Double happiness.

Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you feel.  -Osho

There’s a Chinese character for double happiness. double_happinessI’ve long thought of it as the talisman for my 2 Chinese daughters. Not just single happiness, but double. I got double. Yay me!

Double happiness is a concept that can be hard to get your arms around; after all, if we’re happy then, well, we’re happy.  How can we be happy times two? Is there even such a thing?

I would say yes, and it’s not just because I was lucky enough to become a mom twice. It’s also because of the re-birth of intuition, of instinct long left un-tended and virtually forgotten.

To hold joy, we may sometimes have to fight for it, we may have to strengthen ourselves and go full-bore, doing battle in whichever ways we deem most shrewd. To prepare for siege, we may have to go without many comforts for the duration. We can go without most things for long periods of time, anything almost, but not our joy, not those handmade red shoes.                                                                   -Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., Women Who Run With the Wolves


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One Response to Double happiness.

  1. Nancy Rizzo says:

    PRO FOUND. (spoken emphatically). Joy Road Stuff! Gosh you get my brain wiring all a flutter! Mad me think about what’s my happiness x two? I always see The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and always say “my heart feels two times bigger” when I feel Joy x 2. Then if I want to get back up there, I just have to picture the Grinch!!! I know. Crazy Bat! Gosh I love being a crazy bat though – works for me! . . . .Lotsa Love, Thoughts, Prayers, Endless Energy. . . zoom zoom zoom. . . Bless You xxoo

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