“If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are – if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time. –Joseph Campbell
It takes discipline to follow our bliss.
Bliss is a result of having taken some heart-directed action. Bliss is not something some are born with and others are not. Following your bliss gives lasting results of fulfillment, connection and direction. Bliss is not just about “feeling good” in the moment—less than worthy actions can accomplish momentary satisfaction. To follow our bliss means to nourish our spiritual and creative natures.
I love Jesus, who said to us:
heaven and earth will pass away.
When heaven and earth have passed away,
my word will still remain.
Love? Forgiveness? Affection?
All your words were one word: Wakeup. –Antonio Machado, from “Proverbs and Tiny Songs”
I am in day three of meeting up with several other local writers in an early morning virtual writing circle. I rise at 5:03 AM and send out a collective message that “I am here” by 5:15. Each of them respond with “I am here too,” as we all sit down to write for a couple hours.
I follow my bliss every morning I rise early to write.
So, to follow our bliss we have to give ourselves a place and time to do so. (We can of course follow our bliss at our day jobs too) but without a special time carved out for being with ourselves in a soulful way, we will miss the bliss train. We need a place to create, a place to listen to and tap into our creative vein. This vein is a pathway to our bliss.
Creative space and time set aside to create is an absolute for anybody today. We must have a place, a certain hour or so a day, where we don’t give our attention to the latest news or internet gossip, we don’t remember our to-do list, we don’t know what plans we have for ourselves, and we forget what anybody expects of us. This is a place and time where we can simply explore and bring forth what and who we are and what we might be. This is a place of creative germination and exploration. Sometimes something tangible happens, sometimes not. It doesn’t matter because when we have a creative place and time to experience ourselves, where we hang out with our hearts and our ideas, something will happen.
An idea will become something tangible.
A book will get written.
An effort made to follow our bliss will bring us bliss.
I experience longer stretches of bliss on these mornings when I meditate, write and walk. I have eaten the rich desert of creative time before the meal of commitments. As a result my day is more full, more soulful and whole because I have spent time with myself in these nurturing ways. Added joy and benefit arrive having written with companions who sat in their special place listening to the call of their hearts and who too followed their bliss.
After we finish with our virtual writing circle, having written, we each head out to our day refreshed and ready. We have taken the bliss train.
A few inspirational quotes for the ride:
I find myself wanting to do something stupid and lovely. –David Whyte, from his poem “Four Horses”
There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. –Nelson Mandela
It takes courage to do what you want. Other people have a lot of plans for you. –Joseph Campbell
Meet up with other writers at my FREE Retreat, join in on the BEST WRITING CONSULTATION CIRCLE IN THE MIDWEST (starts up in July with room for a few more), or attend one of my other writing or zero point programs. I am also available for personal consultations.
Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life. –Wu-Men Hui-K’ai,
Chinese Zen master