My 14 year old recently discovered John Denver. I know, it's sweet :) Yesterday, we were driving around running errands and he played the song, Matthew. One line especially stood out, "Joy was just a thing that he was raised on."
Hearing that a few times in a few minutes I felt such a longing to raise my kids in joy -- joy as the foundation. How fabulous does that sound, right?!
I turned to Julio and expressed my aspiration, "I really want to raise my kids in joy! How am I doing?"
In typical young teen nonchalance, he replied, "Good enough." And we laughed.
Yet, for a moment I felt a tug to think back on all the years of being a mama. 20 years ago this summer I was pregnant with Julio's big brother.
It was tempting to linger with sadness on the times that weren't joyous, (there were plenty), times that I was stressed out and holding too much to be fully present, times I was distracted and attention divvied up in too many directions to focus on the cultivation of joy every day.
I could easily have followed that energetic thread to the past and lingered there in regret.
Instead, I chose the present moment, which was truly joyous, driving along singing to John D. with this my kid.
Every day is full of similar moments, opportunities to put our attention here or there - past or future. There's also the how of our attention --- regret, sadness, anger, acceptance, gratitude, self-love, joy ---> So many options & all within our power to choose!
These choices are significant and have energetic ramifications. If I had given my attention (consciously or unconsciously) to the past with regret I would have been strengthening that energetic in my field and my family timeline.
It's pretty challenging not to do that until we actively practice the re-rewiring of old thought and emotional patterns.
In the meantime, those old patterns can link us energetically to past people and places in harmful ways that siphon off our vital force energy and leave us feeling depleted and unable to consistently show up for the cultivation of joy in the right here and now.
I love doing energy healing for others. I love guiding others to do it for themselves even more! Not only will we clear any cords holding you back, by the end of the workshop you'll have an energy clearing practice you can use again as needed or share with others.