Greetings, Luminous One!
How did it get to be December? Time is certainly speeding up! (But that's a story for another day...)
I'm guessing that November's deep dive into Gratitude naturally produced some moments of December's theme, Joy, for you along the way. It's remarkable how often the two go hand-in-hand, isn't it?
And much like last month, in December we're going to boldly explore how to cultivate Joy, even in challenging times.
I say "boldly" because Joy can seem like a peak that's too high to climb, especially if you're feeling tossed about in the lower frequencies of the chaotic 3D world.
And that's ok - we'll take it one step at a time. But I promise you that by the end of the month, you will have at least ONE moment of Joy if not many!
There's a larger, spiritual purpose for working with our emotions besides the perfectly acceptable desire to feel better in daily life. Frequency is tied to emotions and, as I've discussed in the past, it's never been more crucial to up-level our frequencies than it is now.
And, I want to be super-clear about one thing - this isn't about pressure to maintain any emotional state. What I'm presenting are ways to explore the options, which we always have.
Emotions are like rivers, very fluid, changeable, and malleable. And that's a good thing because we know that whatever current emotional state we're in can pass and move into another one, especially if nudged to do so.
Yet, until we can get a handle on them, it can feel like the river has US in ITS throes, rather than the other way around, which can feel overwhelming. The reason we practice isolating positive emotions with our monthly themes is to train the psyche to manage the river without becoming a dictator.
It's so easy to fall into self-judgment around these things as if higher states of consciousness can't be attained unless one is 100% pure and steady in every way. The inner dialogue can sound full of "shoulds" - "I should feel happy, I should feel grateful, etc." It may simply be that other emotions need to be acknowledged before moving into something else. This is where being fully truthful with oneself comes into play.
My philosophy borne from experience is that the more we honestly own specifically and non-judgmentally what we're feeling, the more able we are to shift it. The key is to start by "care-fully" listening to oneself to discover what's really going on inside.
After that acknowledgment, there's an opportunity to shift into an emotional state of a slightly higher vibration by the simple act of choosing a better thought.
You might already be aware of the Abraham-Hicks Emotional Guidance Scale:
(For a larger version, click HERE.)
As you can see, Joy is located all the way up at the tippy-top of the scale - but that doesn't mean it's unattainable.
Once you figure out where you are on the spectrum, pick a thought on a rung a bit higher than that, and so on, until you're feeling better. Over time, this practice can bring real rewards as we attain jurisdiction over our thoughts, from which flows our emotions and actions.
And, lest this whole process become too heavy, I like to add some kickstarters, like the following silly videos. The giggles they inspire can often be enough to joggle us out of whatever funk we're in:
Whatever works for you to bring about a more relaxing, gentle, and uplifted state of mind and heart, DO THAT unabashedly, as much as necessary.