Title: 7 Secrets to Finding Joy
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7 Secrets to Finding Joy
by Keith Varnum

To pursue happiness is an inalienable right. To experience
happiness is not. No one owes you happiness. No one can ensure
your happiness. Happiness is a choice -- your choice.

The key to experiencing happiness is to put joy on your life
agenda along with completing tasks and goals. Joy is a direct
result of intention. Your intention determines how you experience
each moment of your day, each aspect of your world. As you go
through your daily activities, ask yourself, "What's my intention?"
A clear, strong intention for happiness helps you stay focused on
fun and joy.

Here are a few actions you can take to make joy part of your
Earth journey:

1. Get outside yourself.

Take the focus off yourself and commit to being a Contributor
rather than a Survivor. This may seem like odd advice, but
consider how attractive "needy" feels. Ask others how you can
support them and they will naturally want to support you. Life is
a cosmic boomerang -- you get back what you send out.

Conduct a regular inner dialogue with your higher self. Say to
your higher self, "I know you are here. I want to get to know you
and pay attention to you. Please speak to me and guide my life."

Don't worry if this dialogue is entirely one-way at first. You
may have been out of touch for a while. It takes time to clear
the cobwebs. Persist with this inner dialogue as if you are
talking to a friend -- chatting, asking questions, sharing your
hopes and dreams. Sweep away mental chatter of the dead past and
the uncertain future. Listen for answers. They will come.

As you begin to view life as a cosmic drama in which you are
playing a very public starring role, the role of the higher self
will become increasingly evident in your life.

2. Be a beacon of light.

Get out of your comfort zone. Become a beacon of lightheartedness.
You'll be closer to your soul's perspective. Become a bright
sparkling source of energy and let it reflect in all that you do.
Let your spirit define who you are rather than the outside world.
Turn up the volume on what you do best.

Set an upbeat pace at home and at work. Do a little more than you
have to. Give a little more than is expected. Consider it an
experiment and watch how others respond to you. Then see how you
feel at the end of the week. If you find joy unbearable, you can
always go back to being grumpy.

3. Create space for yourself.

Spend some quiet time with yourself every day. It's very important
to have a place or time just for yourself. Give everything in your
environment a personal touch. Create a room or private corner that
fills you with joy and feels like home.

If noise and activity constantly bombard your life, you are
drowning out your inner guidance. Just sit quietly with no
expectations. Do nothing. This may feel very uncomfortable and
strange in the beginning. Persist. Give time and space for the
inner voice to make itself heard. It will do so either during that
quiet time, or through signs and messages during the events of
your life. A synchronistic happening will occur. Someone will tell
you exactly what you need to hear. You will get a sudden flash of

Meditate. Breathe. Become a quiet, clear, pure vessel for the
higher self to fill. Listen to yourself and trust what you hear.
Let go of other people's voices in your head.

4. Learn from your lows.

Discover lessons to make your life better. Find value in trauma.
Develop your resilience -- your ability to bounce back from
mishaps. Taking a closer, more intuitive look at your tumbles can
help you find a gift even in a hardship. Contented people
transform problems into opportunities and trauma into something
meaningful and constructive.

Ask, "What good might result from this? How did I contribute to
creating this? Is it making me stronger, wiser, more compassionate?
What can I learn from this so that I can do better next time?"

Understand that failure is often a precursor to success -- often
in ways we can't predict. Let your life adventures teach you.
Many people get caught in what -- or who -- is right or wrong
instead of looking at the deeper understanding that can be
gleaned from the incident. Use life's roller coaster to change
and thrive.

5. Celebrate the success of others.

Celebrating the success of others takes you one step closer to
being able to appreciate your own successes -- rather than hiding
from achievement or fearing failure. Invest attention and energy
in the people you love and care about. Meaningful relationships
are developed and sustained by positive attitude and action.

Make people a priority. Prioritizing relationships is a more
certain path to bliss than chasing after wealth, status or power
-- even if you've got a good chance of acquiring them.

6. Cultivate beauty.

Find a place where you can experience all of the sacred Four
Elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire (sun). Reset your energetic
rhythms by tuning into Nature. Allow all Four Elements to create
a symphony of sensation around you, replenish your vitality, and
help you return to the flow. Visit the ocean, a forest stream, or
a park with a lake or a manmade fountain.

Take in some art. Art has an energy all its own. And don't just
observe the beauty, but rather immerse yourself in a work of art.
The colors and shapes will awaken your senses and inner spirit.

7. Take your dream up a notch every day.

Widen your worldview. Stretch your horizons. We're brought up
with a largely materialistic worldview that neglects the role of
Spirit in our lives. To establish close contact with spiritual
realms, we need to have our entire being -- conscious and
unconscious -- congruent with our soul blueprint. Seek out
writings and teachers that expand your understanding of the
universe as being fundamentally the playground of consciousness
and Spirit.

Copyright  2005 Keith Varnum

About Keith: Keith Varnum shares his practical approach to
transformation as an author, radio host and "Dream Workshops"
facilitator. Keith helps people get love, money, health and
spirit with his free Prosperity Ezine, free Empowerment CD and
free Coaching at www.TheDream.com.


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