This past December, a good friend surprised me with my very own djembe drum. Put it in the cockpit of my boat on a star filled night so that when I returned home I would find it. I had been to drum circles–I loved the energy, I loved the rhythm, I loved the vibe of it all. I priced drums only to find they were out of my price range…my friend’s surprise delighted my heart, and continues to delight my life each time I use it. The most perfect gift for me, given unconditionally, with no expectation, to enrich my life in huge ways. One example of delight.
Today, I participated in a drum circle at the harbor close to my comfort beach. The sun was shining, the sky was clear, the day was absolutely gorgeous. I had to work in the afternoon, but I decided to forgo sleep and chores to participate in this drum circle. I was unfamiliar with the host, and I knew many people would gather to watch because it was a holiday weekend at a busy tourist location–so I was a bit nervous. When I arrived, the host was absolutely, amazingly talented (I later learned he has toured nationwide and entertained on many major talk shows) and the drum circle itself had quite a few participants on a platform so the crowd could watch them rather than join them as I am used to. Fear trickled in. I didn’t think I was talented enough, my drum in comparison seemed small, many excuses came rushing in. But the beat of the drums, the warmth of the sun, the opportunity to participate called to me, so I took my drum and sat in the circle.
Speechless. As I found my rhythm, as the host led, as the energy from the circle and the crowd soared all under the warmth of the full sun by the beach that I love….I felt absolute delight. Absolutely worthy of the moment…worthy to sit in the circle, add my own particular beat, learn from the others, share when it was my turn, bask in the sunshine, let the Energy from the circle magnify and flow through me. Delight.
Each day I pick a friend and I communicate with them in some written form–may your heart be open to the delight filled treasures of the day, may the delight of the day fill your heart. As I send the words, I accept them for myself. May *my* heart be open to the delight filled treasures of the day, may the delight of the day fill *my* heart.
To experience delight, I must be open to the moment as it is with no expectations, no criteria, no barriers….I must be ready to accept and embrace, to receive graciously. I must be alert to surprise, to joy, to little treasures sprinkled throughout my day. Delight requires that I leave fear, hurt, worry, doubt, disappointment, disillusionment, obligation behind me so that I may fully appreciate all that is given in this moment. Delight requires that I feel thankful for what I *do* have, not bitter about what I do not.
Delight may be as simple as waking in the morning to see the suns’ rays streaming through the window, lighting my space and knowing this is the perfect beginning. Delight may be as complex as planning out an event and watching it flow smoothly. Delight may be obtaining a goal. Delight may be releasing anything hindering. Delight may be accepting anything that allows me to move forward.
Delight means that my heart is saying YES! to the Universe. Delight means I am standing in Faith, believing anything is possible. Delight means that my Spirit is mindfully present celebrating this moment. Delight means that my space is clean and ready for anything. Delight means that I am allowing God/the Universe to surprise me in whatever method best suits my personality, in a way that makes me want to dance, sing, shout out THANK YOU!!!! because something has touched my heart, my soul, my spirit.
I may be an instrument of delight when I allow myself to share graciously, which sometimes requires stepping outside of my comfort zone, or a sacrifice on my part. I may be an instrument of delight when I take the time to say any of the following: thank you, I love you, I forgive you, I am thinking about you, I am sorry, I am so glad for you, you are awe-some and you matter. Even more delight filled, I may actually expand upon those words and with a thoughful gesture, gift, note…*show* that I love you, I forgive you..etc.
As you experience this day,
this new month with all that it offers….
May your heart be open to the delight filled treasures of the day, and may the delight of the day fill your heart.
May you allow yourself to be used an instrument of delight,
Even as you graciously accept the delight
Divinely placed in the day for you.
May you be open to delight,
may you graciously receive delight,
may you generously provide delight,
May you be thankful for each delight filled moment,
and how your heart expands,
your spirit soars,
your soul celebrates
as delight is presented to you.
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Please join me this Wednesday for a guest post by Simon Hay, a healer and a writer who inspires me to embrace all that I am and allow my Light to shine to it’s capacity.
Delight filled indeed:)