this very moment, what is preventing you from feeling joyous,
loving, contented and happy?
When I asked
this question during my workshop at the Institute of Noetic Sciences
Conference, the answers from participants covered the full spectrum
of life’s difficulties:
• I’m experiencing pain from a disease/injury
• I recently lost a loved one and I’m still grieving
• My “to do” list is overwhelming me
• I’m too busy – I don’t have enough time
• I don’t have enough money
• My children’s constant needs keep me running
• I’m alone and I want to be in a relationship
• My job sucks (or I need a job)
• My mind and its constant chatter are intractable
• I can’t get rid of my bad habits
• There are too many distractions
We all have
something, or many things, that stand in the way of our being
happy. Sometimes they feel like innumerable small bothers or inconveniences,
and other times the feel like insurmountable barriers or chasms
we’ll never get over.
Do you want
to be happier, and to feel more joy in your life? (Of course you
do. Who doesn’t?)
is significant work involved, are you willing to do the work that
is required? (This is a tougher question.)
like to experience your natural joy, directly, right now? Here
is an exercise that will allow you to do so. After reading it
through, take a few minutes and DO the exercise. I guarantee that
just reading it will not provide you with anything valuable at
all. If you feel reluctance to do the exercise, allow the reluctance
to be there, acknowledge it, include it, and do the exercise anyway.
Courage is “having fear and doing it anyway.”
THE EXERCISE: FEELING THE JOY OF LIFE
model for atomic structure pictured atoms as spinning particles,
like planets around the sun. Electrons spin in “orbits”
(more accurately, quantum probability clouds) around groups of
protons and neutrons at the center of the atom. Atoms group together
to form molecules, which are similarly always in motion. What
we call “heat” is actually the energetic result of
constantly moving molecules. The faster molecules are moving around,
the hotter something is. Cells, made up of molecules, are also
constantly in motion, moving chemicals around like busy little
If you could
look inside your body with an electron microscope capable of filming
what was going on at the atomic and molecular levels, you would
see constant movement – this is the Merry Dance of Life.
Imagine that every molecule in your body is dancing. Some of your
cells are doing the waltz, others the cha-cha, others the salsa
or tango. Other cells are enjoying a chemically-enhanced rave
to loud rock ‘n roll. Why not join them? What would it be
like if you could feel this joyous dance going on inside of you?
Here is a
way to do so.
in the movie “The Fantastic Voyage,” scientists (including
the ever-lovely Raquel Welch) were miniaturized and injected inside
a human body. This is your own fantastic voyage. This is your
opportunity to be a great explorer of a new world – your
is made of more than 75 trillion cells (I counted them –
that’s 75,000,000,000), and each cell is made of tens of
thousands of molecules, all moving together in a cosmic dance.
They are interacting, linking and de-linking, traveling from one
place to another, transforming from one thing into another. Every
single particle of your body is dancing. There is nothing made
of matter that is still. This is the dance of ecstasy, of lila,
of cosmic play. This is the dance of being alive, going on all
the time inside you.
Take a moment
to sit quietly. Let slow breaths relax your body further and further.
Imagine that you have the ability to see down into every level
of physical existence: your skin, the muscles, bones and organs
that make up your body, the cells that compose the tissues, the
molecules that make up the cells, and the atoms that compose the
molecules. Keep going down through the layers, down to the sub-atomic
level, where quantum strings are singing us into existence.
movement of everything. FEEL this movement and listen to the music
that the cells are dancing to. This is your body. This is your
body on bliss.
Take at least
one full minute to feel this ecstatic dance. Give yourself the
pleasure of feeling your inborn, natural exuberance and joy that
exists throughout every cell and tissue of your body.
Play a piece
of your favorite music, and let your body respond and dance –
it might be a small movement, or perhaps your body wants to sway
or move more vigorously. As you move, feel again this incredible
molecular dance, and its ecstasy inside of you. Allow your body
to respond to that dance. Let the ecstasy lead you. When you feel
complete, sit in silence for a few minutes and feel everything
that is happening in your body. Allow it to happen. Enjoy it happening.
all rhythm, and even your heartbeat is a subset of this infinite
rhythmic dance going on at all times. As you walk through your
life, let it move you from time to time. Dance with it. Feel it
in your bones and muscles and neurons and organs. This joyous
dance is inside of you all the time. Give yourself the gift of
feeling it, and moving with it.
you be wiling to share your experience? I would love to hear from
you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and let me know if I can publish your report, with or without
your name. Enjoy the dance!
every issue of Everyday Awakening, I will present exercises to
enhance your aliveness. I look forward to exploring with you!