Posted on Nov 04, 2020

“We’re here to feel joy and absorb all of life’s beauty we can.  If pain comes, let it pass quickly through.  Then move on to joy.  It’s a conscious choice.”

~ Melody Beattie from “Journey to the Heart”

How will you choose to move on to joy today?

If you have followed The Mindful Movement for some time, you may know that I tend to stay out of politics and tune out the news.  Some may believe this is naïve or ignorant, but I feel it is a choice to move on to joy.  It is a deliberate choice to recognize my need for mental health and the reduction of stress.  If you live in the United States, it is difficult not to know what’s going on in the news these days.

I imagine no one will argue about the fact that 2020 has been a difficult year.  I won’t list the many insults and challenges that have caused pain and suffering, you are probably all too aware of them.  Instead, I consciously choose to move on to joy.

We cannot deny that there is pain, yet we do not need to add the extra layer of suffering by resisting what is or trying to change that which cannot be changed.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying you should sit idle and not do anything.  However, acceptance of reality allows you to reduce the extra layer of unnecessary suffering.

Today, I choose to nurture my physical and emotional needs with gentle movement and meditation, connect with nature and eat nutritious foods that will support my wellbeing.  Today I choose compassion for other people to reduce suffering (mine and theirs).

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  ~Dalai Lama

The definition of compassion is the sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.  Or the wish that all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

Les discusses how to mindfully apply the practice of compassion in this mindful tip.  Be a witness to an interaction with another person and ask yourself “What’s it like for that person?”  Then respond skillfully with compassion.

Today, choose to move on to joy with this meditation to cultivate compassion, breathe deeply, connect with the feelings of your heart and remember:

Just like me, everyone has known sadness.  May we all experience love and joy to balance the sadness.

Just like me, everyone is doing the best they can.  May we all offer compassion to ourselves and others.  May we all accept compassion from ourselves and others.



Staying Mindful in the Midst of Difficult Times

Additional Resources:

If you are looking to dive into the world of meditation in 2020, a great starting point is our 4-Day Meditation Journey. This free program is a great resource for beginners and those looking to step back into the practice of meditation.

The Mindful Movement’s 5-week online course, Living Fulfilled is another great opportunity.  During the course, you will explore how to find your purpose, love yourself, and connect with your authentic self.

Members Oasis for: Unlimited access to all Mindful Movement Meditations and Hypnosis Practices; Exclusive Members Only Content added EVERY month; Practice anytime, anywhere.

Purchase your favorite Meditation and Hypnosis practices from the Mindful Movement. You can download an MP3 file to listen to anytime, anywhere with no internet access necessary.

Hypnotherapy is an extremely powerful tool to support building joy and gaining freedom from anxiety.  If you decide you want to work one on one with a hypnotherapist, I’d love to help you!

Let us know how we can help.  Please feel to leave a comment with any other suggestions, comments, or questions for the community!

With love and gratitude,

Sara and Les

The Mindful Movement