Today I found joy.
I found joy in a visit with a neighbor over coffee.
I found joy at yoga, connecting with a wonderful warm teacher, and some yoga buddies.
I found joy writing this blog.
I am noticing that when my mind is open to life, I am finding "experiences of hope, gratitude, joy, patience, forgiveness, connection, and wisdom".
(From the book, Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, by Elisha Goldstein, PhD.)
When I find these moments, I am trying to stay in them awhile. I hope to build upon these experiences and be even more open to them the next time.
It all depends on my mindset.
Is it open or closed.
Is it accepting or judgmental.
Is it open to learning or closed to new ideas.
Am I in self-pity or am I in self-compassion.
Hope brings me a feeling of, "I can make it!"
Gratitude brings me peace in all I have now.
Joy brings me lightness.
Patience brings me a calm mind, understanding I am human.
Forgiveness allows me to let go of the burden of hurt.
Connection brings me hugs and togetherness.
Wisdom makes it easier to practice compassion, for myself and others.
Stopping drinking is a start, but if I am to flourish, I must continue growing.
Ever learning, ever reaching out, ever reaching up, and ever loving.
To all my friends in recovery, I wish you hope, peace and love.