As the new year begins, many of us have felt beat up again by the last year and aren’t too sure about what is to come. I encourage you to actively look for things—experiences, stories, places, and living beings that give you hope, inspiration and gratitude. I also offer you the Gift of Joy so read on for more.
Happiness, peace and joy don’t have to be complicated.
If you have read my past article titled “The Three Words,” you may remember those words are Help, Thanks, Wow. I wanted to review those again at the start of a brand new year.
Helping and being helped is an essential part of being a living being on this planet. Animals do it—it’s essential for their survival, especially among animals that live in groups (like dolphins and whales!). We all need to ask for help at times and by doing so, we can actually enrich the life of another. Not asking for help or not being vulnerable robs you and those around you of a chance to connect and relate in ways you may have never dreamed possible.
Remembering to find something to be grateful for in the small as well as big things in life—and creating the opportunities to find things to be grateful for, every day is a path to Joy. I think of it as a pearl necklace. Every gratitude or every awareness of a perfect moment is like putting a pearl onto the string of life. There are spaces in between the pearls for sure but eventually, if I stay present and conscious and look for those pearls, the string of life can become a thing of beauty and constancy.
But oh, the Wow! of life. That’s essential. Humans are so good at making meaning of what happens in life AND finding things that bring us to a state of Awe. This Awe (or Wow) state infuses us with hope, joy and contentment and lives within us, to be accessed at any moment. How will you create some Wow! in your life this year?
For those who haven’t seen it, I offer this poem by Wendell Barry, an American poet. It captures the Wow! Thanks! and Help! available to us in the Wild Things of the world. In nature, there is always Awe, just waiting for us.
The Peace of Wild Things
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
This is one poem that really captures how it feels to be with the wild creatures in nature and for me, my favorite ones to be with are the Cetaceans—dolphins, whales and porpoises. Looking into the eye of a dolphin and whale who choose to be with you is a moment of Joy, Awe, Thanks and Help all rolled into one.
I have seen dramatic shifts in people who had just an idea that something needed to shift in their life, even if they didn’t know where to start. Then, they connected with wild Cetaceans and found transformation through their Joy. Their lives changed for the better and for the long term.
So many of us have had a difficult time finding Joy in these last two years, at least, and wonder what the future will hold. I have been inspired to find my Joy again among the dolphins in Bimini and to re-start the retreats I started in 2019.
It has been a Joy for me to have meaningful interactions with dolphins and whales for so many years and now I want to bring them to you—or you to them. I have planned another retreat for 2021—where the Wild Things Are—in Bimini, the Bahamas. I have partnered with an amazing woman who will teach participants how to communicate with animals. She will also teach us how to use Reiki to help us heal ourselves and others.
Imagine the Joy and Awe of being able to communicate with a dolphin! Imagine the freedom of floating in a warm, watery world, the memory of which will be alive in your body whenever you want it, even after the physical journey is over. Imagine the Gratitude you will have for the Wild Things. Imagine the Help you may receive for your goals and challenges through the Joy of being with the Wild Things.
You will also have my help as well as my partner to identify a way of being that will get you where you want to be with more playful ease. I have seen it happen many, many times and it’s the Joy, Help, Gratitude and Awe of my life to be a witness to it.
I have seen that Joy and Play propels people to achieve their heart’s desire far faster than forever talking and analyzing and planning it. I invite you to explore the possibilities of personal, professional or family growth and healing in a new way—with the Wild Things. I have all the information you need at this link: http://www.yourlifewelllived.net/BiminiRetreat2022.html and click on the Bimini Retreat 2022 link!
As part of the Gift of Joy, we even have a special discount and payment plan for the first 10 participants (but as of this writing there are only 7 of these spots left) as well as other bonuses for all participants. There is a limited number of spots in total so start the new year out with a commitment to finding your Joy, Awe, Help, Play and Thanks with the Wild Things. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or see the link above today and start giving yourself or someone you love the Gift of Joy.
Let’s find our Joy and go play where the Wild Things Are in 2022!