Got Joy? And What the Heck is It, Anyway?
Joy is a state of being that relishes our full range, the open embrace of all that life brings us, those moments of deep feeling when we know, and can sense, that we are truly alive. This is our birthright. —The Way of Joy
Many people have asked me what I mean when I say I teach the Way of Joy. So I thought I’d “out” myself and the ideas lying beneath this integrative method to access vitality, presence and power.
I think of joy as a limitless wellspring: the more you use it, the more there is to use. Self-replenishing, like a spring bubbling up from its source, it can pervade our lives, our sense of purpose, our place in the world, just as water moves from springs to creeks to rivers into the ocean.
I believe that this limitless wellspring is always available to us for inspiration, creation, and motivation. I believe joy lives in our essence, our chi (life force), in the space and in the very particles of aliveness that unite all living beings and that it is expressed differently through the uniqueness of each one.
Vicki Dello Joio, founder of The Way of Joy: A Spiritual Fitness Program, is a teacher, speaker and performing artist. Integrating over 40 years of Chi Kung practice with other martial arts as well as her work in Yoga, Feldenkreis, physical fitness and theater, Vicki has developed a dynamic set of tools to increase awareness, transform obstacles into opportunities and enhance creative potential. Book: The Way of Joy, CD: Short Meditations for a Busy Life.