(photo: The Beauty of Flight. Photo by John T. Howard on Flickr. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode)
I’m on a personal quest to find joy in my life every single day. It’s why I started this blog. It’s why I’m determined to write about my life daily. It’s why I’m addressing things as silly as prom-posals and as serious as questioning my identity.
A week or so ago, I discovered this newly published book by Christiane Northrup, M.D. called Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being. Bells went off inside my head. My heart did a little dance.
Must. Read. This. Book.
So, I did one of those things I know brings me joy: I bought the book.
There’s an exercise early in the book, which Northrup claims “will help you remember how important it is to enjoy life instead of just getting through your To Do list.” She first read about it in Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts: Using the Power of Pleasure to Have Your Way with the World by Regena Thomashauer. Mama Gena calls the exercise a “trinity” : a Brag, a Grateful, a Desire.
The exercise consists of answering three questions in your journal and reflecting upon your answers. Northrup suggests doing this exercise daily and sharing this experience with others in conversation. If you can get something great out of it, why not give others the tools to make their lives better too?
The three questions are:
1. What can you be proud of right now?
2. What blessing in your life would you like to acknowledge?
3. If money, time, and the laws of physics were no object, what would you desire right now?
Today is the first day I did this, and because I am in a sharing mood, I’ll tell you how I answered the questions. And remember, there isn’t one way to answer these questions. I will probably come at it differently tomorrow and the next day and the next.
This is what I wrote today:
1. I’m proud of my 30-day Bikram yoga challenge. I missed yesterday because of the holidays but I’ve gone to my 1.5 hour hot yoga class for eight days straight and intend to go for another 22. I did this last Spring and I felt so alive, much the way I feel right now, a little less than a third of the way into the challenge.
2. I want to acknowledge how blessed I feel to have my health. I spent the entire Fall and early Winter suffering from recurring sinus infections that were making me tired and cranky and consistently uncomfortable. But for the past three months, I have been feeling great.
3. I would desire to fly (not an airplane but my own wings) with my family around the world, stopping to see the sights, to experience different cultures and to have fun doing things we don’t do in our everyday lives.
Now it’s your turn. If you so choose. If you want to share, I’d love to hear your answers.
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