J – Jewels
O – Oodles
Y – You
Bringing Joy Into the HEART of our Healing World
“It’s not enough to suffer – you must touch peace too” Tich Nhat Hahn
Over the last few years, it has been increasingly apparent that many of our patients came to us convinced that suffering is part of day to day life and that they we have to accept/put up with their pain. We also started to notice our own tendency to get into a similar mindset. One where life is a problem we are always trying to solve or overcome – if we haven’t resigned to life with pain.
Whilst we all accept that pain and suffering is part of life – we all know intuitively that life doesn’t really have to be as uphill as we make it and I think this poem highlights this global tendency very nicely:
TRIPPING OVER JOY
“What is the difference
Between your experience of Existence
And that of a saint?
The saint knows
That the spiritual path
Is a sublime chess game with God
And that the Beloved
Has just made such a Fantastic Move
That the saint is now continually
Tripping over Joy
And bursting out in Laughter
And saying, “I Surrender!”
Whereas, my dear,
I am afraid you still think
You have a thousand serious moves.”
― Hafez, I Heard God Laughing: Poems of Hope and Joy
Considering our new observations, we decided late last year that we should change our mission statement to incorporate the word JOY and earlier this year we laid out a new mission for the clinic:
Freedom of Movement, Vitality and Joy
With the hope of bringing more joy our way and being better placed to then share it with patients, I have been exploring what JOY is and I have decided to share my findings with you as I work out what JOY really is.
What is joy?
Most of you will readily agree that the feelings usually associated with joy are great, whether they arrive in the form of a happy tear, a hearty laugh or a sense of contentment and they always have a positive impact on our overall sense of wellbeing no matter how fleeting it may be.
Joy is what makes life beautiful, it heals our wounds and it inspires us.
It allows light deep inside and it illuminates all our shadows. It is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of being full of contentment, ease, confidence and hope.
Joy, however, may not seem that easy to find and you don’t have to look too far to see clearly that in life pain is inevitable. There is pain all around us and all around the world. Life can sometimes feel difficult, but it is optional and with a little help and redirection we can all choose to find JOY.
!It is widely accepted that there are 8 Pillars of Joy and over the next 8 months we will be sharing blogs, about the each of the pillars of JOY:
Detachment – Perception – Humility – Lite** and Laughter – Acceptance – Forgiveness – Gratitude – Compassion – Generosity
Benefits of Feeling Joy
There are many benefits of JOY. It feels good and makes us healthier (better immunity, less stress and pain and longer life spans). With joy in our hearts, we laugh more and we all know what good medicine laughter is. When we feel happy we are always more motivated and everything tends to feel easier. Joy makes JOY!
Written by Clare Butterworth
ON behalf of HCC and Little Sun Learning – Summer 2018