The rock group Three Dog Night took the phrase from the familiar hymn and put it on the Top-40 charts: "Joy to the world, all the boys and girls. Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea. Joy to you and me." The beat is so infectious, it is more suitable as a mantra than as a meditative breath prayer. Repeat the mantra wherever you are.
Joy to the World
Gatha for the Universe
May all beings be happy, content, and fulfilled. May all beings be healed and whole. May all have whatever they need. May all beings be protected from harm and freed from fear. May all enjoy inner peace and ease. May all be awakened, liberated, and free. May there be peace in this world and in the universe.
— Barbara Ann Kipfer in 201 Little Buddhist Reminders
My heart is bursting with joy in this moment.
When I feel the glory of God beside me, I feel blessed.
When I see the wonder of God's creations, I feel loved.
When I hear the sound of God's whisper on my ear, I slow down.
When I know how close I am to God, I stop the world.
In this place of silence, I listen and hear my heartbeat.
In each beat, I sense the tenderness that went into creating me.
In that delicate fabric of life, I feel honored to live upon the Earth.
Breathe deeply, inhaling the joy of God. As you exhale, see golden sparkles of joy surrounding you. As these sparkles of heavenly delight dance around you, feel your heart swelling with uncontainable joy as you say the following prayer:
Dear God, I see the same cloth of your creation in all my brothers and sisters. I see the same love, patience, and kindness dwelling within all humanity. I now know that we are all one and the same creation of God. I lay down my judgments and embrace my brothers and sisters in love. I felt the same love you created in me touch the same love in all others. In love, peace, we embrace as one. Joy eternal becomes me, joy present becomes me.
— Vicky Thompson in Life-Changing Affirmations: A 30-Day Plan for Spiritual Transformation
Money Can’t Buy Happiness
May I never become so attached to a certain level of income or standard of living that I could not be happy with less. Everything is relative, especially the relationship of money to happiness. It is an old cliche that money cannot buy happiness, but it is often hard to truly believe that. Help me find happiness in ways that do not require a great deal of money and be ready to accept whatever setbacks God chooses to send me.
— Tom Cowan in The Way of the Saints