Shiny new joy? It’s all around you. Within you, too. Let me get you started finding some today. Whenever you like!
You’re used to seeing the occasional present. Official goodies in boxes! Sometimes signalized by shiny, colorful paper and a bow.
When you get such a gift, it’s easy to figure out: Aw, somebody bought you a present. Maybe expensive! Shiny new joy might be inside.
Yet your day can be filled with gifts. Not passively recognizable, either. Just because an official gift has been given you by somebody else — that’s what I mean by passive. How about the gifts that you actively discover for yourself? Here are 10 easy ones to find.
Psst, In Advance. The Beauty Part
Deeper perception, are you into that? Maybe, just maybe, you know that I am. 😉
Well, here’s what I love about all the following forms of shiny new joy.
They’re not deeper perception at all. Instead, you’ll find them right on the surface of life.
And yet, you could use any one of them for deeper perception as well. For Technique Time, even. Here’s how.
Schedule 5 or 10 minutes of your day’s Technique Time. Choose one of these forms of Shiny New Joy. Then sit and close your eyes and play with it. Because you can unwrap that Shiny New Joy by playing with it in silence. Or making a loud noise about it with your own imagination.
Try it for yourself. Just don’t try hard. Don’t try at all. Simply play.
Shiny New Joy #1: Hello!
In the first light you see every morning… Look for the gold.
Could that be God’s calling card?
Shiny New Joy #2: Any Part, Any Part at All
Choose one part of your body to move. Or one muscle. Then move it a few times.
Up and down. Or on and off. However you like.
It’s a button-free, tech-free miracle. Okay, this free will of voluntary movement has been hardwired into your body. But it’s still totally easy for you to play with.
As a kid, you probably played this game a lot. By contrast, with each passing decade you’re less likely to move body parts just for fun.
Instead, confirmed adults need a reason. Why need a reason. Except for the reason: Have fun.
Shiny New Joy #3: Hold On!
The fun of human-based spirituality is all the surprises. Including obvious, obvious things you may take for granted.
Yet do they have to be so everyday, lackadaisical, who cares obvious?
It’s really quite amazing that you can hold something physical that’s not your body. You can:
- Choose it.
- Grab it.
- Hold it as long as you wish.
- Enjoy having it.
- Let it go completely.
Most fun of all, not just with your whole hand. Do this with part of one hand. Or with a foot, etc.
Shiny New Joy #4: The Basket You Take for Granted
You also carry a basket. A hidden basket.
It’s called “Your lap.”
When’s the last time you did this? Experimented by holding as many things as possible onto your lap, until all of it starts falling off.
As good as Jenga! Maybe better.
Shiny New Joy #5: Making Pictures
“But I’m not an artist.” Hey, no but-but-buts. I’m not gonna dangle the prospect of joy at you and then flick it away.
Here’s a way that you can definitely make many pictures today.
First, find a picture. Meaning, something that would make a nice picture. A great photograph. Or a painting. Or, maybe a quilt.
Then take a second to enjoy it. Frame your work of art between two blinks of your eyes. There’s your picture to enjoy.
Afterwards, will you magnify the joy by taking a picture? Sharing on Facebook. Instagramming it?
Up to you, of course. But might I suggest?
If we’re too busy sharing, we just might forget to share with ourselves.
Note: About Spiritual Awakening
Spiritual awakening is not, in my opinion, a group experience. You find it for yourself. Maybe within yourself, nice and easy. Maybe find that joy outside yourself.
What makes your discovery qualify as joy? Simpy because you happen to like it.
Did you know? That tiny “Yes” inside, it’s good enough to count. To count for A LOT.
Shiny New Joy #6: Like a Rainbow, Maybe Better
Do you brake for rainbows? I sure do. Maybe you read about that recently.
You might call that a God-given rainbow.
Well, what about a human-given rainbow? (Some of you Blog-Buddies might remember the joy-filled term “Human-Based Spirituality.” Well, that’s what this whole article is about, right?)
Here’s how to put together a human-given rainbow:
- Look around where you are. Find one color you like.
- Make a picture of it. (Hint: Seek our Shiny New Joy #5.)
- Repeat Steps 1 and 2.
- Accumulate a whole bunch. And not necessarily seven of them either.
Incidentally, next time you see a real rainbow, note that you can find way more than seven colors. Way, way more.
Why is it that we grownups learn ideas like “Seven colors in a rainbow” and then notice the idea for the rest of your lives. The idea, not the reality. As if checking off boxes.
“A rainbow. Let’s check the bona fides. Okay, it has seven colors. Passes inspection. Next.”
Where’s the wonder in that?
Shiny New Joy #7: Yawning
Just about any time you’d like to relax, try yawning a couple of times.
Okay, not every time. Like when shaking hands with the president of your company.
Otherwise, though, it’s great. Yawning can really help you relax.
Start with a fake yawn. Repeat.
Soon that fake yawn will turn into a real one. Maybe surprisingly soon.
Feels good all over your body. Feels good while you’re yawning, if you welcome it. Also yawning feels good afterwards.
And you can do this any month of the year. Not only Yawnuary. 😉
Shiny New Joy #8: Clean It
Clean something. Sometimes it’s so easy and quick.
Then that old thing is shiny all over again. Shiny as if it were new.
Shiny New Joy #9: Inside
If you think about it, having shelter is a miracle. An everyday miracle.
Go outside. Explore.
Then come back inside. Feel secure and relax, with that special steady feeling of being home.
Even cave men found places that were sorta inside.
Shelter is where you find it.
If yours is lovely, don’t take it for granted. Easy! Just go out and then come back inside.
Shiny New Joy #10: Unwrap a Smile
Don’t waste this opportunity. Notice when somebody smiles.
Meaning, a real smile.
Obligatory smiles are okay, like the social smile that’s supposed to go with a handshake. Or a posed smile for a selfie.
But the real ones are the little surprises that light up a face. When you’re lucky enough to find that in someone near you, watch that sunrise.
BTW, don’t count the ones you see on TV. Scripted show or reality show, that’s a display.
Could be, you see more entertainment each day, and more smiles on advertisements, than you see actual people. I mean actual people, ones not performing. Folks like us, we do smile spontaneously. And that just might be the greatest show on earth.
Now It’s Your Turn
What are some of your favorite ways to find joy. Nothing’s too silly. Not for this blog post!
How have you found Shiny New Joy lately? Share, please.