Sunni Brown offered us this prompt in #Quest2015: How could you make moments of joy a sacred priority in 2015? What forms will such moments take? Doodle your way into these questions and share your doodles.
As part of this quest into the new calendar year, we've come through some other joys in looking for what makes our hearts leap and some have probably found joy, fun, bliss, messiness, and happiness while exploring other prompts in this series. But until this week, I can't remember the last time I doodled. I guess I put little scratches with my pen in the margins occasionally when I'm writing poetry or notes for a song. So I'll start to count that as doodling, too, now that I've discovered how fun it is!
Until last year, many of my friends heard me say that I wanted to “reclaim my joy.” What I eventually learned is that joy is available to me more frequently than I had thought. The only way to experience it, though, is to be attentive to it.
May our day be filled with little moments of bliss. More important: May we notice them.
— stan stewart (@muz4now) December 14, 2014
Since I started paying attention to my own joy, I have a lot more of it. Sounds weird to write it. And — at least for me — it's true. So true that I recommend you try it.
It's this attentiveness or noticing that makes things sacred in life. Things or experiences that I only wish for — the way I wished for “my joy” — have not reached sacredness. Each time that I do stay present in the moment, I do sense the sacral nature of now. From now on, even if I am doodling in the margins of a poetry book or journal, I'll take that as a reminder of the sacredness of right now. Thanks, Sunni!