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Yes to more Joy

The summer in the Northern Hemisphere is over but I feel so lucky that in Portugal it always lasts a few weeks longer. Being such an introvert, I will admit that despite the fact that I love long warm days, I also cherish the peace and quiet that Autumn days bring. Less busy roads, calmer beaches, and just a general sense of space: my idea of Paradise.

I don’t know what this year is really looking like for you. I’ve got friends that tell me it’s been absolutely great for them, they’re moving in together with their partner, or they are expecting a baby or they just got a great new job. For other friends, it’s been more of a struggle, because of less work, or too much work, or because of long term partnerships coming to an end.

Overall, I feel like this year is extremely high in powerful energy and tension. The kind of energy that can not be foreseen, and the kind that cannot be tamed either. It affects each one of us in a different way, for the better, or maybe not quite yet the better (but eventually).

For me, this year has been full of surprises. Some good ones, some, not so great. I’ve surprised myself within my own work, within my centre of interests, and also with my word of the year which is Open. I’ve been moving from being extremely open and vulnerable to extremely closed and inaccessible within minutes. It’s been, like this year, extremely energy demanding somehow. The thing is that Being Open and vulnerable is still something I am currently experiencing, whereas hiding in my safe space is somewhere I know I can always go back to. None of these is good or bad, but the constant shift between these two spaces is somehow tiring now. Being a Taurus, I like when things move slowly but steadily. I’m not a fan of constant change. So I’m still working on making the transition between the two spaces less strong, as if it was just a normal part of my routine. It’s like trying to make the gap a lot less wide so then it’s easier to jump in and out of that space. I hope you follow me here.

One of the ways to do that is to find and keep up with the kind of emotion (energy in motion) that CAN be found in both spaces. Joy is one of those emotions, because it can be found in tiny little details, in the simplest of moments. One example of Joy for me is surfing. I can stay in my own calm and relaxed space when I surf, I can go by myself, I can go anywhere and I will feel safe and comfortable. And other days, I will open up and be more vulnerable, talk to new people and smile to familiar faces. Having this sort of activity really helps me keeping aware of my needs and my energy level, and the secret is that as soon as I feel safe and comfortable, I feel like opening up again. Magic.

Does this resonate with you at all?

Here I’ve used here Paislee Press’s latest creation “Yes No Maybe”.


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