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Angela AmiasHello! I’m Angela. Welcome to my exploration of one thousand shades of joy. I created this blog as a place to chronicle my adventures in heart-centered living. My desire is to celebrate and spark joy- through my writing, photography, and artwork- and to connect with like-minded (like-hearted) others.

In addition to blogging, photography, and my work as an artist, I also have a strong interest in mindfulness, meditation, and the use of the creative arts in healing- all practices I put to use in my work as a holistic psychotherapist.

What I believe (aka My Philosophy of Joy):

  • We are all born for joy.
  • When we ground ourselves in the present moment, we open up to the possibility of joy.
  • Being intentional about discovering moments of joy creates more joy.
  • There is quiet joy and wild joy. Joy in being playful and being still. Joy in bravery and courage and authenticity. Joy in becoming our most true and expanded versions of ourselves.
  • Even our most difficult experiences contain the seeds of joy.

I wasn’t always so into joy. In fact, I used to be a Very Serious Person. My self of 20 years ago would be rolling her eyes at all this talk about joy. By nature, I am a deep feeler, which enriches my experience of life and helps me feel joy more keenly. For much of my life, however, my capacity for feeling deeply was combined with an obsessive focus on everything going wrong in the world and the result was anxiety, guilt, overwhelm, and a sense of powerlessness. I credit my discovery of meditation, particularly heart-focused meditation, in re-orienting me to joy, love, beauty, and a profound appreciation of life.

I hope you find something meaningful here and I welcome connecting with you. You can follow me on Instagram or visit me at

  • firstmeadowlark

    “Joy giving birth to more joy and more and more.” LOVE this!

    July 28, 2014 at 5:28 am
    • Angela

      Thank you!

      July 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm
  • Beauty Along the Road

    I can so relate to this, having been a “very serious” person myself. One of the decisive books I read was “Deep Play” by Diane Ackerman – a wonderful affirmation of our need to play and be joyful, as adults. It’s funny, that even as therapists we have to discover this need and right for ourselves, before we can truly pass it on to our clients.

    September 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm
    • Angela

      I completely agree! I didn’t realize Diane Ackerman had written a book about play! I’ve just ordered a copy. I read her book A Natural History of the Senses when I was in my early twenties and it made a very positive impact on me.

      September 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm
  • emmaeatsitalian

    So important to find the joy in living 🙂

    January 7, 2015 at 4:16 pm
    • Angela

      Yes, and it’s most often the little things that are easy to overlook when we’re rushing about.

      January 7, 2015 at 5:05 pm
  • Karen Thorburn

    Wise words, Angela! I thought you would appreciate this quote from The Bucket List (2007): “The ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’” It’s important not to take ourselves too seriously and to find the joy in our lives. I’m sure I will enjoy reading your blog.

    January 26, 2016 at 7:59 am