College of DuPage Nursing student Joan Jones shared that according to Richard Miller, PhD in “Let Joy In”, the ways in finding joy can be as simple as accepting and welcoming feelings in. It can’t always be as easy as it sounds, but through this article, meditation and yoga can be a vital tool in allowing joy in regardless of a negative or stressful life event.
Meditation Versus Yoga – People may look at yoga and meditation as a form of a religion or maybe a work-out program that just doesn’t quite entice you. Some of us may be confused as far was what yoga is, or maybe how meditation is incorporated with yoga. Then, another part of us may bring up the financial aspect in how much money it costs to attend a yoga class, or join a gym that gives free yoga classes, or maybe even a gym membership that requires more money in attending their yoga classes. Although this may be true, yoga and meditation can sometimes be separate all together and meditation is the start or the only thing you need to fully understand how joy can be found. But for now, let’s just say that yoga can be the advancement of practicing the art of meditation.
Meditation – Meditation can be identified as the simple act of taking a few moments throughout your day, preferably before we sleep, to take some deep breaths and allow the mind to quiet down and think about happy thoughts. Happy thoughts can be a simple as a walk in the park on a spring day, the voice of the person you love telling you that everything is going to be alright, or maybe just the sweetest sound of your child’s laughter. Taking deep breaths and allowing someone to remind you of these events can be found through guided meditation, which can be found anywhere. Looking up, “guided meditation” on google or downloading an app on, “guided meditation” can be found on YouTube and in any app stores on your smart phone, and can be a useful tool in guiding us to help us stop the mind from over thinking the negatives, and thinking purely on the positives of life. This simple form of meditating can allow our bodies to stop from over thinking about the problems that arose in our day, like the people that may have hurt us and allowed any form of negative stress and doubt into our lives. Linking the joy of simply breathing and slowing down our instinct to stress by focusing on the happy events in life, can allow the mind to accept and turn that stressful feeling into acceptance and simply, letting go.
Practice Makes Perfect – Just by beginning this simple exercise of meditation can lead to a happier you, which helps relax and release tension and stress. When this occurs, you begin to exercise the mind to resort a stressful event into a positive one, one that can be remembered as a time to grow and allow the body to stay calm and find joy regardless of what is happening in life. The key is to practice. The more you’re able to practice, the more accustomed the mind will begin to associate negative life events to expect a form of staying calm and transforming it to a time to grow.
Mediating Effects on Health – Richard Miller explains, “Joy can strengthen your immune system; boost your energy; diminish your perception of pain, anxiety, and depression; protect you from the damaging effects of stress; increase your ability to sleep restfully through the night; and more. And the best thing is that you can access feelings of joy at any time through meditation.” So, what better way to live a healthier life and find an inner joy than to practice the art of meditation? It’s that simple and can lead to a healthier and