“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” ~ Joseph Campbell
The answers usually come from joy, just like from love…
“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
Life has become so topsy-turvy for all of us and so quickly. And it seems it will remain in a state of unusual long enough for it to become, well, usual.
Being so ungrounded, so unmoored, in the midst of all of this is painfully chaotic. At least that’s how I’m finding it to be. All I want is a sense of solidness, of strength and direction and ease. Pretty much anything that is the opposite of the bedlam my mind can (and has) become.
While I am heeding my own advice to calm myself and not the storm, it’s still been a bit of struggle. So I started to distract myself with pretty things that make me feel joyful and that’s when a light-bulb went off and I remembered this beautiful quote.
Joy, sweet, deep inner joy does burn out the pain that life can cause. Joy is such a felicity feeling and one that doesn’t just distract or drown out the pain, but can replace it entirely with something much, much better.
Sure, I may be stuck at home, but oh, the things I can do to cultivate and create joy within and without. Mentally I can take stock of how my inner narrator is talking and adjust it so that I can weed out the negative down talk that does me no good, only unnecessary harm. Physically I can do things that bring me such joy, like cleaning and renewing my living spaces so that they reflect cozy, comfortable, lovely feelings of couthy gemütlich and hygge (and yes, Springtime can be cozy and delightfully warm).
If we choose, actively choose, to focus on finding and creating joy within ourselves and around ourselves, the pain of this time of distant socializing due to the Covid pandemic can be burned out and replaced with positive feelings.
We can do this, and we can rise out of it with a better attitude and mindset that can cultivate a new normal that uplifts us all. We’ve got this and we’ve got the joy within us to burn away the pain of it all!
Namaste ~ Ella
~ How awesome is it that the last Joseph Campbell quote I shared “The dark night of soul comes just before dawn” was Affirmation Mondays 236 and this is Affirmation Mondays 263?!
~ I’ll be doing my best to share a bit more here and on my Instagram to help bolster and cheer up these days of social distancing and weirdness. Please feel free to contact me if you need an ear or a connection or just because ~ We’ll get through this together!
~ Affirmation Mondays are positive words of wisdom, insight and joy to add a bit of cheer to the start of your week and any day you need a bit of a pick-me-up! For even more inspiration please check out my Affirmation Mondays Pinterest Board and my Quote-spirational Board!
~ Check my Instagram on Mondays for Inspirational quotes and every day for a little jolt of happiness!