Daily Manifestation Challenge, Delight

What Brings You Joy? The DMC.

October 29, 2011

Today’s Daily Manifestation Challenge is all about Joy.

What brings you the most joy?

(I picked Almond Joy because my dad was obsessed with them. brings me joy to think of my dad.)

Why, you ask? Why list my joy on this here website?

Because when you think of these things you start to inhabit the feeling of that which you are thinking of. Works like a charm. Works like an Almond Joy. Works like a vacation (Almost.)

Are you doing things everyday that bring you joy? (If the answer is no, I want you to shut the computer and start. Right. Now.)

This is one of my missions in the world. To provide a space where people have more joy in their lives and truly feel that they deserve it!

So, what is it that brings you joy? As you answer, see if you can allow yourself to be in the feeling of what you are thinking about.

By now you know that Modern Family brings me joy. 

My husband brings me joy.

Often, a good glass of wine brings me joy. Especially when I come home and my husband has a candle lit and said glass of wine sitting next to it for me. Especially then.

Belly laughing and smirks, sleeping in my own bed and also in fancy hotel beds, these bring me joy.

Seeing how far my sister has come brings me great joy.

Music brings me joy.

When my yoga classes sing out loud, JOY!

When they dance… even more joy.

The blog 365 to 30. Joy joy joy!

People sharing with me what they are manifesting into their lives and the comments people leave here fill me with joy.

My friends successes bring me joy!

How when I go to the bank or Whole Foods near my house or other places I frequent, people know my name and I know theirs. It’s like Cheers. But better. I love connecting. It brings me joy!

Leading Manifestation Yoga® Workshops and Retreats! So. Much. Joy. Can’t. Handle. The . Joy.

All things Italy bring me immense joy and pleasure.

I also ask you this: What are you doing to bring others joy? To spread joy in the world?

I am going to add a poem i wrote last month because the last lines refer to joy. Read them carefully.

How to Make a Life

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First: Take everything you’ve ever learned and everything

You’ve yet to discover and place it in a box labeled Thank You.

Second: Take a picture of your face and remember

That in ten years time you will be amazed at how gorgeous you were.

Be amazed now.

Third: Find someplace to live.

Make sure it has the ability to let light fall

Across the room in such a way that every so often,

You’ll stop and mouth the words “Ah, sunlight.”

Before you finish dusting the books.

Don’t let the books get dusty.

Open them and reread your favorite sentences

Or give the books away.

Fourth: Fall in love.

Touch. More than you think.

Have a child if you want one.

If you don’t, don’t.

Let your child out into the world

Discovering for themselves just how magical

It is. Or it isn’t.

It’s theirs to decide.

Give your child a lot of books.

Fifth: Get a job.

Remember this job is not who you are.

You get to open the silk door of You,

And decide, over and over, as many times as your socks,

Just who you are.

Your job will feed you and your children if you have them.

If you forget this step,

You will be reminded of it if you ever lose your job.

No, my job cannot be who I am

because here I am still standing in line at the post office

tapping my feet,

and yet I have no job but still, I am.

I am.

Sixth: Do yoga.

Let your body discover what it’s like to move

without your brain holding it’s hand.

Tell your brain to take a hike.

Let your body believe fully in it’s own powers.

Let every person you’ve stored inside your muscles out every so often,

to breathe.

Lastly: Do things that make you feel good.

Let your joy be contagious and spread through

Your home, your job, your children.

Let it spread through the world

Like a virus so that when you forget it,

Every so often, you’ll catch it from someone else.


Now go Jump for Joy! But first, make a list below.

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  • Reply James Vincent Knowles October 29, 2011 at 1:15 am

    When a friend willingly chooses to spend time together for no other reason than the sheer pleasure of doing so.

    Smiling @ someone & getting a smile back.

  • Reply ingridgoffmaidoff October 29, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Poetry brings me joy- deepening intimacy with life. I love the line, “You get to open the silk door of you.”- so beautiful! so many things give me, remind me, bring me back to joy- to opening the silk door. thank you!

  • Reply barbarapotter October 29, 2011 at 8:23 am

    My girls have brought me joy all of my life.

    My grandchildren bring me joy.

    My husband brings me joy.

    The beautiful color of the flowers blooming outside bring me joy.

    The wonderful butternut squash soup I made today brought me joy.

    I am “In-Joy”. Life brings me Joy.

  • Reply Sylvia Borges October 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Everything I choose to see through the eyes of a child, with the same sense of wonder and curiosity, brings me joy.

    Being able to work on my virtues a little more each day, so I know that I am honoring the purpose for which I was created.

    Laughter, music, yoga, smiles, connecting, hugs, inspiring others as I feel inspiration fill me, dancing, singing, my kitty Hannah, being in love, making love, finding beauty in all things, spirituality, volunteering… all these things bring me joy… Oh, and last but not least, chocolate! And reading words written by Jennifer Pastiloff also bring me joy.

    May we be able to rediscover the joy that is alive within us, sometimes asleep in the arms of our inner child… let’s wake it up today and ask, how about we decide to experience some joy right about now?

    Namaste… :]

  • Reply Annie Freeman October 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I am fulfilling a dream NOW that I thought would take me about 10 more years to manifest, and I have the most inspiring partner by my side making it happen with me…even with all the exhaustion I am now feeling, absolute JOY!!!

  • Reply arielle dudley October 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Things that bring me joy:
    – J.P.’s endlessly positive, funny, inspiring, yogic energy that she emanates and bestows upon everyone around her
    – Silky smooth red wine
    – Music, especially dance music.
    – Fancy dinners and dates
    – Sex (sorry had to say it)
    – Getting out of my comfort zone and triumphing over something that previously scared/worried me
    – DANCING (in studios, in front of mirrors by myself, with girlfriends at clubs, in my car…)
    – Being wrong about someone and finding hidden treasures later
    – Laughing
    – Believing in something or someone so strongly nothing can shake me
    – Trying new things
    – Traveling to other countries and experiencing new cultures
    – Deep, interesting (sometimes even hard) conversations
    – Reading a book on the beach or a park on a sunny day
    – The Lake Shrine (https://www.lakeshrine.org/), the most beautiful and peaceful place in LA
    – Great girlfriends
    – Biking on a sunny afternoon
    – Snowboarding and being in mountain air
    – The sun setting over the ocean or the mountains
    – Kissing, the kind that makes your heart melt and your soul sing
    – Smiling at strangers and inspiring them to smile back (especially if I am having a bad day and still manage to find the need to smile)
    – Adventures and discoveries
    – Poetry
    – YOGA- finding a place for peace within my body and mind
    I love you Jennifer, for igniting just a little bit of more joy in my life today:-)

  • Reply doozee (@pdddy100) October 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    my doggy dog dog brings me unending joy. bringing me joy right now. oh and working out brings me joy, especially when i’m done.

  • Reply rachyrachp October 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Yes, I have a stressful life, but I still have lots of Joy. So here goes….

    My two amazing boys bring me JOY!!!!!

    Watching Blaise master a new skill, and feel pride in himself. Now that brings me immense JOY.

    When I put Maddock to bed at night and he turns to me and says, “I love you Mom, I love you.” My god that brings me JOY.

    Talking on the phone with my sister brings me so much JOY. Even better is seeing my sister in person.

    Taking my sisters amazing yoga class in person was so joyful for me.

    Sitting on the front porch at my parents house in California was such a joyful and peaceful time.

    Getting to spend time in person with my mom and dad is always joyful.

    Hearing from old friends online or on the phone or in person makes me so joyful.

    Making a really good and super healthy meal for my family makes me super joyful.

    Okay, now I will add some simple guilty pleasures.

    Eating a Ben & Jerry’s Fudgie Brownie Ice Cream Bar

    Eating a really good bagel with whitefish salad (oh god that is so joyful)

    Buying new make-up and loving how I look in it

    Getting a really amazing haircut and feeling fabulous

    Listening to really good reggae music I still have from my Berkeley days

    and last but not list there is one thing that brings me so much Joy and has since I was just a wee tot.



    R.I.P. MEL ;))))))

  • Reply K.O. Yoga October 31, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    My dog brings me the most joy 🙂 I love how she is so loving and in the present moment 🙂 My kiddos at work bring me joy because they are so brave and resilient. Halloween brings me joy because I love candy and finding the childlike fun in dressing up and being free. 🙂

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  • Reply Maya June 5, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Seeing my mother gives me blissful.
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