Seeking a Joyful July…

 In Reflections

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” —Rumi

With our 2023 theme of Facets of Joy, we sparked joy throughout the month of July. As the intensity of the election year and the heat of summer 2024 rachet up, it feels appropriate―even necessary―to seek more joy this July too.

Join us in sparking, scattering, and seeking more joy―in creating a Joyful July!

Seek more laughter with friends, immersion in beauty, engagement with beloved pets, adventures with loved ones, and more soul-inspired experiences. Whatever generates the feeling of a river of joy moving through you, as Rumi so beautifully describes what awaits us when we live from the inspiration of our soul.

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy
and keep choosing it every day.”
―Henri Nouwen

As the 4th of July holiday signals our entrance into the heart of summer, why not make this a July and summer to remember? What brings you joy? How can you bring more of the sources of joy for you into your daily life? And, if it’s a rough month for you, can you choose joy anyway, if only for a moment or two?

May you seek out joy and may it find you again and again.

Happy 4th of July!

The Beauty Remains

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”
—Anne Frank

Joy in a Smile

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh

In The Fourth of July Parade

Right down the middle of main street
the woman with the long red braids
and fairy wings strapped to her back
rode a unicycle more than two times
taller than she was—rode it with balance
and grace, her arms stretched out,
as if swimming through gravity,
as if embracing space—her smile an invitation
to join in her bliss. How simple it is, really,
to make of ourselves a gate that swings open
to the joy that is. How simple, like tossing
candy in a parade, to share the key to the gate.

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

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