“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” ― Joseph Campbell
Bliss comes in all shapes and sizes. What brings joy into your life may be completely different from what provides others a sense of satisfaction. Experiencing bliss is not about having a new car, a fancy house or the latest gadget on the market. It is about feeling happy and content in the things you do or the life you lead.
Average Americans work forty or more hours per week. The jobs we have, instead of inspiring us and leaving us with a sense of fulfillment, often drain us of our energy, our lives. We find ourselves working “for the man” in a position we often would not wish on our worst enemy. Instead of waking up enthusiastic and ready to start a new day, we find it hard to get out of bed, dreading what the day will hold. Overwork, office politics or the repetitive nature of our employment do little to support a blissful state of mind.
Many of us are not afforded the luxury of selecting the ideal career for ourselves. Education, location or the availability of potential jobs often curtail our ability to finding gainful employment in a field that fires the passion of our spirits. We end up settling for what is available and not what we want. Bills and other life responsibilities keep us trapped hoping for more and settling for less.
Challenges To Finding Your Bliss
Today, we live in a pay as you play society. If you do not have the money to pay, you cannot get on the ride or join the team. Finding and experiencing bliss in your life is not about money – although having some money does help. It is not about climbing to the top of a mountain to meditate, although for some it may be. It is about doing something you love, something that brings a smile to your face or peace to your soul.
The challenge to finding your bliss is discovering what makes you tick. For some it may be one thing, a singular purpose that brings excitement and purpose into their lives. For others it may be a variety of different things each of which supply a small piece of delight into their otherwise dreary lives.
Our Logical Minds Can Keep Us From Finding Our Bliss
When asked, most people do not know what they want to do with their lives. We long to answer the question ”What am I going to be when I grow up?” and wait fervently for a divine insight but find ourselves sitting in mute silence. It is not that we do not want to know, but more likely than not, we were never asked. If we were, we were probably dissuaded from our original ideas and choices and were cajoled into a job, career or profession we were not interested in. The statement “It is not practical” is many times tied to these acts of manipulation. Who wants to be a starving artist, and out of work actor or a deadbeat musician when you can have a good paying job as an accountant or engineer?
Another factor that can influence our ability to finding bliss is when we are not exposed to the opportunities that life holds. Perhaps jumping out of an airplane would bring you the excitement you crave. You would never know if you have never tried it. (I am not suggesting that everyone should attempt skydiving, but for some this IS what floats his or her boats.)
When We Open Ourselves Up We Can Find Our Bliss
We may find bliss when we open ourselves up to our inspiration and embrace new possibilities, to adventures and experiences big and small. There are so many things that can be tried the sky is the limit. What works for one person may not resonate with you. It is not about them, it is about you exploring yourself, your likes and dislikes. You may uncover something you relish in your fist try or it may be your hundredth. You might even find it by trying new things. Investigating a variety of diverse ideas may help you to realize your bliss bring you the satisfaction you have been looking for.
You do not have to quit your job in order to find bliss. In what might be considered the most satisfying and lucrative careers there are always difficulties. In everything we do there are always tasks and responsibility that one would consider less than blissful. Bliss can be found in the simplest things we do, the silliest things we try or the most out there things we experience. Once bliss starts to emerge it, cannot help but filter through into the regular and more mundane aspects of our lives.