I have realized that what matters the most, is the decision to enjoy the joy everyday. It all starts with a mindset that believes joy is possible. Then what matters are the practical details of how to enjoy one's life and how to make it enjoyable for others. For me the essential ingredients of joy are loving, smiling, as well as writing, reading and sleeping. I love to laugh until I cry and change other people's crying into laughter.
I'm very sensitive and love to use all my senses to the fullest:
Feeling: Nothing feels better than the warm body of a loved one.
Smelling: I thrive on the smell of orange blossoms and lilacs.
Tasting: Fresh herbs in a meal prepared with love make me feel alive. (By the way, I don't like vinegar, mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise.)
Seeing: Witnessing good will and excellent manners warms my heart.
Hearing: I love to speak and hear different languages because each language has its own character. For example, when I speak French, I feel very feminine, Italian makes me feel joyful, and Spanish increases my playfulness.
Intuiting: Sensing the purity of a heart opens me up.
I'll write more in the near future, in the meantime, read more here: http://www.virtuousarts.com/jmdavies.php
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