The great scholar Joseph Campbell coined the term “Follow Your Bliss” to remind people to reach for their biggest dreams and be the hero of their own story. He has inspired millions to change their perspective about failure, success, and especially what it means to live life to its fullest expression. Fortunately, we are living in a time where we have access to unlimited resources to help us on our path towards realizing our bliss.
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
So what is the bliss factor?
It is the ability to open yourself to and recognize your personal transformation. It is the recognition that we are the primary character in a personal story that is following this bliss. Many of us spend so much time outside of ourselves, looking at how the world perceives us, that we forget our OWN story. This is integral to the concept of bringing our awareness back within and staying present in our story.
The key to channeling our bliss is rooted in staying connected to our source, which can only happen when we make space for ourselves to “incubate our ideas.” Mr. Campbell refers to this space as a mandatory “sacred space” that you allow yourself to tune-into your presence without interruption. “It is a place where if you allow it, you will experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”
Turning our Attention Back to Meditation
Meditative moments shift and shape our experiences. “When we get comfortable being uncomfortable,” as Mr. Campbell says, we are on our way to being the hero of our story and experiencing that bliss factor. These moments shift and change not only our experiences, but our entire perception and we have the potential to grow leaps and bounds, even if we fail. If we start thinking this way, every interaction be it successful or not, is part of the journey, teaching us, and showing us new potential.
“We’re only here for a short while. And I think it’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention. In some ways, this is getting far afield. I mean, we are — as far as we know — the only part of the universe that’s self-conscious. We could even be the universe’s form of consciousness. We might have come along so that the universe could look at itself. I don’t know that, but we’re made of the same stuff that stars are made of, or that floats around in space. But we’re combined in such a way that we can describe what it’s like to be alive, to be witnesses. Most of our experience is that of being a witness. We see and hear and smell other things. I think being alive is responding.” - Mark Strand, Pulitzer-Winning Poet
How to Focus on Bliss?
This week, make space to tune-in to your presence, recall your story, and discover insights to help you take that next step. As always meet yourself where you are. Here is a little meditation below on Stillness to help you get started. Keep a journal or create a vision board to help you focus and connect more with your story. If you want to learn more about how to vision board and meditate, connect with me.
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