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Are You Following Your Bliss?

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”-Joseph Campbell

 


shutterstock_1109778.jpgThe words of teacher, philosopher, and writer, Joseph Campbell have long inspired me since I first heard their beckoning call in my early 20’s as an idealistic college student. I have noticed that the people who live their bliss, discover all sorts of doors through which they easily move, rather than staring in bewilderment at what they perceive to be an impediment.


Which category describes you and your world view? And what would your life be like if you made the choice to truly follow your bliss?


Imagine beginning each day by creating a list of what it is that brings you bliss and then (here’s the important part) engaging in one or more of them. What would your life be like if you did that? And then, just imagine the ripple effect that would come from living your bliss.


I am blessed to know a lot of people who truly live and follow their bliss. I asked some of my favorite folks, as well as some of our readers, about what it is that brings them bliss and they were glad to oblige.


What does it mean to you to follow your bliss? Please share in the comment section below.


Loving Life as a Mother, Grandmother and Wife

“I’m a mom of three great human beings, and a grandmother to four more. I work as an editor of legal transcripts from home in my jammies every day, and, of course, as you and everyone knows, have the pure and delightful pleasure of living each and every day with the love of my life and my best friend. Now if that ain’t bliss, I don’t know what is. “I live my bliss each and every day by loving what is. Many years ago when I met my husband and my soul mate, he called me a cheap date. “You are so easy to please,” he said. And I suppose I am. And it’s all been wonderful. I am thrilled each day by the most seemingly mundane things, and it continues on after 63 years. I can’t imagine being any other way” -Susan Doty


Being Spontaneous

“I live my bliss by being spontaneous, as spontaneous as I can in the moment, and doing what my heart desires. As I get better at this I find I can follow my heart and be in the present wherever I am and whatever I am doing. Doesn’t ALWAYS work, but I’m getting better! Did it all day today. It was the best!”-Denny Daikeler



Seeing the Light in the Face of Another

“I am fully living my bliss~ and moved beyond words when I am teaching and I see the light ignite in someone’s face, eyes and body~ when I witness that “whole body Ahhh-Haa” ..I want to drop to my knees and thank the gods that I get to experience namaste connections like that in this life:)”- ~Robyn Evans , Director of The Soul Center


Gathering with Kindred Spirits

One of the ways I live my bliss is by gathering with kindred spirits and enjoying the special energy created when people of like mind come together. We may come from different paths, faiths and backgrounds, but the collective energy of compassion, love and joy is awesome!”-Victor Fuhrman


Music that is Moving

I am a musician, so it is probably no surprise that when I want to live my bliss I turn on some music. Music always enhances my mood. If I am feeling introspective, I will put on Enya, or something like that. If I am looking forward to cleaning the house it will be oldies or country; definitely country/rock for a long drive and classic rock for indoor exercise. Music brings out the bliss in any activity. For meditation, it is the awesome music from within, usually accompanied by the still tones of silence in the room. There’s nothing like music for blissing myself.”- Annabella Wood, Musician 


Loving Your Work

I live my bliss by hosting really awesome speakers and authors from all over the country. The topics of their seminars must be very exciting to me, and if they are readers, they must give me a session which really knocks my socks off!! I love this “work” because I learn so much, as do my clients, who are thrilled with the quality and diversity of the speakers. It’s wonderful when your bliss is fulfilled through your job!!- “Susan Duval, Susan Duval Seminars



Writing Success Stories

To help myself and others write and live personal success stories rich with passion, adventure and dream come true connections through a process called Scripting for Success TM -Ruth Anne Wood, director of Scripting for Success


Chanting the Name of the Divine

I live my bliss in lots of ways, but especially through chanting the many names of the Divine, through singing kirtan and chants from many different spiritual traditions. It uplifts me, opens me, grounds me, makes me feel fully alive. It’s especially juicy when I’m doing this with other musicians and singers. It’s an interesting paradox that, although “the Tao that can be named is not the Eternal,” it is through chanting the names that I am brought to an experience of the Nameless. “- Rev. Jody Kessler, Interfaith Minister, singer- songwriter, devotional chant leader, yoga teacher.


Remembering the Humor in Life

One way I live my bliss is to remind myself to always have a great sense of humor in life! The universe/Gods/Goddesses are actually very funny, and they show me in different ways to always keep a sense of humor in life! (Sometimes its a matter of showing me how my cats or dog find ways to be funny to make me laugh at the most opportune moments!”-Brian


Living Life With An Open Heart

“Living life with my heart open and available to everyone and EVERYTHING!” -Monique Darling


Being Spontaneous

“Well, I live my bliss by being spontaneous, as spontaneous as I can in the moment, and doing what my heart desires. As I get better at this I find I can follow my heart and be in the present wherever I am and whatever I am doing. Doesn’t ALWAYS work, but I’m getting better! Did it all day today. It was the best!”-Denny Daikeler


Focus on What Makes You Passionate

“I live my bliss when I focus on what impassions me. Sometimes I have to remember what that is!  Recently I was preparing for my first Goddess Group. I was researching some of the various ways the Great Mother has been honored throughout history. It stirred up so much excitement in me! I think it was partly because I realized I was on a path of purpose – something I think I am meant to be doing on this Earth at this time.” -Cindy Greb

 

Take Time for Personal Transformation

“My way of living my bliss is to remember that I am a Goddess Extraordinaire, and to make time for personal transformative work as well as do everything within my power to make my work service done with love.”

Orrie M. Schulman

Founder of Caring with Compassion (disability services)


Lost in Love

“Being lost in the love of family and friends.”Marlena Fox Tillman


Expressing Gratitude

“Being thankful for each day. Sending out healing love. Doing my daily best.” - Carol Orticari


A Smiling Heart

“My Bliss is: What makes my heart smile.” – Debbie Fox


 



  • kay

    Ummmm…. What if you’ve never had moments of bliss? How do you find your bliss?

  • http://www.liveinjoy.org Edie Weinstein

    Kay and anyone else who may have the same question…. Everyone experiences bliss in different ways. For some, it is about a still silence in communion with ‘the God of their understanding’, for others, it is time with family and friends and still for others, it is listening to music or viewing an exquisite work of art. I think of it as a transcendent moment, that feels extraordinary. It need not come with bells and whistles. It moves through me and takes me along for a ride. What lights you up from the inside, gives you goosebumps or a sense of exhiliration? What are you passionate about? What were you born to do? What nourishes you in body, mind and spirit? I know I am offering more questions than answers, BUT, from those questions may come your unique sense of bliss. My bliss comes in all of those forms I mentioned above, as well as dancing, drumming, yoga, healthy nurturing touch such as massage and cuddling, doing creative work that I love, being in nature. And then there’s chocolate:) I create new blissful experiences each day. I invite them in. I enourage you to do the same and you will find yourself being your own bliss.

  • http://LiveYourPeace.com Ruth Anne Wood, Director of Live Your Peace

    I love this word!
    bliss (bls)
    n.
    1. Extreme happiness; ecstasy.
    2. The ecstasy of salvation; spiritual joy.
    Phrasal Verb:
    bliss out Slang
    To go into a state of ecstasy.
    [Middle English blisse, from Old English bliss, from blths, from blthe, joyful; see blithe.]
    blissful adj.
    blissful·ly adv.
    blissful·ness n.
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/bliss

  • http://http:sacredsurprise.livejournal.com Laurie Pollack

    I follow my bliss by playing creatively: whether it is writing, collaging, or exploring other media that I am new to such as drawing or painting. And it’s the stuff I’m not so skilled in, where I take more of a risk, that is more of an adventure. The wonderful thing is that when I don’t plan so far ahead or try to control what happens: something new can occur as the art takes its own direction.
    And it’s even more wonderful when friends gather to create, or to share what they have created.
    I really believe that we are all artists, and it is creativity that is the antidote to violence, war, drugs, and other bad “stuff”. Because when you create, you manifest love, for yourself and others.

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    • http://www.liveinjoy.org Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW

      My pleasure. Glad to have you on board the Bliss Bus <3

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