November 2017 Oasis Odyssey

by Leslie Ackles

Harvest Your Joy!


I recently attended a Cheryl Richardson Retreat in Maine.  For one activity she asked us to share with each other when we feel the most alive.  This is what bubbled up for me.


My Joys:

  • My two grandsons running to me when I arrive with outstretched arms exclaiming: “Nana, Nana, I missed you!  I love you!”
  • My four year old granddaughter chatting away about her day in the back seat on our way to the children’s theater.
  • My eight-month old granddaughter crab crawling from the play room through the kitchen to get to her Nana, raising her arms up so she can be picked up and cuddled.
  • Walks through the vibrant woods with my husband.
  • Basking in wonder at the wisdom of the women in my life.
  • Laughing on a king sized bed late into the night with my sisters.
  • Traveling to new, exotic and distant places with my soul mate.
  • Walking by the ocean listening to the waves, feeling the sun on my face.


What are your joys?  When do you feel the most alive?


Imagine scheduling your life around where you feel the most alive?


Imagine choosing joy…..


Experiencing pleasure and joy in your life can be an antidote to your addictions of:

  • Shopping
  • Eating
  • Busyness
  • Chocolate
  • ____________


What if you create new ways of being in the world and choose what gives you pleasure instead of those obligations that are sucking the life out of you?


Follow your heart….


Follow the yearning of your soul…..


And see where it takes you….


“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves,

and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” -Agnes Reppier