Out & About: Finding Joy

taoby Christy Semple, RScP

Joy. It’s a quality that is often sought and sometimes seems elusive. Yet it is actually always part of us.

I was pleased to see the cover of a recent catalog for the Athleta clothing company that honors the essential truth of joy. It pictures a woman of advanced “calendar age” doing a challenging Lifted Lotus yoga pose. Her face exudes a sense of sublime joy. Underneath her picture is a quote, The joy of living is inside you. Live it. Believe in it. – Tao, 98

It turns out, this is Tao Porchon-Lynch. At 98 years old, she is the world’s oldest yoga teacher and an inspiration for people all over the word. She travels the globe together with Dr. Terri Kennedy, a yoga and meditation teacher, and they teach and show how mindful living can help anyone achieve the Power of Positivity. To Tao, the recognition of Oneness is the real power that governs the inner self.

The idea so beautifully expressed through the words and photo on this catalog speak to the true nature of joy. In the Science of Mind, we teach the principle of the Allness, Wholeness and Ever-Presence of God, Spirit, Infinite Intelligence, meaning that the whole of God is present at every point in space and every moment in time. The Allness of God is present at every moment within each of us. Hence, the Allness of the qualities of God, including Joy, are present within each of us at every moment. It is up to us to recognize this and allow its expression.

So, the words of Tao at 98 are wise indeed. They acknowledge this Truth that the Allness of the joy of living lives inside of us right here and right now. These words inspire us to know this, to believe this, and to live it by opening up and allowing the expression of it to flow richly and freely through us.

As a new year begins, rich and full with the potential of new ideas and experiences, we can practice centering ourselves in the Truth that the Allness of Joy is Ever-Present within us, ready to be felt and expressed. It’s up to us. We have the potential to live this Truth and feel joy like never before and enjoy a year that is rich and full, with gladness and well-being shining forth from our face, whether we are doing our favorite yoga pose or walking down our favorite path in the park, and whether we are 8 or 98!

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