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.
Because the Dragon year holds the energy of growth, change, innovation and leadership, this is a fantastic time to consider how you are growing, changing, innovating and leading in both your personal life and in the ways you contribute to your greater community and the world. Bigger than life, the Dragon is traditionally considered to be a symbol of good fortune with an enterprising, independent, and ambitious spirit.
Water has a calming influence on Dragon so s/he is a little less bombastic and overbearing than the other elements. More perceptive, empathic, and able to “go with the flow,” the Water Dragon is able to take leadership by working with others in teams and fostering cooperation and creative exchange.
2012 is a time of transformation. Because water feeds the wood element within the Five Element cycle, and wood, the home element of the Dragon, signifies the growth of spring, this is a great time to focus on what you want to grow and transform in the months ahead. It’s time to think out of the box! After all the dragon, so huge, you can’t see its head and tail at the same time, would never fit in that box anyway.
What innovative vision will you carry as you ride the back of the Water Dragon in the year to come?
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: An Evolutionary Process to Awaken Inspiration, Focus Intention and Manifest Fulfillment, CD: Short Meditations for a Busy Life.