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31 Days of Learning to Breathe: Breathing in Joy

Joy is defined as; "a feeling of pleasure and happiness", "a state of happiness or felicity", "a source or cause of delight". The list can go on. These definitions are from general dictionaries. 

 Is it possible that joy goes deeper than happiness? Do you see them as equals? Or do you see joy as something a little more stable and happiness something that can easily change with circumstances? It's a great question to ask and to ponder. Maybe at one time I would have considered them equal, but over the years I've learned that the feeling of "happiness" can come and go, but that even in the midst of struggle, tragedy, hurt, etc,  I can experience a steadfast, always constant, deep within joy.

I can choose to breathe in joy. To draw from deep within. And maybe from this joy that comes from deep within I can even experience happiness in times of pain. I remember when my mom passed away. Clearly one of the most painful losses I've experience…

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