Rob Breszny is the author of one of my favorite books, called Pronoia is the Antidote to Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings . It is a divinely decadent treat, a reverently irreverent romp into upliftment for those who may feel downtrodden, or even those who feel a need for a wee bit of mood elevation; like me. Rob reminds me to take a good long look at my beliefs and tweak, adjust, define and refine them. All along the way, he encourages humor as a companion. He seems unafraid to offend and that frees him to allow his inner imp to come out and play. A wonderful role model for this writer to emulate.
In addition to being a wordsmith, Rob is an astrologer and he calls his work Free Will Astrology. One of the aspects of his website that truly tickles my soul to giggly giddiness is what he refers to as his Beauty and Truth Lab. In it, he offers tips and ideas that may be a stretch for some, in order to encourage readers to become pronoiad rather than paranoid. One of my hats is that of a social worker who serves people with mental health diagnoses and on occasion, I pull ideas from Rob’s bag of tricks and share them with people who believe that the world is out to get them. Sometimes there is a breakthrough when I do. Their eyes light up and for an ever so brief moment, they get it, they real get it.
This morning, my friend Vicki sent an email that included this snippet from Rob’s astrological readings:
“PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): My Pisces friend Rana Satori Stewart coined some new words that happen to be perfect for you to begin using and embodying. “Blissipline,” she says, is “the commitment to experiencing a little or a lot of bliss every day; the practice of expanding one’s capacity for bliss and being open to receive it in any moment.”
A “blissiplinarian” is “someone who enforces pleasure and invites opportunities for more pleasure,” while a “blissciple” is a person who aspires to master the art of blissipline.
I encourage you to be a blissciple, Pisces, because it will put you in sync with the effervescent invitations the cosmos has scheduled for you.”
Although I’m not a Pisces and you who are reading this, may not be either; this is a perfect daily set of instructions for a juicier and more joyfilled life. As a Bliss Mistress (I used to call her my ‘alter ego’, but now say she IS ME), I claim blissipline as my daily practice and own my role as a blissiplinarian.
‘Discipline’ gets a bad rap, since it may evoke the concept of punishment and condemnation. That couldn’t be farther from the truth, as I have come to recognize. Years ago, my wonderfully wise friend and mentor, Yvonne Kaye would quote to me “Discipline is freedom.” It felt at the time, like an oxymoron to this free spirited cosmic foo foo woman who had a go with the flow attytood. Unfortunately, my lack of discipline often snuck up and bit me on the tush when things I would let slide, got in the way of living the life I had desired. Discipline could take the form of activities that take me from where I am to where I want to be. For example, if I want a healthy, fit and flexible body, I need to move it, shake it, dance it, stretch it, and feed it nourishing food. There are times when my inner ‘id kid’ who wants what she wants when she wants it without having to work for it, whines, “But I don’t wanna go to the gym or do yoga.” even though I know abundantly well how great I feel after a visit, so I get in the Jeep and roll to the gym or roll out my purple yoga mat. Calling them ‘playouts’ or ‘sweating my prayers’ or thinking of my yoga mat as a magic carpet, makes it more fun and gets me to that place of endorphin high and liking what I see in the mirror a whole lot more often.
In order to complete my book, I needed to take time daily to write, edit and polish it. There were absolutely moments when my fears got in the way and I dragged my feet, coming up with all sorts of creative ways to avoid putting fingers to keyboard to fill the pitcher with overflowing words. Any writers out there know what I am talking about. It was never about the dreaded writer’s block or drying up of ideas. It was always about fear that needed to be faced head and heart-on. As I write this, the Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary is within two weeks from her birth.
These would both be part of my blissipline.
So, how could you become more of a blissiplinarian?
Are you willing to make that leap into a life that sings and soars?
Can you stand under the sweet shower of life’s blissings and blessings, singing your soul song as you do?
I double dog dare ya!