I've always liked doing my soul's work, whether it be working with special populations, yoga students, my fellow improv players, other poets, or even raising my own children-
My theme is the discovery and re-discovery time and time again of joy. Here's how I learned about this secret of enhancing your life.
Some 20+ years ago, in the twilight's wee hours of the morning, I had a clear and poignant dream that gave my life everlasting direction.
In my dream I was in a huge dark forest, dwarfed by huge, black trees all around. Far off, in a clearing, I saw a bright and welcoming bonfire. Naturally, because the woods were dark and scary, I was drawn to the fire's safety and warmth.
Facing me, and well silhouetted by the flames behind him, was a tall and imposing figure of a man. When he spoke, he called me by name. And I knew instantly who HE was.
My heart and soul recognized him from before I even came here. Though I could see the shape of him, I could not see his face-so blinding was the light behind him, that his features were indistinguishable.
I immediately brought to him my troubled mind. My time as a social worker in those days was extremely stressful. I was working hard, but couldn't seem to find traction in a troubled world. .Unable to solve these things myself, I wanted him to give me great solution.
I said, "Do you know what? It's a mess back there!! There's injustice, hunger, cruelty, and selfish greed, and your GOLDEN RULE seems to be the last thing anyone is willing to do!"
I challenged him to tell me where to begin in the world to try to make it a better place! I could hear the smile and his indulgence in his voice, and his generous kindness for my lack of understanding, as he said, "You are to experience joy."
Of course, being the Rebel challenger that I always am, I said,"Are you kidding me? Did you hear what I said? Don't you know how terrible it is? Where do I begin and what do I need to do?"
He chuckled and repeated himself. "You are to experience joy."
I didn't understand at the time, and I wandered away from the fire, scratching my head-knowing that I got it on good authority.(but wondering what the hell that meant.) I said to myself, "well OK then."
Each and every day since that time, no matter what, I've tried to tap into the river of joy that's flowing all around us.
My studies in yoga in particular have helped me to see that this truly is the best advice I could've ever been given. It is made my life into a wonderful, thoroughly exhilarating journey for my days!
I have bestowed upon myself the title of Certifiable Joyologist!
As such, I am free and ordained to experience JOY! And as much as I can and as often as I can, I'll share it with you!
My next book, LILI SEES YOGA IN THE TREES…is a a beautiful chronicle of young girl's discovery of her joyful nature, guided by her innate intuition.