Awakening Your Bliss
The great Joseph Campbell wisely taught his students to follow their bliss in many of his teachings over the years, and it’s such a simple, yet powerful teaching to guide us towards experiencing more joy and fulfillment in our lives.
“Follow your bliss” means to do what makes you happy. To accompany that wisdom, the Buddha once said, “do whatever you want in life, experience anything you want, just don’t hurt yourself or hurt others.”
If you do what makes you happy in life, but that happiness is temporary and it comes at the expense of your integrity, your body, or someone else’s life, then it’s an empty teaching. But when paired up with the wisdom of the Buddha, not hurting yourself or others, and I would add to that, not hurting the planet, then following your bliss is the greatest teaching towards joy, happiness, and infinite fulfillment we could ever learn to master.
While this teaching is simple and pround, it also seems fleeting and inaccessible for many people. The common question people have is, “well, I don’t know what my bliss is, how do I find it?”
To awaken your inner bliss, you must first come to the realization that you were designed to feel good. When you see someone stop traffic to help a blind person across the street, doesn’t it make you feel good? Or how about when a friend or family member shows up to support you when you needed it the most? Or what about the times that you achieve your goals, create a positive difference in someone else’s life, do yoga, listen to music, get a massage, have meaningful sex with someone you care about, and experience heightened levels of health and fitness?
All of these things trigger chemicals in our brain such as dopamine and serotonin, among other feel-good chemicals, that literally make you feel good. Therefore you can determine that we were fully designed to feel good.
The next step is to pay attention to all of the things that make you feel good and that don’t hurt yourself or anyone else, and do more of those things. It’s really that simple. The more you do of the things you enjoy, the more bliss you will begin to awaken within yourself.
Don’t wait until your retired to follow your bliss, awaken it now, don’t sweat the small stuff, and feel GOOD the rest of your life!
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