You Can Find Bliss In Some Of Life’s Simplest Pleasures
Still stuck and uncertain of what you can do? Here are some free or low cost ideas that might stir your imagination and help you find bliss. Your bliss might be in the making as you explore in one of these things.
Work on yourself.
Sometimes we are so wrapped up in our jobs, our careers or taking care of everyone else that we forget about ourselves. Perhaps you will find bliss when you stop solving the problems of the world and begin taking care of yourself. Give yourself permission to go to the gym, see a movie or visit a friend. Maybe your bliss can be found in a hot bath or a good book.
Taking care of ourselves can be one of the most challenging things to do. We often allow life to distract us from our needs and ourselves. We, that inner part of ourselves, often end up falling by the wayside. If it is hard for you to find some “me” time, write it on your calendar, put it on a post it note and schedule it in. Identify a day and time when you are going to give to yourself. Envision how much fun it will be going on a hot date – with yourself!
Take a class.
Sometimes when we are unsure of what we want to do taking a class might help to get your creative juices flowing. Whether at your local community college or one that you find online, try it! You might discover that you have a knack for cake decorating, water painting, computer programming, dancing or writing.
Attend a Meet-up group.
Meetup groups have popped up across the country. They can be found in large urban areas and smaller communities. Many are free, or a very low cost, to attend and the possibilities are endless. There are Meetup groups that focus on self-improvement, spirituality and health and healing. Some Meetup groups focus on the politically minded, for exploring religious ideas and ones for individuals who are just looking for some stimulating conversation. There are even Meetup groups for singles!
Explore the great outdoors.
Go camping. Take a walk in a park. Climb to the top of a mountain. Learn to identify the birds you see, the plants you encounter. Lie out on the grass and watch the clouds go by. Enjoy the solace of a star filled night. You might find yourself invigorated and lusting for life after spending some time in the great outdoors.
Explore your kitchen.
Have you ever baked a loaf of bread, made cookies from scratch or tried a recipe that sounds tasty and inviting? Our kitchens can hold many unseen wonders that have been lost to prepackaged convenience foods. Handcrafted meals always cost less to prepare than their mass-produced counterparts. They are healthier for you and always taste better. You might discover that cooking up a three-course meal for a group of friends or your family is fun and perks up your appetite for life.
Plant an herb or vegetable garden.
Planting a garden, be it herbs or your favorite vegetables can be rewarding and satisfying. As your plants grow and mature it will be a constant reminder of the mysteries and wonders of the world. You might say, “But I do not have a back yard to plant them in”. Anyone can start a garden in a brightly lit window or in pots on a patio. Imagine how amazing it would be to eat a home grown, organic tomato or season your meal with a bit of basil or cilantro you grew. There are also an increasing number of community gardens, where you can rent a plot of land, and grow your favorite delectable delights.
Start a spiritual practice.
Have you always wanted to begin meditating, learn tai chi or yoga? Maybe you will find bliss there. If you live in a rural community there are hundreds if not thousands of books and CD’s available online which can help get you started. In addition, an overwhelming amount of free information online can answer your questions, provide you with some insights or point you in the right direction. Why do you hesitate, Grasshopper?
Volunteer your time.
You might discover that you will find bliss assisting others. Countless organizations are on the lookout for good dependable help. The immeasurable number of people that you will be helping even if you only volunteered a few hours a week could be staggering. Help build a house, cook in a soup kitchen or lend an ear on a support line. Each of these can be rewarding.
It does not matter what you do as you look to find your bliss. The journey keeps it fresh and exciting. If water painting is not for you, explore something else. Give yourself the chance to learn and grow especially if you are trying something new. We all cannot be Michelangelo or de Vinci but with a little time and effort, you very well may be.
Sometime we find bliss in some of the weirdest places, in areas that we did not know existed or would never have imagined trying. Pay attention to strange synchronicities that pop up in your life or any intuitive insights you may have. These will often appear when you least expect it and can help guide you to the perfect place. If where you are being lead seems outlandish do not knock it. Try it. Your bliss might be waiting for you there.
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