on a daily basis and make it a daily habit to read uplifting, inspirational and educational material such as this hub.

Am voting it up across the board except for funny.

Sending Hub Hugs Your Way and Wishing You a Joyful Day,

Gail


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Gail!

Welcome back! We can never get enough inspiration. I have had a joyful day and your reading and commenting has helped make it so. One of the many positive aspects of Hubpages is the association we have with creative people who are, for the most part, joyful and uplifting themselves.

Thank you so much!

Bruce


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. So very inspirational. Joy should be the greatest part of life. Life should be a joy to lead. Love the video of the horses. Passing this on.


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Gypsy!

As someone who, as I see it, leads that life of joy I am very, very grateful for your time and comments! The video is exciting and relaxing at the same time, just like the freedom we get from living a joyful life!

Come back soon and often!

Best regards,

Bruce


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Lately, I've been thinking of limits, so this statement caught my attention. "It's expression has no end and is limited only by ones ability to imagine and nourish it." The idea that joy could be limitless is itself very joyful. Thanks for sharing this positive outlook.


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

MsDora, you have blessed me. Thank you for your kind comments and for the time you invested in reading this hub. The joy is supremely mine to be able to bring a piece of my heart to the world. I have read some of your work and I know each resonates with the other. That too, blesses me richly.

May peace always be your companion!

Bruce


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Bruce....BRAVO! This is beautiful. Voted UP & across the board...(your test made me chuckle) You hit the ball out of the park, with this one, Bruce. Total Inspiration. I love horses.....the most regal and magnificent animal of all. What I wouldn't give, to have been on the back of one of those beauties.....I am a faithful fan of the philosophy & stunning quotes of Thich Nhat Hanh........Simply fabulous hub, Bruce.....UP++++


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Paula!

Thank you for stopping by. It blesses me when I see your name and photo on one of my hubs! I'm happy indeed that the test made you chuckle and I'm also stoked that the horses gave you cause to want to ride. Don't you just love how freely they move and change direction and start and stop. That's what drew me to that particular video.

I hope you are doing well and the children and grandchildren are getting ready to wish you the happiest of Mothers Days. They really have a good mother/grandmother!

Enjoyed your updated profile too. You apparently came to hubpages a couple of months before I did and you are right, it's home here and we are so fortunate to have smart, curious, creative, talented people all around us.

Thank you for sharing this moment with me. I hope the coming summer season sees love, joy and peace as the pinnacle offering to you and to your family!

Bruce

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