Cultivating Joy

Cultivating Happiness, 8″ x 10″ encaustic by Courtney Putnam

“Sometimes comfort isn’t an action, but an open heart that you bring to a situation. Acceptance for others is rooted in accepting yourself. If you are tired today, emotionally vulnerable, or angry and frustrated, make room for it. Learn to gently say, I accept all of myself. I hold my feelings with tenderness, love, and comfort.”

–Collette Lafia, Comfort and Joy


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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5 Responses to Cultivating Joy

  1. lilasvb says:

    great and powerfull

  2. Thank you!



  3. So true that accepting others is deeply rooted in accepting yourself. The same goes for forgiving. You cannot forgive others until you can forgive yourself. Beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing this post. Namaste, Sherry
    Daily Spiritual Tools
    I’d love your feedback on my recent post, “Patience.”

  4. Marta Luzim says:

    Loved your trampoline dance. Put a smile on my face. Putting African music on awakens my hips, belly and heart.. and I paint and write. The body is a map to our entire life.. past, present and future. We hold every memory, feeling and belief in our cells…check out my site at and go to my gallery. Thanks :))))

  5. Thank you for visiting Sherry and Marta!

    I look forward to visiting both of your blogs!


    p.s. Marta, keep dancing and waking up those hips, belly and heart!

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