Mindful Meditation Project, Day 14: Deliberately Seeking Joy

Oh my gosh, this was such a fun meditation space this morning. Started off slow and clunky, as many mornings do, but it wasn’t long before I was treated to an image and a puzzle.

In my meditation practice, I often get images–completely random, sometimes confounding, sometimes just partial pieces of something, occasionally colors or sounds or something floating by–that pop up without warning and seemingly disconnected from whatever thoughts or emotions I’m exploring.

Today I had the image of a drink from a fast food restaurant settle in. (Told you they were odd!). As is my practice, I let it stay and explored it with my mind’s eye, looking for whatever message it had for me to tap into.

It wasn’t long before I realized it was a message about absolutely, completely, and fully diving into the moments of joy that we’re given in our days. For me, that first sip of my favorite fast food drink is a real treat, and something I don’t do very often. What if, instead of drinking and guzzling it down, I took a sip, and allowed that moment, that feeling, to wash over all of me? To let the joy I get from the rush of cold, bubbly liquid to fill all the parts of me with the same lightness? It might take some doing, some breath, a pause to use my imagination to carry those sensations and allow them to linger, but the idea of fully investing the self into a moment of bliss to make it last and release the need to go hunt out another bit of happiness in my day to keep me going is where I’m hanging out today.

What about you? What brings you joy? Can you immerse yourself in that sensation to feel it more fully? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!