Brave Enough For Bliss

Can I tell you something about myself? I really like to follow my bliss. And increasingly, I have found that its more difficult NOT to. In fact, even in writing this blog, and thinking I’m going to do a series… When it comes to Spirit, sometimes Life starts leading me in another way, and I hear the voice with in say, “talk about THIS now…follow this road.” As cute and organized as I think staying with a topic for awhile is, t’s just not where I want to be. I want to talk about what is going on in me RIGHT NOW.

So, what am I thinking about at this moment?

As a creator, I’m someone who craves HUGE amounts of alone time. It’s how I get in touch with my heart, and what is going on in the deeper parts of me. It’s how I get in touch where my yearnings, and the directions I’m getting called. I feel like I’m becoming even more curious about what moves me. 

And that seems to be my daily (if not hourly!) question, where am I being pulled? Where does my charm want to pull me? What direction is Life asking me to move in?

Right now, I’m sitting in the hospital with a loved one, getting a glimpse how short our time is here on the planet. And knowing how finite this human experience is, I feel like there is a reminder is this to give ourselves to what we love and what lights us up. There is no other reason to be here if not in service to our hearts, our dreams, our loves, our communities, and our world. We are the Gift to them, and they, in turn, are a Gift to us.

So, in asking myself about where am I being pulled, I’m also asking myself where am I holding onto things/habits/behaviors/people/beliefs that don’t light me up or make me feel alive. Where can I let go and make space for more bliss and love in my life?

Here’s what my buddy Joesph Campbell said, “Poets are simply those who have made a profession and a lifestyle of being in touch with their bliss. Most people are concerned with other things. They get themselves involved in economic and political activities, or get drafted into a war that isn’t the one they’re interested in, and it may be difficult to hold to this umbilical under those circumstances. That is a technique each one has to work out for himself somehow.”

Yes! I make a profession and lifestyle of being in touch with my bliss!! He went on in this same interview to say: “There’s something inside you that knows when you’re in the center, that knows when you’re on the beam or off the beam.  And if you get off the beam to earn money, you’ve lost your life.  And if you stay in the center and don’t get any money, you still have your bliss.”

So, can I make my bliss and following it my guiding compass? Can I be brave enough to give myself permission for more and more bliss?

“The religious people tell us we really won’t experience bliss until we die and go to heaven. But I believe in having as much as you can of this experience while you are still alive.”

Okay, Joesph, that is what I will do!!

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