We search outside for happiness only to discover it is within.
I only have to watch my 10 year old son to see this inner joy on display.
He can find enjoyment right in front of him.
I often will see spontaneous joy, smiles and laughter from him throughout the day.
It really is true.
Inner joy is within.
It is there for us to enjoy and live with and into everyday.
We just seem to get overwhelmed by our everyday tasks, duties and responsibilities.
We forget that we simply need to look within.
When I forget to look within, I simply watch my 10 year old son play.
Better yet, join him in his play and become a child again for a few minutes or more.
Releasing the inner joy within requires that we slow down.
One way that I slow down is when I practice Centering Prayer twice per day.
I encourage you to check out Moving from Stress to Joy by Nicholas Amato.
It is a wonderful book that discusses moving from stress to joy.
Moving from Stress to Joy by Nicholas Amato
Living in God: Contemplative Prayer and Contemplative Action by Nicholas Amato
The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Paintner
Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength by April Yamasaki
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