Embrace the Drumroll of Joy, Happiness and Laughter

The sound of drums is primal and catches our attention with the physical vibrational effect. Music depends on drums to keep rhythm. A drum roll signifies something is about to happen. And the sound of drums can be all-encompassing.

Compare the nature of a drumbeat and its ability to envelope you in sensation to the rhythms of life around you. Life around you can feel positive or less so. When it is less so, it happens from bad news or negativity in some form.

It is easy to get caught up with all of the drumrolls of bad news that seemingly vibrate from all directions around us every day. It might feel like the world is heavy and vibrating with issues, that your problems are worse than other people’s issues and it may not be easy to find the answers.

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn reminds us “As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you.” Using those words as guidance, focus on giving yourself a drumroll of cosmic breath. Take a deep breath and feel the internal expansion and clarity as you let it go. From your inner core, make an active choice to vibrate with joy, happiness and laughter.

Going further, go outside to get into nature and give yourself a drumroll for nature’s simple beauty immediately around you, regardless of the season. As you tune to nature’s wonderful visuals and vibrate from within yourself with focused positivity, it will change your perspective to attend to what truly matters.

Try a new approach to something you do on a regular basis, like walking around your neighborhood. If you take a garbage bag with you and pick up anything left by others that does not belong in the natural scene – give yourself a drum roll for a simple but profound action to clean up and support natural beauty. It can be easy to slip into feeling agitated because you are picking up after others but it is also an act of service. Shift your focus to enjoy the effect of your efforts to immediately access the drumroll and internal vibrations of joy, happiness and laughter.

You have many choices and options in your response to things. When you are presented with an opportunity to make a choice, pay attention to how you feel in that moment. Consciously make the choice that adds to your life (rather than detracts from it). Give yourself a drumroll from your inner core to experience feelings of appreciation, joy, happiness and laughter. As you give yourself the gift of positive drumrolls, you add sparkle to your life and the world around you. And that can be encompassing.


On a Purrfectly Clear Zen Note

You have many caring teachers are around you – including pets and animals in nature. There is a lot of value in paying attention to these somewhat simple but useful lessons and reminders about being good to ourselves and others.

When we ‘love’ on an animal, may receive a return request – to scratch a certain spot, rub an exposed belly, give a special tidbit, accept a wet kiss, bump heads or rub noses. And in that moment, we have made a connection with pure consciousness.

Recent studies show that animals can help humans to bring down blood pressure and calm anxiety. They have helped save lives through their awareness and love for their humans. And they have much to teach humans.

Zen Lessons From Animals

Here are some of the most important things I have learned by observing animals. Feel free to take them into your daily relationships to live with more zen.

1. Take time to respect those who have come before you.
2. Take time to show empathy and compassion.
3. Take time to cuddle with each other.
4. Take time to do something unexpected for someone.
5. Take time to play within each day.
6. Take time to show affection and passion.
7. Take time to express unconditional love.
8. Take time to listen.
9. Take time to practice being patient.
10. Take time to laugh from deep inside at something silly.
11. Take time each day to nap.
12. Take time to slow down your pace of present moments.
13. Take time each day for physical movement.
14. Take time to learn something new.
15. Take time to try a new approach and new solution to a problem.

In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” ~ Aristotle


Paying Attention to the Little Things

What is a Mighty Gem? You can find them in what seems rather mundane because they are small or ‘ordinary’ and commonly found around you.

Each person is a unique Mighty Gem. Nature is filled with Mighty Gems – dappling sunlight on a lake, tall grass dancing with the wind, seashells polished and gleaming on the sand… and all of it without any expectations in return.

Given the pace of life today and the high level of distraction, most people tend to take notice when something is sparkling or has a spotlight on it. But the key to living a life of quality and joy is to look beyond the sparkles and spotlights into the everyday world so you can distill joy in every moment.

The question is how do you find these Mighty Gems? A simple, albeit not necessarily easy answer, is that it comes down to paying attention to yourself and your reactions to all that is happening to, within and around you.

When you open your senses, you may be surprised at how much beauty is around you that may not have been invisible before. Taking a simple walk can be an exercise in attunement with nature or lead to new friendships with neighbors. A Mighty Gem can be your own inner response to seeing a pile of leaves made up of all the colors of the rainbow.

Mighty Gems can also be how you relate to others, whether human or animal. It is easy to pay more attention to what you eat for dinner than how your relationships are growing. Slowing down to savor your life can lead to self-discoveries and new sources of gratitude. And, ultimately, your day can be sprinkled with many Mighty Gems – experiences, opportunities, actions and more – that when you truly experience them can lift your spirit.

After all, spontaneous happiness in the small moments every day can become your new ‘ordinary’.