“To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is — not the quick little excitement , but the real deep, life-filling bliss.” Joseph Campbell
What does bliss mean to you? Have you ever stopped to think about the saying; follow your bliss? When you wake up in the morning do you envision a day filled with bliss? If you’re wondering what prompted this inquiry, Ill tell you… I was contemplating what to blog about today and all the topics that came to mind were ho-hum; not particularly interesting… I thought of creating another lists post but hesitated because I’d written one yesterday. So what was I going to do?
“Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.” Alexandre Dumas Père
I checked a few options via Daily Post, Plinky, and my files and nothing resonated. Then the little voice in my head said BLISS! What? How could not finding a topic that inspires me to create a post be blissful? See, for a moment, I missed the point, my muse was not telling me that drawing blanks was blissful; rather, it was prompting me to explore the idea. Hmmm. Now that’s interesting? Is this how your muse prompts you?
Truthfully, I’ve always been the type to pause whenever people said “follow your bliss.” I mean, I like the phrase but sometimes, it sounds like a quick brushoff, a be-all end-all throwaway phrase for: do-whatever-you-want-next … and Next! Sure, when we do work we love, and enjoy showing up and pushing through the day with nary a concern for time or food, we have tapped into that place of self-knowledge, satisfaction, joy, bliss… but is it a steady state or a place we visit periodically?
“Where there is faith, there is love; Where there is love; there is peace; Where there is peace; there is God; Where there is God; there is bliss.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba
I went searching for quotes on the subject and found several; as you can tell from the quotes here. Some were clear; bliss is a spiritual experience, a deep connection with God. Some were experiential; bliss is what we have after sorrow leaves or what we achieve after our petty egotistical drives are set aside. Some even poetic like Wordsworth’s blissful solitude. Others proclaimed bliss is a state, albeit temporary, where a good day replaces a bad day and the conditions continually reverse… I dare say, even blogging can be the road to bliss. 🙂
Poem by William Wordsworth
“For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
“If you want to reach a state of bliss, then go beyond your ego and the internal dialogue. Make a decision to relinquish the need to control, the need to be approved, and the need to judge. Those are the three things the ego is doing all the time. It’s very important to be aware of them every time they come up.” Deepak Chopra
According to Deepak, when we relinquish these three “needs” we will be find bliss. Yet, I wonder, for how long until some annoyance or sordid affair wrecks havoc on our blissful state of equilibrium. Vigilance should be part of the prescription and the mental discipline to be aware of the chatter, he suggests rightfully.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” Joseph Campbell
One could even argue that bliss is material, based on things, our moods, our desires, our choices. Whatever we think bliss is, it is… because like a fine meal or a walk in the park, bliss might mean one thing to you and another to me… and events that trigger our moments of bliss can vary from day to day. I like Joseph Campbell’s idea that bliss is finding our own way. Bliss is about balance; finding the balance/equilibrium in all things. That could include finding bliss in a cup of tea even if you’d rather have a cup of coffee. What are your thoughts? What does bliss mean to you?
Life isn’t supposed to be an all or nothing battle between misery and bliss. Life isn’t supposed to be a battle at all. And when it comes to happiness, well, sometimes life is just okay, sometimes it’s comfortable, sometimes wonderful, sometimes boring, sometimes unpleasant. When your day’s not perfect, it’s not a failure or a terrible loss. It’s just another day.” Barbara Sher
What are your thoughts? When you think of Bliss, what comes to mind? Have you found your bliss? Does it matter? Do share. Thank You! 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: Follow your heart’s calling and do the work it takes to achieve your dreams… Even if our bliss is not clear, let’s do the work anyway.
- Follow Your Bliss (anitaanswersadvice.wordpress.com)
- on living the bliss-centered life… (gapingvoid.com)
- In memoriam (dorothybinder.wordpress.com)
- And Then My Heart With Pleasure Fills (gnayharas.wordpress.com)
- Gone Questing (desertmusepublishing.wordpress.com)
- Deepak Chopra: Spiritual Solutions #30: Living in Pure Potentiality (huffingtonpost.com)