What’s Happened to the Joy of Life?

Work is something of a dread for many of us. We generally see it as a box to tick and something that we must get through to get by in life. We sometimes even think of being in another job or position within the company or someplace else and convince ourselves that will bring back the spark to what we do. We may even seek to undertake jobs that we know in the past brought us some satisfaction, such as turning a hobby into a fulltime career: for some this seems to work well but unless we are living a fullness of joy in whatever we do, we seek reward and or satisfaction instead and then, are we living less than what we could in life?

Let me explain. Life ought not to be mundane. We are not here on Earth to plainly exist and this certainly does not make sense to why we would be here and the potential we all know in our hearts we can bring to life. So many of us know innately – especially when we are young – that there is so much potential in us to live. Not necessarily for what we can do and what we may become, but more so for the simple joy of experiencing ourselves, that is our true selves, in whatever we do.

I have witnessed joy in so many children for doing the simplest of tasks, from tying their shoelaces to even going to the toilet or going for a walk. These basic tasks may seem boring to many as just part of living, but these same children grow up to be adults one day saying just the same thing as most of humanity in claiming that these tasks they once found great joy in doing are now just part of everyday existence.  

So where does this joy go?

Is it hiding under the sink? Or under the bed? Or what about tucked away in an attic somewhere? It does not just disappear simply because we get older and get too grown up for seeing joy and playfulness in these simple tasks. Sure an assignment or work project may have many dollars riding on its importance of being completed, but this does not make it necessarily more important than enjoying the wonders of tying your shoes for example.

These projects, complexities and apparently greater aspects of life do not need to take precedence over the quality of our being, especially how we feel within ourselves. I know that it can be hard to see the joys in the simple things in life when you have just failed a big test, exam or project, or even do not know how to complete one of these. Even if you don’t have such projects of importance in your life anymore, it does not mean that at some point in your life you have not been affected by life placing such pressures on you.

What we do generally when these pressures are placed on us is we tend to react because they are often given to us in such a way that makes us feel that we have not been met or seen for who we are first. Life then seems more important than the quality of our being and suddenly that joy we innately know is seemingly less important than anything else in this world. After all, you are not going to pass a test or exam purely based on whether you feel joy-full in yourself or not.

We tend to check out from ourselves and our body and see the mind as king in this world and our body as runner-up to anything else.

But what if this form of behaviour is in fact what is causing us to feel that the joy in our day is gone? The key difference between how we live as adults and how we live as children is our level of connection with ourselves and our body. Perhaps what the key to experiencing joy again in our day, at even the smallest and seemingly insignificant things such as tying our shoelaces, is about being present again in our body in the moment and feeling that we can be totally and absolutely embracing of whatever that moment offers us.

What if life is just that simple, yet our heads acting on their own have made even the smallest of issues more complex than they ought to be?

You are probably thinking right now that this is crazy talk, as how can our body have any intelligence at all, especially considering it is the mind that seems to make this world tick… or is it?

Does the mind even care about the body it lives in when it is living in disconnection from it? A classic example is not going to the toilet when needed – whilst the body skids and squirms in its seat, shouting at an ignorant mind it is in obedience to. I can remember doing this so much at school because I was not always allowed to go to the toilet when I needed to or I felt embarrassed so I would not go and would often almost have seat-bum-burns from having to skid around holding on in my seat too much!

Indeed when we are in disconnection from our body and then reconnect back to it, we do feel the ugliness of how we have really been treating it. But what if there is a joy of being with you in your whole body and not just in your mind. It would certainly mean you don’t have to worry about that project due tomorrow, or the cat having to see the vet next Tuesday or having to pick your mum’s washing up from the dry cleaners this Saturday, whilst you squeeze in a mountain of work due before this weekend all whilst washing the dishes!

So could this indeed be the simple answer to our lack of lustre and vivaciousness in life?

I know for me this is in fact the case. Going from hard out study-o-holic to living the absolutely delicious man I am, all I have changed is my own relationship with my body and hence with myself, learning more about myself and how I have been living that has not always been in line with my body’s truth.

Could this be your truth too?

For me it all started with a simple use of the Gentle Breath Meditation™, and this was inspiration enough to change my whole life. The Gentle Breath Meditation™ was introduced to me by Universal Medicine and is a very simple, practical way of re-connecting with ourselves and our body. It is available in many forms depending on what is needed by you in that moment.

By Joshua Campbell, 25, Software Developer, Belgium

Further Reading:
Being Still – With Joy
The Joy of Gentle Exercise
The Illusion of Happiness – Finding the Joy Within

451 thoughts on “What’s Happened to the Joy of Life?

  1. The ‘spark of joy’ is not out there; it is in here. For it is the fiery spark of Thy Father, the love that lives deep within us all.

  2. ‘Sure an assignment or work project may have many dollars riding on its importance of being completed, but this does not make it necessarily more important than enjoying the wonders of tying your shoes for example.’ – This reminds me that I once saw the Dalai Lama bend down and tie his shoelaces after he had given a speech to several thousand people, the deep care and absolute presence he had with what he was doing, and the space he allowed himself while doing it, had the entire room in absolute awe and total silence, you could have heard a feather fall to the ground.

  3. Since when was work a ‘dread’? Who decided that we had to hate what we do in our day, and see service, purpose and being active as a negative thing? What if we could flip this completely on it’s head and absolutely LOVE the feeling of doing something that is supporting people and the business we work for?

  4. It is so true Joshua, there is so much potential in us to live in joy on a daily basis. We underestimate the effect we have on others (despite being aware fully the effect that others have on us), so living joyfully with whatever we do is massive for everyone to feel how this is possible. This is so needed for humanity today.

  5. “for the simple joy of experiencing ourselves, that is our true selves,” sharing our joy with others and the joy expands.

  6. During my career I mainly worked with adults and it wasn’t until in my elder years when I started working as a volunteer in my local school that I noticed how joy is part and parcel of a child’s everyday living. This was a bit of a wakeup call for me to reflect on why this was not part of my everyday living, and I came to feel how I had sold out on my joy in favour of being a good and diligent student and of working hard in my profession. Basically I had sold out to the trapping of my mind and overrode the joy of being in my body. The good news is, it is never too late to rekindle our joy of life and this is something I am deepening on a daily basis.

  7. I had the Joy of working with Joyful children today – There is the joy – in both them and me – reflecting to each other joyfully.

  8. Joy is just below the surface if we but allow it to appear, it is the little things in life that can bring so much joy, a simple hello to a stranger, a butterfly crossing our path, the feather we have caught as it floats to the ground , simple but joyful moments if we allow ourselves to be aware and present.

  9. Imagine if we lived the natural joy that we are all the time, as we do when we are young children, what a difference this would make to the world.

  10. In the early days of our history, work was physical, growing food, fetching water, building homes and, sad to say, fighting wars. These days work involves huge mental processes because of large corporations requiring paper and digital records. Life is complicated for many of us and when we are thinking so much we cannot be joyful, for the joy is in our bodies, not our heads.

  11. We are born with bucket loads of joy… it is us that leaves it behind in favour of ideals and beliefs.

  12. There can be many things in life that we let come the better of us and if we react they certainly suck the Joy out of us. However it’s down to us and whether we react or not. Universal Medicines teachings on why to observe and not react, is a key step in having Joy on tap. Since I have been practicing this, sometimes old patterns want to hold onto things but letting them go and seeing the energy for what it is has definitely supported Joy in my days.

  13. Schemes to amplify what’s in our head will only leave us empty and dead. Joy doesn’t live in ‘getting ahead’ but in connecting to our body and letting our love out.

  14. I feel like I tucked the joy away early on and only now am discovering it’s possible to be joyful in every day life. It’s wonderful seeing such amazing role models in the Benhayon family and others. They show me being fully present in what I used to find was an unpleasant world is very very possible.

  15. ‘So many of us know innately – especially when we are young – that there is so much potential in us to live.’ – The richness, abundance and connectedness we feel as children is out of this world – why would we want to leave it behind?

  16. There is such a simplicity to bringing change into our lives, I love the way you lay it out here Joshua. By changing the relationship to our bodies to a tender and loving one – and therefore how we relate to ourselves, we are learning more about ourselves and get to understand the ways we’ve not lived lovingly – and hence change them to ways that ARE, in line with the body’s truth instead.

  17. The joy in life is so vital and missing today for so many of us and limited to moments of elation, but since knowing Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, the real quality and immense capacity of joy and love in our lives by reflection is brought alive again from within with a consistency and choice in our livingness.

  18. Joy is that spark within us all that thrives on living and discovering new things in every waking moment! Is it like the toys from childhood that we are told to discard and put away to be an adult? We never lose our joy; we just forget it is there.

    1. I agree – and without it, is it any wonder many of us require stimulation to get out of bed and through our days.

  19. That is the problem Joshua, “we are not here on Earth to plainly exist” but that is what most of the people are living nowadays. Collectively we have lost our true purpose in life and therefore make life about function to enable our existence but that does not fulfill at the end and makes us to give up on the possibility that there is more to life then just this existence.

  20. We have to learn that we all matter in life and no matter your function in society, for instance if you are the janitor or the CEO, we are all equally important and together we will make it happen as long as we make it our purpose to live that love we all have a spark of within.

  21. Imagine a life measured as successful or not for the amount of joy connected to the things we do in life. It would be such a game changer.

  22. I am at the moment pondering on a lack of joy in my life, and i feel it comes from a lack of purpose. When life becomes about the struggle or even just about the function, we lose all sense of purpose, all sense of joy in everything we do

    1. When life becomes a struggle we actually should have internal alarm bells ringing because this is not who we are. But this is not happening by many, so why are we making this choice to live something we are not, suffer from and pollute our bodies with?

      1. I think so many of us just believe that life is a struggle and it is normal – we have so few role models that show us how life can have an ease and a joy that is not restricted only to those with loads of money – that it is about how we are in life

      2. Those with loads of money will struggle the same as it is not about the physical but instead about the inner wealth we all one day may find in ourselves by our own choice as we have it all.

      3. I think that there is certainly a very physical reality which has to be recognised that there is a certain amount of money we do need in order to not be in poverty and struggle every day on a physical level, but you are very right that having more money does not take away the same issues we have on a smaller salary – money cannot buy good relationships or inner contentment and joy, it can simply make your life progressively more comfortable and in some cases, build a life of illusion and glamour.

  23. It feels like so many of us have accepted the mundane as the ‘normal’ way of life, or are working very hard to distract ourselves from that unsettling feeling that there must be more to life, that what we experience can’t be ‘it’. Could it be that we’ve just forgotten what it is and feels like to live with a steady joy, day in and day out, moment to moment? And that it is completely possible to live like this: no problems or issues that we keep recreating; just a steady flow and ease to life.

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