This morning I was going for my daily morning walk along the beach until I reach the sacred womens tea tree lake, swimming the length of the lake, watching the fish jumping which always makes me laugh, watching the birds flying above whilst enjoying the whole lake to myself. Swimming back to where I started and stopping in the water on my knees to stretch my shoulders, meditate and really appreciate this beautiful scene. I felt joy and the song Paradise was in my head.
Leaving the lake to walk back along the beach I noticed many other people on the beach doing their morning spiritual rituals, too. There were countless people surfing where there was a particularly good break. There was a kayaker riding the waves over and over. There were people running, jogging and walking. There were people doing yoga, tai chi and boot camp. There were people meditating, doing handstands and playing with their dogs.
It struck me that we were all doing what we each love to do in the mornings, in our own unique ways, and as a result every practice that I saw was a spiritual practice.
It reminds me of the big message from the universe that I got this weekend when pondering on how I will structure my next book: that when you decide to be happy, when you decide to do whatever makes you happy and disregard what anyone else thinks of what you are doing, when your priority is to make yourself happy, everything you want, everything that will also bring you joy comes flowing to you quickly.
In my 20's I was angry, I was defensive, I was living a life that I didn't much like yet it seemed to be what everyone else wanted for me. I made the decision when I turned 30 to choose happiness instead in a particularly angry moment when I was let down by my family. I realised that they were never going to change and that I need to choose happiness for myself and disregard trying to please anyone else. At that point, almost instantly, I got happy.
During my 30's I remained happy BUT I was still attracting abusive people, rapists, controlling people, etc. It prompted me to heal myself, to focus on healing myself. This took away the joy from my life on many occasions but ultimately it led to more joy because I faced and healed those things inside of me that were stopping me from having all the things I really wanted, like a soul mate relationship, like the business of my dreams, like abundance and like freedom from the abusers.
Now in my 40's I'm so happy with my life and with what I attract into my life. I live in the place that is paradise to me. I am in a relationship with a man that is perfect for me. I love the house I live in sandwiched between the beach and the rainforest reserve. My weekly routine brings me joy and little stress. I love my work and have an awesome business that allows me to honor myself whilst giving the best value to the world I can possibly give (for now). I am constantly learning and growing. My life is exactly as I want it to be.
It struck me this weekend that because I had so much to heal (if you don't know my story read this) and it took me over 10 years of almost 100% focus on my own healing in order to accomplish it, that I have got into a pattern of looking for the blocks in myself, of looking for the problem behind something that isn't happening for me, of looking for what needs to be healed for the next step. I don't need to do this anymore. I can choose to do only what brings me joy again and everything will flow to me with ease.
You can choose happiness too.
You are allowed to choose only what brings you joy.
If you make this decision and you follow through with putting it into action, I promise you that your life will improve. And YES if you are a fan of Be Healing then you have been attracted to me because you have some healing to do along the way, but choosing joy will get you there so much quicker.
What brings you joy?
Do you have a morning spiritual ritual, too?
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