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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 167 :: dance with joy

16 Jun
{dance, dance, dance}

Tonight we celebrate the marriage of Andy and Courtney. It’s been a day of blood, sweat and tears.

The blood is for family and the beauty of reunion. The hugs the stories the memories all wrapped into a moment that will become more folklore for generations to come.

The sweat is from the hot Maine summer sun beating down on us as we awaited the lovely couple’s entrance and nuptials while fanning our faces with the program. It was a blessing that the sky was blue and the sun was out. It was a perfect day for the perfect couple with all the heat that comes with it.

And then there were the tears. From the moment the bride came into view, to the heartfelt vows shared, to remembering those who couldn’t be with us on this very important day, to the speeches, the toasts, and the first dance.

And then… there was the dancing. From littles to bigs, from young to old, there was the shared vibration of music, love and laughter.

It was a good reminder to live, love, laugh and dance.

There is joy in dancing. On any day. At any age. But especially at weddings.

May joy be with you.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 152 :: joyful hugs

31 May
{hugs}

There is so much joy in a good hug. I know because I come from a lineage of great huggers – including my dear Mama Sling. She gave the best hugs. Even when I thought I didn’t need one. It didn’t stop her – she always knew that deep down inside I wanted one of her big bear hugs.

No. Actually. She knew I needed it.

So, tonight, I was thrilled to get a hug. From a dear friend. Who I haven’t seen in so very long. But time holds no space between friends and hugs.

Sometimes the best joy is the simple things.
Like a great hug.

Joy is hugging a friend. So… go hug someone!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{free hugs}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 151 :: joyful love

30 May
{grace}

I am so overwhelmed with love today. So many beautiful notes and messages from friends about saying goodbye to Pup. You don’t know how much it means to me…

….well maybe you do.

It seems that losing a cherished pet is a universal exercise in grief. And in so many ways a connection from the animal world straight to the heart of the matter.

There is so much in this world that is hard to agree on, but, not when it comes to saying goodbye to those we love. Especially our pets.

That is an exercise in love. And in joy, there is always love.
Thanks for the love. I will repay the favor when and if the day comes.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{love}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 149 :: joyful being

28 May
{just be it}

Today was a good day. It was in all estimations a good day. There is nothing better than a life full of good days strung together. That is truly, joyful being.

Being in the joy.

It is the moments in our lives when we take a pause to honor that which is important, beautiful, industrious, inventive, inspiring, heroic, and peaceful that we find ourselves in that pause. The place where we can breathe freely. The place where we can close our eyes as we look up to the sun and feel the warmth of life. The place where we share laughter and joy with the ones we love.

The joyful pause.

This is being. And I am learning in this year of Joy that it is always found on the being side of human beings. Not the doing.  

Humans do great things. Human beings, when we are our most human, do the greatest of all things. We are present.

Today, of all days, is a good day to be present.
And, that, is the biggest gift of all.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{be}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 147 :: joyful breath

25 May
{stretching}

Every day I stretch. I wish I could report that I stretch my body, but I’m not very consistent with physical workouts. I am, however, very consistent with growing and expanding my heart and mind. It’s a daily training routine called Life.

But this year is teaching me to stretch in a new way — in all matters of JOY. I am learning that joy is about expanding and stretching in heart & mind, being open to possibilities and being aware of each and every moment.

Life can take your breath away if you let it.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{breathe}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 145 :: practicing joy

23 May
{joy breaks}

Today, the Joy Breaks continue… In fact, in the Joy Break department, I received a message from a dear friend wondering what I am doing for a Joy Break… as in, how do they work.

So here’s what I wrote back to her:
____

I’m using music for short bursts. Spotify is my friend.

I did a fast meditation yesterday where I saw a white light go through every cell of my body and fill it with joy (a little out there but it felt great).

I walked Pup outside, even though he is so delicate right now and really tried to ignore his skin and bones body and instead connect with him as he was soaking up the sunshine.

Then, when I looked at social media, I read everyone’s updates on my feed and smiled at each one, trying to be genuinely excited for each of them – because admittedly, sometimes social media just makes me jealous 😉

I might use this for my post tonight… it’s a good question.  

And I did use this for my post tonight!
So the question is… What is your Joy Break?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy beaks}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 144 :: breathing joy

22 May
{joy breaks}

For my Joy Break today, I went to the beach.

For just a few minutes, but they were well worth it. Feet in the sand (and butt in the sand) it was a good reminder to sit firmly on the ground and breathe in fresh air. 

When I finally left the hot sandy beach and put myself back into my car, I had a sudden urge. I wanted to call my mom. I almost reached for the phone to dial her up before I stopped myself and shook my head.

I haven’t felt that urge in so many years. I mean, of course, I think of my dear Mama Sling all the time. But I haven’t actually had a brain to muscle reaction to actually pick up the phone and dial her number in so, so long.

It was a familiar feeling. I used to call her at her office …like every single day. I’m sure my calls were annoying and interrupting, and yet, also eagerly anticipated. These days, I wouldn’t even know what number to call to reach her.

But today, I had a physical reaction to reach out to her. As if she was right there next to me and I just wanted to talk to her or hug her tightly.

I guess that is what happens when you breathe in fresh air. It goes straight to the brain. And then everything else falls away until you are only left with what matters most. What joy.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy breaks}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 143 :: joy breaks

21 May
{small wins}

I’ve decided to start taking Joy Breaks. Specifically, finding small, moments of joyfulness in my day. They can be tiny, minuscule and even invisible. Doesn’t matter. Because letting in joy is like letting sunshine into a dark room – it shines and expands at light speed.  

So, here’s to joy breaks…lots of joy breaks!
What’s your Joy Break?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy breaks}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 140 :: step by step joy

18 May
{dream}

Change is not always easy. Usually, if you are human, it is the hardest transition to make. So today, when I walked myself over to the gym to do a little spring workout I could feel the change going on inside of me.

So, of course, I avoided it by procrastinating. Instead of walking to the gym I walked to the local labyrinth. The maze-like path that sits at the top of the hill of a local park is usually open with no one else there to compete for steps within it. Today I was the only one there as well, as if it were waiting for me. 

I took my steps slowly, walking up and around and back and forth until finally making my way to the middle. It’s quiet in the middle. It’s serene. It’s whole and complete. It’s where I find my best thoughts. Such as… “Why don’t I do this more often?”

Good question. Being in the middle of the labyrinth reminded me that joy is a step by step process bringing you closer to your joy one day, one moment and one dream at a time.

And that is what changes the future…one moment, one breath, one action at a time. Step by step.

What is joy teaching you?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy-full}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 136 :: free joy

14 May
{bloom}

Okay so it’s not technically summer, but the last few days have felt like it.   And, it feels good. Flowers blooming, sunshine shining, bees buzzing. It’s as if the world has woken up.

I have literally watched the leaves grow on the tree outside my window. They were baby sprouts just a week ago, now they are full on leaves the size of my hand. And green. So green!

I love the color of green spring flipping into summer green. It’s that beautiful lime then full dark kale color. It’s like watching Mother Nature’s rainbow this burst of color all around me.

I love it. And it brings me joy. And, biggest bonus ever… it’s FREE!
More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{free joy}
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