Working on Things that Bring Me Joy, it’s a Journey

I am writing this directly after spending the last 2 hours working on my mindfulness and meditation practices. And, I’m not going to lie; I feel very happy right now. I feel in alignment.

You see, a few things have lead to me feeling this way.

One: I’ve been waking up happy in the morning over the last year. More on that here.

Two: I’ve been finding a lot of enjoyment in writing on Points of Connection. So much gratitude for you and all my readers for reading this.

Three: I lost my job a couple weeks back. Turns out, I wasn’t happy nor excited to show up anymore.

Four: Due to the current pandemic and lack of said job, I have a lot of free time to put time into the things I’ve been wanting to do.

One of these things I have been putting time into was a meditation challenge that launched this week with my friend, and complete bad-ass, Danielle Longo. It’s called #5minutestill.

Today I created my first guided meditation video, and it just felt right. Yes, it took a bit of time to make, and it’s far from perfect. But, it was a ton of fun. I was laughing, smiling, trying new things to make the message even better, and time wasn’t a problem.

I felt in alignment.

This has and still is a long journey for me

I’ve been slowly tapping my toes into the whole mindfulness movement for the last 9 years of my life. Most of this time was hidden from the public view, but it was always sprinkled in my daily actions and shared with my closest connections.

I switched from the smart choice in getting a degree in math, the easier path, to one that scared the shit out of me: acting school. Acting was not easy for me. I remember failing over and over again with some sweet wins and hard loses. The education I received from the amazing teachers at Western Washington University completely remade who I was as a person.

If it were not for them, I would not understand how to connect in the ways I do now. And not only how to connect with people but also with myself. This was the beginning of my journey in understanding how to show up authentically with emotion. I am so incredibly grateful for my teachers.

And then, I found myself teaching dance. I would secretly pepper in my vulnerability and connection training I received in acting school within my micro classes. My personal hope was that someone would leave one of my dance lessons with something a little more than a better understanding of how to dance. I wanted to foster human connection and teach others how to as well.

I started journaling my thoughts, experiences, and my habits. And, over the last 4 years, I’ve completely changed the way that I show up in the world. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the many wiser and incredibly giving individuals that helped me along this journey.

Some of these people I know while others I remain a complete stranger to them. Their words, thoughts, and ideas inspire me through the internet, books, and audiotapes to become a better person, a better man.

I began asking everyone I met, thousands upon thousands of people in the year of 2018 and into 2019, one simple question: “What creates human connection?” And, each person that I met that gave me an answer, taught me more what it meant to be human.

And all of this led to me making this blog and sharing my thoughts. Most of you may not know this, but the name “Points of Connection” actually came to me in the shower over 5 years ago. There exists, locked away, an old WordPress blog that never got off the ground with the exact same name.

There are far too many stories, too many memories, too many lessons to write them all down. What I will say instead is that they all point towards this moment in my life, right now, where I currently feel happy and in alignment.

I want to share this joy with others

Putting time into the things I honestly care about have made me a happier man. And, each time I put one more stone down in front of me on this journey the mountain peak of my life gets a little bit closer, a little bit clearer.

And, as it gets clearer, the pathway calls and beckons me forward, each consequential step being that much easier to take.

This journey is not always easy. This journey is not always happy. But, this journey is worth it.

Much love to you, wherever you are in your journey,
Austin

P.S. Dear reader,

Wanting to try out some meditation? Join the Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5minutestill/

Also, shout out to DanielleLongo. Go show her some love and support at @hellodanilongo

Austin Hunt

Meet the Author:
Austin Hunt

Austin is the lead writer and creator of Points of Connection. He's been studying dating, relationships, and how to build authentic intimacy for over 9 years now. You can find him sipping away at a cup of coffee at a local shop making friends with the stranger next to him.