A World of Love and Laughter
Back in July of last year, I came to more fully understand the importance of love. It started in the typical romantic sense, and although that relationship never fully got off the ground, I was thrust into a whole new awareness of the importance of living in a world of love. It’s hard to explain how this happened, but what I came to realize is that most people live in fear rather than allow their loving nature to guide their lives. Our world is rampant with examples of fear-based actions and reactions, and all one has to do is view the local and national news, or watch our families and friends to start making this list.
The opposite of fear is love. All negatively “charged” emotions are based in fear, while those that are positive all stem from love. Up until July I believed I was a fairly positive person, being the eternal optimist and “Pollyanna” both personally and professionally. But I spent my summer in a boot camp of sorts—being challenged left and right to identify and acknowledge my own fear-based living in order to shift it to a more love-based consciousness. I learned that every time I got irritated by a driver, made a judgment against myself or others, or allowed myself to succumb to sadness for whatever reason, that these were all fear-based reactions. But when I turned these thoughts and feelings into love-based responses—wishing the driver safety in their travels, sharing compliments and praise more often, and finding joy even in the saddest of moments, I learned to live more fully in a world of love. I felt more satisfied with life, less disillusioned with the state of the world, and also more enriched by the experience of shifting my own consciousness from fear to love.
In my book, Soul Health, I talk about joy as the soul’s most natural state. When we feel joy, it is evidence that we are more fully aligned with the desires of our soul, and we experience more radiant health overall. The trick is that when we live in fear, it is nearly impossible to fully reach this state.
Two themes will be explored in 2015—both are challenges for you to keep in mind as you evolve throughout the year. My first challenge for you is to start shifting your own fear-based thinking to a greater experience of love consciousness. To do this you must be willing to examine each of your thoughts and reactions to determine whether they are fear- or love-based. If you are left with a negative or uneasy feeling, it is fear-based, while a carefree and joyful feeling assures that your responses are more love-based. Identifying this is the easy part, changing it is the challenge. Find every way possible to catch yourself, and shift away from fear, even if it scares you to do so. Letting go of our old ways is a necessary part of our evolution, but it is often laced with fear as well.
My second challenge for you is to laugh and play more. Research indicates that American adults laugh less than five times a day, despite the vast knowledge of the positive benefits of this response. Because our soul’s most natural state is joy, try giving yourself a jumpstart on your soul health by intentionally creating more fun and leisure for yourself throughout the year.
Just think how different our world would be, if we all lived in love and laughter? We would be more connected rather than separated, more joyful than sad, and more relaxed than stressed. No doubt the world would be a better place.