Joan's Go-To List for Happy Thoughts
I’ve been enjoying your column in Connect Savannah, especially your ability to maintain a positive and loving attitude, even when the letters people write are often cynical.
In response to last week’s column asking readers to share their Happy Place, here’s my Go To list, in no particular order:
1. Refer to anything written by Eckhart Tolle. He is a true Teacher. Here’s something that arrived in my inbox earlier this week: “Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not ‘yours,’ not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you."
2. Get yourself on the John of God crystal light table the next time Renee and Barry Adcock are in town (at Unity Savannah). Do the one-hour session. You will be lifted and shifted. John of God is a divine energy portal. For more information, go to www.spiritenlighten.com.
3. Take in less news and/or focus on stories that inspire. The so-called “news” reflects our collective addiction to fear and worst-case scenarios, multiplied by constant global distribution and access. Much more good is happening in the world each day than what is peddled in the media, so let’s be more selective about where we focus our attention. Many of us understand the concept “what you focus on expands”. It’s time for us to live it. If you don’t want to quit the news (like me), resolve to approach it more lightly.
4. Recite the serenity prayer.
5. Refer to anything written in the Course in Miracles. One of my favorite lines and antidote (for any problem) – “Only Love is real. Nothing unreal exists. Therein lies the peace of God.”
6. Read Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver. It’s a best seller for good reason. This anthology of briefs about living and growing in wisdom is so funny you’ll laugh out loud.
7. Repeat this mantra, “I bring light, love and joy to the world when I bring light, love and joy to my self. When I make myself happy I am in service.”
8. Spend time in a “happy place”. For me it’s Whole Foods Savannah, one of their most beautiful stores with many lovely people working there.
9. Cook and eat something delicious and beautiful.
10. Step out of your comfort zone and reach out to others. Ask for what you need.
11. Make peace with the worst-case scenario. Shake its hand. Pat it on the head. Then it no longer has power over you.
12. Remember always – I am Eternal Being and so are You.
Peace and blessings to you Erin – and thank you for asking for help and inspiring me to step out of my comfort zone.
Namaste back atchya!
Thank you so much for your thoughtful letter. I appreciate your willingness to step out of your comfort to help bring peace and joy to all who read this column.
Sending much love and light to you, Joan. Please share your insights with us anytime.
Ps. If Joan’s letter has inspired you to step out of your comfort zone, why not share your story? You just might be the candle that ignites the light of inspiration in someone who could really use it.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
Originally published in Connect Savannah (page 37)